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NAGT Activities at 2015 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting held in Baltimore, MD, November 1-4, 2015. Please submit an abstract and plan to attend the following sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels. You can also come by the NAGT booth (#931) to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about how you can be involved in your organization. More information about NAGT activities at GSA will be added to this page as it becomes available.

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Workshops Early Registration Deadline: September 15

NAGT is involved in running three workshops this year and is sponsoring three more. Register for these when you register for the meeting. You can also see a full listing of short courses on the GSA website.

515. Building Teaching Skills for Future Faculty — CANCELLED

527. Teaching Geoethics Across the Geoscience Curriculum — CANCELLED

532. Supporting Student Success in Geoscience Departments and Programs — CANCELLED

NAGT-Sponsored Workshops

524. Teaching Controversial Issues 1: Climate and Energy

Sat., 31 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon., Hilton Baltimore, Room TBA
Cost: $35. Limit: 35. CEU: 0.4.
Instructors: Don Duggan-Haas, Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth; Scott Mandia, Suffolk County Community College; Glenn Dolphin, University of Calgary; Richard Kissel, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History; Minda Berbeco, National Center for Science Education; Robert Ross, Paleontological Research Institute and its Museum of the Earth
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division

Course Description

Abstract: Climate and energy are topics rife with controversy, which provides challenges and opportunities for teaching. This is one of two connected courses on controversial issues that may be taken separately or together. Questions addressed include: Why are certain issues controversial? How do controversial issues differ from one another? How can we help learners focus on deepening understandings rather than fortifying positions? What does the history of controversy teach us about dealing with these issues? Both courses will investigate the teaching of controversial issues from theoretical perspectives and provide nuts-and-bolts strategies to make teaching such topics more effective and less divisive.

526. Using Geodetic Data in Introductory Courses: Ice Mass and Sea-Level Changes Module for Intro-Level Undergraduates — CANCELLED

529. Teaching Controversial Issues 2: Evolution of Life and Earth

Sat., 31 Oct., 1–5 p.m., Hilton Baltimore, Room TBA
Cost: $35. Limit: 35. CEU: 0.4.
Instructors: Don Duggan-Haas, Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth; Scott Mandia, Suffolk County Community College; Glenn Dolphin, University of Calgary; Richard Kissel, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History; Minda Berbeco, National Center for Science Education; Robert Ross, Paleontological Research Institute and its Museum of the Earth.
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division

Course Description

Evolutionary history and and the age of the Earth are rife with controversy, which provides challenges and opportunities for teaching. This is one of two connected courses on controversial issues that may be taken separately or together. Questions addressed include: Why are certain issues controversial? How do controversial issues differ from one another? How can we help learners focus on deepening understandings rather than fortifying positions? What does the history of controversy teach us about dealing with these issues? Both courses will investigate the teaching of controversial issues from theoretical perspectives and provide nuts-and-bolts strategies to make teaching such topics more effective and less divisive.

531. Interactive Strategies for the Classroom: A How-to Guide Using Examples about Igneous Rocks — CANCELLED

534. Using Geodetic Data in Majors-Level Courses: Analyzing Active Tectonics with LiDAR, InSAR, and GPS Data Applied to Critical Societal Issues — CANCELLED

Field Trips

NAGT is sponsoring one field trip in 2015. To see the other available field trips, go to the GSA website.

426. The Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory.

Thurs., 5 Nov. US$95. (1L, R)
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Leaders: Don Duggan-Haas, The Paleontological Research Institution; Susan L. Brantley; Tim White.

