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NAGT Activities at 2018 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 4-7. 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 (#314) 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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NAGT-Sponsored Short Courses

514. Supporting Diversity in Two-Year College Geoscience Programs: Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Groups
Saturday, November 3
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: US $45. Limit: 40 CEUs: 0.7.

Instructors: Heather Macdonald, College of William & Mary; Norlene Emerson, University of Wisconsin–Richland; Eric Baer, Highline College
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); Geo2YC Division of NAGT; GSA Geoscience Education Division; SAGE 2YC

Abstract: This workshop offers strategies for attracting students to the geosciences and for helping them thrive, particularly those from groups underrepresented in the geosciences. We will explore a range of approaches to broaden participation and foster inclusion and a model for holistic programs that support the whole student. We will demonstrate examples of using course outcomes data on participation and success to investigate questions related to student population demographics. Workshop participants will leave with specific practical strategies to implement in their classes and programs, as well as with examples of discussion points to bring back to their programs.

528 .Strengthening Students' Spatial Thinking Skills
Saturday, November 3
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: US $95. Limit: 40 CEUs: 0.4

Instructors: Carol Ormand, SERC, Carleton College; Nicole LaDue, Northern Illinois University; Thomas Shipley, Temple University.
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geoscience Education Division
Abstract:This short course will focus on developing geoscience students' spatial thinking skills through research-based curricular materials. We will focus on strategies and tools that support students with a range of spatial skills without imposing additional burdens on the instructor. We will highlight two spatial learning principles: spatial feedback and spatial accommodation. Spatial feedback is feedback in the form of spatial information that allows students to see and correct any errors they made due to an incorrect mental model. Spatial accommodation is the adjustment needed to revise mental models based on spatial feedback. This accommodation can be in the form of small adjustments to a mental model, significant reconstruction of an existing mental model, or development of an entirely new mental model. We will review the cognitive science research related to spatial feedback and spatial accommodation and will show examples of curricular materials that incorporate these principles. Curricular materials will be suitable for a range of class sizes and course levels. Participants should come prepared with assignments that students find challenging. The second half of the short course will be work time to develop materials for providing spatial feedback to students working on these problems, in consultation with the leaders.

NAGT-Sponsored Topical Sessions

T70. Geoscience Animations and Videos As Tools for Learning: Using Them in the Classroom, Making Them, and Assessing Their Impact

Robert J. Stern, Jeffrey Ryan
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
High-quality AND scientifically accurate animations of geologic phenomena are uncommon but potentially valuable in K–12 and college teaching. Contributions on innovative classroom uses of animations, their assessment, and how to make them are encouraged.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

T71. Recruiting and Retaining K9–16 Students through Field- and Laboratory -Based Geoscience Experiences (Posters)

Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer, Arif M. Sikder
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Environmental & Engineering Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division; GSA Energy Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
This session will enable faculty and K9–16 students to present their field- and laboratory-based research on a variety of geosciences-related aspects, including sedimentology, geomorphology, field geology, environmental geology, urban geology, geoscience education, and new pedagogical approaches.
Geoscience Education | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Information/Communication

T72. Integrating Active Learning Strategies into College-Level Geoscience Classrooms: Implementation, Effects, and "Lessons Learned"

Jason P. Jones, Katherine Ryker, LeeAnna Young Chapman, C. Doug Czajka
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geoscience Education Research Division
The integration of active learning strategies into college-level STEM courses has been shown to improve student outcomes. This session will explore the evidence behind incorporating active learning into geoscience courses.
Geoscience Education

T74. Declining Enrollments in U.S. Undergraduate Geoscience Programs: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Get Our Groove Back?

Miriam Barquero-Molina, Angela Van Boening, Damon J. Bassett
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Energy Geololgy Division
Declining enrollments in geoscience means departments are feeling the pain, financial and otherwise. We discuss the reasons for the decline and strategies for better recruiting and serving of our graduates going into the professional workforce.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

T76. Beyond the Road-Cut: Virtual, Local, and Nontraditional Field Teaching and Learning Experiences

Lauren Neitzke Adamo, Julia Criscione, Jacob Setera, Kelsey S. Bitting
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geoscience Education Research Division
Virtual exploration, museum-based assignments, and analysis of geoscience on campus can be more inclusive ways to enhance students' conceptual learning and motivation. This session welcomes presentations describing nontraditional field experiences and evidence of their effectiveness.
Geoscience Education

T78. Barriers, Misconceptions, and Progress in Improving Climate Literacy and Strategies for Communicating about Climate Change

Don Duggan-Haas, Patrick Chandler, Anne U. Gold
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geoscience Education Research Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Energy Geology Division; Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN); GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
This session will focus on research and evaluation of climate literacy efforts and effective ways of communicating about climate change in general but also in cultural relevant contexts.
Geoscience Education

T79. Showcase of Undergraduate Research Posters by 2YC and 4YCU Geoscience Students (Posters)

Adrianne A. Leinbach, Gretchen L. Miller, 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 posters in any subdiscipline of geoscience.
Geoscience Education | Environmental Geoscience | Sediments, Clastic

T82. Hands-On Teaching Demonstrations that Combine Geoscience and Societal Issues: Audience Participation Requested!

Elizabeth A. Nagy-Shadman, Tiffany A. Rivera
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
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

T84. Making Sense of Methodologies and Theoretical Frameworks in Geoscience Education Research

Anne Gold, Karen S. McNeal, Leilani Arthurs, Katherine Ryker
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geoscience Education Research Division
Methods and theoretical frameworks can come from multiple disciplines to shape the forefront of our field. Presenters are encouraged to highlight their decision-making process in research studies that advance the field. New approaches and applications of established methods/frameworks are welcome.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

T87. Collaborative Partnerships between K–12 Teachers/Informal Educators and Scientists

Susan Meabh Kelly, Carla McAuliffe, Suzanne T. Metlay, Peggy M. McNeal, Michael J. Passow
National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers Teacher Education Division
This session is dedicated to sharing education/outreach efforts that are the product of scientists collaborating with K–12 teachers and/or informal educators.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication

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 2018 Indy Icebreaker on Saturday, 3 November, from 5-7 p.m.

Sunday, 4 November

  • NAGT Past Presidents' Breakfast - 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., JW Marriott Indianapolis, Room 106 (Invite Only)
  • NAGT Executive Committee Meeting - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom Sections GH (Invite Only)
  • Oral Technical Sessions: 8 a.m.–noon
  • GeoCareers Day: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Poster Sessions: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • NAGT Council Meeting - 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom Sections GH (Invite Only)
  • NAGT Journal of Geoscience Education Editorial Board Meeting - 12 -1:15 p.m. JW Marriott Indianapolis, Room 106 (Invite Only)
  • 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.
  • NAGT and USGS Internship Meeting- 2:00 p.m- 4 p.m. JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom Section C (Invite Only)
  • Exhibits Open: NAGT Booth opens - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Exhibits Opening Reception: 5:30–7 p.m.
  • NAGT 2YC Geoscience Div. Business Meeting - 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom Sections GH
  • NAGT Teacher Education Div. (TED) Business Meeting - 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom Sections GH
  • NAGT Geoscience Education Research Div. Business Meeting - 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom Sections GH
  • Geoscience Educator's Reception - 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Rock Bottom Brewery, 10 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Monday, 5 November

  • 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

Tuesday, 6 November

  • Oral Technical Sessions: 8 a.m.–noon
  • 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., JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom Sections GH (Ticketed Event)
  • 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, 7 November

  • 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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