Initial Publication Date: September 9, 2021

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News and Announcements

Teaching Climate Change Position Statement

NAGT members, you're invited to read through and comment on our revised and updated Teaching Climate Change Position Statement. Please provide your feedback by September 19, 2021.

Become an Associate Editor for JGE

Do you enjoy reviewing manuscripts and providing constructive feedback to authors? Are you interested in engaging more deeply in the review process? Would you like to be more involved in the geoscience education community? If so, you might be interested in serving as an Associate Editor.

JGE is looking for new Associate Editors to serve a 3-year term, beginning January 1, 2022.

Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2022

We are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous will be held in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person in 2022! Sign up to receive timely updates as the program and deadlines become available.

We welcome your input and invite you to share your suggestions for the Rendezvous program or submit a proposal for a workshop or roundtable you want to lead. The committee will review all suggestions and work to create a balanced program that serves diverse audiences. The deadline for all suggestions and proposals is October 15, 2021.

NAGT at GSA 2021

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Portland, Oregon, from October 10-13, 2021.

The Annual NAGT Council and Business Meeting, typically held during GSA, will be held online this year on Sunday, October 10 from 10:00am-12:00pm PDT // 11:00am-1:00pm MDT // 12:00-2:00pm CDT // 1:00-3:00pm EDT. Details on how to connect will be available closer to the meeting and will be posted here, along with information on the NAGT Divisions Meetings.

NAGT at the AGU Fall Meeting 2021

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of geoscience education sessions and activities planned for the Fall 2021 AGU meeting, held in New Orleans, LA, and online from December 13-17, 2021. The meeting theme this year is Science and Society.

Learn more on the Registration Information page.

Project EDDIE Fall 2021 Professional Development Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to improve how you teach environmental science, geology, or biology classes with real-world examples and openly available data sets? Check out Project EDDIE, and see a full list of opportunities and activities this Fall. This includes opportunities to adapt or adopt materials or be involved in creating them. We are even offering an art & science workshop at the AGU meeting. We welcome educators with diverse identities from all higher ed institutional settings & are committed to advancing equity in STEM through effective teaching.

Check out the full list on the information page.

Check out the YouTube Channel "Every Rock Has A Story"

NAGT member Ethan Baxter, a professor at Boston University, created "Every Rock Has A Story" (ERHAS), a series of YouTube videos designed to engage and inspire grade K-5 children about the Earth through storytelling. New episode every Wednesday at 11AM Eastern Time. Go check out and share the videos on their Youtube Channel!

The Next Generation Science Standards in the Earth and Space Sciences (NGSS-ESS) Survey

The mission of the NGSS-ESS Working Group, which is a collaboration between NAGT, the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), is to support Earth and space science educators in all aspects of NGSS-ESS implementation. Our programming extends back over 6 years and includes a summit and town hall meeting, a monthly webinar series, workshops, conference presentations, and more.

What would you like to see in the programming we offer you? Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about your work as it relates to the Next Generation Science Standards in the Earth and Space Sciences (NGSS-ESS). The results from this survey will inform our programming in the near future. Please note that all responses are anonymous.

Inquiry-based geology lab activities, newly published and available for use!

The Guided Inquiry Introductory Geology Labs collection are now available for free use. Labs were created in the 2020 EER workshop, then piloted, reviewed and revised through summer 2021. Each lab includes an Inquiry Level Rating and cover many common introductory geology lab topics, some of which also have options for online (synchronous and/or asynchronous) instruction. Lab activities in the collection provides Teaching Tips to guide instructors in their use, student handouts and verified instructors can access keys to activities using instructions embedded in labs. The collection currently includes ten labs, seven additional labs will be added as final revisions are completed.

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

Teaching Climate Change with Data in Your Introductory Course

Meet the Author Event with Allison Jacobel, Middlebury College & Brown University, Kelly Knight, Katy High School, Houston Community College
Friday, September 17, 2021, at 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET
Description: Teaching undergraduate non-science majors how to analyze climate data calls for careful consideration of their backgrounds and interests. This event brings together the authors of two Project EDDIE modules: Paleoclimate and Ocean Biogeochemistry and Prairie Eco Services so that you might explore how to start teaching your students about climate change using data. You will have time for discussion with one of the authors at the end of this event.

Exploring the Drivers of Change in Plants through Data, Customizing for Introductory and Upper Level Classes

Meet the Author Event with Pamela Freeman, The College of St. Scholastica and Kyla Dahlin, Michigan State University
Thursday, October 7 , 2021, at 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
Description: Plants respond to multiple drivers of change from changes in climate, land use, water, and nutrients. How you engage your students in looking at the drivers of change might depend on the past knowledge and experience of your students. This event brings together authors of two Project EDDIE modules: Phenology trends and climate change in MN and Remote Sensing of Plants and Topography in R so that you can think about how to engage your students at different expertise levels. You will have time for discussion with one of the authors at the end of this event.

Traveling Workshop Deadline

The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in environmental, sustainability, and geoscience education to your campus, regional, or national event. The TWP focuses on opportunities to strengthen both courses and programs including attracting and supporting diverse students. It brings together expertise from numerous NSF funded projects including the On the Cutting Edge, InTeGrate, SAGE, and GeoNeeds. The TWP is a part of NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program.

Virtual Workshop: Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB - Online October 17-19, 2021

At this 3-day faculty-led workshop, educators in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geoscience, Math, Physics, and allied fields will develop curriculum while sharing strategies, tools, and challenges teaching computational courses in in-person and online settings. Participants will work alongside peers and MATLAB experts to both develop and upgrade teaching content and course materials that incorporate MATLAB for computation. Workshop discussions will include strategies, tools, and best practices for building computational thinking skills in classroom and online settings. Learn more on the workshop page.

Measuring Sustainability? Teaching Sustainability Using GAPMinder

Led by Natalie D. Hunt, University of MN-Twin Cities
Thursday, October 28 , 2021, at 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET
Description: Sustainability is a complex term that is applied to many different contexts. How do you help your students think about what sustainability entails and how it might be measured? This webinar will engage audiences in helping students in introductory environmental science and sustainability courses frame sustainability questions and identify and compare sustainability metrics using the Gapminder tool. It will highlight ways to engage your students in defining sustainability metrics and exploring publicly available datasets using an online tool from the Sustainability Metrics module.

Section and Division Highlights

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Career Hub

University of British Columbia: Assistant Professors (tenure-track) in Chemical Oceanography / Marine Biogeochemistry