You are eligible to attend if:
Participants will be provided airfare and travel support, four nights’ lodging, meals, and class materials.
Our nation faces serious challenges when attracting young people to science and its related careers. This is particularly true for members of groups under-represented in STEM and for minority college students majoring in the geosciences.
To address these issues, School of Ice partners have created a rigorous professional development workshop for faculty from minority-serving institutions (MSIs). This program will train participants to understand paleo-climate evidence derived from ice cores and to acquire the skills necessary to bring this exciting inquiry into new and existing Earth and environmental science classes on their campuses.
The experiential nature of this workshop will build background knowledge of cutting edge research and empower participants to communicate authentic paleo-climate research practices, ice core data, and results to their students.
Within two weeks of workshop completion, participants will be expected to:
Within a semester of workshop completion, participants will be expected to:
The School of Ice uses an outside evaluator, Hilarie B. Davis, Ed.D. & Bradford T. Davey, Ed.D. Technology for Learning Consortium, Inc., to conduct evaluations of our workshops. A combination of participant pre- and post-surveys for each workshop is employed. In 2017, all past SOI participants were invited to take part in virtual or phone interviews to identify how the workshop over time has impacted both the educators and their teaching, as well as their students.
If it was not a workshop like this, I would not feel comfortable teaching my advanced Climatology class and offer the labs for the class full of hands-on exercises conveniently available for the students. Every minute of my time was worth this workshop!
The School of Ice has been a wonderfully rewarding teacher experience. I walked away with an appreciation for all of the work that not only goes into the efforts of research scientists about the evidence of climate change, but how to really teach it using best practices.
I teach earth science and environmental science to non-science majors. Sometimes it is difficult to make them understand the concepts of science. The lab activities presented in the workshop helped to formalize such concepts. From the workshop I gained knowledge about past climate, and proxy data analysis through the wonderful presentations of Prof. Erich Osterberg, Bess Koffman, Meredith Kelly and Bob Howley.
The workshop was successful in terms of education, diversity, collaboration, and knowledge exchangeable. It provided me ways and methods to demonstrate scientific facts over climate change using ice cores and paleodate. This workshop gave opportunities to all participants to learn and pass the knowledge to recent and future generation about climate change.