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2024 Webinars


Traveling through time with the International Ocean Discovery Program: Scientific ocean drilling reveals Earth's past

Edward Robeck, American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Lauren Brase, AGI
Lindsay Mossa, AGI
Carlos Alvarez Zarikian, International Ocean Discovery Program

Date: April 11th, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 pm Mountain | 3:00 pm Central | 4:00 pm Eastern

Join us as we explore the JOIDES Resolution (JR), a specialized ship conducting scientific research for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Discover how cores retrieved from the ocean floor serve as invaluable time capsules, unveiling Earth's history, from geology to climate change. Learn to integrate JR's free resources into your curriculum, engaging students with activities on cores and microfossils. Gain access to classroom materials and core replicas for hands-on learning experiences. Empower your students with data-driven resources for authentic scientific engagement.


Teaching with Investigation and Design: An Opportunity to Transform your Introductory Undergraduate Science Classroom

Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Natalie Bursztyn, University of Montana
Angela Daneshmand, Santiago Canyon College

Date: April 1st, 2024

Time: 12:00 pm Pacific | 1:00 pm Mountain | 2:00 pm Central | 3:00 pm Eastern

Are you ready to transform your Earth or physical science course to prioritize interactive student engagement and inclusive discussions? Join our webinar to discover innovative materials from the Teaching with Investigation and Design in Science (TIDeS) project, proven to enhance student outcomes. Connect with experts and peers to devise a strategy for integrating these resources into your teaching approach.


Bringing Coding Activities into your Undergraduate Earth Science Classroom: Scalable and Reproducible Analysis for All!

Joanmarie Del Vecchio, College of William and Mary

Date: March 25th, 2024

Time: 12:00 pm Pacific | 1:00 pm Mountain | 2:00 pm Central | 3:00 pm Eastern

Unlock your students' potential to use Earth data in this workshop. Explore the opportunities for scalable and reproducible analysis of Earth data via novice-friendly Python activities, which foster algorithmic thinking and code and data literacy for students who will gain skills applicable to both the job market and research. Learn how to implement these activities in your own classrooms and discover how computational activities make geoscience education more inclusive.


Geoscience teaching & learning in the time of AI

Missy Holzer, NESTA
Lauren Brase, AGI
Aida Awad, NAGT

Date: Feb 22, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 pm Mountain | 3:00 pm Central | 4:00 pm Eastern

Dive into the future of geoscience education with our interactive webinar, "Geoscience Teaching & Learning in the Time of AI." Work with AI techniques aimed at boosting student engagement, deepening understanding, and unleashing creativity in your classroom. We'll explore practical tools and strategies to get started, even if you're new to AI. Through a brief theoretical introduction and a compelling rationale for AI integration, you'll gain a clear vision of its potential in your classroom.

2023 Webinars


Hands-on with PolarPASS: Teaching with 360˚ Interactive Environments

Spruce Schoenemann, University of Montana Western
Emily Ward, CIRES Education and Outreach, University of Colorado Boulder

Date: Nov 17, 2023

Time: 10:00 am Pacific | 11:00 am Mountain | 12:00 pm Central | 1:00 pm Eastern

Learn about using virtual fieldtrips (360˚ Interactive Environments) in your university classroom using free tools and curriculum that focus on polar and geoscience topics. Developed by research and education experts with PolarPASS.


Ocean Acidification: Bridging Earth Science

Miasha Brunkhorst
Jessica Swann
All presenters are affiliated with Arizona State University's Center for Education Through Exploration.

Date: Nov 2, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Infiniscope, a NASA-funded project, has been working to create mix-and-match learning modules that enable educators to organize their classrooms around specific phenomena and storylines. In this webinar, we'll share our newest suite of learning experiences tied to the anchoring phenomenon of Ocean Acidification and the investigative phenomenon of declining oyster populations.


Hands-on with PolarPASS: Easy tools to bring GIS skills and polar curriculum to your classroom

Alia Khan, Western Washington University
Twila Moon, NSIDC, University of Colorado Boulder

Date: Oct 12, 2023

Time: 10:00 am Pacific | 11:00 am Mountain | 12:00 pm Central | 1:00 pm Eastern

This webinar will demonstrate elements of the PolarPASS curriculum that combine GIS exercises with learning about glacier basin systems and the Greenland Ice Sheet.


Earth Science Week: Providing Multi-Faceted Support for NGSS-ESS Instruction

Lauren Brase
Sequoyah McGee
Lindsay Mossa
Ed Robeck
All presenters Affiliated with AGI

Date: Sept 21, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Join us for a webinar that will show how Earth Science Week connects earth science educators to resources, organizations, opportunities, and more. During the webinar we'll go through materials in the Earth Science Week toolkit that are produced by AGI and other partner organizations.


Heads and Chairs: What you need to know about nominating students for the NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Fellowship Program

Kurt Burmeister, Executive Secretary, NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Fellowship Program
Laura Corey, Youth and Education in Science (YES) Program Analyst,U.S. Geological Survey
Anne Egger, Executive Director, NAGT
Eleanour Snow, Youth and Education in Science (YES) Program Manager, U.S. Geological Survey

Date: May 10, 2023

Time: 9:00 am Pacific | 10:00 am Mountain | 11:00 am Central | 12:00 pm Eastern

We are making changes to the student nomination process in order to broaden access to the long-running NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Fellowship program, and department chairs and program heads will serve a critical role in the new process. In this webinar, we'll share the history and successes of the fellowship program, describe the changes in the community that led us to develop a new nomination process, and walk participants through the new nomination process and what makes a strong nomination.


Developing evaluation systems that value diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

Megan Elwood Madden
Alisa K. Kotash
Elinor R. Martin
Lori A. Snyder
Mashhad Fahs
Gerilyn S. Soreghan
All presenters are affiliated with The University of Oklahoma.

Date: May 2, 2023

Time: 10:30 am PT | 11:30 am MT | 12:30 pm CT | 1:30 pm ET

This workshop is aimed at helping the geosciences answer recent calls to action by revising promotion and tenure (P&T) and evaluative systems to clearly value and reward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. In this workshop, we will discuss geoscience faculty perceptions and engagement in DEI work, as well as perceptions of DEI work within the context of evaluative systems from recent nation-wide interview and survey results. Participants will be guided to work collaboratively and develop mechanisms by which they can meaningfully value DEI work within annual evaluations and P&T policies. Examples and suggestions will be shared with participants following the workshop. We encourage all interested geoscientists to attend and engage in dialogue around transforming our evaluation systems to honor, respect, and create equity within and beyond the academy.


Teaching Earth and Space Science with PhET Interactive Simulations

Rebecca Vieyra, PhET Associate Director of Global Initiatives

Date: April 20, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive simulations and virtual labs for science and math learning. PhET simulations are teaching tools that can support conceptual learning and skill development, but they are most effective when used in a teaching context that makes use of evidence-based, student-centered teaching and learning practices. During this webinar, participants will get a brief introduction to PhET simulations by engaging in open play with a simulation, exploring the website, coming up with simple sequences of how simulations can be linked to teach core concepts, and learning more about how to go deeper with PhET pedagogies.


Building Your Students Data Literacy and Proficiency

Joseph Kerski, PhD GISP | Education Manager, Geographer ESRI

Date: April, 11 2023

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Data is the language of science, driving scientific discovery and leading to new understandings. Building proficiency in all aspects of data collection and use is critical for geoscience students. In this session Joseph will build on earlier ESRI presentations he has coordinated for NAGT. He will begin with using Survey123 to gather data in the field (soil types, invasive plants, noise, water quality, tree species, weather, etc), then show how they can map it, analyze it, and finally present results in an Instant App or Dashboard or StoryMap.


Data Puzzle Project

Dr. Melissa Braaten, Associate Professor, STEM Education, University of Colorado Boulder
Jonathan Griffith, Education and Outreach Associate, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder

Date: March 9, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Teachers have expressed a desire to incorporate authentic scientific data into their curricula, but they struggle to find accessible and meaningful datasets that can be easily integrated into modern teaching practices. In response to this problem, climate scientists and instructional specialists from the University of Colorado Boulder have collaborated to create "Data Puzzles," a free resource that utilizes instructional practices as outlined by Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) to engage students in data analysis in the context of important scientific research. Data Puzzles challenge students to analyze and interpret climate datasets to create explanatory models for important questions like, "What is causing the megadrought in the Colorado River Basin?"


A New Take on the Water Cycle

Hayley Corson-Dosch, USGS
Charlotte Riggs, USGS

Date: February 16, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Water cycle diagrams are widely used by educators to convey core scientific principles about water storage and movement on Earth. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently redesigned its water cycle diagram, putting humans at the forefront. The new diagram emphasizes scientific accuracy, design, and usability in educational settings. Educators were key contributors to the design of the new diagram – USGS heard from hundreds of educators about how they use the water cycle diagram in their instruction and incorporated their feedback into the design. During this webinar, USGS scientists will share information about the basis and importance of the new diagram, as well as the science it depicts.


