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Paleontological Research Institution
Don Haas is the Director of Teacher Programs at PRI and its Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY. Don’s work in teacher education, teacher professional development and curriculum materials development marries deep understandings of how people learn with deep understandings of the Earth system. He is a nationally regarded expert in place-based and technology-rich Earth and environmental science education, especially as related to the use of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences (VFEs). VFEs are multi-media representations of actual field sites ideally created by teachers and students working together. He also has expertise in climate and energy education and is co-author of the book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale. He served on the Earth & Space Science Design Team for the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas and currently serves as the Second Vice President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Don has taught at Colgate, Cornell, and Michigan State Universities, Kalamazoo College, and Tapestry and Norwich (New York) High Schools.
Website Content Contributions
There's no such thing as a free megawatt: Hydrofracking as a gateway drug to energy literacy part of GeoEthics:Activities
Don Duggan-Haas, Paleontological Research Institution Summary THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. Slickwater high-volume hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking is a method for extracting oil and natural gas that ...
Selected technical tools approaches for real and virtual fieldwork part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Tuesday
Participants will play with a number of technical tools (primarily free or inexpensive smartphone and tablet apps) for accessing information about field sites and for documenting characteristics of those sites in ...
It's too late. Let's get to work anyway. part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Earth Education for Sustainable Societies:Essays
Don Haas, Paleontological Research Institution It is too late to prevent horrible consequences of climate change, but when it's too late is when we generally get to work. We ended slavery too late. We stopped ...
Conference Presentations (4)
Connecting Controversy and Complexity part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The authors share interest and experience in programming for both teaching about complex adaptive systems (CASs) and about controversial issues. Controversial issues are a subset of complex issues, as these issues ...
Other Contributions (3)
Research on Instructional Strategies to Improve Geoscience Learning in Different Settings and with Different Technologies part of NAGT:Geoscience Education Research:Community Framework for GER:Instructional Strategies
Download a pdf of this chapterSteven Semken, Arizona State University; Juk Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Don Duggan-Haas, Paleontological Research Institution; Amy Pallant, The Concord ...
Advocacy and Connecting with Community part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Roundtable Discussions
We live in polarized times. Climate change, fracking, evolution, and many more issues are mired in political conflict that are better understood through science and science education. Advocacy has a role in ...
Using the Science Literacy Documents to Guide Instruction part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Afternoon Mini Workshops
The Essential Principles and Big Ideas from the different documents listing Earth Systems Literacy Principles (for ocean, and atmospheric science, geology (a.k.a., Earth science), climate and energy) represent ...
Eastern Section, Geoscience Education Research Division, Teacher Education Division