Initial Publication Date: August 13, 2020

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NAGT Announces New JGE Editor-in-Chief

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Kim Hannula will serve as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geoscience Education. Dr. Hannula is a longtime member of NAGT and a JGE author who has watched the journal evolve and grow, and she intends to keep the journal on its current trajectory of increasing citations and reach. "I have valued the journal as a reader, a reviewer, and an author, and I would like to help it survive and grow during this challenging period for the entire discipline of geosciences," she says, when considering both the COVID-19 pandemic and deeply embedded racial injustices. She brings to the position significant management and administrative experience, having served as a department chair, associate dean, and undergraduate research program director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Her own geoscience education research has focused on the development of spatial thinking skills in geoscience majors and improving recruitment and retention of under-represented groups.

Dr. Hannula will begin working with Interim Editor, Dr. Eric Riggs, on September 1, and take over as Editor on December 1.

Rendezvous 2020 Recap, Save the Date for 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended the 6th annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous online! We hope the event provided you with inspirational teaching ideas and creative ways to continue to build our community. If you have not already done so, please provide feedback on your experience at this year's event by completing our End of Event Evaluation Survey. Your input is valuable to us as we make plans for next year's event.

Save the date for the 7th annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous which will be held July 12-16, 2021. Sign up to receive timely updates as the 2021 program, deadlines, and speakers become available. Share your suggestions for next year's program; the program committee will review all suggestions and work to create a balanced program that serves diverse audiences.

NAGT-sponsored Sessions and Activities at GSA and AGU

Check out NAGT-sponsored activities, sessions, and short courses at GSA, which highlight key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels:

NAGT Members Receive Discounted Registration Rates at GSA Connects Online

One of the many benefits of being an NAGT member is discounted registration rates for GSA. Registration for the GSA 2020 Connects Online is open, and because NAGT is a GSA Associated Society, NAGT members are able to take advantage of member pricing when registering for GSA. Upon registration, you will be asked to input the associated society ("NAGT") and your member ID number. Member pricing will be reflected on the payment screen.

Jumpstart Your Course Planning through the Teach the Earth Portal

Want to get a seamless start on course planning? Search the Teach the Earth portal, NAGT's portal to high-quality Earth focused educational materials housed at SERC. Teach the Earth is a resource created by and for Earth educators that offers thousands of teaching resources, including teaching activities, that cover a wide range of topics such as metacognition, assessment, geoethics, mineralogy, climate change, teaching online, and so much more. If you haven't done so already, we invite you to join the Teach the Earth community and contribute your own activity or course description to the collection of resources.

AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology Assists with Remote/Online and Hybrid Courses

The AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 12th Edition, is available for adoption, and is perfect for flipped or online/remote lab courses as well as for traditional face-to-face labs. The 12th Edition features 105 lab activities, most of which can be completed by students without additional resources. Reminder that sales of the AGI/NAGT Lab Manual provide important financial support for the work of NAGT and AGI. Request your examination copy and access to the revised Instructor's Manual by contacting your Pearson representative.

Don't Miss Registration Deadlines for NAGT Webinar Series Fall Lineup

The NAGT Webinar Series features novel and innovative work in Earth education research and pedagogy, new teaching materials, and classroom and professional experiences. Get a jump-start on Fall class preparation by learning valuable tips on navigating NAGT's Teach the Earth portal, as well as resources for remote, face-to-face, and hybrid teaching. Check out all the webinars in the new Fall lineup!

NAGT and CUAHSI to Host Joint Hydrology Webinar Series

NAGT and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) are teaming up to host a hydrology webinar series that is designed to bridge the two organizations and faculty from different disciplines, increase awareness of both organizations' resources, and develop inclusive teaching materials for hydro-courses. The series also aims to better understand the needs of the members of both organizations to help inform future work. If you are interested in learning more about this effort, including information about the webinar series, please respond to the survey.

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August 19: Navigating the Teach the Earth Portal will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET. This webinar focuses on navigating the Teach the Earth portal (NAGT's portal to high-quality Earth focused educational materials housed at SERC), highlighting different and effective ways that one can navigate from there to classroom activities, resources for building strong departments, and other Earth education items. Register by August 17, 2020.

August 27: Science Communication for Social Justice will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET. This webinar focuses on geoscience communicators and their responsibility to promote an ethical, diverse, inclusive culture across the geosciences, while consciously increasing access to geoscience information to all sectors of the public. Ideas and examples will be shared for how to produce media to engage with diverse audiences, tips for amplifying the voices of diverse scientists on social media and in mass media, and developing educational materials explicitly created using a justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility lens. Register by August 25, 2020.