Info Session on NAGT Awards and Nomination Process

Meghan Cook, Purdue University Northwest
Don Haas, Paleontological Research Institution
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina
NAGT DEI committee

Date: January 25, 2023

Time:10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

We invite anyone interested in submitting a nomination or self-nomination for one of the many NAGT awards to join this meeting and learn more about how to identify someone deserving of recognition and develop a strong nomination for them. Members of NAGT awards committees and the NAGT DEI committee will be present to provide an overview of the awards, the nomination and selection process, and to meet in private breakout rooms to assist people directly with generating their nomination(s).


Exploring models for engaging community college students in field research: a discussion of benefits and challenges

Kari O'Connell, STEM Research Center, OSU
Amanda Robin,Community College Field Biology Alliance
Nancy Staus,STEM Research Center, OSU

Date: January 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Undergraduate field experiences (UFEs) play an important role in retaining learners in STEM, and provide critical training for career development. Yet, community college students face many barriers to participation in UFEs. Designing UFE models of engagement that are accessible is critical for involving community college students in field education. In this webinar, we share three different programming models implemented in a field research internship for community college students in Los Angeles over the past several years and discuss the benefits and challenges of each for both participating students and program facilitators. We will then facilitate a discussion about the current practices and future needs of community college faculty in providing UFEs.

2022 Webinars

Project EDDIE

Online Interactive Data Set

Guiding Students to use Data to Support their Scientific Reasoning

Kathleen Browne, Rider University
Andrea Drewes, Rider University
Sage Lichtenwalner, Rutgers University
Gabriela Smalley, Rider University

Date: December 12, 2022
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Scientific reasoning is complex, and many of our students struggle to excel in this skill. With the support of an NSF IUSE grant, we are currently testing a new strategy built into intro oceanography courses, with early results showing success. During our DCER instructional framework, students initially are asked to thoroughly describe an online, interactive data set. We then guide students to use evidence from the data descriptions, relevant science content, and scientific reasoning to support a conclusion. This session will provide background on our strategy and hands-on experience with some of the steps we use to guide our students. We will use examples in the ocean sciences that attendees could adapt for other content areas.


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Geoscience Careers at Two-Year Colleges (panel)

Karen M. Layou, Reynolds Community College (moderator)
Pete Berquist, Virginia Peninsula Community College (panelist)
Deron Carter, Linn-Benton Community College (panelist)
Beth Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus (panelist)
Sean Tvelia, Suffolk County Community College (panelist)

Date: December 2, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Join us for a lively panel discussion with 2YC geoscience faculty from across the United States! Given that nearly half of all undergraduates start their journey of higher education at community colleges, the need for outstanding introductory geoscience teaching is great. This webinar will explore career opportunities for geoscientists at 2YCs, emphasizing not only aspects of teaching, but also opportunities for collaboration and professional development for geoscience faculty across their departments, institutions, and the nation.


Evaluating Lessons Using the NSTA Sensemaking Tool

Kate Soriano, NSTA Standards Implementation Specialist

Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

The NSTA Single-Point Rubric for Sensemaking Lessons (aka Sensemaking Tool), adapted from the research-based NGSS Lesson Screener, is designed to help educators be critical consumers of curricular materials as well as create and/or revise science lessons to reflect the instructional shifts (sensemaking) required by the NGSS and three-dimensional state standards based on A Framework for K-12 Science Standards.

In this web seminar you will become familiar with the NSTA Sensemaking Tool and consider how this tool can be used to choose lessons (critical consumer), revise or create lessons for personal use, and revise or create lessons for wider use.


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Core on shore! A virtual tour of IODP's Gulf Coast Repository

Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine

Date: November 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

The scientific ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution sails for two-month expeditions to collect deep sea sediment and core samples in ocean basins across the globe. Scientists immediately begin their work analyzing the new cores, but the research does not stop when the JR returns to port! The materials are shipped to a core repository, where the research continues. Curious to learn more about the next steps after scientists and materials depart the JR? Join us for a follow-up live broadcast and Q&A with scientists from Expeditions 390/393 - this time, touring the Gulf Coast Repository in Texas!


Vera C. Rubin Observatory presents: An NGSS Approach to Exploring our Solar System

Ardis Herrold, Education Specialist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory
Justine Schaen, Education Specialist, NSF's NOIRLab

Date: October 20, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

What is Earth's place in the Solar System? How did the Solar System form? Rubin Observatory online investigations engage students in working on current science research questions by using interactive tools and multimodal data visualizations. Each investigation uses authentic data and is designed as a lesson to drop into your space science storyline. Learn about how you can use these free investigations and their accompanying phenomena, support materials, and assessments, designed for three-dimensional learning.


Compass Project - Discoverability, DEI and Accessibility

Sean Fox, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Maureen Kahn, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
John McDaris, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

Date: October 5, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

This webinar is an opportunity learn about new discovery tools you can use on the SERC site - including an enhanced portal for DEI resources -- as well as how SERC is supporting the greater accessibility in its teaching resources. This work is part of the Compass Project, an NSF-funded effort led by the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College to improve the discoverability of SERC-hosted science education materials. Currently, SERC hosts materials from over 120 geoscience education projects. Compass is focused on reducing infrastructure silos between geoscience education projects and helping educators better navigate the breadth of the collections.



Studying Atmospheric Processes with Airborne Data

Armin Sorooshian, Professor, University of Arizona
Joseph Schlosser, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA

Date: September 27, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

The purpose of this data workshop webinar is to introduce participants to airborne field data and how to access and visualize data. We will go over the science motivation of a current NASA mission called ACTIVATE. There will be activities to expose participants to Python, which is becoming increasingly important for data analysis. Please refer to our first open data workshop summarizing the instrument datasets and the mission concept: .



Using the Lens of the Crosscutting Concepts to Design Effective Earth Science Learning Experiences

Dr. Brett Criswell - Assistant Professor, Secondary Education, West Chester University
Dr. Christopher Roemmele - Associate Professor, Earth and Space Sciences, West Chester University

Date: September 19, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

The Next Generation Science Standards are becoming more widely adopted across the country. Even many states whose standards aren't directly based on the NGSS have had their standards influenced by NGSS. NGSS is based on the idea of three-dimensional learning: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs), and Science & Engineering Practices. The CCCs are generally given the least attention by teachers even though they can help teachers build curricula around storylines and students think scientifically.

In this webinar, the presenters will share a number of suggestions (and resources) for making the CCCs an integral part of earth science teachers' planning and implementation of curricula.




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Community Efforts to Broaden Conference Participation in the Geosciences

Megan Plenge, EER 2022 Conference Chair; Teaching Associate Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rebecca Fazzari, Director of Meetings & Events, Geological Society of America
Tramond Baisden, President, National Association of Black Geoscientists

Date: September 14, 2022
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Professional meeting modality has been through many changes over the course of the COVID pandemic. The NAGT DEI Committee will give a brief opening introduction that will be followed by a panel of meeting organizers to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of planning full face-to-face, hybrid and fully online conferences, particularly with respect to hosting inclusive meeting experiences. The final segment will be an open discussion by webinar participants about their experiences with different meeting modalities.




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Promotion, tenure, and the value of diversity, equity and inclusion work

Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College
Aaron Velasco, University of Texas- El Paso
Aradhna Tripati, University of California- Los Angeles
Tessa Hill, UC-Davis (Moderator)

Date: Thursday May 26, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

In this webinar, a panel of geoscience faculty and administrators from a range of institution types will share their experiences from their own promotion and tenure pathways. Discussion will include specific recommendations for younger colleagues near the start of their careers, such as how to align professional efforts with institutions' mission and vision statements. For more senior colleagues who are in positions of evaluating promotion and tenure files, panelists will offer actions that can help improve promotion and tenure procedures and policies so that impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are recognized.


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Towards a more inclusive geosciences: Teaching strategies and policies to support all students

Phoebe Cohen, Chair and Associate Professor of Geosciences, Williams College
Lisa White, Assistant Director, University of California Museum of Paleontology

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Building an inclusive and equitable discipline requires ensuring that our educational settings are accessible, welcoming, and supportive of all who wish to engage in the geosciences. In this webinar, Dr. White and Dr. Cohen will discuss examples of strategies and policies that they have used in a variety of settings, including classrooms, museums, and online. Participants will have an opportunity to try out exercises and brainstorm ways to adapt them to local needs.


Deepwater drilling rig Ocean Valiant being towed into Cromarty Firth

Sharing Scientific Ocean Drilling with Students

Laura Guertin, Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences, Penn State Brandywine, on board the JOIDES Resolution
Additional scientists/instructors from on board the JOIDES Resolution

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

How do we core and collect sediments and ocean crustal material? How can these help us learn about Earth's biological, chemical, and geological systems? Join us live from the JOIDES Resolution for a ship tour and discussion of how to bring scientific ocean drilling into our introductory-level courses.


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"I had no idea assessments could actually be joyful!"

Jill Wertheim,Director, SCALE Science at WestEd

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Many educators approach assessment as a requirement they need to meet to evaluate what students learned at the end of a unit. But assessments can be meaningful, motivating, and even joyful for students and teachers. In this session, we will explore ways that SCALE Science (now at WestEd) has been using ourSNAP resourcesto work with states and districts toshift the classroom culture around assessment.


