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Tuesday, June 13

5:00-5:45 Reception with cash bar, welcome, and poster session (Tacoma Room)

Team posters on display; informal conversations

5:45-6:45 Dinner with cash bar (Tacoma Room)

6:45-8:00 Poster session, project update, and continued discussions

Wednesday, June 14

8:00-8:15 Overview of day

8:15-9:45 Backwards design: Assessing what you want students to know and be able to do (PowerPoint 306kB Jun14 17) - Jenny McFarland, Edmonds Community College

What do you want students to know and be able to do after completing your course? We will discuss the 'enduring understandings' of geoscience that you want your students to be able to use after your course. We will explore different types of formative and summative assessment that can help students practice and demonstrate their understanding.

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-12:00 Conceptual assessment: Using Bloom's Taxonomy to reveal student understanding (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.4MB Jun14 17) - Jenny McFarland, Edmonds Community College

We will review Bloom's Taxonomy and apply this framework to assessment questions to understand how both lower- and higher-level cognitive skills can be assessed. We will discuss how to help students study for and practice higher-level Bloom's questions. We will also consider how to use formative assessment to reveal common student misconceptions and guide student learning.



12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Using outcomes assessment data to change and improve (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 631kB Jun14 17) - Heather Macdonald, Eric Baer, Debra Bragg, and Heather McCambly

This session explores ways the Change Agents can use data from the SAGE 2YC outcomes assessment process to support the project's three goals: improve instruction, broaden participation, and enhance pathways. This workshop session includes a series of hands-on activities that focus on analyzing data and action planning to enhance the use of data to optimize program improvement and impact.


1:00 Introduction - Why does outcomes assessment matter? - Heather Macdonald

1:10 Table discussions around what teams found or expect to find in their data.

1:30 Example: Data from Highline Community College - Eric Baer

2:00 The Value of Reflective Practice Using Data - Debra Bragg

2:30 Debrief Discussion

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-5:00 Using outcomes assessment data to change and improve (continued) 

3:00 Using Data to Facilitate Change - Heather McCambly and Pamela Eddy

3:45 Reflecting and Planning to Action Plans

4:30 Whole-group Debrief

5:00-5:15 Group picture and daily roadcheck

7:00-8:00 Dinner at hotel (with cash bar starting at 6:30)

8:00 Small informal discussion groups - OPTIONAL

Discussions about what works, what are challenges and how can they be addressed, what are possibilities, what more do I need. Possible topics include: developing students' quantitative skills, undergraduate research, working with adjuncts, incorporating a career focus into courses and programs, working with 4YCUs, other topics as suggested by Change Agents.

Thursday, June 15

8:00-8:15 Results of roadcheck and overview of the day

8:15-12:00 Diversity in action: Broadening participation through strategies for inclusion (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Nov1 18)- Jan Hodder, Heather Macdonald, John McDaris, and Carol Ormand

The geosciences are tied with physics for the least diverse field in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). We'll examine issues of equity, access, and inclusion through the lens of case studies, then explore strategies for broadening participation via a gallery walk and discussion.


8:15 Short Introduction

8:20-8:50 Scenario Group Discussions

8:50-9:10 What does research tell us about issues related to diversity in STEM?

9:10-10:00 Diversity Strategy Gallery Walk

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Diversity in action: Broadening participation through strategies for inclusion (continued)

10:20-10:30 Go to the poster set that you're most interested in discussing and talk to the others there.

10:30-10:40 Go to your second choice poster set and discuss.

10:40-11:20 Pick one of the topics and sit with your group to discuss. Take notes in the workspace.


11:20-11:40 Begin individual action planning in your notebook.

11:40-12:00 Reflections on using or adapting this session in a regional workshop.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Leading change and bringing others along (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 536kB Jun15 17) - Pamela Eddy

This session will review how to lead change based on your own leadership perspectives and what type of change is required at your college. A range of case study scenarios will be employed to help you test drive and practice how you can effect change on your campus and lead others. Resistance to change is often strong, thus we'll also look at strategies to break through the types of brain barriers that often stop change initiatives.

2:00-5:00 Geoscience program and individual action planning (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 55kB Jun15 17); short (~ 5 minutes) interviews with evaluation and research team

  • 2:00-3:15 Work on your institution's geoscience program action plan (keeping in the mind the three project strands)



  • 3:15-3:30 One-minute points: What is one thing you want feedback on regarding your geoscience program action plan
  • 3:30-3:45 Break
  • 3:45 - Daily roadcheck
  • 3:45-5:00 More time for action planning
    • Prepare a 5-minute presentation (3-4 slides) about your geoscience program action plan for Friday morning and upload it
    • Work on both program and individual action plans

Dinner on your own (groups, individual, your call)

Friday, June 16

8:00-8:15 Results of roadcheck and overview of day

8:15-10:15 Action plan presentations and feedback

  • Give a 5 minute presentation (3-4 slides) about your geoscience program action plan (Slides in the workspace.)
  • Everyone writes comments about each program's action plan (one positive, one question or one constructive criticism)
  • Virtual Activity Planning (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 51kB Jun15 17)

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Work on action plans in response to morning feedback

11:30-1:00 Lunch (on your own or with others as you wish with box lunches)

1:00-1:30 Social network analysis (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 63kB Jun16 17) - Debra Bragg

1:30-3:45 Your regional network: Moving towards sustainability (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 48kB Jun16 17)

  • Continuing to develop your regional network - goals, issues, strategies, sustainability - table discussions
  • Plan your regional workshop, keeping in mind the posters, your reflections from your 2016 workshop, and the need to address all 3 strands of the project over the course of your regional work
  • Short round-the-room focus of regional workshops
  • Discussion Notes

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-4:30 Reviewing regional workshop plans - pairs of teams

4:30-5:10 Reflections and closing remarks

  • How has the project influenced you? - Reflection time and round-the-room (1 minute)
  • Closing remarks

5:10-5:30 End of workshop evaluation

Dinner on your own or in groups