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NAGT Activities at 2017 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting held in Seattle, Washington from October 22 to the 25th. Please submit an abstract and plan to attend the following sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels. You can also come by the NAGT booth to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about how you can be involved in your organization. More information about NAGT activities at GSA will be added to this page as it becomes available.

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Workshops Early Registration Deadline: August 22

NAGT is cosponsoring several workshops this year. Register for these when you register for the meeting. You can also see a full listing of short courses on the

NAGT-Sponsored Topical Sessions Abstract Deadline - Aug 1

T99. Augmented and Virtual Reality in Geoscience Education

Rachel M. Atkins, Christine M. Clark, Shelley J. Whitmeyer
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoinformatics Division
Handheld and immersive augmented and virtual reality experiences make it easier to bring more realistic, engaging experiences into our classrooms. This session will explore teaching and research applications using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoinformatics
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T100. Barriers, Misconceptions, and Progress in Improving Climate Literacy and Strategies for Communicating about Climate Change

Anne U. Gold, Mona Behl, Bonnie Murray
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Division of Geoscience Education Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Climate Literacy Network (CLEAN); GSA Geology and Society Division
The session will focus on research and evaluation of climate literacy efforts, effective ways of communicating about climate change in general, but also in culturally relevant contexts.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy
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T101. Better Together: Partnerships That Facilitate or Enhance Experiential Learning in Undergraduate Geoscience Education

Miriam Barquero-Molina, Jonathan W. Mies
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
A showcase of partnerships, consortiums, and collaborations that help to overcome the challenges of providing experiential learning (student research, student service, and domestic and study-abroad field courses) in geoscience programs.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

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T106. Climate Literacy in Formal and Informal Education, for Policy Makers and the Public

Anne Gold, Don Duggan-Haas, Carey Stanton, Larissa Johnson
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Climate Literacy Network (CLEAN); GSA Geology and Society Division
The session will focus on activities in formal and informal education, and engagement with decision makers, networks, and the public that can extend the reach and effectiveness of climate literacy efforts.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience and Public Policy | Geoscience Information/Communication
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T108. EarthCache: Engaging Students and the Public in Geoscience Education, Communication, and Outreach

Matthew Dawson, Charles W. Carrigan
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
The EarthCache program is a partnership between GSA and Geocaching.com. This session explores how geoscience educators can use EarthCache sites to engage with students and the public for geoscience education, communication, and outreach.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy
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T112. Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges

Brett S. Dooley, Callan Bentley, Wendi J.W. Williams
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; International Association for Geoscience Diversity; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geo2YC Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association
Two-Year Colleges (2YCs) are important to diverse and inclusive geoscience workforce recruitment and retention of student populations pursuing STEM and teaching degrees. This session will showcase strategies, curriculum, and partnerships.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy
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T113. Geoscience Education Research: Implications for Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching and Learning

Kristen St. John, Karen McNeal, Anne Gold, Katherine Ryker
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Division of Geoscience Education Research
This session highlights how GER findings can be translated into teaching and identifying future directions for research with the broader geoscience community. Specific topics may include active learning, teaching with technology/modeling, diversity, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication
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T115. Hands-On Teaching Demonstrations that Combine Geoscience and Societal Issues: Audience Participation Requested!

Elizabeth A. Nagy-Shadman, Anne E. Egger
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
This is a geoscience education session that practices what it preaches. Authors present micro-demonstrations of effective teaching activities that integrate geoscience content with societal concerns. Presentations include audience participation, assessment results, and reflections on effectiveness.
Geoscience Education | Environmental Geoscience
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T117. Innovation and Collaboration Supporting Undergraduates

Sarah K. Fortner, Elizabeth Heise, Jennifer C. Latimer
Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
We seek broad examples of service learning (e.g., outreach, social media engagement, science advocacy, community-based or campus research, and collaboration with non-profits, artists, and businesses). Approaches that serve diverse students and institutional setting are welcome.
Geoscience Education
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T118. Integration of Field and Laboratory-Based Experience toward Designing Pedagogically Sound Curriculum Enhancement Activities in the Geosciences (Posters)

Nazrul I. Khandaker, Arif M. Sikder, Stanley Schleifer
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; American Institute of Professional Geologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Classroom knowledge becomes understandable, relevant, and meaningful through field-and-data-based information obtained through the infusion of technology, in particular, as related to sediment composition, discrete mineral phase, micro-fabric, structural anisotropy, etc. K9–16 students are highly encouraged to share their research experience.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy
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T120. Making Thinking Visible: Actions and Expressions of Problem Solving and Decision Making in the Geosciences

Eric M. Riggs, Lauren N. Holder, Angela Van Boening
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Division of Geoscience Education Research
This session presents evidence-based studies that aim to make thinking visible in order to understand geologic problem solving. We encourage rigorous research investigating approaches and techniques to externalize, document, and understand geologic thinking and cognition.
Geoscience Education
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T122. On the Cutting Edge: Fifteen Years of Impacts on Geoscience Education

David W. Mogk, Heather Macdonald, Michael E. Wysession
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
This session requests contributions from geoscience educators who contributed to, or benefitted from, the On the Cutting Edge program, with a focus on impacts on faculty professional development, courses and curricula, assessments, student success, and diversity.
Geoscience Education
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T124. Practical Advice for In-Service and Pre-Service K–12 Earth Science Teacher Preparation and Professional Development

Suzanne T. Metlay, Belinda E. Jacobs, Carla McAuliffe, Sadredin C. Moosavi
National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Teacher Education Division
K–12 earth sciences teachers, informal educators, professional development providers, and teacher preparation faculty discuss successful strategies to address teacher needs resulting from revised state science standards, NGSS, and Framework implementation nationwide.
Geoscience Education
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T125. Preparing the Next Generation of Geoscience Educators: Research on Teacher Education