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Thinking and Teaching about Feedback Loops

Kim Kastens, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Thomas F. (Tim) Shipley, Department of Psychology, Temple University

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Feedback loops drive problems and can underpin solutions in many domains of personal and professional life, in geoscience and beyond. Help your students develop this powerful habit of mind.


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Building inclusive communities for research and scholarly activities

Hendratta Ali, Program Director, Division of Earth Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Intentionally creating spaces and cultures of inclusion and belonging increases equity, and foster the interest, retention, and attainment of all learners -- including non-traditional, first generation, and learners from historically excluded groups. Anyone can become an inclusive leader! In this webinar, we will share considerations and strategies for designing inclusive communities toward engaging students in research and other scholarly activities.


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Maintaining an Active & Successful Student Sciences Club

Anthony Santorelli, Anne Arundel Community College
Katherine Keough, Anne Arundel Community College
Dan Ferandez, Anne Arundel Community College
Emily O'Donnell, Towson University Geology Student

Date: Friday, April 1, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Because of the pandemic, we ran into many challenges continuing the membership and organizing activities for our Earth Science Club. We've been fortunate through some creative planning and enthusiastic participation by our student club officers, student club members, and faculty club advisers to have been able to sustain a successful Science Club. During this webinar, we will share our recent Science Club experiences with activities. Even more importantly, we would like to hear the experiences, ideas, and insights about science clubs from the webinar participants.

Project EDDIE

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Understanding the threat to biodiversity and how to prioritize conservation using geospatial tools

Dennis Liu, Vice President Education, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Matthew Heard, Belmont University

Date: Monday, March 21, 2022
Time: 11:30 am PT | 12:30 pm MT | 1:30 pm CT | 2:30 pm ET

Human alteration of the landscape has increased the threat posed to biodiversity and increased the challenge of land conservation. In this webinar, Dr. Dennis Liu and Matthew Heard explore how we can use geospatial data and tools to better understand biodiversity distribution patterns, threats to biodiversity, and how to best protect land moving forward. The webinar will include information about the education and outreach work of the E.O. Wilson Foundation, their Half-Earth Project, and their Ambassador Program. Participants will also be introduced to Matt Heard's Project EDDIE module examining how we can use citizen science data and open access GIS software to understand the distribution and potential impacts of invasive species.



Why is "If it can't be grown, it must be mined" important in your ESS classroom?

Scott Brande, University of Alabama Birmingham

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Teaching about minerals is an integral topic within the NGSS-ESS. How do you approach the importance of minerals in your classroom? Do you focus on mineral uses supportingsociety today? Minerals as natural resources? Integrate a quantitativetwist? Through a sustainability lens? Or does teaching mineral identification without physical specimens seem an impossible task? The website "Mineral ID: A practical online study guide" is filled with digital resources and classroom-ready activities for teaching mineral identification and muchmore. Learn more during this webinar.



What does "research" look like at the Introduction level, such as at 2YC's?

Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
DavidVoorhees, Waubonsee Community College
with invited guestsNiccole Cerveny,Mesa Community College,
Kusali Gamage, Austin Community College,
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine,
Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College, and
Sean Tvalia, Suffolk County Community College

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

There is a broad spectrum of waysfor students to engage in research at the introductory level, particularly at two-year colleges where students are still exploring their possible major pathways. Participating in research can be an engaging activity that can support student learning, and mentor future geoscientists. This webinar will examine the varied forms that research can take at the introductory level, particularly at two-year colleges. We will discuss what ways we would like to see students engage in research, examine a variety of existing models and provide space for planning for your own ideas to move forward.



Climate Survey of the Geosciences: Disproportionate impacts on historically excluded groups

Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Geosciences continues to lag behind every other science. In order to change this we need to understand some of the barriers. The ADVANCEGeo Partnership workplace climate survey reveals a range of positive and negative experiences that can affect career advancement and retention in the discipline. We will explore some of the findings from the survey to come up with action items that individuals, teams and organizations can take to address some of the challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion in our field.



Exploring the Earth System with Understanding Global Change

Jessica Bean, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

The effects of intensifying global changes are here: wildfires, warming and acidifying oceans, sea level rise, and extreme weather events. The causes of global change and the mechanisms for mitigating future consequences are complex, and we need innovative scientists, engineers, and informed citizens to understand and how to respond to these challenges. Join us for activities and discussion exploring UC Berkeley's Understanding Global Change tools that allow you to engage students in the three dimensions of theNGSS by visualizing the Earth system and paths to a resilient future.



Building your Geoscience Community through NAGT

Anne Egger, Central Washington University, NAGT Executive Director
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College
Karen Layou, Reynolds Community College
Adrianne Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College

Date: Friday, February 4, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Are you interested in how NAGT can enhance your career? Or how you can enrich the diverse community of educators in NAGT? This webinar will explore the mission and structure of NAGT and the various resources available to the geoscience community. We will highlight NAGT member benefits, with an emphasis on those most pertinent to 2YC faculty.



Mentoring Undergraduates: Techniques And Best Practices For Guiding The Next Generation Of Scientists

Anika Knight, UNAVCO Educational Specialist

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Establishing a mentoring relationship typically falls upon the mentee, which can leave individuals who could benefit the most (non-traditional & first generation students or individuals from marginalized groups) out in the cold. During this webinar we will cover techniques and best practices for establishing, maintaining or improving mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. While the topics covered will directly target undergraduate mentors they may also be useful for those working with high school or graduate students.



Beyond Interactive Maps: Building StoryMaps

Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Manager
Tom Baker, Esri Education Manager
Kylie Donia, Esri K12 Education Specialist
Charlie Fitzpatrick,Esri K12 Education Manager

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Interactive maps are powerful, but not the limit. Expand on maps with text and media to generate StoryMaps. Find and use existing StoryMap gems, then design and create your own, for use on any connected device, anytime, anywhere.

2021 Webinars

Project EDDIE


The Green Infrastructure EDDIE Module: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Developing Student Problem Solving Skills

Elizabeth Farrell, SUNY Nassau Community College; CUNY Queens College

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Time: 12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

This webinar explores ideas for connecting the Green Infrastructure/Green Roofs module to other areas of your course to improve student learning. There are opportunities to reinforce analytical and conceptual understanding important to hydrology and sustainability. You will learn about examples of how the module was connected to other content in a non majors environmental science course, but reflect on and discuss connections to content in your course. Participants will explore a user friendly hydrological modeling website that can help students evaluate real world solutions to urban runoff by encouragingcritical thinking and problem solving.

Project EDDIE

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Meet the Author Event: Engaging students in physical oceanography through data analyses

April Watson, Lynn University
Jacqui Jenkins-Degan, Cape Fear Community College

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

Understanding physical processes in the ocean is an important topic covered in oceanography and hazards courses. Teaching it through data analyses helps your students better understand how the ocean works. This event brings together the authors of two project EDDIE modules: Wind and Ocean Ecosystems and Bomb Cyclones-They're Explosive so that you can explore opportunities to engage your students in exploring wind data, upwelling, and storms. You will have time for discussion with one of the authors at the end of the event.



Where are we with NGSS Implementation?

Eric Pyle, NSTA President
Tricia Shelton, NSTA Chief Learning Officer

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

At the recent "Taking Stock of Standards Implementation: A Summit" hosted by the Board of Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, it was clearly identified that teacher professional learning and professional development play a key role in implementation of the NGSS standards. Highlights from the summit as they pertain to the NGSS-ESS implementation will be shared, including the successes and challenges, and what can be done in the short and long term to support teachers in any stage of their career to transition to NGSS/three-dimensional teaching and learning.

Project EDDIE

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Helping students critically evaluate data

Annette Brickley, NES-LTER Education and Outreach Coordinator
Kathy Browne, Rider University
Gabi Smalley, Rider University

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm PT | 2:30 pm MT | 3:30 pm CT | 4:30 pm ET

The "A-B-C" structure of all EDDIE modules is designed to build student skills towards independent evidence-based thinking and communicating. Using a long term data set from the Chesapeake Bay, the authors of the Hypoxia in Coastal Marine Ecosystems module will share how they designed and modified the "parts" to meet students' needs to think critically about data. From a decade-long time series showing annual change, students step from recognizing simpler patterns to pulling apart more complex patterns with time lag and correlations. Contextual understanding of nutrients, photosynthesis and respiration, estuarine ecosystems, and anthropogenic input all deepen the inquiry.



The City as the Field: Inclusive early-undergraduate geophysics teaching modules to address urban environmental challenges

Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming
Sarah Kruse, University of South Florida
Lee Slater, Rutgers University-Newark

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

In this webinar, we will showcase the project Introducing Geophysics for Urban and Near-surface Applications (IGUaNA). This project includes a set of curricular modules that feature the applications of shallow geophysical techniques to societally-relevant, real-world problems that are designed to help attract a more diverse population of students to the geosciences.

