Program Partners

Become a Program PartnerEarthConnections Program Partners bring a wealth of expertise, programming or resources that can assist you in creating your regional pathway. All are committed to the Earth Connections Alliance and the EarthConnections pathway model. As described below bring deep expertise in one or more pathway elements. They are excited to talk with you about their programming and how it might be incorporated in your pathway. Some collaborations will require funding.

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GeoCAT
The GeoCAT (Geoscience Career Ambassador Training) project is focused on introducing and familiarizing educators (teachers, advisors, 4-H volunteers) of Minority Serving Institutions/counties in Kansas with various career opportunities of Geosciences. The project is in partnership with the K-State Geology advisory Council.

International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)
The IAGD is a global network of higher education faculty, staff and students, geoscience industry representatives, disabilities education researchers and anyone interested in fostering accessible science. Our goal is to provide training and support to promote inclusive communities of research, instruction, and active engagement for students, faculty, and geoscience practitioners with disabilities. The IAGD has led the development and implementation of accessible and inclusively-designed classroom and field-based instructional strategies that minimize the barriers to full participation for persons with disabilities.

International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) (U.S. Office)
IODP is the scientific ocean drilling program - we have numerous resources for geoscience data, samples, education and outreach materials, and people to do outreach programming into classrooms or informal science settings. We are a national program and would be able to provide these resources to all regional alliances.

LabX by the National Academy of Sciences
LabX facilitates Extreme Event, an in-person role-playing game in which players work together to make decisions and solve problems during an engaging, fast-paced natural disaster simulation. The game is used to build community resilience, tying together disparate groups and segments who might otherwise not engage with one another.

Lawrence Hall of Science
The Hall has several pathways curricula and projects as well as evaluation and research expertise. Our products include middle and high school issue-oriented science curriculum, SEPUP. Pathways programs, such as TechHive, bring real-world science to middle and high school students. The Research Group regularly conducts research on and evaluations of pathways programs.

National Girls Collaborative Project
The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goals of NGCP are to maximize access to shared resources within projects, and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.

NCAR/UCAR
NCAR/UCAR is interested in being a program partner and would represent the atmospheric sciences in this effort. NCAR E&O can lend its expertise in faculty support, graduate student and postdoc support and general diversity work. Rising Voices program facilitates cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability and climate change. SOARS' expertise is in student pathways and mentoring, as well as support of early-career faculty from diverse backgrounds through the Sparks for Change program.

North Carolina Geological Survey
Our program has statewide-wide connections to formal K12 teachers, OEST award-winning teachers, non-formal educators (including a large state-wide Environmental Educators group),and industry groups all interested in geoscience education from varying perspectives. Our program also performs typical Survey activities such as bedrock and Coastal Plain geologic mapping, response to hazards such as earthquakes and landslides, and research into natural resources.

On the Cutting Edge
NAGT, as part of our On The Cutting Edge program would provide services including delivery of our traveling workshops. NAGT will support the EarthConnections annual summit by colocating and integrating it with our annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. NAGT will use its communications infrastructure to inform its membership and the broader community about Earth Connections including its activities, opportunities and impact and encourage participation and advancement of the pathway concept.

Planet Texas 2050
Based at The University of Texas at Austin, Planet Texas 2050 is a research grand challenges program that brings together researchers from 14 colleges, schools, and units across campus to discover critical interactions between environmental and human systems and develop strategies to improve their resilience in the face of changing climate, climate extremes and rapid population growth. The team focuses on understanding the interconnectedness of four critical resource systems: energy, water, ecosystem services (e.g., land resources), and urbanization. Planet Texas 2050 could contribute to regional pathways by sharing expertise in these areas, as well as expertise in the integration of data/findings from these resource systems.