Heather L. Petcovic, Katherine Ryker
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Teacher Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Division of Geoscience Education Research
This session highlights research on current and future geoscience teacher attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and practices across K–12 and higher education, including research on the preparation of teaching assistants and future faculty.
Geoscience Education
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T126. Professional Development Locally to Achieve Earth Science Literacy Globally: Successful Models of K–12 Teacher Professional Development Ready for Emulation in New Environments (Posters)

Sadredin C. Moosavi
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association; American Geophysical Institute
This session seeks to show case successful K–12 earth science teacher professional development programs that can serve as models for use in new, underserved environments using local GSA members' talents and community/industry resources.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy
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T127. Supporting Geoscience Student Transfer Between Institutions and Transitions into the Workforce: Pathways to Success

Norlene R. Emerson, Eric M.D. Baer, Allan Ludman
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geo2YC Division
Topics might include cross-institutional collaborations including recruitment, undergraduate research, field trips, and 2YC–4YCU faculty interactions; GEOPATHS or bridge programs, advising/support strategies; career development and preparation; research on transfer; and/or impact on broadening access.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience and Public Policy | Geoscience Information/Communication
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T129. The Challenge of Defining Student Success: Broadening Participation, Measuring Success, and Preparing 2YC and 4YC Students for a Variety of Transitions

Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft, Peter J. Berquist, Joshua Villalobos
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geo2YC Division
''Student success'' is a core principle throughout academia, yet there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This session seeks presentations from individuals, institutions, and organizations that have attempted novel approaches to ensure the success of all students.
Geoscience Education
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T130. The Other Two Dimensions of NGSS: Science and Engineering Practices and Cross-Cutting Concepts in Support of Earth Science Teacher Education

Eric J. Pyle
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Teacher Education Division
This session highlights how science and engineering practices unique to earth science and cross-cutting concepts reinforce disciplinary content ideas to advance earth science in K–12 through the NGSS in teacher preparation and professional development.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience and Public Policy
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T131. Translating Professional Development Experiences into the Classroom

Megan H. Jones, Jacquelyn Hams, Richard M. Jones
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Professional development aims to share knowledge and skills with faculty, expecting that they bring their experiences into their classrooms. We welcome examples of faculty adaptations, new instructional methods, or curriculum inspired by professional development experiences.
Geoscience Education
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T132. Undergraduate Research Posters Showcasing Research by 2YC and 4YCU Geoscience Students (Posters)

Gretchen L. Miller, Adrianne A. Leinbach, Stephanie M. Rollins
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geo2YC Division; International Association for Geoscience Diversity
This session is designed for two-year college (2YC) and four-year college and university (4YCU) students presenting research in any sub-discipline of geoscience. Projects supported by NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program (IUSE) are encouraged.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

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Meetings and Receptions

Dates, times, and locations for business meetings and receptions will be posted as they become available. Be sure to check back soon. The meeting will kick off with the 2017 Seattle Icebreaker on Saturday, 21 October, from 5-7 p.m.

Sunday, 22 October

  • NAGT Past Presidents' Breakfast - Sunday, September 25, 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., Location TBD
  • NAGT Executive Committee Meeting - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Location TBD
  • Oral Technical Sessions: 8 a.m.–noon
  • GeoCareers Day: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Poster Sessions: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • NAGT Council Meeting - 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Location TBD
  • Lunch Break: noon–1:30 p.m.
  • GSA Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony: noon–1:30 p.m.
  • Oral Technical Sessions: 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Exhibits Open: NAGT Booth opens - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • NAGT and USGS Internship Meeting- Sunday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m Location TBD
  • Exhibits Opening Reception: 5:30–7 p.m.
  • NAGT 2YC Geoscience Div. Business Meeting - 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Location TBD
  • NAGT Teacher Education Div. (TED) Business Meeting - 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Location TBD
  • NAGT Geoscience Education Research Div. Business Meeting - 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Location TBD
  • Geoscience Educator's Reception (GSA, GSA Div. GEo. Ed., NAGT, DLESE, Cutting Edge, InTeGrate, IRIS, JOI, UNAVCO, EARTHSCOPE, Teacher Prep Table - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, 23 October

  • Oral Technical Sessions: 8 a.m.–noon
  • Poster Sessions: 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Exhibits: 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Lunch Break: noon–1:30 p.m.
  • Feed Your Brain: 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Lunchtime Enlightenment, buy your food and take it in)
  • Oral Technical Sessions: 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Libations & Collaborations - Posters & Conversations: 4:30–6:30 p.m. (a great time to meet with poster presenters)
  • Alumni Receptions: evening hours
  • NAGT Journal of Geosci. Educ. Editorial Board Meeting - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Tuesday, 24 October

  • Oral Technical Sessions: 8 a.m.–noon
  • AGI/NAGT Leadership Meeting - Tuesday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location TBD
  • Poster Sessions: 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Exhibits: 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • NAGT/GSA Geo. Ed. Div/CUR Awards luncheon - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Location TBD
  • Lunch Break: noon–1:30 p.m.
  • Feed Your Brain: 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Lunchtime Enlightenment, buy your food and take it in)
  • Oral Technical Sessions: 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Libations & Collaborations - Posters & Conversations: 4:30–6:30 p.m. (a great time to meet with poster presenters)

Wednesday, 25 October

  • Oral Technical Sessions: 8 a.m.–noon
  • Poster Sessions: 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Exhibits: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Lunch Break: noon–1:30 p.m.
  • Feed Your Brain: 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Lunchtime Enlightenment, buy your food and take it in)
  • Oral Technical Sessions: 1:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Libations & Collaborations - Posters & Conversations: 4:30–6:30 p.m. (a great time to meet with poster presenters)



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