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News and Announcements

Nominate yourself or your colleagues for the Dorothy LaLonde Stout Professional Development Award

Dottie Stout was the first female president of NAGT and was active as a strong supporter of Earth science education at all levels. In honor of Dottie's outstanding work and lifelong dedication to Earth science education, NAGT gives these awards to faculty and students at two-year colleges and K-12 teachers. Nominations due May 15. Learn more and nominate.

Support K-12 Teachers Attending the 2021 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

Send a teacher to the Rendezvous! Donations to the NAGT Professional Development Fund received between March 1-June 30 will go toward supporting K-12 educators who attend the 2021 Earth Educators' Rendezvous.

Our goal is to provide 3 days of registration for 20 K-12 teachers. Help us meet our goal with a contribution of any amount to the NAGT Professional Development Fund today!

Donate today!

Want to help us spread the word? Download the flyer and share it with colleagues! (Acrobat (PDF) 4.5MB Mar31 21)



Are you a K-12 Teacher interested in attending the Rendezvous? Apply for a K-12 Stipend!

A limited number of stipends will be available in the form of registration discount codes for successful applicants who intend to participate in at least two days of events at the Rendezvous. Applications were due April 1; however, we are considering late applications as funds permit.

Learn more and apply

Check out some of the sessions that may be of interest to K12 educators!

Register for the 7th Annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous July 12-16, 2021, Online


Registration and abstract submission are now open for the seventh annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place online from July 12-16, 2021! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.

Earth Science Week 2021 Image Contest: "Water Today and for the Future"

NAGT is a sponsor for AGI's Earth Science Week in October 2021. In an effort to raise awareness of NAGT with teachers across the country, we are producing print and digital materials to be distributed during Earth Science Week. We hope to showcase imagery from our members that fits the 2021 theme of "Water Today and for the Future." Submit your photos, maps, graphs, or any other kind of "images!"

Submit an image

Help AGI understand how workplace and instructional environments are changing in response to COVID-19

The American Geosciences Institute's Geoscience COVID-19 Impacts study has been extended into a second phase that will continue the longitudinal study through March 2022, thanks to continued support by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570). The second phase of this study will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the way in which geoscientists work and study and how workplace and instructional environments transition into post-pandemic configurations. A key focus of the second phase of the study will be assessing pandemic-related impacts to the academic achievement and early-career trajectories of geoscience students, new graduates, and early-career geoscientists. The study will also examine the strategies being implemented by geoscience faculty, academic departments, and employers to mitigate these pandemic-related impacts.

The study will continue to accept new participants through January 2022 and is open to all geoscientists, including students, retirees, and those not currently employed, who reside in the United States, and are at least 18 years old. We also encourage company, organization, and academic leaders to participate one behalf of their organizations to elucidate the organization-level changes underway.

For more information and to participate in the study, please visit https://www.americangeosciences.org/workforce/covid19


Awards and Recognition

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

NAGT Webinar: Recent and Ongoing Efforts of the NAGT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee - May 19, 2021

1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET
Register by May 17, 2021

Project EDDIE Webinar: Using Real Data to Teach Climate Change in the Era of Fake News - May 20, 2021

10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
Register by May 18, 2021

Project EDDIE Webinar: Assessing Quantitative Reasoning - May 26, 2021

7:00 - 8:30 am am PT | 8:00 - 9:30 am MT | 9:00 - 10:30 am CT | 10:00 - 11:30 am pm ET
Register by May 24, 2021

Transforming Institutions Conference - June 9-11, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 Transforming Institutions Conference. Transforming Institutions brings together researchers, faculty, change agents, administrators, center staff and directors, and policymakers to focus on transforming undergraduate education. Transforming Institutions Conference participants will have the opportunity to identify critical questions facing institutional change, foster connections with colleagues interested in change, and address important topics related to transforming institutions of higher education. Events will include presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions, and plenaries. Posters are still being accepted through May 15th. The conference will also feature a special panel session with representatives from funding agencies.

The 7th Annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous - Online July 12-16, 2021

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the seventh annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place online from July 12-16, 2021! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.

