Teacher Programs

First Annual Welcome Reception for Two-Year Geoscience Faculty

Doubletree Hotel, Mount St. Helens Room
Sat., 17 Oct., 4–5 p.m.

The GSA Education Committee and GSA’s Education & Outreach staff invite all geoscience faculty teaching at community colleges or other two-year institutions granting associate degrees to this informal reception. This will be an opportunity for community college faculty to meet and discuss the issues, needs, and questions that are unique to teaching at two-year institutions. Results from a survey of two-year geoscience faculty by the GSA Education Committee in early 2009 suggest that this type of gathering at GSA annual meetings could be beneficial and might create avenues by which GSA can help this particular group of geoscience professionals.

This reception will take place immediately before and adjacent to the Annual Geoscience Educators’ Social Reception (see below). Attendees are encouraged to join other geoscience community members interested in education. Both social receptions are free and open to interested participants, and no meeting registration fee is required.

Annual Geoscience Educators’ Social Reception

Saturday, 17 Oct, 5–7 p.m., Location to be announced.

Educators are invited to this relaxing forum for socializing, sharing ideas, and meeting other geoscience community members interested in education.

Come meet those from GSA’s Committee on Education, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), the GSA Geoscience Education Division, Cutting Edge, the IRIS Consortium, the American Geological Institute (AGI), Deep Earth Academy, EarthScope, the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), and UNAVCO. The GSA Education & Outreach staff will be on hand to meet you as well.

Appetizers and cash bar provided.

Darwin Day

Monday, 19 Oct.

Not just for teachers but don't miss this!
A day-long celebration of Charles Darwin including special sessions, a panel discussion and documentary, culminating with the LA Theater Works presentation of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial ($25; open to the public). All attendees at The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial will receive a free pass to the GSA Exhibit Hall.
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Short Courses

The following courses are designed especially for teachers.
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  1. Helping your Students Investigate Plate Tectonics Just Like Scientists.
    Sat., 17 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon. US$90.
    Limit: 50. CEU: 0.4.
  2. Pacific Northwest Earthquakes and Tsunamis for Middle School Teachers.
    Sat., 17 Oct., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. US$10, includes refreshments.
    Limit: 30. CEU: 0.8.
  3. Watch Faults Grow Before Your Very Eyes!
    Using a Deformational Sandbox in High School and Middle School Earth Science Classrooms.

    Sun., 18 Oct., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Free.
    Limit: 40. CEU: 0.8.
  4. Using and developing historic image archives to investigate landscape change.
    Sun., 18 Oct., noon–3 p.m. US$10; includes lunch.
    Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.



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