Project EDDIE

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Measuring Sustainability? Teaching Sustainability Using GAPMinder

Natalie D. Hunt, University of MN-Twin Cities

Date: Thursday, October 28 , 2021
Time: 12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

Sustainability is a complex term that is applied to many different contexts. How do you help your students think about what sustainability entails and how it might be measured? This webinar will engage audiences in helping students in introductory environmental science and sustainability courses frame sustainability questions and identify and compare sustainability metrics using the Gapminder tool. It will highlight ways to engage your students in defining sustainability metrics and exploring publicly available datasets using an online tool from the Sustainability Metrics module.



Teaching Earth Science with Interactive Maps

Dr. Tom Baker, Education Manager
Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager
Charlie Fitzpatrick,K12 Education Manager

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Explore the spheres of the world from global to local scale through interactive maps. GIS powers professional earth scientists, and can power your students' learning, on any connected device, anytime, anywhere.

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Meet the Author Event: Exploring the Drivers of Change in Plants through Data, Customizing for Introductory and Upper Level Classes

Pamela Freeman, The College of St. Scholastica
Kyla Dahlin, Michigan State University

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

Plants respond to multiple drivers of change from changes in climate, land use, water, and nutrients. How you engage your students in looking at the drivers of change might depend on the past knowledge and experience of your students. This event brings together authors of two Project EDDIE modules: Phenology trends and climate change in MN and Remote Sensing of Plants and Remote Sensing of Plants and Topography in R so that you can think about how to engage your students at different expertise levels. You will have time for discussion with one of the authors at the end of this event.

Project EDDIE


Meet the Author Event: Teaching Climate Change with data in your introductory course

Allison Jacobel, Middlebury College
Kelly Knight, Houston Community College System

Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
Time: 12:00am PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

Teaching undergraduate non-science majors how to analyze climate data calls for careful consideration of their backgrounds and interests. This event brings together the authors of two Project EDDIE modules: Paleoclimate and Ocean Biogeochemistry and Prairie Eco Services so that you might explore how to start teaching your students about climate change using data. You will have time for discussion with one of the authors at the end of this event.


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Welcome Back! Making science education meaningful through designing authentic ESS learning to reach all students

TJ McKenna, Phenomena for NGSS
Jennifer Self, WestEd
Vanessa Wolbrink, WestEd

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

This webinar will feature two presentations:

Making Science Education Meaningful - Science teaching and learning should build toward more sophisticated understandings and practices – but where do we start? Leading with meaningful phenomena and problems help us move past the question of what to teach, and instead allow us to focus on the why.

Designing Authentic Earth and Space Science Learning to Reach All Students - NextGenScience will highlight five features that can help Earth and space science learning experiences to better connect to science as a profession as well as the science we use in our everyday lives, making the field more accessible, relevant, and meaningful to students.

Project EDDIE


Assessing Quantitative Reasoning

Rebekka Darner, Illinois State University

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 7:00am PT | 8:00am MT | 9:00am CT | 10:00am ET

Quantitative reasoning (QR) has been identified as a necessary skill across nearly all disciplines, and further, QR is part of being an informed consumer of information and participant in our globalized society. This webinar will explore the various ways QR has been defined, the synthesis of skills that together give rise to QR, and the various ways QR can be measured in classrooms. Participants will learn about how to effectively assess QR when using Project EDDIE teaching materials.

Project EDDIE


Using Real Data to Teach Climate Change in the Era of Fake News

Paul Meister, Illinois State University

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

Teaching undergraduate non-science majors to think critically about the world around them can be a daunting task. Throw in social media and "fake news" and the task becomes even more challenging. Emphasizing real data and how to interpret it has never been more important in higher education. Project EDDIE's climate change module compares rates of warming in modern and pre-historic times using global temperature and ice-core datasets. We found that students were able to work with the data to reach their own conclusions about current climate change. This webinar explores the use of Project EDDIE's climate change module as a multi-week laboratory exercise in a large (640 student) undergraduate geology course.



Recent and Ongoing Efforts of the NAGT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Laura Rademacher, NAGT DEI Committee Chair, University of the Pacific
Leah Courtland, University of Indianapolis
Amy Weislogel, NAGT DEI Committee Secretary, West Virginia University
Steve Mattox, Grand Valley State University
Mimi Fuhrman, Consulting Geologist
Danielle Sumy, The IRIS Consortium
Yadira Ibarra, San Francisco State University
Samuel Nyarko, Western Michigan University

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Join committee members for informal descriptions and discussion of past actions and current projects that include writing policy statements, developing an EER workshop on Developing Strategies for Inclusive Teaching Practices, writing blog posts to share the diversity of geoscientists, and establishing NAGT's first DEI award. We welcome NAGT members to join in the discussion and share their ideas for future work.



Geoheritage Elements to Enrich ESS Teaching

Erika Vye, MI Technological University
Ed Robeck, AGI
Eric Pyle, James Madison University
Missy Holzer, Great Minds PBC
Aida Awad, Education Consultant, AIU

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

The fascinating phenomena of Earth and space science takes on heightened relevance in learners' lives when presented through the frameworks of geoheritage and place-based education.

Geoheritage has a long-standing tradition worldwide as an approach to honoring the ways that human history and the geosphere interact. As geoheritage becomes an increasingly important feature of geoscience, it can also inform approaches to Earth and Space Science (ESS) instruction. This webinar will provide background and exploratory approaches to making use of geoheritage frameworks to enrich, enliven, and integrate ESS across disciplines. For example, geoheritage provides ways to enhance the relevance of locally-focused ESS instruction by making explicit connections with Earth systems and processes in other locations, such as the iconic locations often featured in ESS instructional resources.



Inclusion through STEM Experiences: Approaches to Increase Access and Accommodations

Wendi J. W. Williams, South Texas College
Sean Thatcher, Rutgers University and Chairman of IAGD Student Community

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

This webinar will provide strategies for designing or modifying pedagogical "ways of doing" to reinforce increasing the diversity of students benefitting from various learning space experiences.
Considering inclusive strategies in STEM environments, participants will: learn about common barriers to access and inclusion within STEM education; be introduced to the principles of Universal / Inclusive Design for Learning (UDL/IDL); and explore embedded or specific accommodations for both physical and non-apparent disabilities. Further, additional resources outside the geosciences will be shared for catalyzing our community efforts.



GeoCode: Using GPS Data to Visualize Plate Movement and Assess Earthquake Risk

Chris Lore, Research Assistant, The Concord Consortium
Stephanie Seevers, Recipient of the 2018 NAGT Colorado Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award, Science Teacher, Evergreen High School, Evergreen, Colorado
Shelley Olds, Science Education Specialist, UNAVCO

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

How can students use coding to explore plate deformation, earthquakes, and their impacts on humans? The online curriculum module "Assessing Seismic Hazards and Risk with Code" engages high school students in Earth science and computational thinking while investigating seismic hazards and risks in a programming environment called GeoCoder. Students build simple block-based programs to create simulations and map visualizations of ground motion, deformation, and strain based on high-precision GPS data. This module is being developed as part of the GeoCode project, funded through an NSF STEM-C grant.

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Social Media, from the chat room to the classroom

Panalists: David Thesenga, Alexander Dawson School, CO; National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)
John-Henry Cottrell, Hemet HS, CA; National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)
Annie Scott, U.S. Geological Survey, Youth & Education in Science (YES)
Wendy Bohon, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Adam Taylor, Dickson County High School, TN

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

In this webinar, participants will learn how to harness the power of social media as an educational tool and find out how scientists and educators are using these platforms to teach critical thinking, be conscientious and responsible consumers of information, expose students to new concepts, follow breaking scientific news and teachable moments, have personal interactions with scientists and experts in a variety of fields, build communities of support, and dispel the fear/expectations of starting a Social Media account (worry of politics, inappropriateness, etc).



ShakeAlert: Educational resources for teaching about earthquakes and early warning in the US

Presenters: Dr. Robert-Michael de Groot, USGS ShakeAlertCoordinator for Communication, Education, Outreach, and Technical Engagement
Dr. Danielle F. Sumy, USGS ShakeAlert National Educational Resources Development Coordinator, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Time: 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

In this webinar, we will introduce the ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system for the West Coast of the United States. We will focus on the development of resources for a range of audiences in formal learning environments and free-choice learning venues, such as schools and museums, respectively. Participants will learn about our other resources, which include a multi-lingual messaging toolkit, science education products such as animations, and training protocols used by technical partners who deliver ShakeAlert-powered alerts to people and automated systems. You will gain insight into how earthquake early warning is another useful tool in the earthquake preparedness toolbox!



Graduate student onboarding courses: Exposing the hidden curriculum to help your students succeed

Presenters: Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Michele Cooke, UMAss Amherst
Nathan Niemi, University of Michigan
Naomi Levin, University of Michigan

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

Courses designed for new graduate students can build student self-efficacy, and promote equity and inclusion by helping all students develop the skills needed to succeed in graduate school. In this webinar we'll discuss the value of graduate student onboarding, and explore potential topics for inclusion in such courses including student-advisor relationships, time management, communication skills, ethics and professionalism, and the research process. We welcome participation from instructors who teach such courses and want to share ideas and from instructors who are considering developing such courses and want to learn more.

