NAGT Advocating for Geoscience Education
NAGT Advocacy Committee
The Advocacy Committee leads these efforts in association with the Executive Committee building on NAGT's position statements. Recent activities include addressing an increase in the number of states proposing legislation to weaken the teaching of climate change and evolution, how to best support educator involvement in activities like the March for Science, and what to do in the face of changes in federal support for science and education.
The Advocacy Committee's Guiding Principles:
Serve the organization's mission
Maximize the impact of NAGT work on behalf of members and all geoscience educators
Support initiatives that reflect our mission by local, state, national, and international entities, including professional organizations, non-profits, and government institutions
Recommend development of position statements or white papers, either as stand-alone NAGT documents or co-authored documents with partner organizations; or recommend endorsements of statements authored wholly by other organizations.
Author, co-author, or sign letters of support for initiatives (e.g. legislation, public comments, non profit programs).
Respond to requests from other organizations, and from NAGT sections and divisions.
Monitor emergent issues at federal, regional, and state levels
There are several ways to get involved:
- If you are interested in joining NAGT's Advocacy Committee, please contact Catherine Riihimaki.
- Join the NAGT Advocacy email discussion list.
NAGT and the March for Science
NAGT partnered with over 100 science organizations to officially endorse the March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held in Washington DC and more than 600 other cities across the world. Learn more about NAGT's participation.
NAGT Position Statements
NAGT has developed position statements on specific issues that affect or are affected by geoscience education. These positions were proposed by the membership and approved by the Council. Issues with current position statements include
- High School Earth Science Instruction
- Teaching Evolution
- Climate Change
- Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment
Education and Public Policy Discussion Board
You may also join the discussion about how NAGT can be involved in Education and public policy matters by reading and posting comments to our Policy Discussion Board.
- Purposeful Alternatives to Protest by Suzanne Traub-Metlay, NAGT Teacher Education Division (TED) President, highlighted in the NAGT TED June 2017 newsletter.
- "Leave Behind" Sheet for Legislative Visits
NAGT has developed an information sheet (Acrobat (PDF) 2MB Mar14 09) about its interests and involvement in public policy issues for members who conduct Congressional or state legislative visits.
- Critical Needs for the Twenty-First Century: The Role of the Geosciences
This document from the American Geological Institute (AGI), provides a list of seven critical needs followed by national policy actions to help the nation meet these needs.
- Why Earth Science?
This report from AGI lays out why Earth Science is important for study, research and funding. There is also a short video version and the report is also available in Spanish.