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Professional Development

The NAGT conducts a number of programs through its officers, sections, and volunteers ranging from awards and scholarships to internships and bringing experts to campuses around the country. NAGT also sponsors the work by other groups of researchers and educators who are working on similar issues.
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NAGT sponsors faculty development and topical webinars for educational and instructional purposes. These events provide opportunities for faculty to learn more about pedagogy, to share their classroom and professional experiences and teaching materials, and to discuss what works and what's needed in geoscience education.


The NAGT sponsors a number of professional development workshops for geoscience educators through collaborations with its sponsored projects. These workshops provide opportunities for faculty to learn more about pedagogy, to share their classroom experiences and materials, to explore new ways of engaging students, and to discuss what works in geoscience education broadly.

Traveling Workshops Program

The Traveling Workshops Program brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event to help faculty improve courses or help strengthen entire departments.

Next Generation Science Standards

The NAGT and the American Geoscience Institute's Center for Geoscience and Society sponsor a series of webinars for geoscience educators to support implementation of the Earth and Space Science Next Generation Science Standards.

Sponsored Sessions and Events

The NAGT sponsors a number of sessions and events at GSA, AGU, and other professional meetings across the country. Several of these have produced collections of valuable educational resources. Request to have NAGT sponsor your session or event.

NAGT Sponsored Programs

The NAGT sponsors a number of activities and projects in geoscience education that forward its mission and goals. Learn more about how to request sponsorship.


The NAGT supports both educators and students through a variety of awards including the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award, the Neil Miner award, the James Shea award, and summer field programs.

Speakers and Topics

These faculty have given talks on various topics over the years. If you are looking for a geoscience speaker for your event, start here.

Geoscience Teachers in Parks

The Geoscience Teachers-in-the-Parks program is an offshoot of the National Park Services Geoscientists-in-the-Parks program which places geoscientists in parks on a short-term basis to help park-specific research, education, and interpretative projects. The program will run for the final time in the summer of 2015.

Serving Our Communities

The Serving our Communities initiative celebrates the ways that educators and students are engaging with local, national and global communities and supports expansion of these efforts. This set of pages includes a blog that showcases the ways in which geoscience educators are serving their communities - local, regional, state, national and international - through their own teaching, research and service, or by engaging their students in these areas.

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