Friday, September 11, 2009

National Association of Geoscience Teachers: Fall Resources and Workshops

From Cathy Manduca, Executive Director, NAGT:


As the academic year gets underway, I am writing to call your attention to new online resources, workshops (for faculty and departments), and other upcoming opportunities. Happy Fall!

New Resources:

- The On the Cutting Edge website includes several new topical modules, about topics including Teaching about Energy, the Hurricane-Climate Connection, the Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience (how an awareness of the learning process can dramatically improve learning), and Teaching Paleontology:

- Our large collection of pedagogic resources on the Pedagogy in Action website includes six new modules, on ConcepTests, Jigsaws, Lecture Tutorials, Structured Academic Controversy, Teaching the Process of Science, and Teaching Urban Students. Each module includes an introduction to the pedagogic method, information on why it is effective, how to use it in your classroom, and examples of teaching activities using the method:

- The Building Strong Geoscience Departments website includes new and expanded resources, particularly related to Curriculum Development and Program Assessment:

Workshops for Individuals and Departments:

- The 2010 On the Cutting Edge Workshop series includes 5 face-to-face workshops, 4 virtual workshops, and 10 partnership workshops (offered in association with other meetings or organizations -- this includes the Follow-on Workshop on Teaching About Energy, to be held in conjunction with the GSA meeting in Portland, application deadline Sept 25):

- The Building Strong Geoscience Departments project is initiating a Visiting Workshop Program. Two of our leaders will come to your campus to deliver a workshop for your department, on topics we offer that are of high interest to you. There are two application deadlines Sept 16 and Nov 16:

Other Opportunities:

- Lead a Follow-On Workshop: Cutting Edge seeks proposals for one-half or one-day follow-on workshops on topics that have been offered through the "On the Cutting Edge" program in the past. If you would like to bring one of these workshops to a new audience, submit a request for proposal before the Sept 22 deadline:

- Propose a Cutting Edge workshop topic: Cutting Edge is seeking recommendations for workshop topics, submit your ideas before Oct 30 :

Cathryn A Manduca
Director, Science Education Resource Center
Executive Director, National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Carleton College
1 N College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
507 222 7096

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