Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges (Geo2YC)
This website provides faculty and students with information about geoscience education at two-year colleges. Faculty can learn about teaching materials, find information about workforce development and geoscience careers, and learn about professional development opportunities. Students can find out about scholarships and educational opportunities.
Materials that are directly applicable to teaching at two-year colleges have been developed by participants in various projects. This page organizes these materials around several important and relevant themes: Teaching Introductory Courses, Mathematics Preparation, Teaching in the Field, Undergraduate Research, Ready-to-go Lessons and Activities, and Perspectives.
Provided by NAGT's Geo2YC Division
- New GeoContext Collection Provides a Model for Incorporating Social and Political Context in Geoscience Higher Education
Teaching materials created by the GeoContext team, a group of students and educators, are now available online in SERC's Teach the Earth library. The GeoContext collection is a set of resources that bring social and political context into topics commonly taught in undergraduate and graduate geoscience courses.
- Upcoming Virtual EDDIE Workshop at AGU: Building Quantitative Literacy Through Science, Education, and Art
Are you excited to support your students in developing skills for science and connecting with communities? Sign up for a workshop at the American Geophysical Union Meeting:Building Quantitative Literacy Through Science, Education, and Art! Democratize access to science by teaching inquiry with open data. Learn strategies from artists to support students in making cultural and community connections, or using science for advocacy.
- SAGE 2YC Project Publishes in JGE: Making Departments Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive
The SAGE 2YC project (Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges) has published an open-access article outlining a practical, step-by-step process geoscience departments can use to improve equity and inclusion, highlighting levers for cultural change and strategies for identifying context-appropriate solutions from the research literature.
- Submit your Earth Science Week-themed teaching activities to the Teach the Earth portal
We are seeking activity submissions for K-12 classrooms that address the Earth Science Week 2021 theme: "Water Today and For the Future." Do you have a K-12 activity that fits the theme? Submit it today to the Teach the Earth portal!
The SAGE 2YC project has begun working on ways to help students at two-year colleges be successful in the geoscience workforce as well as providing them with information on the kinds of opportunities that are out there for people with geoscience degrees.
Those interested in learning more about teaching at a two-year college can read career profiles of faculty at two-year colleges and and find out more about the faculty job search process and interviews at community colleges. Also, not only can two-year colleges prepare students for work in industry, they can also be the first step along the path for teaching at two-year colleges or four-year colleges or universities.
Workshops, Events, and Programs
As information for workshops, events, and programs associated with this project becomes available, we will post it here. Be sure to check out the Announcements to the right for opportunities and events from other sources. These workshops and other events offer great opportunities to meet and network with fellow two-year college faculty and can help decrease the sense of isolation that is common among many 2YC faculty teaching geoscience.
Contributing ProjectsThis website includes resources from a number of sources. Learn more about these contributing projects and the work they have all engaged in.
If you have questions or want to discuss aspects of teaching geoscience at two-year colleges, you can make use of the Discussion Board. Post a thread or respond to someone else's and generate a conversation about the issues facing 2YC education.
There is also an email list for this effort where members can get announcements and discuss issues surrounding geoscience education at two-year colleges. Just sign up and you'll be better connected to the Geo2YC community.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE 1122592, 1122640, 1122660, 1122737), the
National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate (GEO 0939671) and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (consider becoming a member).
Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.