SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS IN GEOSCIENCE AT TWO-YEAR COLLEGES
The SAGE 2YC program has resources for teaching geoscience to all students, recognizing that supporting student success includes efforts to support students both in and beyond the classroom. Project workshops collect, synthesize, and disseminate resources on strategies such as research experiences, evidence-based teaching practices, developing students’ metacognition skills, supporting student transfer, and career development. They also address supporting particular groups of students: English Language Learners, students with disabilities, neurodiverse students (including those on the autism spectrum), service members and veterans, first-year students, underrepresented minorities, and students with math, science, and/or nature anxieties. The SAGE 2YC website (serc.carleton.edu/sage2yc/) enables dissemination beyond the workshops on topics drawn from workshop content including materials on stereotype threat and solo status, supporting transfer students, geoscience careers and career development, and engaging 2YC students in research experiences. The newest addition is a suite of resources for supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in 2YC classrooms. These resources include a discussion of cultural and language challenges and recommendations for faculty as well as strategies for enhancing ELL comprehension and retention. The program remains committed to providing faculty with tools to help all students be successful and examples of applications of these tools in 2YC geoscience programs.