Geoscience Horizons

K–16 Workshops

Annual Meeting registration and payment of the workshop fee are both required in order to participate in the K-16 workshops; Annual Meeting registration is $40 for K-12 teachers or for those who will only participate in the weekend workshops. Register early to ensure your spot (available June 3).

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1. Using Constructivism to Introduce Historical Geology [601] - Canceled.
Sat., Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
2. Practical Tips for Proposal Writing [602]
Sat., Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cosponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research.
Intended audience: College and university faculty. Fee: $25.
This workshop will present strategies and approaches for writing grant proposals. It is open to all, but is aimed at college and university faculty who have never prepared a proposal or have not been successful with past proposal submissions. The workshop will focus on proposal writing for research, laboratory, and curriculum development at primarily undergraduate institutions. Presentations will include the rhetoric of the grant proposal, budget preparation, the review process, and expressing the role of undergraduates in a project. Presenters include former and current National Science Foundation program officers and representatives from the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund. Information: Lori Bettison-Varga, or Jill Singer.
3. Integrating Important Advances in Planetary Geoscience into Undergraduate Courses [603]
Sat., Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. - Canceled.
4. What did T. Rex Taste Like?-or-Dinosaurs: The Science behind the Stories [604]
Sat., Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by the Paleontological Society and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Intended audience: Middle and high school teachers, college and university faculty, and informal educators. Fee: $40.
Using dinosaurs as a focus, this workshop emphasizes the process of science-how we know what we know. Participants will enjoy a series of hands-on activities focusing on the science that provides a visual portrayal of the past. Topics include evolution, phylogenetics, paleoecology, behavior, form, and function. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the new book Dinosaurs: The Science behind the Stories. Information: Judy Scotchmoor, or Dale Springer.
5. Monitor Global Seismograph Stations in Real-Time from the Science Classroom [605]
Sat., Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Canceled.
6. Addressing Environmental Problems to Stimulate Undergraduate Learning [606]
Sat. and Sun., Nov. 1-2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (two-day workshop; see also Sunday) Cosponsored by National Science Foundation; GSA Geoscience Education Division.
Intended audience: College and university faculty, graduate students, and informal educators. Fee: $15
Workshop presenters will model a multidisciplinary environmental problem-solving approach to teaching science. In this model, students use environmental impact analysis as a vehicle to learn relevant science disciplines. Presenters will provide easily adaptable sample exercises of the teaching methods and curricula, work with participants to develop ways to integrate this approach into their own courses and/or curricula, and provide strategies and methods to write successful proposals to external agencies for funding to help participants implement these techniques in their classes. To defray costs of room and board for the 2-day workshop, stipends of up to $400 are available to any participant who needs assistance. Information about the stipends or workshop: Michele Hluchy, or James Haynes.

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6. Addressing Environmental Problems to Stimulate Undergraduate Learning (Day Two) [606]
Sun., Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (two-day workshop)
See description for workshop #6.
7. An Introduction to EarthEd Online: A New Online Instruction Resource for the Earth Sciences [607]
Sun., Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-noon — Canceled.
8. Earthquakes-A One-Day Workshop for College and University Faculty [608]
Sun., Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Consortium; National Science Foundation; University of Arizona; Purdue University.
Intended audience: College and university faculty. Fee: $20.
This workshop is intended for faculty at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities who are teaching introductory earth science courses and who want to learn more about earthquakes, seismology, and plate tectonics. Topics will include causes of earthquakes, plate tectonics, propagation of seismic waves, seismographs, statistics and data, Earth's structure, and earthquake hazards. Activities that emphasize hands-on and inquiry-based learning will be used to deliver content to participants, and they will be encouraged to reflect on how these activities can be used in their classrooms. Participants will receive $120 in materials (hands-on activities, maps, earthquake book, posters, software, and other teaching aids). Information: Michael Hubenthal, or John Taber.
9. K-16 Teaching Strategies and Methods that Encourage ALL Students (Especially Students with Disabilities) to Participate in the Geosciences [609]
Sun., Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cosponsored by National Science Foundation.
Intended audience: College and university faculty, middle and high school teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students. Fee: $20.
This workshop will focus on teaching strategies and methods that make the geosciences inclusive for all K-16 students (especially students with disabilities). The C.L.A.S.S. Project and the DO-IT Project are joining forces to share what they have learned about using technology, inquiry-based learning, and physical adaptations to make science education meaningful for students with a variety of disabilities. The number of students seeking science careers is increasing because of their efforts. By adopting the strategies presented in the workshop, participants will be able to encourage all students to learn the basic concepts of geoscience. Information: Roderic Brame, or Mary Ellen Bargerhuff.
10. Effective Use of Web-Based Resources in an Interdisciplinary Science Classroom [610]
Sun., Nov. 2, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Intended audience: College and university faculty, high school teachers, graduate students, and informal educators. Fee: $35.
Web-based teaching materials can avoid the weaknesses of traditional science textbooks by offering low-cost resources that integrate concise content, interactive exercises, news stories, biographies, and other options. Finding and using these resources effectively can be a challenge, however. In this workshop, participants will learn about the advantages of using Web-based materials, especially in an interdisciplinary science classroom for which no textbook is appropriate. Participants will have the opportunity to fully explore the resources available at, a National Science Foundation-funded undergraduate education Web site, and use the site to set up their own MyClassroom. Information: Anne E. Egger.
11. In-depth Exploration of the Juan de Fuca Plate, Northeast Pacific Ocean, with the REVEL Project [611]
Sun., Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m. Cosponsored by University of Washington's School of Oceanography; National Science Foundation; ChevronTexaco Corporation.
Intended audience: K-12 teachers and informal educators. Fee: $20.
Since the discovery of "black smokers" on the Galapagos Ridge in 1977, many hydrothermal vent systems have been explored on the mid-ocean ridges circling our planet, including the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Some of the largest venting sulfide edifices are located just 200 miles off the coast of Washington. This workshop will highlight the multidisciplinary studies that take place in this remote environment, and how researchers envision the use of a permanent, underwater observatory to monitor the entire Juan de Fuca Plate so they can study the processes that form and recycle the oceanic crust from a spreading center to a subduction zone. Participants will study the links between the geological, geochemical, and physical processes that control the evolution of a tectonic plate. Information: Véronique Robigou.
12. Building the EarthScope Education & Outreach Network [612] - Canceled.
Sun., Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m.
13. Strategies for Effective Testing & Grading in Introductory College Science Courses [613]
Sun., Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-noon Cosponsored by National Science Foundation DUE CCLI (ND) Award 998115: National Dissemination of Field-Tested Classroom Assessment Techniques in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology for Postsecondary Faculty.
Intended audience: College and university faculty and graduate students. Fee: $25.
One of the most difficult challenges in teaching at the college level is accurately determining the extent to which students really understand the concepts. This interactive workshop will help participants improve student learning in their courses by focusing on effective testing and grading strategies, implementing these successful strategies even in large enrollment courses, and introducing participants to innovative assessment approaches that focus on engendering meaningful understanding. Information: Tim Slater, or Ed Prather.

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