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August 31, 2021

All We Can Save book circles for the climate movement

Book circles provide the ideal structure for individuals to come together as a community and discuss climate solutions presented in the anthology All We Can Save

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August 20, 2021

Centering identity for inclusive teaching [AAAS-IUSE]

Imagine the impact this could have on your students (and how you might need to embed the activity and process the outcome). I encourage everyone to consider centering identity in their STEM courses, research groups, projects, and more.

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August 16, 2021

Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) — one pod leader’s experience

A group of two-year college faculty came together for the URGE program and generated a document of approaches and action items to deepen the knowledge and to implement strategies needed for the participation of BIPOC students and faculty in the geosciences.

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July 13, 2021

NASEM report – Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future

“Scientific thinking and understanding are essential for all people navigating the world, not just for scientists and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals.”

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June 25, 2021

Employer views on higher education – takeaways from the 2021 AAC&U report

Although our discipline provides excellent data from employers through the AGI Workforce documents and the recently-released Vision and Change in the Geosciences: The Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education report, it is important to also step back and take a wider view. Not all of our students will enter geoscience careers or stay within them – workforce preparation for our students needs to take into consideration what employers outside the geosciences identify as areas that will help our students succeed, no matter which career they pursue.

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June 4, 2021

Take 5… grading for equity

The book “Grading for Equity” shares three pillars for equitable grading – accuracy, bias-resistant, and motivational. But we also need to make sure our classroom practices and assessments are also designed through an equitable lens.

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May 26, 2021

Geology Bites – a podcast with researchers sharing earth and space science

As we look to help students build a science identity and recognize the accomplishments of our colleagues, the Geology Bites podcast is a great addition to our toolkit for celebrating science and scientists.

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May 25, 2021

#QuiltYourScience for AGU 2021 and beyond

What is your science journey: unlocking Earth’s secrets? exploring the heights of our atmosphere to the depths of our ocean? or teaching others about the wonders of our universe? We invite quilters of all ages and skill levels to join us in December 2021 for a virtual celebration of quilts that celebrate the earth and space sciences. Create a mini quilt or a square illustrating your work in and/or passion for earth and space science research, communication or education.

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May 16, 2021

Documenting geoscience career paths with the Earth Science Resources video series

I strongly believe showcasing different career opportunities to students will help increase diversity in geoscience because “get a job” often takes precedent over “follow my passion” when you are a first-generation college student. But I want students to know they can have both! — Dr. Cindy Bergeron, creator/producer of Earth Science Resources [quote via email]

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April 10, 2021

Making a first impression with your syllabus

From semester to semester, syllabi are dynamic, living documents. Although many institutions push for a syllabus to be a listing of university rules and policies, even going so far as to use the wording that the syllabus is a “contract”, there is language and approaches we can select to use for the syllabus to be more inviting, to be more inclusive, and to make an even better first impression for students beginning their semester/quarter journey with us.

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