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 and apply to attend the workshop by June 15!

Section and Division Highlights

Geoscience Education Research (GER) Division

Nominate a colleague for the GER Transformation and Collaborations Award

Nominations for the GER Transformation and Collaborations Awards are now open! These awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to the development of and capacity for geoscience education research, including non-GER colleagues (e.g. geophysicists, educational psychologists, education researchers) who have infused the GER community with new ideas. Find out more about both awards and make your nominations by June 15, 2021!

Teacher Education (TED) Division

Next TED ExComm Meeting

NAGT members are welcome to participate in the next meeting of the TED Executive Committee on Tuesday 1 June at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET. Plan on a 75-minute meeting. For meeting details, please contact Suzanne Metlay (suzanne.metlay@wgu.edu).

Post to the TED Division Facebook Page

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

Eastern Section

Annual Eastern Section meeting

The Eastern Section will be holding its annual meeting on Friday, June 4, via Zoom. Read the winter 2021 NAGT-ES Bulletin for more information. (Acrobat (PDF) 4MB Mar9 21)

For Students

Apply for the Expanding Representation in the Geosciences (ERG) Scholarship

Undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in the geosciences are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Six awardees will receive a $1,500 scholarship, a one-year GSA membership, and full meeting registration to GSA Connects 2021 in Portland, Oregon. GSA welcomes applications from students who are marginalized in the geosciences including racially and ethnically diverse communities and individuals with disabilities. Apply by 15 May.

GSA On To the Future (OTF) program seeking applicants

Apply to the On To the Future (OTF) program and receive an award to attend GSA Connects 2021, full meeting registration, and one-year membership. OTF offers friendships, mentorship, and a professional development workshop. Underrepresented, low-income, first-generation, non-traditional, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applications are due May 28. Apply now.

FREE Seismology Skill Building Workshop - Summer 2021

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) will offer a FREE online workshop for undergraduate students and recent graduates who will be starting graduate school in the fall of 2021, that want to develop scientific computing skills within a seismological context. The goals for the workshop are to increase participants:

  • Knowledge, skills, and interest in seismology and scientific computing,
  • Self-efficacy in using seismic data, and
  • Competitiveness in the application process for graduate school, summer internships, or professional jobs.

The workshop will run from May 31 to August 20, 2021. Based on the 2020 workshop, participants should expect to invest approximately 5-6 hours per week including participating in the weekly webinar (or watching the recording).

At the end of the workshop participants will receive a performance report certificate via email. There are also options for students wishing to receive university credit.

Learn more and register (Registration closes May 15, 2021)

Apply for the AWG Geoscience Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility (IDEA) Scholarship

The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) is currently accepting applications for its Geoscience Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility (IDEA) Scholarship (formerly known as the Minority Scholarship). We would LOVE if you can help us spread the word!

The Geoscience IDEA Scholarship exists to encourage women from under-served communities to pursue a career in Earth Science and to promote diversity in the future geoscience workforce. This Scholarship is open to undergraduates majoring in Geology or Earth Science. If you are in a position to encourage one or more undergraduate students who are eligible, please go to http://awg.org/Awards and scroll down to the Student Awards section for more information or to help someone apply. Applications are due June 30, 2021.

From Our Members

Working Conference on Wicked Problems in STEM Teacher Preparation: Catalyzing Change Through Strategic Collaborations - June 24-25, 2021

Are you grappling with challenging problems related to STEM teacher preparation at the elementary or secondary level? Are you interested in making research-based improvements to your STEM teacher preparation programs? Would you like to increase the number and diversity of students in your programs? Are you interested in collaborating with others to come up with innovative solutions to these challenges?

If so, we invite you to a very different type of conference where you will virtually collaborate with a diverse set of colleagues from around the country to:

  • Learn about and begin to address some of the most vexing (wicked) problems in STEM teacher preparation
  • Work with a team from your institution or region to create an action plan designed to disrupt and then improve your program during the next 1-5 years
  • Help build a networked improvement community to catalyze and support regular improvements in STEM teacher preparation programs through cross institutional collaborations.

Learn more and register today!

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