Paper No. 11
Presentation Time: 11:15 AM


ELLINS, Katherine K.1, SERPA, Laura F.2, RIGGS, Eric M.3, PENNINGTON, Deana4, FOX, Sean P.5, LARSEN, Krista5, LEDLEY, Tamara6, MOSHER, Sharon7, MILLER, Kate C.8 and STOCKS, Eric9, (1)Office of Outreach and Diversity, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 10100 Burnet Rd., Bldg. 196, Austin, TX 78758, (2)Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University, El Paso, TX 79968, (3)College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, Room 202, Eller O&M Building, MS 3148 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, (4)University of Texas at El Paso, Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence, 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, 79968-0555, (5)Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057, (6)TERC, 2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140, (7)Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C1100, Austin, TX 78712-0254, (8)Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, (9)Dept. of Psychology and Counseling, The University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75799,

Diversity and Innovation for the Geosciences (DIG) TEXAS is an alliance of scientists and educators at higher education institutions, teachers, and other stakeholders working to elevate the stature of the geosciences in Texas. A new DIG Texas project sponsored by NSF brings together five regional teams composed of Earth scientists, pedagogy specialists, and practicing science teachers to create instructional blueprints for a one-year Earth science course. The blueprints are organized in topical units with online links to curated, exemplary, research-based earth science learning activities and educational resources. The development of the blueprints is guided by the National Research Council document, A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Earth Science Literacy Principles, and aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (state standards) for Earth and Space Science. The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) hosts the project website with public access to the online blueprint pages, and supports communication and collaboration among team members, project investigators, and the project evaluator. SERC and the CyberShARE Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at El Paso are collaborating on the development of approaches to allow teachers to customize blueprints for their own use by reshuffling units within a blueprint, and mixing and matching units from other blueprints. This presentation provides an overview of the project, describes the resource selection and review process, and shares examples of the development versions of the blueprints. The impact on secondary Earth science education could be significant, especially in Texas where Earth science is not currently taught regularly or in an impactful way evenly across the state. This project may remedy that in a powerful and lasting way by providing suggested pathways for teaching a rigorous Earth science course.