Geoscience Retreat

For Southern California 2YC Geology, Geography, and Environmental Science Faculty

Workshop Dates

August 25 and 26, 2017

Workshop Locations

Huntington Gardens, Caltech Atheneum, and Old Town Pasadena


Workshop Description

Join other members of southern California's two-year college (2YC) geoscience community to share and discuss strategies that promote student success. This workshop is a collaboration between the National Association of Geoscience Teachers "Traveling Workshop Program" and the National Science Foundations "SAGE2YC" program. Partial funding also comes from Pasadena City College's STEM Education Consortium. The workshop will address a variety of important topics, including building strong geoscience departments and programs, supporting all students with robust active learning strategies, and new ways to use formative and summative assessments. View Program here and Overview and Logistics here.

Workshop Themes

  • Building strong geoscience departments through department-wide conversations and program planning
  • Supporting the success of all students by using active learning strategies
  • Strengthening your courses with effective formative and summative assessments
  • Redesigning your classes using backwards design and curriculum alignment

Workshop Conveners

  • Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Pasadena City College (
  • Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College (
  • David Mrofka, Mt. San Antonio College (

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

This workshop is part of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Traveling Workshop Program and Supporting and Advancing Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges: Faculty as Change Agents project and is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education through grants DUE 1525593, 1524605, 1524623, and 1524800.

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers or the National Science Foundation.

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