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Inspiring ALL Geoscience Learners Nationwide with PBS

Presenters: Nancy Coddington, Director of Science Content, WSKG Public Media
Beth Daniels, Senior STEM Content and Education Manager, TPT - Twin Cities PBS, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Suzie Hicks, Early Learning Content Specialist, PBS SoCal
Tiffany Morgan, Instructional Media Coordinator, Iowa PBS

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Join PBS stations from across the country to learn about free, ready-to-use resources and services to inspire your earth/geoscience students. With a focus on resources grounded in the science inquiry process, NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs) and locally-relevant and authentic phenomena, this session will connect teachers with resources and strategies to ensure that the NGSS are accessible to all students.

Project EDDIE

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Improving Statistical Skills Through Storytelling

Presenters: Diana Garcia Silva, CUNY Queens
Dax Soule, CUNY Queens

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time: 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

Statistical Vignettes focus on quantitative concepts that have been commonly found to be difficult for undergraduate students to accomplish when utilizing statistics like significant figures and correlation when analyzing data. The goal of these vignettes is to address statistical misconceptions and improve quantitative reasoning skills through an engaging storyline with diverse characters. Each vignette is intended to guide students and instructors through the material as either a stand-alone teaching aid or in conjunction with EDDIE modules.



Getting Started with NASA Data: Mapping Hazards from Space

Presenters: Cynthia Hall, NASA Earth Science Data Systems Program
Sara Lubkin, NASA Earth Science Data Systems Program

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

NASA's Earth science data collections provide a wealth of information to aid in our understanding of Earth's processes, in the development of innovative solutions for real-world challenges, and in making data-based decisions. Specifically, NASA data are being used by researchers and decision makers in forecasting hazards, understanding community risk and response, and in assessing post-hazard impacts. The data are all freely and openly available. In this session, we will showcase resources at to help in data access, retrieval, and use, as well as highlight three use cases of data in action: sea level change, urban heat islands, and earthquake deformation.

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Soil Biology, Chemistry, and Physics... Oh My!

Presenters: Briana Wyatt, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University (SSSA K12 Committee Chair)
Jenn DeBruyn, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Owen Duckworth, Professor, North Carolina State University
David Lindbo, Director, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil and Plant Science Division

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Soil is so much more than what food is grown in, we walk on, or move out of the way to build houses or buildings on. It's complex, life-giving, and is critical for a balanced ecosystem. Our three presenters will provide a background on each (what it is, why it's important, and ideas for classroom activities). We'll wrap-up with additional resources and learn a bit about careers in these three areas. This webinar is presented by members of the Soil Science Society of America.


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The NAGT Draft Position Statement on Climate Change Learning

Presenters: Don Haas, Director of Teacher Programming, The Paleontological Research Institution
Mike Phillips, Geology Professor, Illinois Valley Community College

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

The Advocacy Committee has drafted both a new position statement on "Teaching Climate Change", and crafted new processes for adopting position statements and keeping them current. This webinar session will introduce the statement, seek feedback on it, discuss the utility of professional organizations' position statements, and both share and seek insights on improving the processes of developing, disseminating, and leveraging position statements for improving educational outcomes.


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Creating compelling and effective teaching activities for Teach the Earth

Presenter: Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 9:00am PT | 10:00am MT | 11:00am CT | 12:00pm ET

The webinar will focus on two major themes: developing effective classroom activities that challenge and excite your students and optimizing those activities for the review process for contributed activities to Teach the Earth. Participants will use the review rubric and best practices established from thousands of previous activities to create their best, most transferrable teaching activities. You will gain insights into what other teachers value in content and pedagogy, as well as learn about the review process and how to get more involved in the community of geoscience educators.

Project EDDIE


R Studio for everyone - How to teach and use RStudio Cloud in the Classroom

Presenter: Tanya Josek, Illinois State University

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Time: 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

This webinar will focus on how to use R-Studio Cloud in the classroom. We will discuss uses of R in general, how it has been implemented into online EDDIE Modules, and what use looks like in the classroom. Finally, we will also go through some example activities within the webinar.

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Using an American Museum of Natural History Teaching Case to Analyze and Interpret Patterns of Ice Mass Loss in Greenland and Antarctica

Presenter: David Randle, American Museum of Natural History

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

The American Museum of Natural History has produced a series of teaching cases that use videos, age-appropriate readings, and data analysis tools to help students contextualize and draw conclusions from large sets of scientific data. In this session we will look at a teaching case that tells the story of NASA's GRACE satellites with a focus on the effects of climate change on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

2020 Webinars


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Building Inclusive STEM Communities through Partnership with Students: The Being Human in STEM (HSTEM) Initiative

Presenter: Sarah Bunnell, Associate Director and STEM Specialist, Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning

Date: Tuesday, December 1st
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Following a four-day sit-in protesting the experiences of marginalized students on campus, faculty, students, and staff at Amherst College have worked to build the Being Human in STEM initiative, which seeks to encourage participants to recognize how their humanness shapes their experiences in STEM, to read the literature on past diversity and inclusion efforts in STEM, and to construct meaningful partnerships focused on action projects to enhance everyone's sense of belonging in STEM. This webinar will discuss the Being Human in STEM initiative and share concrete strategies that we've developed through partnership with students to enhance the inclusiveness of our STEM classrooms.


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Developing a Sense of Place During Distance Learning

Presenters: Steve Semken, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University
Carrie Ferraro, Dept. of Marine & Coastal Sciences & Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers University
Tara Laidlaw, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy

Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Sense of place helps students contextualize their learning, engage in systems thinking, and connect more personally with course content. How can we adjust our curriculum and facilitation to help students develop a sense of place, when we can't be in a place together? In this webinar, we will explore several approaches for incorporating sense of place into distance learning, including taking virtual field trips, tapping into local knowledge, and using a community's shared experience as a springboard.

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Passing the Sniff Test: What Matters Most When Looking at Earth and Space Science Instructional Materials

Presenters: Jenny Sarna, Director, NextGenScience, WestEd
Jill Grace, Director, K-12 Alliance, WestEd
Vanessa Wolbrink, Associate Director, NextGenScience, WestEd

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Should you trust Earth and Space Science materials that claim to be "100% aligned to the NGSS"? In this webinar hosted by NextGenScience, participants will consider what really matters when developing, selecting, or modifying instructional materials and go through the evidence-collection and analysis process to determine the quality of materials for yourself.


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CUAHSI Services for the Water-Education Community

Presenters: Jerad Bales, CUAHSI Executive Director
Anne Jefferson, Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Kent State University; CUAHSI Board of Directors member

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 9:00am PT | 10:00am MT | 11:00am CT | 12:00pm ET

The webinar will provide an overview of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) to the NAGT community. Topics to be covered include CUAHSI's Data and Compute Services for discovering, sharing, archiving, and publishing water-related data and other resources such as geologic information. In addition CUAHSI's services for enabling reproducible workflows and code sharing through Jupyter notebooks will be reviewed, as well as computational services. Finally, CUAHSI's services for supporting education and outreach to the community will be discussed. A representative for a CUAHSI member institution will discuss ways in which her Geology department has benefited from CUAHSI's educational and data services.


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Running online internship programs: successes and challenges

Presenters: Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

As with many other activities, summer internship programs needed to turn to an online format to continue during pandemic shutdowns. This webinar will overview challenges encountered and successes achieved in three UNAVCO internship programs held online in summer 2020. The lessons learned can inform future efforts that use online or hybrid models.

UNAVCO redesigned their programs to successfully launch Geo-Launchpad, Research Experiences in the Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS), and the UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP) to remote platforms, ensuring continued access to education, career advancement, monetary stipends, and community connections for the involved undergraduate and graduate students. This webinar will overview the online communication tools used, strategies for facilitating online programs, and the evidence-based outcomes assessed by an external evaluator. For well over a decade prior to 2020, these internships provided unique in-person opportunities for students from underrepresented populations to develop their technical and communication skills while aiming to broaden participation in the Earth Sciences.

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NGSS-ESS Mini-series: MORE! Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, part 2

Presenters: NGSS-ESS Working Group

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm 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.

Join us for this second webinar in the mini-series where you will learn about more freely available classroom resources from organizations that you'll want to explore for use in your "classroom." The resources focus on providing opportunities for high levels of student engagement and rigor for virtual, face-to-face or hybrid teaching. Each resource provider will have 2-3 minutes to share their resource with the webinar participants. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during the webinar as well.


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Navigating life as a GER Student (or interested in becoming one): Getting involved and networking in the community

Presenters: Bailey Zo Kreager, Northern Illinois University
Larry Collins, Washington State University

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 4:00pm PT | 5:00pm MT | 6:00pm CT | 7:00pm ET

An essential component of graduate school is networking. Networking opportunities can include finding colleagues outside of your institution and through professional organizations. A great way to do this is by getting involved in NAGT and GSA. As more in-person networking events are canceled or moved online, it is important to create new opportunities for graduate students to interact. This webinar will provide one of these opportunities. During this hour, we will discuss opportunities for students to become involved in both GSA and NAGT, including the path that we took to our current leadership positions. Attendees will also have time to participate in small groups to meet each other and learn about each other's interests/research. This webinar is for students who are conducting geoscience education research and those who are interested in this discipline. You do not have to be an NAGT-GER Division member to attend.


