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Implementing the NGSS

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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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Running online internship programs: successes and challenges

Presenters: Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Register »
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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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 Register »
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.

Implementing the NGSS

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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 Register »
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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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 Register »
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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