Expanding HBCU Pathways for Geoscience Education
This project aims to deliver a strategic multidimensional solution to impact middle school teacher preparation curricula and professional development activities and improve minority access to the geosciences.
To broaden participation and literacy in the geosciences, culturally relevant place-based pedagogy must be developed and implemented to facilitate the recruitment, retention, preparation, and graduation of qualified and diverse geoscience literate middle school teachers. To that end, the project will:
- Develop and deploy a scalable tool for a comprehensive assessment ("Deep Dive") of geoscience content and overall support in teacher education programs,
- Develop tools to help institutions compile, map, and deliver specific capacity-building recommendations, and
- Design capacity-building resources to support key elements of geoscience teacher education, such as culturally relevant, place-based geoscience material for teacher education or experiential place-based intensive camp for pre-service and in-service teachers with a practicum component.