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Faculty Institute for Earth and Space Science Education (FINESSE ) Workshop

published Nov 16, 2012 2:53pm
A 2-Day College Teaching Excellence Workshop hosted by the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research

January 8-9, 2013 in Charleston, SC preceding the Association for Science Teacher Education ASTE International Conference

DESCRIPTION: The FINESSE Team provides 2-day interactive teaching excellence workshops for college and university faculty who prepare future science teachers to work with highly diverse student populations. These workshops focus on reforming and revitalizing undergraduate science teaching methods courses and Earth and Space science survey courses, such as ASTRO 101 and GEOL 101, that future teachers most often take. The goals are to enhance courses with contemporary pedagogies and data-rich problem-based learning approaches steeped in authentic scientific inquiry, which consistently demonstrate effectiveness with diverse students. Participants themselves will conduct mini-science data-rich research projects during the institutes using highly regarded approaches to inquiry using proven models that can be readily applied in your classes next semester. Most importantly, the Institute agenda allocates significant time to illustrating best practices for working with diverse students. Participants leave with a well-formulated action plan to reform their courses targeting future teachers to include more data-rich scientific inquiry lessons and to be better focused on improving science education for a wide diversity of students. Pre-registration is recommended and participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computers with MS Office (or OpenOffice) installed.

$250 STIPEND: Participants who are full-time college and university faculty who participate in the entire 2-day workshop are eligible to receive a $250 stipend to help subsidize some of their expenses for attending. The stipend will be paid approximately 8 weeks after the workshop.

Sophia Marshall, Tougaloo College, Mississippi
Rick Pomeroy, University of California – Davis
Debby Stork, University of Dubuque
Stephanie Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research
Tim Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research,
among others

REGISTRATION: Check out the right hand menu on our program website at

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Funded in part by a NASA SMD EPOESS Grant focusing on improving instruction with diverse students, this professional development program for college and university professors who work with future teachers in their classes is hosted by the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research ( using materials developed under NSF GeoEd OEDG and NSF CCLI/TUES funding with support from the WHFreeman and Addison Wesley Publishing Companies. Email for additional information.

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