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:
Mark Abolins, Ph.D.
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.
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 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.
•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
mailing address: PO Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301
p: 303-357-1025 / f: 303-357-1070
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: http://ncse.com/about/excursions/teacher-scholarship .
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 (http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/) 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.
Interested in Earth Science and Native American culture? You might want to check out this resource . . .