lPilot Project Team

Lead PI - Cathy Manduca, Director, SERC, Carleton College
Cathy Manduca's Page
She is the Executive Director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); has led community development of the premier portals for geoscience education and use of engaged pedagogies in STEM education; and has successfully led large community activities to improve geoscience teaching, strengthen geoscience departments, and most recently to teach about the Earth in the context of relevant societal issues.

Donna Charlevoix, Director, Education and Community Engagement, UNAVCO - Liaison for Atlanta Alliance
UNAVCO Education
She manages the portfolio of education, outreach, and geo-workforce development at NSF's Geodetic Facility. Her team includes specialists and activities centered on geo-workforce, and broadening participation through intentional mentoring and professional development (Charlevoix and Morris, 2014, 2015; Fifolt and Searby, 2010; Morris and Charlevoix, 2014), science education (Douglas et al., 2014; Pratt-Sitaula et al., 2015), and communications (Bartel and Charlevoix, 2015). UNAVCO supports over 210 U.S. university and international consortium members (Phillips et al., 2015; Wdowinski and Eriksson, 2009).

Barbara Nagle, Director, Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP), Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley
SEPUP materials integrate disciplinary concepts with science and engineering practices in the context of personal and social issues related to science and have been shown to produce measurable gains in science learning and persistence in STEM fields (Scott, 2000).

Raj Pandya, Program Director, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), American Geophysical Union - Liaison for San Bernardino Alliance
AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange
TEX helps communities, including historically under-served communities, leverage relevant science and work with scientists to advance their priorities and address their challenges related to climate change, natural hazards, and resources. TEX has launched 34 projects connecting science and scientists to local communities and mentored over 50 scientists and community leaders.

John Taber, Director, Education and Public Outreach, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) - Liaison for Oklahoma Alliance
IRIS Education and Public Outreach
IRIS' commitment to workforce development includes a distributed REU program (Hubenthal and Taber, 2014); introducing underrepresented minorities to geophysics via a field experiences program; developing data-rich activities for the undergraduate classroom (Taber et al., 2014); and supporting early career investigators via mentoring, webinars, and workshops (Colella et al., 2015; Hubenthal et al., 2015). As the NSF seismology facility, IRIS supports research and education in a seismology consortium of over 120 university members and 20 educational affiliates (Taber et al., 2015).

Regional Alliances

Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District: Atlanta, GA

Felicia Davis, Director and Founder, Building Green Initiative, Clark Atlanta University
Building Green Initiative
She has extensive experience working with HBCU campuses, Hispanic serving institutions and Tribal Colleges on national programs supporting broadening participation in science and engineering, and most currently leading the multi-faceted campus-wide sustainability efforts through the BGI.

Darryl Haddock, Education Director, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)
Darryl Haddock is currently the Environmental Education Director for West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. He completed Jacksonville University with a BA in Geography and is currently enrolled in Georgia State University with plans to receive a master's degree in Geoscience and Applied GIS. Darryl has nearly 20 years of professional experience as an environmental scientist working for the consulting firm, Dames and Moore, as a principal investigator with USGS on a subsurface mapping project and as Environmental Specialist for the State of Georgia, Environmental Protection Division. Both Environmental Leadership Program and Toyota Together Green/ National Audubon Society recognized him as a fellow and emerging leader in the environment and conservation movements. He is certified as a Project WET Trainer, an Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation and is also completing his Environmental Education certification program with Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia (ATEEG); which is a nationally accredited, professional certification program for formal and non-formal educators. Darryl coordinates educational programs, community outreach and citizen science research activities and participates in WAWA's day to day operations

Aisha Morris, Education and Community Engagement, UNAVCO 
UNAVCO Education Internship Opportunities 
Aisha R. Morris is an Education Specialist and the Director of the Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS) internship program managed by UNAVCO. Aisha's primary area of focus is crafting strategies for recruiting, training, and retaining the geoscience workforce of the future. In her current position, Aisha is responsible for UNAVCO's Geo-Workforce Development Initiative, including managing undergraduate and graduate student internship programs and supporting early career professionals as they transition into the geoscience workforce.

The Inland Empire of Southern California: San Bernardino, CA

Sally McGill, Professor and Department Chair of Geological Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino

She leads an active scientific research program that engages K-12 teachers and undergraduate students in earthquake research with outreach extending into the local community (e.g., McGill et al., 2009; Keck et al., 2015).

Mark Benthien, Director for Communication, Education and Outreach, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), University of Southern California
Southern California Earthquake Center 
SCEC programing includes California's Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), a public-private partnership that created the Great California ShakeOut, now a national, FEMA-sponsored program reaching 43.5 million participants in 2015. SCEC also provides educator professional development and curricular resources, installs Quake Catcher Network (QCN) sensors in schools and museums, and coordinates two undergraduate intern programs (Cochran et al., 2009).

South Central Tribal Nations of Oklahoma: Oklahoma

Kathy Ellins, Program Director, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin 
Kathy Ellins' Researcher Profile 
Kathy is a geoscience educator who strives to improve science learning and to reach the public through: (1) curriculum development for the Earth/ocean/climate sciences; (2) teacher professional development; (3) multi-institutional collaboration to promote diversity in the geosciences at the K-12 and undergraduate levels; and (4) interdisciplinary projects that explore the intersection between geoscience and the visual arts. She has led statewide K-12 curriculum development and teacher professional development activities and is engaged in Oklahoma-based climate education through the South Central Climate Science Center.

Norma Neely, Director, American Indian Institute, University of Oklahoma
American Indian Institute at the University of Oklahoma
Leads a nonprofit American Indian training, research, and service organization whose goals include promotion and support of Indian education and tribal leadership and organizational development. Aii offers workshops, seminars, conferences, onsite training, and consultation on tribal, state, regional, national and international levels on a variety of topics and issues that affect the Indigenous peoples of North America.

Molly Yunker, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Oklahoma Geological Survey
Oklahoma Geological Survey
Molly is a geoscience educator who coordinates the education and outreach for the Oklahoma Geological Survey. She collaborates with scientists, researchers, educators, and the public to make geoscience accessible to people of all ages. She has experience developing curricula, leading professional development workshops for teachers, and working with children in formal and informal settings.

Evaluation Team

External Evaluator - Karen Peterman, Ph.D., President, Karen Peterman Consulting, Inc. 
Karen Peterman Consulting
She has a decade-plus experience conducting developmental evaluation of NSF-funded STEM projects. She has conducted research and evaluation on communities of practice to document the success of a community of practice using common measures and metrics across 24 partner sites.

Internal Evaluation Lead - Ellen Iverson, Director of Evaluation, SERC - Metrics Co-lead, Data collection
Ellen Iverson's Page
She has successfully led the collection of shared metrics from more than 123 participating schools. Her work includes the evaluation, educational research, and usability efforts that ground SERC projects in the reality of educator practice. She approaches evaluation and assessment from a constructivist perspective and has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods.

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