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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.



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.



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