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Teaching undergrads about floods: frequency, modeling, and mitigation

Presenters: Venkatesh Merwade, Purdue University
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

How do scientists and engineers determine flood hazards and make hazard maps? Join this webinar to learn ways to engage your undergraduate students in quantitatively analyzing and modeling flood hazards.

This webinar introduces instructors to Modeling Flood Hazards teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In this module students learn to do determine flood frequency from gauging data and make flood hazard maps using HEC-RAS. They then apply their findings to identifying vulnerable societal infrastructure making mitigation recommendations to reduce risk. The presenter will include insights from teaching this module online.

The module is appropriate for a variety of majors-level Earth and environmental science and engineering courses. It is particularly designed for hydrology courses but has also been taught in geomorphology and hazards-related courses.

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NGSS-ESS Mini-series: Remote Teaching & Learning Resources, part 1

Presenters: NGSS-ESS Working Group

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm 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.

Join us for this first webinar 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." The resources focus on providing opportunities for high levels of student engagement and rigor for virtual, face-to-face or hybrid teaching. Each resource provider will have 2-3 minutes to share their resource with the webinar participants. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during the webinar as well.


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Science Communication for Social Justice

Presenters: Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Wendy Bohon, IRIS Consortium

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

Geoscience communicators have a particular responsibility to promote an ethical, diverse, inclusive culture across the geosciences, while consciously increasing access to geoscience information to all sectors of the public. We can and must start to make thoughtful, meaningful changes in who presents information, what we present, and how we present it. We will share some ideas and examples of 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.


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Navigating the Teach the Earth Portal

Presenter: Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Chair of NAGT's Teach the Earth website committee

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Time: 11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

In this webinar we will focus on navigating the Teach the Earth portal (NAGT's portal to high-quality Earth focused educational materials house 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. We will explore the large number of resources found on Teach the Earth, starting from the portal page and refining our searches in a variety of way. Learn more about key resources, themes, and how to limit your search to find only the most high quality resources.


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Teaching Online Introductory Geoscience Labs Webinar and Discussion

Presenters: Adrianne Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College
Bridget James, San Francisco State University

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

This fall, many instructors in higher education and K-12 will be teaching online or hybrid course formats, or they want to be prepared for a transition to online teaching during the academic year. If you are thinking, "How should I teach intro labs online?" This webinar is for you! This webinar and discussion provide support to instructors for teaching online introductory geoscience labs with brief presentations from a panel of experienced online instructors. The webinar will include approaches and strategies for teaching online labs, examples of activities, and best practices for engaging students. Following the panelists presentations (20-25 minutes), participants will join smaller group discussions in breakout rooms to discuss concerns, needs, and ideas for online introductory geoscience labs (25 minutes). The webinar panelists teach at the college and university level, though resources and approaches are relevant to secondary education instructors.


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Using Virtual Landscapes for Remote Teaching

Presenters: Jacqueline Houghton, University of Leeds
Mark Helper, University of Texas at Austin

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

The Virtual Landscapes Project uses the Unity 3D game engine to create screen based simulations of real and imagined landscapes, and interactive 3D block models of geologic and topographic maps. It aims to enhance the training students receive in geological field and map skills, and to develop 3D visualization skills. This webinar demonstrates how virtual landscapes can be used in the online geoscience classroom to recreate aspects of geologic mapping training and augment understanding of how rock units are represented on geologic maps.

In addition to the regular webinar looking at the uses of the Virtual Landscapes, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to explore the different virtual landscapes and their potential uses for themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting. This is a great opportunity to explore the Virtual Landscapes the way your students would experience them.


Geigapan Webinar Social Media Image

Using Gigapan for Remote Teaching

Presenters: Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Jennifer Piatek, Central Connecticut State University

June 23, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

Gigapixel panoramas are high resolution 2D images that combine 'zoomed out' context with the power of 'zoomed in' details. Applied to teaching geology remotely, they are valuable web-based tools for exploring geoscience concepts with students at scales ranging from the landscape to the outcrop to hand samples, to thin sections, to SEM. GigaPans can be embedded in webpages or desktop-based Google Earth KML tours as elements in virtual field experiences, potentially gaining power when combined with DEMs, 3D models of outcrops or samples, 360° spherical photos, or video. They can also be used as 'virtual samples' in times when student access to samples is limited. This webinar will cover the technical side of producing your own GigaPan images via two hardware/software packages as well as how to deploy extant CC-licensed GigaPans in your own remote teaching and outreach.


Google Earth Webinar Social Media Image Using Google Earth for Remote Teaching

Presenters: Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison University
Andrew Laskowski, Montana State University

June 16, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

Google Earth is a powerful, but easy-to-use platform for virtually exploring natural features around the globe. The capability to create and share custom content for Google Earth has resulted in an abundance of presentations, exercises, and virtual field trips that are available to educators. This webinar will help you integrate Google Earth into remote Earth science courses by providing background on the tool and examples of its use in geoscience classes.

In addition to the regular webinar overviewing Google Earth's options, capabilities, and use cases, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to work through some Google Earth activities themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting. This is a great opportunity to learn to use Google Earth the way your students would use it.


NAGT webinar circle small Promoting Diversity in the Geosciences: Meet the Geoscience Women in STEM

Presenters: Ed Robeck, AGI
Aida Awad, Broward College and AIU
Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School
Laura Hollister, Turlock Unified School District
AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Nautilus, and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) are proud to collaborate through Earth Science Week to advance the vision of IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies in promoting girls and women in STEM. The webinar will introduce you to four trailblazing scientists' stories developed to provide inspiration to geoscience students, professionals, and enthusiasts everywhere. During the webinar we will also explore the curriculum connections modules developed around the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN® Ambassadors. These activities serve as exciting "jumping-off points" for educators and students to further explore the geosciences — the infinite interactions of natural systems and processes that make up our geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Please join us for an introduction to this important collection of lessons and to hear from the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors in person.


NAGT webinar circle small Funding Opportunities for Geoscience Education Related Initiatives and Research
Presenter: Dr. Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation

May 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

This webinar will provide an overview of funding opportunities from the National Science Foundation available for work related to Geoscience Education. The speaker, Dr. Brandon Jones, is an NSF Program Officer who oversees programs related to introducing students to geoscience disciplines, workforce development and development of learning ecosystems (collaborations, partnerships, etc.) to support students, and in some cases educators, in the geosciences. We will discuss underutilized opportunities and also provide general tips for successful Geoscience Education proposals.

Project EDDIE

Artboard 7 copy.png Lessons learned from integrating EDDIE modules into a semester-long undergraduate Environmental Data Science course
Presenter: Quinn Thomas, Virginia Tech

April 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

An overview of a semester-long undergraduate class in environmental data science that harmonized Project EDDIE and Macrosystems EDDIE modules using the R programming language. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is a community effort aimed at developing teaching resources and instructors that address quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts using open inquiry of publicly available data.


Argentina Patagonia Circle Educational modules for teaching topics in Computer Science, Earth or Environmental Science, Economics, Physics, or Physical Chemistry using polar research and data
Presenters: Penny Rowe, NorthWest Research Associates
Steven Neshyba, University of Puget Sound
Lea Fortmann, University of Puget Sound

April 27, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Polar research and climate change have the potential to motivate and enhance student learning. Whether you teach courses in Computer Science, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, or a similar discipline, you can incorporate these topics into your undergraduate classes, while accomplishing your course disciplinary learning goals.

This webinar introduces instructors to education modules created as part of the Polar ENgagement through GUided INquiry (PENGUIN) project. In each module disciplinary topics and techniques are applied to polar research or data to improve students understanding of course topics, while improving climate and computational literacy. Through the modules, students conduct inquiry, scaffolded by Excel spreadsheets or Jupyter Notebooks in Python.


NAGT webinar circle small Sneak Peek at the New Edition of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology with the Author-Editor
Presenter: Vince Cronin, Baylor University

April 23, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

What's new in the most widely used lab manual in physical geology? The one that's been produced with the help of NAGT members since 1986? The one that provides important income for AGI and NAGT? Yep, that one. Visit with the NAGT member who edits the Lab Manual and hear about the new lab on climate change as well as all the other improvements that you can use in the fall term (2020). We want to hear from you, too, so the Lab Manual can continue to evolve as an essential resource for students, teachers, and the whole geoscience community.

