Using engaging experiences to craft student success in the earth sciences

Portland, OR - A Local SAGE 2YC Workshop

Workshop Date: Saturday May 3rd 2014 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop has already taken place.

Workshop Goals

  • Identify strategies for engaging students in the earth sciences, improving their success and supporting transfer of 2YC students to 4YC earth science programs.
  • Showcase current research based best practices for promoting student success and examine how they link to instructor-crafted practices for promoting student success.
  • Examine the interplay pf physical and virtual field work, visual and spatial interpretation, and quantitative skill building in crafting student learning activities that engage all students.
  • Cultivate collaboration and community among Pacific Northwest 2-year, 4-year and middle school earth science instructors and programs to support student success and transfer between institutions.


There are no fees to the participants.



The workshop will be held just southeast of Mount Tabor at Portland Community College Southeast Center in the STEM center at the recently opened (January 2014) Student Commons Building (SCOM 231). The workshop will include a short field trip to the cinder cone on Mount Tabor.

About Southeast Center


Southeast Center is located at the intersection of 82nd and Division at 2305 SE 82nd Ave. in Portland Oregon.

Driving Directions: Take I-205 to Exit 19, SE Division St, follow Division west about 0.7 mile to 82nd Avenue. The campus is at the northwest corner of 82nd and Division and can be entered from either SE Division St. or SE 82nd Ave. Google Map Directions

TriMet: The 72 and 4 buses stop at 82nd and Division. TriMet Schedule

MAX: The Green Line stops at I-205 and SE Division about 1 mile from Southeast Center.

Southeast Center Map


Parking is free at Southeast Center on Saturdays. Use the parking lot on SE Division St. (most easily accessed if traveling westbound on Division) or the parking lot on SE 82nd Ave. (most easily accessed if traveling south bound on 82nd).


A light continental breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided.


Each workshop participant is expected to:

  • In advance of the workshop
    • Complete the registration form answering all questions.
  • During the workshop
    • Bring a laptop or tablet if you have one
    • Participate in all workshop activities from 8:15 to 5:00 pm on Saturday May 3rd
    • Collaborate to help build a community of earth science educators in the Portland region
    • Develop a personal action plan to support student success
    • Complete a workshop evaluation
  • After the workshop
    • Either individually or collectively implement something that has been learned at the workshop and help disseminate insights from the workshop to other geoscience educators in the region


Eriks Puris, Portland Community College (
Daina Hardisty, Mount Hood Community College (
Frank Granshaw, Portland Community College (

If you would like further information about the workshop, please contact one of conveners listed above.

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