I think that you should consider describing what you have done as a short article or note for the Journal of Geoscience Education.  That certainly will give it wide circulation to the people you want to know about it.


Dr. Arthur Mirsky

Professor Emeritus

Department of Earth Sciences – IUPUI

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

723 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202--5132

Phone:  (317) 278-0229

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From: GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Van Norden, Wendy
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 3:59 PM
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Subject: teacher prep and high school earth science programs


I have, with the help of NSF and UCLA, initiated a high school geology course for which my students receive credit at UCLA.  It is a rigorous course which contains the UCLA ESS1F course within it and it has been successful in drawing some of the better science students away from the all-powerful APs and having what is usually their first introduction to the Earth Sciences.   I am now giving workshops to teachers, hoping to inspire them to initiate a rigorous earth science or geology course in collaboration with a local university. 

Does anyone in this group have any suggestions as to how I can better get the word out to the larger community? For example, I would love people who teach teacher prep courses to let teachers  know that there is a model out there for a successful high-level earth science course.  I would also love to have university faculty initiate conversations with their local high school science teachers.


Wendy Van Norden

Harvard-Westlake School

No. Hollywood, CA 96604

818 487-6665