Description

The Critical Zone spans from the top of trees to the bottom of groundwater, where rock meets life. Ten Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) now exist in U.S. The Susquehanna-Shale Hills CZO involves an interdisciplinary team working to (1) advance methods for characterizing regolith, (2) provide a theoretical basis for predicting the distribution, properties and evolution of regolith, and (3) study the impacts of regolith on fluid pathways, flow rates, solute residence times, and response to climate change. The field trip will explore the site and suite of tools used at the CZO. The trip will pay special attention to the use of CZOs for K–16 educators in the environmental and Earth sciences, by sharing and contributing to a Virtual Fieldwork Experience (VFE). VFEs are multimedia representations of actual field sites that can serve as proxies and catalysts for fieldwork. The program will include overviews of CZ Science, and VFEs, using Shale Hills as a case study for the science and pedagogical approach. Participants will contribute to the site's VFE and be able to use it in their teaching. The VFE is intended to serve as a model for VFEs that participants create, ideally with substantial student participation. A key component in the CZO approach is to train a new cadre of CZ scientists who have been exposed to interdisciplinary collaboration, research and thought–a goal that is being achieved in part through a collaborative three-year REU/RET program between Shale Hills and Christina River Basin CZOs through summer 2016.

NAGT-Sponsored Topical Sessions Abstract Deadline - August 11

To see the full list of Geoscience Education Topical Sessions, go to the GSA Annual Meeting Website.

T66. Beginning a New Era in Earth Science Education: The Role of Geoscience in Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards

Sunday, November 1

  • I (posters): 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • II (presentations): 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Michael J. Passow, Michael E. Wysession, Jacqueline E. Huntoon, Emily E. Gochis, Alexandria Guth, Ashley E. Miller
National Earth Science Teachers Association; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geology and Society Division

Representatives from school districts, professional societies, teacher training programs, and informal science institutions share examples of incorporating the geosciences to integrate disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, engineering practices, and holistic thinking into emerging NGSS-aligned programs.

T68. Climate Literacy: Formal and Informal Education and Outreach Activities and Research and Evaluation Measures of Success

Tuesday, November 3, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Monica H. Barnes, Bonnie Murray
GSA Geoscience Education Division; CLEAN Network; GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division

The session will focus on both activities (formal education, informal education, outreach activities, and partnerships beyond the sciences) and research (education, social, and cognitive) that can extend the reach and effectiveness of climate literacy efforts.

T70. Digital Technology in Real and Virtual Geoscience Experiences

Sunday, November 1

  • I (presentations): 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • II (posters): 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • III (presentations): 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Declan De Paor, Steven J. Whitmeyer, Callan Bentley
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Karst Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Geo2YC Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers; International Association for Geoscience Diversity

Digital technology is transforming geoscience practices. We seek poster presentations addressing applications of digital technology to all aspects of geoscience teaching, research, and outreach, with an emphasis on the importance and usefulness of innovations.

T72. Ethics of Geoscience in Practice and Application

Sunday, November 1, 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Cindy Palinkas, Vincent S. Cronin
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; International Association for the Promotion; NAGT

Geoscientists have ethical obligations in conducting research, informing society of geo-resources and hazards, and student training. This session aims to discuss these obligations through presentation of research results and needs, case studies, and educational strategies.

T75. Field-Based Educational Research: Insights from Field Camps, Field Trips, and Field-Based Courses

Monday, November 2, 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Miriam Barquero-Molina, Angela Van Boening, Heather L. Petcovic, Lauren N. Holder
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

This session will present rigorous research in field-based geoscience education, including field camps, courses, trips, field-based research, and professional contexts. Research involving cognitive science such as spatial thinking, navigation, visualization skills, and utilizing teaching as research in the field will also be covered.

T83. Methods for Conducting Research about Teaching and Learning in the Geosciences

Monday, November 2, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nicole LaDue, Laura A. Lukes, Katherine Ryker, Kim A. Cheek
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Geoscience Education Research (GER) draws upon methods used in a variety of social science fields, including psychology, education, and anthropology. This session encourages presenters to highlight classic and novel methods used in their research.

