Cheryl Manning

OrbWeaver Consulting, LLC

Dr. Cheryl L.B. Manning is an independent geoscience education researcher and consultant with a focus on building community among Earth scientists, Earth science educators, and the communities where we work. She believes in the power of creating Earth science connections to change how we see ourselves and our relationships with each other and the Earth.

Cheryl earned her Ph.D. in Geoscience Education Research working with Nicole LaDue at Northern Illinois University. Before that, she spent 25 years teaching secondary Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences, Physics and Chemistry in Colorado and Utah. Prior to teaching K12, she was an award winning lead laboratory instructor at both University of Utah and Montana State University. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Geology from Montana State with teaching minors in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology from University of Utah.

Cheryl is a past President of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) and has volunteered on a variety of committees for GSA, NAGT, and NSTA. She servedĀ at the National Science Foundation, Geosciences Directorate as a 2018-19 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow and is a 2022 AAAS Honorary Fellow.

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Activities (4)

Climate Change: Past & Present, Local & Global part of Guided Inquiry Introductory Geology Labs:Activities
Average inquiry level: Guided inquiry In this laboratory exercise for introductory geology or environmental science courses, students use data to examine climate change in their local environment. They compare ...

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Conference Presentations (3)

Cultivating GeoSTEM Learning Ecosystems part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2024:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday Oral Session A
Geo-STEM learning ecosystems (GLEs) are complex and evolving communities of practice. By integrating geoscience, STEM education, and social science research paradigms, GLEs engage people in addressing local ...

Investigating factors that affect teachers' participation in a Geo-STEM Learning Ecosystem part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday Oral Session B
Geo-STEM learning ecosystems (GLE) are communities of transformation engaging educators and learners in the geosciences to address local geoscience issues by bringing together current research and place-based ...

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
It is important that we prepare tomorrow's scientists, decision makers, and communities to address the societal impacts of a changing climate. In order to respond to, manage, and adapt to those changes, ...

Other Contributions (9)

Developing a Geo-STEM Learning Ecosystem part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Roundtable Discussions
STEM Learning Ecosystems are collaborations of community organizations, including schools and informal education organizations. Together, these communities of practice develop systemic collaborations that engage ...


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Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2021
July 2021
EER 2020 Inquiry Based Labs
July 2020
Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2019 Attendees
July 2019

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