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Announcing Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) Observers Training — Deadline to join fall training session: 9/24

September 21, 2015
Dear Geoscience Educator,

Are you interested in being part of an exciting team that is working to describe the nature of teaching in college and university geoscience classrooms?  If so, we would love to have you join our team of Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) Observers.  The RTOP team is currently collaborating with the SAGE 2YC and InTeGrate projects to help understand the impact that these programs have on geoscience teaching.  We have a training session starting in late September/early October and we are seeking interested faculty. 

Faculty selected as Observers are expected to complete and pass an online training tutorial and subsequently make observations of geoscience classes using a standard protocol. Observers will receive a $200 stipend for each completed observation that contributes to our data set.  The training process spans ~3 weeks and will require a total of ~10-15 hours of work.  The work includes watching videos of classrooms and scoring them with a standardized rubric.  Each week you will also “meet” with a mentor in a conference call to go over your scores so that you can better understand the scoring protocol.  If you are successful in training, we will aim to have you begin certified face to face observations this fall.

Past participants have noted that the training as well as the observations themselves are forms of professional development because they expose you to a variety of teaching styles and techniques that aim to increase the degree of active learning in our geoscience classrooms.

-If you would like to know more about the RTOP project please visit our website at: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/certop/index.html

-If you would like to be trained as an RTOP observer this fall, please e-mail Monica Bruckner at mbruckne@carleton.edu no later than Thursday 9/24. If you are unable to fit training in this fall, but are interested in being alerted about future trainings please also e-mail Monica and we will include you in future training announcements.

-If you have questions don’t hesitate to e-mail any one of us on the leadership team or Monica Bruckner <mbruckne@carleton.edu>.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you,

Sincerely,

The RTOP Leadership Team:

Karen Viskupic <karenviskupic at boisestate.edu>
Rachel Teasdale <rteasdale at csuchico.edu>
Katherine Ryker <kryker at emich.edu>
Ellen Iverson <eiverson at carleton.edu>
Dori Farthing <farthing at geneseo.edu>
Julie Bartley <jbartley at gustavus.edu>

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