Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Resources shared in the webinar: Dig Deeper into Earth Science with Making North America

This blog post is simply a compilation of links to resources discussed in the December 1, 2015 NOVA Education webinar Dig Deeper into Earth Science with Making North America. The brevity of the webinar assures that not all of the listed links will be visited. A recording of the webinar will be available on the site (the preceding link) shortly after the webinar.

Webinar Description:

Tue, Dec 1, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hangouts On Air - Broadcast for free

Join us for a discussion about new classroom resources from NOVA’s Making North America — a 3-part series that tells the 3-billion year story of our continent’s geological formation and evolution.  Special guests Rob Ross and Don Duggan-Haas of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) will discuss strategies on how to connect the content of Making North America to local and regional Earth science.

On December 1st at 7PM EST / 4PM PST, we’ll look at a range of free resources, including PRI’s Teacher-Friendly Guides to the Earth Science of the United States, which provide a blueprint for engaging grades 6-12 students in actual Earth science fieldwork within their geographic region. 

The Links:


Don Duggan-Haas is the Director of Teacher Programs at PRI and its Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY. Don’s work in teacher education, teacher professional development and curriculum materials development marries deep understandings of how people learn with deep understandings of the Earth system. He is a nationally regarded expert in place-based and technology-rich Earth and environmental science education, especially as related to the use of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences (VFEs). VFEs are multi-media representations of actual field sites ideally created by teachers and students working together. He also has expertise in climate and energy education and is co-author of the book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale. He served on the Earth & Space Science Design Team for the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas and currently serves as the Second Vice President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Don has taught at Colgate, Cornell, and Michigan State Universities, Kalamazoo College, and Tapestry and Norwich (New York) High Schools.

Rob Ross is Associate Director for Outreach at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, NY. He was trained as a paleontologist (PhD from Harvard in 1990) and paleoceanographer (post-doc at the University of Kiel in Germany), and for four years was on the faculty at Shizuoka University in Japan. He moved to Ithaca to work at PRI in 1997 and facilitated the expansion of PRI programming for local school and community groups, helped found teacher professional development programs focused on place-based learning and authentic science experiences, and participated in various national initiatives to improve Earth science education nationally. Rob was part of the team that opened PRI's Museum of the Earth in 2003 and worked on merger with the Cayuga Nature Center that was finalized in 2013. He is founder of the Teacher-Friendly Guide series and co-author and co-editor of a number of books and papers in paleontology and Earth science education. He also teaches courses at Ithaca College and Cornell University.