Implementing the NGSS

NAGT webinar circle small Beyond earthquake locations: (MORE) Modern seismology in the NGSS classroom?
Presenter: Michael Hubenthal, IRIS

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

When most people hear the term seismology, they think of the study of earthquakes... and a middle school S-P wave arrival time earthquake location lab. While the field is still grounded in earthquakes, modern seismology is definitely not limited to that dated middle school lab. In fact, S-P locations went out of date in the 1960s! Modern seismology now includes the use of seismological instrumentation and analysis to study a variety of Earth phenomena. For example, seismology has contributed to the study of climate change, severe weather events, fluvial systems, sea ice coverage, and planetary geology to name a few. In this webinar we will explore a third approach to modernize your seismology instruction; include seismology as part of instruction that supports non-earthquake NGSS performance expectations!


NAGT webinar circle small (Suddenly) Teaching Geoscience Online
Presenters: Andy Bobyarchick, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Lindsay Iredale, Normandale Community College
Adrianne A. Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College
Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College
Donald Reed, San Jose State University

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Many instructors are being asked to teach online for the first time with little advance notice. This webinar provides a rapid introduction to the elements of successful online geoscience teaching from a panel of seasoned online instructors. It will also overview available (and growing) resources for teaching geoscience online -- including both pedagogy and content elements.


Landslide in Peru Teaching Landslide Analysis to Undergraduates: Planning for Failure and a Safer Society
Presenters: Bobak Karimi (Wilkes University)
Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

How can geoscientists identify and quantify landslide events using remote sensing data? Introduce your undergraduate students to quantitatively analyzing a variety mast wasting signatures in the landscape.

This webinar introduces instructors to Planning for Failure: Landslide Analysis for a Safer Society teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In this module students learn to do geospatial modeling by developing landslide susceptibility maps in ArcMap. They then apply their findings to making mitigation recommendations to reduce societal risk.

Implementing the NGSS

NAGT webinar circle small How to "NGSS-ify" the Question Formulation Technique: A Deep Dive
Presenters: Sarah Westbrook, The Right Question Institute
Nicole Bolduc, Ellington Public Schools

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

How do you design a NGSS unit (or modify an existing NGSS storyline) so that it starts with powerful, authentic student questions? What are best practices for helping students channel their wonderings into rigorous, relevant investigations? In this webinar, veteran Middle School science teacher, Nicole Bolduc, addresses these questions and more, as we take a deep dive into adapting the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for the NGSS classroom.

Implementing the NGSS

NAGT webinar circle small Teach Students How to Ask Their Own Questions To Explore Phenomena in an NGSS Classroom
Presenters: Sarah Westbrook, The Right Question Institute
Nicole Bolduc, Ellington Public Schools

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

How can we build the capacity of all students to ask better questions and drive investigations of scientific phenomena? In this active, participatory webinar, learn the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple, powerful strategy to teach students how to ask, work with, and strategically use their own questions.

Project EDDIE

Artboard 7.png Learn to integrate NEON data into your undergraduate classroom via Macrosystems EDDIE and other resources
Presenters: Megan Jones, NEON and Cayelan Carey, Virginia Tech University

March 4, 2020
Time: 8:00 am PT | 9:00 am MT | 10:00 am CT | 11:00 am ET

To better prepare the next generation of ecologists to conduct macrosystems-level ecology, educators across the U.S. are starting to integrate National Science Foundation's National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data into their undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Participants in this webinar will learn how to integrate NEON data into their own classrooms, through Project EDDIE Macrosystems teaching modules, other NEON teaching modules, and through independent use of NEON data. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is a community effort aimed at developing teaching resources and instructors that address quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts using open inquiry of publicly available data.


GETSI water circle.png Teaching About the Water Cycle by Tracking Water Resources
Presenters: Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

February 27, 2020
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces instructors to Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. During the module students not only learn to increase their data analysis skills, but gain experience in tying the measurements to societal water use and needs. Case studies are taken from the Rocky Mountains (snow dominated) and Great Plains (rain dominated) and then the module culminates in students exploring data sets and water issues from their own region.

Project EDDIE

Artboard 7 copy.png Using EDDIE modules for the first time - What you need to know
Presenters: Jen Klug, Fairfield University

February 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

This webinar discusses what you need to know when implementing an EDDIE module for the first time. Jen Klug will discuss the strategies, tips, and EDDIE module adaptations generated by instructors that participated in the Project EDDIE Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN). The EDDIE FMN consisted of instructors meeting throughout the semester to discuss adapting and implementing EDDIE modules into their courses. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is a community effort aimed at developing teaching resources and instructors that address quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts using open inquiry of publicly available data.

Implementing the NGSS

IRIS webinar.png Beyond earthquake locations: Modern seismology in the NGSS classroom
Presenter: Michael Hubenthal, IRIS

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Does modern seismology fit within the NGSS? If so, where and how? Explore how Marsquakes, icequakes, induced seismicity, models of Earth's deep structure, and more integrates into the NGSS structure.

NAGT + On-Ramps

ONramps circle.png On-Ramps to more effective teaching: quick-start guides to strategies for actively engaging students to improve learning

Presenters: Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University
Jen Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

February 6, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Do you want to incorporate more active learning in your classes but aren't sure where to start? Are you looking for new strategies to try or fresh ideas for techniques that you already use? This webinar will provide ideas for using the new On-Ramps collection in Teach the Earth to catalyze activity development for your own classroom, to focus departmental discussions about teaching, and to help graduate students and pre-service teachers learn about effective non-lecture based teaching.


Artboard 8.png Teaching About Volcanoes with Monitoring Data and Communicating Risk

Presenters: Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

January 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces instructors to Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. During the module students not only learn to increase their data analysis skills, but gain experience in the type of risk communication that professional hazard scientists need to engage in.


NAGT webinar circle small Running a Good Webinar
Presenter: Sean Tvelia, Suffolk County Community College

January 23, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Participants will learn about the mission of the NAGT On the Cutting Edge Webinar Series, audiences served by the series, and most importantly strategies and approaches for developing and presenting successful webinars. Throughout the webinar participants will workshop their plans for upcoming webinars while learning about the tools to best engage their workshop participants.

2019 Webinars


NAGT webinar circle small Getting Started in Environmental Justice Curriculum: Bridging Disciplines and Community
Presenters: Sarah Fortner and Nancy McHugh, Wittenberg University

December 4, 2019
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET


Artboard 7.png The Matrix Approach to Curriculum and Program Learning Outcomes Design
Presenter: Dallas Rhodes (Humboldt State University)

Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar is an introduction to the use of matrices in curriculum design, creating program learning outcomes, and assessment. Example matrices will be used to demonstrate these applications.


Greenland Flow circle Engaging Undergraduates with the Data Behind Melting Ice and Changing Sea Levels
Presenters: Bruce Douglas (Indiana University) and Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces instructors to the Understanding Our Changing Climate: Data Behind Melting Ice and Changing Sea Level teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In the course of this module, students not only significantly increase their data analysis skills and understanding of Earth's climate system, but gain experience doing a stakeholder analysis and communicating findings to stakeholders.

Implementing the NGSS

Artboard 1.png NASA Resources Support Instruction of NGSS Earth System Phenomena
Presenter: Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson, NASA Langley Research Center

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar focuses on how to use the newly-updated My NASA Data (MND) resources in your classroom or informal educational setting. MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story maps) in support of NGSS Earth System phenomena. This webinar will showcase these resources, as well as model how to access and incorporate NASA data in your instruction.


Artboard 6.png Advocacy 101: Engaging Policymakers And Promoting The Inclusion of a Geoscience Perspective
Presenters: Catherine Riihimaki (Princeton University) and Mike Phillips (Illinois Valley Community College)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Policymakers (elected and appointed officials and their staff) must consider a wide range of inputs and anticipate a wide variety of societal impacts when developing legislation and administrative rules and when responding to community needs. The need for geoscience expertise is broad, but often overlooked. We will discuss why it is important to engage with policy makers at all levels (from local boards to the Capitol) as well as how to do it.


Artboard 4.png Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance + Collective Action
Presenters: Eban Goodstein and David Blockstein of Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Which is declining faster – glacial mass or the price of solar energy? The Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is leading a new project to engage more than 100,000 students in critical conversations about this existential question for humanity. Learn how to get involved in a national project to educate students about solar power plus storage. On April 7, 2020, hundreds of campuses will participate in 52 state-wide webinars about solar dominance.


Getsi Oct 22 circle-02.png Using GPS Data to Teach about the Earth in Introductory Undergraduate Courses: Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Water Cycle, and Ice Mass Change
Presenters: Karen Kortz (Community College of Rhode Island) and Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Learn to teach about plate tectonics, earthquake hazards, water cycle, and changing glacial ice using GPS data, while increasing students' math skills and ability to apply science to societal decisions.

