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Geoscape Bay Area for Earth Science Teachers

Course Description: 

We invite Earth science teachers to a professional development program about understanding Earth sciences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn about current scientific research and understanding of the local geoscape. A geoscape is a way to look at the geological landscape - water resources, natural hazards, and earth resources - as well as ways to approach these topics in the classroom. This workshop is to enhance your skills, confidence, and knowledge of Earth sciences and invigorate classroom instruction.
Teachers are supported by experts in content and pedagogy, and are provided with specific tasks that connect to the workshop. In addition, you will be introduced to teaching with evidence and argumentation as pedagogical tools. This opportunity is for both novices and experts in Earth sciences education, and open to middle and high school teachers. You will have lots of time to work with and get to know like-minded science teachers.
Sessions taught by Earth Sciences faculty and staff:
    •    Tectonic Setting of the Bay Area
    •    Earthquakes in California
    •    Plate Tectonics
    •    Stanford CSI
    •    What does it mean to be a scientist?
    •    Plus an all-day geology field trip

Keywords: Earth Sciences, science, environment

Audience: Middle and high school science teachers

Dates & Times: Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2017

  • Mon | 10:00a - 4:00p
  • Tue - Thu | 9:00a - 4:00p
  • Fri | 9:00a - 1:30p
Format of Course:  In-person at Stanford University with a 1-day field trip, and follow-up learning communities throughout the school year

Cost: Free!

This course is underwritten by several grants and the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Units: 2 Status: Registration opens Tuesday, Jan 17, 4:00p PT

*Please note: Registration in this course includes morning coffee/tea service, lunch, and a reception. Registration does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page.  

Connecting teachers from around the globe to share and grow in teaching excellence. This course is part of the Stanford Teaching Festival (STF). The STF aims to bring together teachers from varied classrooms and contexts worldwide. Teachers participate in a common, in-person, high-quality professional learning experience over the summer, and are provided with the resources, tools, and support to engage and grow with one another in meaningful learning communities throughout the school year.

Course Facilitators: 

Dr. Jennifer Saltzman Since 2009, Jennifer has facilitated the Geoscape workshop with Professors Greg Beroza and Kate Maher as lead speakers. Jennifer is the director of outreach education at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences and she connects K-12 students and teachers with scientists to help them understand how the Earth works. 

Dr. Greg Beroza A professor of Geophysics, Greg develops and applies techniques for analyzing seismograms in order to understand how earthquakes work and to help quantify the hazards they pose.

Dr. Kate Maher Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, Kate investigates biogeochemical processes occurring at the Earth surface to understand how environments are controlled by the feedbacks between chemical, biological and physical processes using a combination isotope geochemistry, geochemical and reactive transport modeling, and geochronology.

Dr. Richard Nevle Trained as a geologist, Richard Nevle was a high school science teacher for 14 years, and currently directs the interdisciplinary Earth Systems undergraduate program. Richarch joined the Geoscape team in 2012.