Teacher Leader Standards
These proposed standards are under development by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Teacher Education Division (TED) to provide national recognition for excellence in K-12 Earth Sciences education.
We recommend these standards to support Earth Sciences educators in their personal goals, professional growth, and career advancement; help guide teacher preparation and professional development; and fit into the broader objectives of the Earth & Space Sciences education community.
- Support Earth Sciences educator development and student learning, with specific examples of peer mentorship or collegial guidance.
- Cultivate collaboration within school, school district, or state to enhance Earth Sciences K-12 education.
- Promote, participate in, or provide professional learning in Earth Sciences education for continuous professional improvement.
- Access and use research based best practices and data, including the results of geoscience education research (GER) and STEM education research, to improve teaching and student learning.
- Commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion with culturally appropriate teaching that respects and values difference, and reasonably accommodates learner challenges.
- Facilitate improvements in Earth Sciences instruction and student learning, such as the use of geosciences data by students and/or development of new hands-on activities.
- Incorporate opportunities to teach Earth Sciences in informal settings such as: science museums, planetaria, and aquaria; field settings (geology field trips, boat trips, and others); and virtual environments.
- Reach out to families and community to improve Earth Sciences literacy and create awareness about geoscience careers.
- Advocate for student learning and Earth literacy by: delivering presentations at the state, national and international level (e.g., EER, GSA, AGU, NSTA, EGU, NESTA, Ocean Sciences, etc.); or serving on the committees of professional organizations.
- Serving as a change agent by: leading Earth Sciences education initiatives; visibly advocating for Earth Sciences education; or providing regional, national and/or international representation.
For further study
- Metlay, Suzanne T., Laura R. Hollister and Katherine K. Ellins (2020). Seeking Feedback on Proposed Geoscience Teacher Leaders Criteria. Presented at Earth Educator Rendezvous, Online, July 2020.
- Ellins, Katherine K., Susan Lynds and Eric Stocks (date pending). Creating a Climate for Teachers to Excel as Leaders in Earth Science Education Within and Beyond the Classroom: Examples from Texas (in preparation for Journal of Geoscience Education).
- Metlay, Suzanne T. and Katherine K. Ellins (2018). Geoscience Teacher Leader Criteria: Developing a New Standard for Pedagogical Excellence, Abstract ED34A, Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Washington DC, 10-14 December 2018.
- Ellins, Katherine K., and Eric Stocks (2017). Creating Earth Science Teacher Leaders Within and Beyond the Classroom: Examples from Texas. Paper No. 138-11, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, September 21-25, Seattle, Washington.
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