LEVERAGING RESOURCES: AGI-ASU-NASA TRIAD MODEL FOR EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
At ASU, researchers, collections specialists, technologists, engineers, education & outreach (E&O) and formal education specialists, undergraduate and graduate students and retired scientists were engaged in the iterative process of developing two years of teacher professional development. Starting by mapping our goals to our resources and connections, we crafted a teacher program that developed into a model for leveraging resources in our institution. Our program had three main elements: Content-rich weeklong workshops (summer), 5-day field excursion (summer) and follow-up workshops during the school year (fall and spring). Design elements included teaming up with E&O staff of major science programs on campus, integrating existing curriculum, engaging top researchers to give presentations from their public outreach repertoires, grouping teacher to strategically support within-district collaboration and mentorship, connecting teachers in sustainable programs, partnering with other programs to engage additional specialists and resources and crafting a field excursion based on SESE faculty, researchers and graduate students who were available and interested. These elements reflect small steps and manageable decisions that can be reproduced at other institutions to provide well rounded content-based PD for local educators while fostering sustainable connections with teachers in the university’s local community.