College and University Faculty, K-12 Teachers, Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Informal Educators: Please join us for an exciting and diverse series of workshops and events for education at all levels. Annual Meeting registration and payment of the workshop fee are required in order to participate in the K-16 workshops. GSA K-12 Teacher Members who are only attending the workshops do not have to pay the meeting registration fee ($40). Annual Meeting registration is $40 for nonmember K-12 teachers or for others who will participate only in the weekend workshops. A special Subaru of America grant is available to Colorado graduate students and two-year college faculty that will cover half of your registration fee [ more information ]. Preregister to ensure your spot.
- 2. Earth Science Inquiry-Based Student-Centered Curriculum Developed by the American Geological Institute with support from the NSF: EarthComm, IES, CUES, and HSES 
Sat., Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by American Geological Institute and National Science Foundation.
- Intended audience: Middle and high school teachers, college and university faculty. Fee: $10.
- The American Geological Institute will showcase four major NSF-funded curriculum programs for middle school and high school students that target key earth science and inquiry standards of the National Science Education Standards. Workshop attendees will receive sample curriculum materials and work through investigations that use a student-centered, collaborative-learning approach and apply earth systems science principles to development of earth, space, and environmental science concepts. The workshop will also demonstrate how to integrate Web-based resources and GIS applications into classroom teaching of earth and environmental science. Information: Roderic Brame; Michael Smith.
- 5. How to Establish and Sustain an Undergraduate Research Program 
Sat., Nov. 6, 1-5 p.m. Cosponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research.
- Intended audience: College and university faculty, graduate students. Fee: $30.
- This workshop will present strategies for developing and sustaining research programs at the undergraduate level. It is open to all, but is designed for new geosciences faculty, graduate students applying for academic positions, and faculty interested in expanding their research programs to include undergraduates. Presentations will cover strategies for obtaining a job at a predominantly undergraduate institution, funding opportunities to support undergraduate research, project selection and mentoring of undergraduates, and models of successful undergraduate research programs. Breakout sessions will be used to develop individual plans and share ideas and strategies for getting started, finding money and time, and selecting projects. Information: Lydia K. Fox; Lori Bettison-Varga; Jill Singer; Jeff Ryan.
- 6. Using Conceptests to Improve Teaching and Learning in Large Classes 
Sat., Nov. 6, 1-5 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Geoscience Education Division, National Association of Geology Teachers, and National Science Foundation.
- Intended audience: College and university faculty. Fee: $10.
- Workshop participants will learn proven techniques to create and use conceptests-short conceptual multiple-choice questions that generally require qualitative rather than quantitative answers. Conceptests have been successfully adopted by science faculty at a range of institutions and have been shown to improve student achievement, raise attendance, reduce student attrition, and produce a more active, student-centered learning environment. We will share at least 100 sample questions and associated assessment data with participants. Information: David McConnell; David Steer; Katharine Owens.
- 10. Inquiry-Based Digital Laboratory Materials for Introductory Geology Courses 
Sun., Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by National Science Foundation, GSA Geoscience Education Division, and National Association of Geology Teachers.
- Intended audience: College and university faculty, graduate students. Fee: $25.
- This workshop introduces integrating inquiry-based instruction into introductory level geology courses. Participants develop inquiry-based activities, assess their effectiveness, and identify innovative evaluations for student performance. Presenters will share best practices identified during development of software modules that use an inquiry-based problem-solving approach to help students learn basic geologic concepts. The modules-based on a field course taught in eastern Utah-bring field experiences into the classroom and train students to use the scientific method to solve real problems. The modules are easily scored and can be used to supplement or replace portions of traditional laboratory instruction in introductory courses. Information: Anne Frances Wysocki; Jacqueline E. Huntoon, Leonard C. Mankowski.
- 11. Creating an Online Learning Environment with Visionlearning 
Sun., Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Intended audience: Middle and high school teachers, college and university faculty, graduate students, informal educators. Fee: $25.
- Web-based teaching materials can avoid the weaknesses of traditional textbooks by offering low-cost resources that integrate concise content, interactive exercises, news, biographies, and other materials. Finding and using these resources effectively can be a challenge, however. In this workshop, participants will learn about the advantages of using Web-based materials, especially in an interdisciplinary classroom where no appropriate textbook exists. Participants will have the opportunity to fully explore the content and classroom management resources available at the Visionlearning, an NSF-funded undergraduate education Web site, and use the site to set up their own MyClassroom. Information: Anne Egger; Anthony Carpi.
- 1. Earthquakes — A One-Day Workshop for College and University Faculty 
Sat., Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by the IRIS Consortium, U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, and Purdue University.
- 3. Using the Internet in the Earth Science Classroom to Develop Data Driven Lessons, Activities, and Lab 
Sat., Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-noon. Cosponsored by National Association of Geology Teachers and GSA Geoscience Education Division.
- 4. Geoscience Classroom to Workforce: Skills and Partnerships for the Real World 
Sat., Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-noon. Cosponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research.
- 7. Toward a Sustainable Future: Connecting the Dots 
Sat., Nov. 6, 1-5 p.m.
- 8. Using the "Our Dynamic Planet" and "Global Ocean Data Viewer" to Implement Effective Science Writing Activities 
Sat., Nov. 6, 1-5 p.m.
- 9. Online Geoscience Education: How to Create Meaningful Distance Learning Opportunities 
Sat., Nov. 6, 1- 5 p.m., Front Range Community College.
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