Place-based education emphasizes hands-on approaches that utilize local surroundings as a foundation for learning concepts across disciplines. In this four day Saturday series workshop, K-12 teachers that cover concepts related to fossils, evolution, and the history of life as per Georgia Performance Standards will explore how to incorporate place-based learning in their instruction by using local examples. Georgia provides a wealth of opportunities for studying paleontology in both space and time as the different physiogeographic regions of the state represent much of Earth history.
The workshop includes two lab days (Sept 20 & Nov 15) to be held in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University and two field days (Oct 25 & Nov 1) that will be based primarily at paleontological localities in the Valley & Ridge and Coastal Plain. Pre-packaged lessons, specimen collections, curriculum planning, and an online mapping module will be developed as part of this program. Teachers will be able to bring these items into their own classrooms at the conclusion of the workshop and will additionally receive fun giveaways related to paleontology and geography, with extra classroom incentives for participants who attend all four Saturdays!
The registration fee to participate in the workshop is $20, with priority given to current in-service K-12 teachers who are able to attend all four days (16 participants maximum). Depending on interest and availability, pre-service teachers and/or in-service teachers who are unable to do the entire workshop may be eligible to attend select Saturdays. Classroom days will be 9am-5pm; field days will be longer due to driving to northwest and central Georgia. Teachers may be eligible for Continuing Education credits if approved by his/her local school district with the full four day participation yielding 20 contact hours. Teachers from private schools and home schools are welcome as well.
Interested parties must send the $20 registration fee by check (see below instructions) regardless of the number of days selected for participation, complete the survey here, and become members of the Georgia Geographic Alliance as sponsored by National Geographic to apply for the workshop. Membership is free and can be completed online at http://georgiageography.org/connect/. Please contact Dr. Christy Visaggi at email@example.com with any questions. Thanks to the Paleontological Society, Georgia Geographic Alliance, and Georgia State University Department of Geosciences for their support. Registration will close on September 18, 2014 5pm EST. Hope you can attend!
Dr. Christy C. Visaggi
Co-Coordinator and Director of Education and Outreach for the Georgia Geographic Alliance
Chair of the Southeastern Section for the Paleontological Society
Vice-President of the Southeastern Section for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Note: To submit the registration fee, please mail a check addressed to Dr. Christy Visaggi at Georgia State University, Department of Geosciences, P.O. Box 3965, Atlanta, GA, 30302.