Exciting changes coming to the Earth Educators' Rendezvous

published Oct 3, 2023 11:47am

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Earth Educators' Rendezvous (EER). It has been a decade since that first meeting in Boulder, Colorado, and we have learned a lot about running an annual conference and the evolving needs of the geoscience education community. Based on our experience, and what we've heard from you, the NAGT Executive and Professional Development Planning Committees are adapting our approach as we move into the next decade.

Starting in 2024, the Earth Educators' Rendezvous will move to an every-other-year schedule. We will host the 2024 EER in Philadelphia as planned, and then the next EER will be in 2026 and every other year thereafter. The extended timeline gives us the opportunity to host a high-quality meeting that also makes best use of the financial resources, dedicated staff, and generous volunteers that make the meeting run.

In addition, we are excited to move to this model in which we have more time to coordinate and develop synergies between EER and all of NAGT's other professional development programming. Look for closer connections between EER workshops and the NAGT webinar series, the Early Career workshop, the Traveling Workshop program, and the Teach the Earth portal. If you have ideas to make these connections or want to take a more active role in NAGT programming, let us know and consider nominating yourself for a professional development committee.

As we work to strengthen these connections, the Professional Development Planning Committee will take an active role in linking our programs and involving the many volunteers who make these programs run.It will take some time to develop the details of the new programming. Right now we wanted to let our community know this change is coming so you can consider how you might want to be involved, and plan for events you are going to lead. For those of you with an idea for an EER morning workshop, the deadline for this year is October 23.

We look forward to seeing your ideas and proposals for the 2024 Earth Educators' Rendezvous in Philadelphia, and we'll let you know more about EER 2026 soon!