Implementing the NGSS

Artboard 3.png Operationalizing the Earth Science Week theme in K12: Geoscience is for everyone
Panelists: Erika Marin-Spiotta (University of Wisconsin), Chris Atchison (University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, International Association for Geoscience Diversity, IAGD)

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

"Geoscience is for everyone" is the theme of Earth Science Week 2019. The NGSS-ESS webinar team is preparing for Earth Science Week by showcasing efforts around diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, and emphasizing K-12 connections and resources. Join us for a special webinar on October 10 at 4 p.m. ET for a panel discussion focusing on work in the geoscience education community around the theme, "Geoscience is for everyone."


project_data_modeling_1087_circle.png Lessons Learned from InTeGrate's Materials Development Program and What Remains Undone
Presenters: Kim Kastens (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University) and Anne Egger (Central Washington University)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

In this webinar, you will hear from one of the leaders of InTeGrate's materials development program and one of the project's evaluators. They will share the strategies that led to the development of high-quality resources that aligned with the project's guiding principles, the evaluation strategies that looked beyond the results in one classroom, the scope of the materials produced, and lessons learned in the process. The goal of presenting these results is to provoke discussion and spur ideas for successor projects that can address gaps, reach new audiences, and/or achieve and evaluate different objectives, while building on the existing instruments, infrastructure, and expertise.


Photo outside Adams Electric Circle Earth Education for a Sustainable Future: Supporting departments and programs through InTeGrate
Presenters: Ellen Iverson (Carleton College), Stefany Sit (University of Illinois at Chicago), and John McDaris (Carleton College; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 9:00 pm PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm ET

Departments across higher education grapple with how to programmatically support teaching about the Earth in the context of societal issues across curriculum. InTeGrate included 16 institutional programs that used InTeGrate strategies and materials to reach such programmatic goals. This webinar will introduce the set of program models that emerged from InTeGrate and share a synthesis of lessons learned from five areas: recruiting and supporting diverse learners; teaching Earth across the curriculum; building connections to strengthen K-12 teaching; supporting transitions to the workforce, transfer, and careers; and making change happen on the large scale. This webinar will characterize what we know about the impact of these programs on participants and how the lessons have been integrated into the NAGT traveling workshop program.

Implementing the NGSS

Artboard 5.png Using the NGSS to Change Worlds
Presenter: Matt Krehbiel (Achieve)

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

The NGSS (and similar standards based on the research of the Framework for K-12 Science Education) provide a unique opportunity for science educators to change their world and the worlds that their students perceive—and who's better positioned to change the world than Earth Science educators? Come talk about changing worlds and a few resources Achieve has developed in the past year as a part of our ongoing effort to support you in your efforts.

solar plant in japan circle Integrating Energy, Earth and Environmental Education

Presenters: David Blockstein (Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences), Teresa Sabol Spezio (Pitzer College), and Cornelia Colijn (University of Pennsylvania)

Monday, May 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 pm PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces Energy, Earth and Environmental Education (E4) – an emerging approach informs about energy solutions to climate change. Join fellow Energy, Earth and Environmental Educators (E4) to share best practices and learn new techniques. It is a precursor to an E4 community building workshop sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) on June 26 and a discussion symposium on graduate education in energy on June 27 at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference at the University of Central Florida from June 26-29, 2019.


Nanotechnology in Earth and Environmental Science circle Teaching Nanoscience in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
Presenters: Dave Mogk (Montana State University) and Mike Hochella (Virginia Tech)

Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

This webinar will present an overview of basic concepts about nanoscience, and the many ways that nanomaterials interact with the Earth system. Nanomaterials (natural, engineered and incidental) play central roles in the energetics and mass balance of Earth processes, and also have huge impacts on environmental and human health. At the nano-scale the "rules" are different, and there are many examples of size dependence of physical and chemical properties of materials that may be quite different on the nano- vs. micro- or meso-scale. This webinar will summarize the key concepts about nanoscience in the Earth system recently published in 10-page review article in a recent issue of Science: Natural, incidental, and engineered nanomaterials and their impacts on the Earth system. We will also provide an overview of a new website that supports teaching about nanoscience in your regular course work (e.g., Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, Hydrology, Environmental Geology....): Teaching Nanoscience Across the STEM Curriculum.


crane construction circle Core Competencies for Sustainability Education Programs
Presenters: Rod Parnell (Northern Arizona University & National Council for Science and the Environment) and Peter Walker (Chatham University - Eden Hall Campus & National Council for Science and the Environment)

Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

In this webinar, we first describe the significance of core competencies to academic programs, especially those in rapidly developing fields. We define what we mean by core competencies, learning outcomes and frameworks. We report on the current state of research on key competencies in sustainability and highlight the most utilized core competency systems. We present NCSE preliminary data gathered through a Delphi-Study and workshops at professional meetings that focused on program-level learning outcomes related to key competencies in sustainability. The session concludes with discussing the consensus building process and next steps in the evolution of core competencies in sustainability.


Field Camp circle.png Field Camp: Do's and Don'ts
Presenters: Carolina Ortiz (University of Florida), Megan Borel (University of Florida), and Caroline Quanbeck (University of Florida)

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm PT |2:30 pm MT | 3:30 pm CT | 4:30 pm ET

Come and learn about what to expect on your field camp this summer and more! Talks will be given by University of Florida graduate students with field camp experience and they will talk about physical preparation, what to pack, how to care for yourself in the field, how to mentally and emotionally care for yourself at field camp, how to deal with feminine hygiene in the field, and to perform academically.


plants sprout circle Helping your department or program to survive and thrive in the changing world of higher education
Presenters: Stephen Mulkey (University of Florida & Unity College) and Kathy Browne (Rider University)

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

The rapidly changing world of higher education provides both threats and opportunities to Earth and environmental programs. As financial pressures mount, departments and programs with low enrollment or that for various reasons are not seen as aligned with administration priorities may be at risk for consolidation or termination. Yet there are also opportunities for programs to show their relevance and benefits to the college or university and to the larger community.

This webinar presents the story of how one academic department recovered and became stronger after an existential threat. A former university president provides context of the pressures facing higher education and strategies for survival, recovery and thriving.


Weather wall circle Students as Bridges Between Disciplines and Across Campus for Sustainability
Presenters: Barbara Elliot (Fleming College), Melinda Laituri (Colorado State University), Michael Fraser (Fleming College), Sophia Linn (Colorado State University), and Student Presenters (Fleming College and Colorado State University)

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Students can often help to facilitate communication between disciplines and across campus units. Students engaged in sustainability and environmental projects and internships generally collaborate outside their major. Students may work with campus facilities units and with community partners. Among of the many benefits of these student enrichment activities is that they help faculty to build their networks and helps the institution achieve its goals for sustainability as well as improved student achievement.

This webinar presents two examples of student-centered programs and will include discussion of lessons learned and recommendations for enhancing collaboration at other colleges and universities. Students from each school will comment on how these experiences have enhanced their education.


hydrogen fuel cell circle Preparing Your Students for Environmental Careers: 10 Steps to Improved Eco-Career Prep
Presenters: Kevin Doyle (Green Economy), Lisa Yee-Litzenberg (Green Career Advisor), and Dr. Alan D. Christian (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Securing a degree from an interdisciplinary environmental studies or environmental science program or an Earth systems science program can be an outstanding first step to a great environmental career in government, business, academia, or the nonprofit world. The expansive, cross-cutting structures that make interdisciplinary environmental programs special, however, may sometimes leave a student without some of the skills and knowledge that many employers value in new graduates.

Fortunately, there are ready-made hacks that faculty, staff, and students can use to increase the probability that graduates will leave campus with both the unique aptitudes that the interdisciplinary experience inspires, and the career-focused abilities that employers are looking for in the most competitive job candidates. We present ten steps that programs can take to improve environmental career preparation for students in collaboration with employers and others, seven universal job skills that green employers value, and we examine case studies of how campuses are using these steps and preparing their students.


sustainability_leaders.v2_456_circle.png Departmental Climate and GeoEthics
Presenter: David Mogk (Montana State University)

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Responsible conduct of scientists is as important as the responsible conduct of research to maintain the health of the scientific enterprise. This webinar explores the nature of personal interactions and how they impact individuals in academic departments. Principles of professionalism (trust, responsibility, respect, fairness, and justice) will be introduced followed by examples of (un)professional behaviors that impact the "climate" of a department (e.g., microaggressions, implicit bias, bullying, sexual harassment, among others). Suggestions will be made on ways to assess your departmental work climate (e.g., strategies for empowering bystanders; climate surveys), and concrete examples will be provided on how to prevent (or mitigate) threatening situations should they arise. Final reflections on where, and by whom, appropriate professional behaviors should be taught in the Earth Science curriculum will be addressed.

2018 Webinars


screenshots_integrate_modules_circle.png Facilitating three-dimensional learning with curricular materials from InTeGrate
Presenters: Anne Egger (NAGT) and Carla McAuliffe (NESTA)

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm PT | 3:00 pm MT | 4:00 pm CT | 5:00 pm ET

The InTeGrate project developed and tested curricular materials with goals to address societal grand challenges, use rigorous science and research-based practices in learning, and be adaptable by instructors in many types of institutions and environments. These goals, which are well-aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), are encoded in a detailed rubric that materials had to pass in order to be tested in the classroom, peer-reviewed, and published online as freely available modules and courses. The InTeGrate materials have been tagged with the relevant disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and performance expectations, and users can browse the materials using any of these components of the NGSS. In this webinar, we'll explore the InTeGrate materials through the lens of the NGSS and provide participants with resources and strategies for adapting the materials for use in their own classrooms to facilitate three-dimensional learning

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