Workshop Program

Friday, October 26th, 2018

8:00 - 8:45 Registration and light breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 Introduction to workshop goals with introductions of leaders and participants Goals of Workshop (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.8MB Oct26 18)

  • Leaders of workshop are part of SAGE 2YC. Our goals are:
    • Supporting academic success of all students in geoscience
    • Facilitating students' professional pathways (workforce, transfer)
    • Broadening participation in geoscience

9:00 - 10:00 Implicit Bias and How It Impacts Your Students' Success - Guest Speaker: Scott Stallman, Vice President of Instruction, Lone Star College - Tomball

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual's awareness or intentional control. Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness. Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection.

The implicit associations we harbor in our subconscious cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance. These associations develop over the course of a lifetime beginning at a very early age through exposure to direct and indirect messages. In addition to early life experiences, the media and news programming are often-cited origins of implicit associations.


10:00 - 10:15 The Achievement Gap in Our Classes Achievement Gap (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 799kB Oct26 18)

In our last workshop, we reported out on the achievement gap in our underrepresented minorities. Where do we stand now?

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00 Strategies for building classroom environments that support your students' sense of belonging (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 429kB Nov4 18)

Articles referenced in PowerPoint:

Summary handouts:

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Continuing Discussion - What Changes Have You Made to Your Courses in the Last Two Years?

1:00 - 1:30 Gallery Walk: Active Learning in Our Classes

Five active learning activities that are ready for you to take back to your classroom. Each of these activities ties directly to one of the student learning outcomes for GEOL1403 Physical Geology.

  1. Minerals Activity from InTeGrate: Minerals Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 74kB Oct26 18) Minerals Activity Key (Microsoft Word 35kB Oct26 18) Minerals Activity Pictures (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.8MB Oct26 18)
  2. Introducing Rocks activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 26kB Nov4 18)
  3. Volcano Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 95kB Nov2 18)
  4. Geologic Time Concepts (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 5.6MB Nov2 18)
  5. Deformation activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 810kB Nov4 18)
  6. Bonus activity added since workshop: Weathering activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 1.8MB Nov4 18)

1:30- 3:00 - Preparing students for what's next: Transferring to a Four-Year University

What knowledge, skills, and attitudes do faculty want? This will be a panel discussion with representatives from neighboring four-year universities.

3:00 - 3:30 Open Discussion with Panel

How can we better prepare our students? In what ways are our students prepared when they transfer?

3:30 - 4:00 Workshop evaluation