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1/12/17 Webinar – Education for Sustainability with the Next Generation Science Standards

Education for Sustainability with the Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards includes a significant focus on sustainability, through standards focused on human impacts on Earth Systems, climate change, natural hazards and natural resources. We will hear from three different sustainability-focused NGSS initiatives. Kathryn Baldwin will introduce the Education for Sustainability framework being used for teacher preparation in Washington State, Jerri Birkofer will describe use of NGSS within a place-based environmental justice module, and Ellen Metzger and Eugene Cordero will describe NGSS-aligned curriculum and professional development with the Green Ninja project.
The webinar is free, but registration is required. Registration: .


Dr. Kathryn Baldwin, Eastern Washington University
Dr. Eugene Cordero, San Jose State University
Ms. Jerri Birkofer, Stewarts Creek High School
Dr. Ellen Metzger, San Jose State University
Making Your Course Worth Their Time: Maximizing Student Learning in your Introductory and General Education Earth Science Courses

Thursday, January 12, 2017
1:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Mountain | 3:00 PM Central | 4:00 PM Eastern

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Teacher Prep and NGSS Sessions at GSA – Abstracts due July 12

Greetings Teacher Preparation Professionals,

I hope your summers are going well. Please see below for a call for abstracts to two GSA sessions focused on teacher preparation. The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting will be in Denver this September25-28.

T72. Advances in In-Service and Pre-Service K-12 Earth Sciences Teacher Preparation and Professional Development

Innovative approaches in teacher preparation and professional development by two-year and four-year colleges and universities may successfully address the needs of Earth Sciences educators, especially in rural or traditionally underserved areas.

T85. Planning to Make a Difference through the Next Generation Science Standards, Part 2: Undergraduate and Teacher Training Initiatives

What adaptations should Higher Education and Informal Educational Institutions create to facilitate implementation of the NGSS? How best can teacher preparation programs empower pre- and in-service educators with skills to succeed under the NGSS?

Please submit your abstract soon!

Here’s the full list of Geoscience Education technical sessions:

Best regards,
Mark Abolins, Ph.D.

Learning Space 107: Science Fair – It’s Not Just Volcanoes Anymore!

In this episode of Learning Space, Georgia and Pamela welcome Larry Lebofsky from the Planetary Science Institute to talk about his work to help teachers get their kids doing better projects and how he uses Science Fair to try and grow a love of science.

Learning Space 107: Science Fair – It’s Not Just Volcanoes Anymore!

National Park Service – Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program – 75+ summer opportunities available

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is now recruiting applicants for more than 75 National Park Service “Geoscientists-In-the-Parks” (GIP) opportunities taking place during summer 2016.

GIP participants have the opportunity to work at a National Park and gain valuable work experience. Participants are paid a minimum of $3,600 stipend, travel allowance, provided housing (or a housing allowance) for the duration of the project, and will be eligible for an AmeriCorps™ education award.

Students and recent graduates who are United States citizens or permanent legal residents with a background in natural resource sciences are eligible for the program.

Apply Now
Apply online at GSA’s GIP site by noon (MST) 29 Feb.

About The Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program
GIP was developed by the National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resources Division (GRD) in 1996. It provides college students and recent graduates 18 – 35 years old with on-the-ground, natural resource, science-based work experience with the National Park Service. This program is run in partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Environmental Stewards™. GSA advertises the program, recruits qualified candidates, and manages the online application process. Once a candidate is offered a GIP position, Environmental Stewards enrolls them in the program, administers their payments and benefits, and serves as their point of contact throughout the program. Learn more: GIP flyer.

Program Objectives
•Provide on-the-job geoscience and other natural resource science training for college and graduate students and recent graduates 18-35 years old,
•Introduce students and recent graduates to science careers in the National Park Service,
•Build natural resource science technical capacity for parks and central offices, and
•Enhance the public’s understanding of the natural resource sciences.

Park projects may include
•Natural resource research;
•Mapping (geology, plants, animals);
•Assessing geologic hazards;
•Preparing field guides and park resource overviews;
•Assisting in natural resource inventories; and
•Leading interpretive talks or programs for park visitors.

Matthew Dawson – Application, interview, and selection process
Krista Rogers – Program enrollment, pay, administration, AmeriCorps
Lisa Norby – Positions, parks, general program information


physical address: 3300 Penrose Pl, Boulder, CO 80301
mailing address: PO Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301
p: 303-357-1025 / f: 303-357-1070

Seeking teachers! All-expenses-paid Grand Canyon raft trip

Apply for an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip down the Grand Canyon with the National Center for Science Education!  Note the January 5th deadline.  Here’s how to apply: .

Speak up teachers!

Reposted from National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) . . .

What do you really think about science education?  Join the hundreds of colleagues who are turning to Speak Up 2015 ( to share their thoughts on science instruction, their needs as science teachers, and their opinions on technology in schools.  The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete, and will be open through December 18.

Geology of North America Through Native American Stories

Interested in Earth Science and Native American culture?  You might want to check out this resource . . .

Topic: Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories

1.  Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories

Reposted from GSA Education Division Digest.  Posted 15 hours ago.

A free PDF of Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories is available to anyone who requests it at this link:


Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories uses the rock cycle and plate tectonics as the weft and sacred stories of ancient Americans as the warp to weave a complete geologic, geographic, and environmental description and explanation of the plains and mountains of North America to a wide range of audiences and age levels.


This illustrated 27-page essay provides demonstrations and analogies that are easily adapted to a wide range of learners. This book showcases story telling as an effective teaching strategy to achieve current national science learning outcomes and to differentiate instruction among all modalities of learners in the classroom.


Robert McWilliams

Professor Emeritus

Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science