Hello all -
I'm writing to invite you to submit an abstract to a session at the
upcoming GSA Annual meeting in Minneapolis that I and Carol Engelmann
are hosting. Feel free to share this email with any of your colleagues
as I know I've neglected to send this to some important potential
We would like to have this session focus on issues that influence
whether or not earth science is taught in K-12 classrooms - that are
**not directly related to Earth science “content"**. Emphasis will be on
the social, political, and bureaucratic milieu in which K-12 Earth
science instruction occurs.
We would like to see presenters describe concrete examples of current
threats to K-12 Earth science instruction, such as the lack of qualified
science teachers in general (and earth science teachers in particular),
the vagaries of certification and subject-area endorsement rules, the
timing of high-stakes tests and their emphasis, state and local
guidelines for graduation standards, local and state politics, etc.
The goal is to provide a forum to discuss the "non-content-related"
obstacles that influence whether or not Earth science is taught in our
nation’s K-12 schools and ways in which these obstacles may be overcome.
We plan to end the session with an overview/summary to highlight the
major themes presented. The overview will then be followed by an open
The session information (needed for submitting) is:
T168. Overcoming Threats to Earth and Space Science Instruction at K–12
and you can log in to the GSA system to submit an abstract by going to:
I hope you will consider submitting an abstract! And again, please feel
free to share this information with others.
Jacqueline E. Huntoon, PhD
Dean of the Graduate School
Michigan Technological University
411A Administration Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
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