Submit an Essay

Please contribute your essay via this form no later than July 8, 2018.

in order to achieve the goals of the workshop of (1) discussing the roles of sustainability and the NGSS in your science teaching, and (2) developing action plans for your own setting, we are asking all participants to submit a one- to two-page essay that provides some background and context for your work. These essays will be read by fellow workshop participants prior to the workshop and they will also become part of the public website. Please keep in mind that they will become publicly available as part of our effort to document how our community is responding to changes in the system.

Keeping the goals and audience in mind, please address the following in your essay:

  • Describe the context of teaching about the Earth and sustainability in your school and/or district. "Context" should be interpreted broadly, and may include the grade levels and courses in which Earth science and/or sustainability are taught (or not), who is involved in teaching these courses, the proportion of students who encounter Earth science and sustainability in their courses, any collaborations with outside organizations, among other things that are relevant in your particular setting.
  • Describe how the teaching you described is evolving or has evolved with implementation of the NGSS.
  • Describe the perceived challenges and opportunities you (both personally and as a school or district) face with that implementation.

You will upload the text of your essay through this online form. We suggest that you compose it in a word processing program and copy and paste it into this form so as not to lose your work.

Complete the following form and click on the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page to contribute your essay to the workshop.

Copyright: You retain all rights to your contributed work and are responsible for referencing other people's work and for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material within your contribution. By contributing your work to this website, you give InTeGrate a license for non-commercial distribution of the material, provided that we attribute the material to you. The material is shared under a Creative Commons license (opens in a new window).

Thank you in advance for making this contribution!

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