Upcoming workshops, webinars and other educational opportunities

Inspiring Innovation: 2YC Geoscience Faculty as Change Agents workshop

Here is a great virtual workshop opportunity! The Inspiring Innovation: 2YC Geoscience Faculty as Agents of Change workshop will be held on five successive Fridays starting April 14. Interactive sessions will be led by 2YC faculty who contributed to Catalyzing Change: STEM Faculty as Change AgentsThe registration deadline is April 3.

  • Are you interested in learning more about supporting student success in your teaching (metacognition, undergraduate research, online teaching), addressing inclusion and equity in your courses and your programs, and supporting students' career and transfer paths? 
  • Would you like to discuss these approaches with other 2YC faculty, considering what you might share and what you might adopt or adapt in your own work?
  • Have you wondered how to move your ideas forward, perhaps working on a project with your disciplinary colleagues and/or with other STEM colleagues, leading workshops or book clubs on your campus, and/or writing a grant proposal to support your ideas?  Are you interested in learning more about National Science Foundation (NSF) programs that focus on 2YCs?

If you responded yes to one or more questions, consider participating in this workshop, which aims to inspire innovation in both your classrooms and beyond based on strategies described in Catalyzing Change: STEM Faculty as Change Agents.  We welcome both individual participation from 2YC geoscience educators (full-time & part-time) and groups of participants, composed of 2 or more full-time or part-time faculty from other STEM disciplines, including at least one geoscience or environmental science instructor, typically with all team members being from the same institution. A team would typically partner in effecting change within your program/across your institution.  Each participant would apply separately.

The workshop includes time to interact with other 2YC faculty to plan how to use the information and strategies discussed.  It also includes opportunities to learn more about NSF programs that focus on community colleges - including sessions led by 2YC faculty with NSF or other grant experience and a session with NSF program officers. The workshop is supported by a grant from NSF and sponsored by the NAGT Geo2YC Division.

Workshop details: Some details below with more on the workshop overview.

Workshop dates: Five Fridays: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12. 

Workshop times: 12-4 ET / 11-3 CT / 10-2 MT/ 9 am-1 pm PT / 6-10 am Hawaii time.

Key workshop sessions for days 1-3 (see workshop overview for days 4-5)

April 14: Effective Teaching and Learning

  • Successes with metacognition: Transforming student learning: led by Lynsey LeMay, Elizabeth Nagy, Adriana Perez, David Voorhees
  • Undergraduate research at community colleges: led by Pete Berquist, Laura Guertin, Melanie Will-Cole
  • Effective online teaching: led by Michelle Harris, Bridget James, Adrianne Leinbach, Alyssa MacDonald, Donn Viviani

April 21: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Two-year colleges & unlearning racism in the geosciences (URGE): led by Laura Guertin, Kaatje Kraft
  • Using course-level outcomes data to foster institutional change: led by Jessica Barone, Amanda Colosimo, Lisa Flick
  • Broadening participation through inclusive teaching: led by Kristie Bradford, Shannon Othus-Gault, Andrea Goering

April 28: Supporting students' career and transfer paths

  • Supporting students' career development: led by Andrea Bair, Sean Tvelia, Becca Walker
  • Supporting transfer students - 2YCs to university programs: led by Deron Carter, Chris DiLeonardo, Dan Ferandez, Bridget James
  • Moving your ideas forward: Eric Baer, Karen Layou, Becca Walker

We ask for your intentional commitment to participate in all of the workshop. We understand you may need to step out to teach a class or attend a meeting or may need to miss a day; you are still welcome to register for the workshop.

Please share with colleagues.  And if you'd like to develop a project to work with other colleagues on your campus (in geoscience and/or other STEM disciplines) as agents of change in STEM, please encourage them to register for the workshop (each member of such a team would apply individually).  

Workshop overview.  

Please register by April 3.  


Eric Baer, Highline Community College
Karen Layou, Reynolds Community College
Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Heather Macdonald, William & Mary

Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2023

July 10-14, 2023 IN PERSON Pasadena, CA

Join us for the ninth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. This event brings together researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of undergraduate Earth education, including a mix of college faculty, graduate students, and K-12 teachers from all disciplines who are interested in improving their teaching about Earth. Our program is designed to appeal to everyone from the instructor attending their first Earth education-themed meeting, to experienced STEM education researchers, to administrators who want to better support students in their programs. Among many options, participants can learn about new teaching approaches, discover opportunities to get involved in research programs, prepare for an academic career, or discuss how to approach teaching and learning challenges in their classroom. Consider joining the Rendezvous for 2- or 3-day blocks, or for the whole week-long (5-day) event.

For more information and registration, visit the EER 2023 website.

NAGT Webinars

NAGT offers a wide variety of webinars on topics related to geoscience teaching throughout the month. Join us on the first Fridays of the month for Geo2YC Division sponsored webinars that will have a focus on issues of interest and importance for community colleges. For the full schedule of upcoming webinars, see the NAGT Webinar Calendar.