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News and Announcements

Request NAGT Sponsorship for your AGU session proposal by TODAY, April 14!

Are you interested in proposing a geoscience-education themed workshop, session, or town hall for the AGU Fall Meeting? We invite you to apply to have NAGT and/or our topical Divisions (Geo2YC, Geoscience Education, and Teacher Education) sponsor your session! The deadline to propose a workshop to AGU is April 20. Submit your application for NAGT sponsorship by TODAY, April 14.

Request for NAGT Sponsorship by TODAY

Submit AGU Proposal by April 20

Nominations for NAGT Awards DUE Friday, April 15!

A number of NAGT award deadlines are this Friday, April 15. We invite you to nominate yourself or colleagues to be recognize for outstanding work in the geosciences.

2022 Earth Educators' Rendezvous: Register by May 3 for the best rates!

Registration and abstract submissions for poster and Share-a-Thon are open for the eighth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, from July 11-15, 2022! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.

Take the Math Your Geoscience MAJORS Need Survey

300x200 quant_skills_geosci.png"The Math You Need, When You Need It" project leaders are interested in developing teaching resources to better support quantitative skill acquisition by geoscience majors in geoscience courses. Share your input on the most important math topics to focus on and what courses you see them aligning to. Thank you for your time in completing this short survey.

Take Survey

Check out NAGT's Contribution to NCSE's #ClimateEdNow Essay Collection!

NAGT contributed to The National Center for Science Education's (NCSE) #ClimateEdNow essay collection! Check out "Understanding climate change is critical to our shared future on Earth"

Check out the collection

Apply for a Traveling Workshop: Customized programming to strengthen your department or courses

The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event to help you and your colleagues with strategic planning. Designed for departments, institutions, or groups of institutions with shared interests, TWP offers workshops on strengthening geoscience departments, fostering collaboration in the development of cross-campus environmental and sustainability programs, developing strategies for supporting the success of all students, and more. Apply to bring facilitators to you for a Fall/Winter 2022 workshop by June 15, 2022.

Apply for a Traveling Workshop

GSA Education Committee Vacancies

The GSA Education Committee has three vacancies and is seeking nominations by June 15. This committee provides information and direction to the Society regarding programs and initiatives that support informal, pre-college (K-12), undergraduate, and graduate earth-science education, and would be a great fit for an NAGT member. The open positions are a 4-year college faculty, a member-at-large, and a graduate student representative. Go to the GSA nomination form to volunteer or nominate (must be a GSA member).

Host a future Rendezvous!

Are you or someone you know interested in getting more involved with the Rendezvous?

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) looks forward to hosting the 2022 Earth Educators' Rendezvous at the University of Minnesota this summer, and the wheels are already in motion to begin the selection process for future Rendezvous site hosts. NAGT would like to hear from those interested in hosting the conference at their home institution. Hosting the Rendezvous offers a unique opportunity to showcase your institution to more than 350 researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of 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 the Earth. Rendezvous has rapidly become a highly sought-after and celebrated event for geoscientists and Earth educators. Site proposals are open year-round!

Submit a proposal to host a Rendezvous

Awards and Recognition

Nominations Open for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

NAGT recognizes outstanding teaching assistants in geoscience education with up to 30 awards annually. Both undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants are eligible for the award. Award winners receive a one-year membership in NAGT, which includes an online subscription to the Journal of Geoscience Education and the In The Trenches quarterly online magazine. The next deadline to nominate students is June 15.

Please consider nominating your top teaching assistants. The process is not cumbersome, and means a great deal to the recipients. For any questions, please contact Katherine Ryker (

Nominees will be evaluated holistically using the following criteria, though excellence in all criteria is neither expected nor required. Undergraduate and graduate student nominations will be evaluated separately.

  • Experience (For graduate students, two or more semesters will be valued favorably.)
  • Knowledge and application of evidence-based pedagogies (e.g. active learning)
  • Initiative to improve the course through an innovation or contribution
  • Attentiveness and responsiveness to fostering inclusive learning environments
  • Ability to develop trust and rapport with students
  • Ability to effectively manage course administration and logistics (e.g. learning management software, communication and assessment)
  • Conveys their own passion for geoscience and inspires it in others
  • Supports fellow educators by promoting a positive culture around teaching and learning

Do you have good news related to your geoscience education work that you would like to share with the NAGT community? Submit to NAGT's Community Kudos!

Workshops and Webinars

The NAGT webinar series is free and we encourage you to invite your colleagues to attend. Check out the webinar schedule.

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CLEAN Webinar: Climate and Mental Health: Acknowledging Grief and Inspiring Hope

Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Ph.D., is trained as a social psychologist and a mental health clinician and has worked as a practitioner and researcher in global disasters and complex humanitarian crises.

Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm PT | 4:00 pm MT | 5:00 pm CT | 6:00 pm ET (1 hour)


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NAGT Webinar: Thinking and Teaching about Feedback Loops

Kim Kastens, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Thomas F. (Tim) Shipley, Department of Psychology, Temple University

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Registration deadline is Sunday, April 24


CLEAN Webinar: Exploring hands-on, STEM-based energy activities for the classroom

Dana Haine, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment
Andrea Gladden, East Burke Middle School

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm PT | 4:00 pm MT | 5:00 pm CT | 6:00 pm ET (1 hour)



NGSS Webinar: "I had no idea assessments could actually be joyful!"

Jill Wertheim,Director, SCALE Science at WestEd

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Registration deadline is Thursday, April 28

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CLEAN Webinar: Teaching About Climate and Energy in Communities That Might Not Want to Hear it

Karin Kirk, Geologist and Science Writer

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm PT | 4:00 pm MT | 5:00 pm CT | 6:00 pm ET (1 hour)


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Earth Educators' Rendezvous

Join us for the eighth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. The Rendezvous 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.

Date: July 11-15, 2022, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Early RegistrationDeadline: May 3, 2022
Abstract submission deadline for poster and Share-a-Thon sessions: May 17, 2022
Standard registration deadline: June 30, 2022.

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NAGT Webinar: Sharing Scientific Ocean Drilling with Students

Laura Guertin, Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences, Penn State Brandywine, on board the JOIDES Resolution
Additional scientists/instructors from on board the JOIDES Resolution

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

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NAGT Webinar: Promotion, tenure, and the value of diversity, equity and inclusion work

Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College
Aaron Velasco, University of Texas- El Paso
Aradhna Tripati, University of California- Los Angeles
Tessa Hill, UC-Davis (Moderator)

Date: Monday, May 9, 2022
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Registration deadline is Saturday, May 7

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NAGT Webinar: Towards a more inclusive geosciences: Teaching strategies and policies to support all students

Phoebe Cohen, Chair and Associate Professor of Geosciences, Williams College
Lisa White, Assistant Director, University of California Museum of Paleontology

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Registration deadline is Sunday, May 15, 2022.

For Students

Summer 2022 Geoscience Field Camp Offerings

Field Camp Small ImageIn an effort to help students and faculty find options for Summer 2022 field camp offerings, NAGT is compiling a list of field camps of all formats. This list includes programs--whether they be online, in-person, or hybrid--that have space for additional students. Please share the field camp list with students who may be interested in participating in these programs.

View field camp list

Section and Division Highlights

GEO2YC Division

Nominate an Outstanding Adjunct 2YC Faculty today!

The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award (OAFA) is an opportunity to showcase the efforts of you or one of your adjunct colleagues who is doing great work in geoscience education. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. See the information page for more details about the award.

Pacific Northwest Section

2022 NAGT Pacific Northwest Section Annual Conference

Sand Hollow Basalt Small ImageThe Pacific Northwest Section is having our annual conference this year in Pendleton, Oregon, on June 20-22, 2022. After a day of talks, workshops, and meetings at Blue Mountain Community College, we'll be spending two days exploring the local geology, with trips to the Tower Mountain Caldera Complex, the Columbia River Basalts, and the Mountain Home Metamorphic Complex. Abstract deadline for talks is May 1. Submit abstracts to Philip Schmitz ( Please contact Philip Schmitz for more details.

Geoscience Education Research (GER) Division

Nominations for NAGT GER Division officers are due April 15

Are you looking to get more involved in the GER Division or know someone who is? Consider submitting your nominations for one of the open officer positions! Self-nominations welcome. We are looking for people to serve in the following positions:

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer

The GER division welcomes and invites self-nominations from geoscience education researchers from a wide range of social identities, backgrounds, and professions (K-12 teachers, postdocs, faculty, staff, and informal educators, and beyond) to help shape the future of the division. Current and former officers note that service on the GER board has helped them identify collaborators for research projects, stay up-to-date on new trends in GER, and raised their professional profiles within the GER community.

For more information about the duties for each position, the officer responsibilities are described in the GER bylaws and laid out on our annual calendar here. Current officers would also be happy to talk with you about their position. Submit nominations to Dr. Emily Geraghty Ward (Chair of the Nominations and Election Committee at ( with 2-3 sentences on why you'd like to be involved by April 15th.

Teacher Education (TED) Division

Post to the TED Division Facebook Page

Members are invited to post time-critical information on the TED Division Facebook page.

From Our Members

NSF-funded summer PD opportunity with stipend - Applications due May 6

Apply Now! The Model-Evidence Link Diagrams Project (MEL) project is hosting two in-person Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institutes on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, from 9 AM to 4 PM, held in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Chicago. One institute is for in-service teachers, and one is for pre-service teachers. The one-day institute is free, and a $1000 stipend to help defray travel expenses will be provided after institute requirements have been completed. Required participation includes pre-institute homework and webinar, full participation in the institute, and full participation in institute evaluations. The application deadline is May 6, 2022. Applicants will be notified of a decision by May 13, 2022.

Learn more and apply by May 6

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