T85. Preparing Pathways in K–12 Classrooms for Tomorrow's Diverse Geoscience Workforce: Teachers, Students, and Communities

Sunday, November 1, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Marilyn J. Suiter, Keith A. Sverdrup
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee; National Earth Science Teachers Association; GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

This session will provide examples of teacher preparation programs that support the development of STEM teacher- and administrator-leaders who establish classroom learning environments that reflect diversity and multiculturalism in K–12 STEM education.

T86. Research on Teaching and Student Learning in the K–12 Earth Science Classroom

Tuesday, November 3

  • I (posters): 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • II (Presentations): 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Laura A. Guertin, Tanya Furman
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Addressing global challenges and science literacy begins with K–12 earth-science teaching. This session will share research, tested instructional resources, models, and tools to enhance the content knowledge and skills of K–12 earth-science teachers and students.

T87. Supporting Geoscience Student Transfer: Collaborations, Partnerships, and Practices for Success

Tuesday, November 3, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Benjamin A. Wolfe, Eric M.D. Baer
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Geo2YC Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Topics for this session may include advising and support strategies, articulation agreements, curricular alignment, 2YC–4YC faculty interactions, cross-institutional student research projects, field trips, bridge programs, recruitment programs, and/or research or case studies on transfer patterns, challenges, and approaches.

Meetings and Receptions

Dates, times, and locations for business meetings and receptions will be posted as they become available. Be sure to check back soon.

  • AGI Past President's Reception and Dinner - Saturday October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Holiday Ballroom 6 (Hilton Baltimore), by invitation
  • AGI Policy Meeting - Sunday November 1, TBA
  • GSA President's Student Breakfast - Sunday, November 1, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Poe (Hilton Baltimore)
  • NAGT Executive Committee Meeting - Sunday, November 1, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Johnson Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • NAGT Council Meeting - Sunday, November 1, 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Johnson Room(Hilton Baltimore)
  • GSA Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony - Sunday, November 1, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Room 327/328/329 (Baltimore Convention Center)
  • NAGT Booth #931 opens - Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • NAGT/USGS Coop Summer Field/Internship Meeting- Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m, Latrobe Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • GSA Education Committee Business Meeting - Sunday November 1, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Peale Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • NAGT Geoscience Education Research Div. Business Meeting - Sunday, November 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ruth oom
  • NAGT 2YC Geoscience Div. Business Meeting - Sunday, November 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hilton Johnson room
  • NAGT Teacher Education Div. (TED) Business Meeting - Sunday, November 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hilton Latrobe Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • Geoscience Educator's Reception (GSA, GSA Div. GEo. Ed., NAGT, DLESE, Cutting Edge, InTeGrate, IRIS, JOI, UNAVCO, EARTHSCOPE, Teacher Prep Table - Sunday November 1, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Camden Lobby (Baltimore Convention Center)
  • GSA JTPC Roundtable Breakfast -
  • NAGT Past Presidents' Breakfast - Monday, November 2, 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. , Peale A Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • Joint AGI/GSA Member Societies Meeting - Monday, November 2, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Holiday Ballroom 4 (Hilton Baltimore)
  • Friends of AGI Awards Reception - Monday, November 2, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Holiday Ballroom 1 (Hilton Baltimore)
  • Association for Women Geoscientists Discussion of issues facing women chairs, deans, etc. TBA
  • NAGT Journal of Geosci. Educ. Editorial Board Meeting - Monday, November 2, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Calloway Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • GSA Geoscience Educ. Division: Board Meeting - Tuesday, November 3, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Ruth Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • GSA Geoscience Educ. Division: Business Meeting - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Ruth Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • AGI/NAGT Leadership Meeting - Tuesday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Peale C Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • NAGT/GSA Geo. Ed. Div/CUR Awards luncheon - Tuesday, November 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holiday Ballroom 5 (Hilton Baltimore)
  • InTeGrate Reception - Tuesday, November 3, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Poe Room (Hilton Baltimore)
  • NGSS Town Hall Meeting - Wednesday November 4, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center Room 321

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