National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Southeastern Section Newsletter
Email Edition - Summer / Fall 2002
|Regional News: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee||
Special Note: State Reports are due Oct. 5!
(submitted by David
C. Kopaska-Merkel and Douglas
We know of a couple of high schools in Alabama that have added earth-science electives this year. That brings the state’s total to a handful (we think) but we are at least headed in the right direction. The Geological Survey and geology departments in several universities have received more requests for assistance from teachers and from other kinds of educational institutions. Does this reflect desperation, vigor, or simply better P.R. for educational programs? We don’t know, but, once again, we are headed in the right direction.
Several Alabama based K-16 education presentations will be delivered at the upcoming national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver (October 27-30). The meeting is an excellent opportunity for science teachers to learn about geological education and interested parties should contact the Society for more information about theme sessions and workshops designed for teachers. Details about the meeting are posted on the Geological Society’s homepage (www.geosociety.com)
state’s science curriculum, new last year, more or less follows
the national standards and therefore mandates earth science at every level.
Ignorance and budget constraints have limited implementation of the new
standards, but at least some school systems are moving to increase earth-science
instruction. Tuscaloosa City schools, for example, have embraced inquiry-based
instruction, and have purchased modern science models for use in the middle
schools. There is federal money to support this, and we foresee a slow
improvement in our public schools over the next few years.
The Geological Survey of Alabama Education Committee and the University of West Alabama are once again sponsoring a 1-day paleontological field workshop for teachers (October 22, 2002). If you are interested, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the new publications department, the Geological Survey of Alabama has
released a couple of new brochures on the subjects of ground water and
springs in Alabama. These brochures are available in Tuscaloosa for no
cost. You might have to pay shipping if you order them from elsewhere;
please contact email@example.com
if you are interested. Water in Alabama, formerly an annual print publication,
is now available online as a free download at www.gsa.state.al.us (go
to publications, and then online publications, and follow directions).
This report is semi-technical in nature and is a good resource for high-school
environmental-science teachers. Jim
Lacefield, author of the stunning book Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks,
has begun publishing a series of educational earth-science posters. These
are accurate, colorful, and durable. Please contact Jim for information.
by Pamela Gore)
DINOSAURS AT THE FERNBANK MUSEUM: At the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, the permanent exhibit, "Giants of the Mesozoic", is celebrating its one year anniversary. The exhibit features the world's largest dinosaurs, the meat-eating Giganotosaurus and the plant-eating
Argentinosaurus, along with other Mesozoic vertebrate fossils. Fernbank is the only place in the world to see a fully mounted Argentinosaurus, which measures nearly 127 feet long. The museum opened 10 years ago, in 1992. Fernbank Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the opening of a new special exhibition on October 5, "The Tiniest Giants: Discovering Dinosaur Eggs", a fascinating look at embryos, eggs and baby dinosaurs.
MIDDLE GRADES MATH AND SCIENCE INITIATIVE: The Middle Grades Math & Science Initiative is part of a Title II Work Plan for the Georgia Teacher Quality Plan. This Initiative provides content courses in mathematics and science for middle grade teachers who are currently teaching out-of-field and need college-level courses to meet new re-certification standards. Funded by a United States Department of Education Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant, the project is designed to help Georgia's middle grade teachers increase their content knowledge to meet certification requirements in math or science. In the past, Georgia middle grades teachers were certified simply to teach "middle grades", which means that they were able to teach any middle grades subject, regardless of their background preparation. The rules have tightened recently, requiring teachers to have college coursework in the field in which they teach. To meet certification requirements, teachers need a total of four content courses in the area (math or science) they are teaching. Information on the initiative may be found online at this address: http://www.mgmsi.usg.edu/.
A course in Earth
and Space Science for Middle Grades Teachers has been developed at Georgia
Perimeter College, under sponsorship from the Georgia Professional Standards
Commission to assist teachers with background preparation. Qualifying
teachers completing the course before June will receive a $300 stipend.
Information is available at http://gpc.edu/~pgore/gpcmgmsi.html.
The course is taught online using WebCT to assist teachers in remote areas
of the state. Course materials available online at http://www.gpc.edu/~pgore/Earth&Space/contents.html
for teachers to use as a resource.
Louisiana (no information submitted)
Mississippi (no information submitted)
(submitted by Cindy
The conference is
November 8-10, 2002, at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, Appalachian
State University, Boone, NC.
Registration Fee: $50 payable to NCCSM
Lunch will be provided on Saturday but Friday and Saturday dinners are on your own.
From the South on I-85 N. Drive north to Gastonia and take Exit #17 onto Highway 321N through Hickory into Boone. At the 8th traffic light, turn left onto Rivers Street. At the 5th traffic light, turn left onto Bodenheimer Drive and proceed ¾ mile up the hill.
From the Southwest on I-40 E. At Marion, take Exit #83 onto Highway 221N and drive to Linville (about 50 miles). Turn onto Highway 105N at Linville and proceed into Boone. At 321N, turn left onto Blowing Rock Road. At the 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Rivers Street. At 5th traffic light, turn left onto Bodenheimer Drive and proceed ¾ mile up the hill.
From the Northwest on 421S. Travel on 421S into downtown Boone. Turn right onto Depot Street and go through 1 traffic light where the street name changes to Bodenheimer Drive. Proceed up the hill ¾ mile.
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by Stan Dunagan and Michael
Also, see Miscellanea!
about the new Geology and Fossil History of Tennessee exhibit at UT Knoxville's
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