September 10: NGSS-ESS Mini-series: Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, Part 1 will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020, starting at 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET. As the new school year gets underway, the NGSS-ESS Working Group is offering the community opportunities to learn about the wealth and range of Earth Science education resources that are freely available for their use with students whether they are remote, face-to-face, or in a hybrid model. This webinar is the first in a mini-series where you will learn about the freely available classroom resources from a dozen or so organizations that you'll want to explore for use in your "classroom." Register by September 8, 2020.

October 1: NGSS-ESS Mini-series: MORE! Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, Part 2 will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET. This webinar is the second in the mini-series that focuses on freely-available classroom resources from organizations that you'll want to explore for use in your "classroom." Register by September 29, 2020.


August 17: Navigating the Teach the Earth Portal webinar will be held on August 19, 2020. Register by August 17 , 2020.

August 25: Science Communication for Social Justice Webinar webinar will be held on August 27, 2020. Register by August 25 , 2020.

September 8: NGSS-ESS Mini-series: Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, Part 1 webinar will be held on September 10, 2020. Register by September 8, 2020.

September 29: NGSS-ESS Mini-series: MORE! Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, Part 2 webinar will be held on October 1, 2020. Register by September 29, 2020.

October 15: NAGT's Traveling Workshops Program application deadline is coming up this October. Apply by October 15, 2020.

Ongoing - NAGT Career Hub: NAGT Career Hub allows institutions and organizations to advertise geoscience education related job openings, postdoctoral positions, internships, assistantships, and undergraduate research opportunities. All Career Hub postings are also featured in the NAGTNews e-newsletter and on NAGT's social media. Learn more about posting your opportunity to Career Hub.

Section and Division Highlights

TED Division

  • The TED Executive Committee is pleased to celebrate outgoing Past President Eric Pyle, who is now President-Elect of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), and ex officio liaison Rick Jones, who will be President of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).
  • TED By-Laws are under revision. Changes to Article III (Governance) and Article IV (Officers and Responsibilities) will be sent to TED members later in August for consideration and comments.
  • The TED Newsletter during 2020 is taking the form of short monthly updates. Please send your news, photos, etc. to Post time-critical info on the TED Facebook page.

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YouTube Series Every Rock Has a Story Now Includes 44 Original Episodes

The Every Rock Has a Story YouTube series now has 44 original episodes, plus a Teacher's Guide and accompanying teacher resources. This YouTube series presents videos designed for kids in grades K-4, however are fun and appropriate for all ages! Each 5-10 minute video tells the story of a different rock. The videos are designed to help kids, parents, and teachers explore, draw, and learn about rocks and the Earth, and makes an excellent resource for Fall lesson planning.

Participate in a Research Study about Virtual Field Experiences (VFEs) in Geoscience Courses

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by the Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University that seeks to learn how geoscience instructors at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in the US search for, decide on, and ultimately use a VFE in their course(s). Participants will be asked to participate in a video-recorded 5-10-person online focus group that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete during the Summer-Fall 2020. To learn more about participating in this study, please provide information about the course(s) that you teach. Questions or concerns regarding this study or to express interest in participating, contact

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NAGT Receives Mention in Science Article on Virtual Field and Lab Work

NAGT was mentioned in a recent Science article that discusses how, during the pandemic, students must complete field and lab work without leaving home, and instructors are challenged with utilizing resources that simulate field and lab experiences. Specific mention was given to NAGT's development of learning objectives that did not depend on students completion of fieldwork, and compiled online exercises to help field courses that have moved online this summer.

NAGT Career Hub

Content Specialist at SERC

The Content Specialist works as part of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) web team at Carleton College to support projects fostering STEM learning, and to develop and deploy professional development programming, develop new and improve existing websites, and assist in education research and evaluation projects lead by people at SERC and partner institutions. This is a regular full-time grant funded position. Desired Start Date: September 1, 2020.

Science Education Associate at SERC

The Science Education Associate advances SERC work in addressing equity and enhancing the quality of STEM teaching and learning by pursuing funding opportunities, conducting and collaborating on externally funded education improvement projects, and disseminating the results to a broad community. This person will work as a self-directed member of SERC staff with priorities determined by the SERC leadership team and project principal investigators of partner projects across multiple other institutions. This position is in Northfield, Minnesota. This is a full-time regular grant funded position. Desired Start Date: September 1, 2020

Do you need to advertise a position opening, event, or field trip? Submit your posting to the NAGT Career Hub!

Rock and Mineral Exchange

Available Samples

Petrology Samples

Ophiolite, Tertiary sedimentary, misc metamorphic

Desired Specimens

Precambrian chert. Stromatolites


Are you looking for new specimens for your collection? Do you have extra samples to share with colleagues? Post in the Rock and Mineral Exchange.


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