Notes from June 29th
Pre-Service Education Working Group Telecon
- Discussion began with discussion by Rick Pomeroy and
Stephanie Shipp on the status of cooperation between ASTE and PSEWG. Rick
reported that the June ASTE Board meeting went well, and that the majority
of the Board is 100% behind some type of cooperative agreement with the
- Tim’s workshop proposal for ASTE’s January conference has
Science Methods and PSEWG
- Rick would like to start a small group discussion on what a
portion of a science methods class would look like, incorporating all of
the best practices and ideals discussed during the Advance. He would like
to devote about 5 class sessions, of 2.5 to 3 hours in space science.
- Those members of PSEWG who have experience with teaching
science methods classes and would like to work with Rick on this should
contact Rick or Christine; we would like to put together the ideal
curriculum for such a project. We will also continue this discussion
during the July telecom.
- No changes or edits were suggested to either version of
the Advance Notes; comments were simply that they seemed complete.
- Christine will have the Executive Summary posted to the
Web site in the next week; if there are any changes or additions to either
version of the Notes, please send them to Christine as soon as possible.
- Julie has asked to join the Strategies team
- Jennifer has submitted a proposal to ASP on behalf of
Professional Development; this would be a 90-minutes interactive awareness-building
- Tim has submitted a proposal for ASTE that uses NASA data
with preservice teacher science methods
- Cheri has talked with the Board of NAACTE; they will be
meeting at the end of September and will invite a representative of PSEWG
to attend their meeting
- We discussed Peter’s email to the working group about the
- Tim pointed out that there is a fee for joining TapedIn
- We are interested and want to learn more from Peter; we
hope he can share more insights at the next telecom.
“International Astronomical Year”
- Tim is the Chair of AAS’s IAY, 2009 (400th
anniversary of Galileo’s observations of Jupiter)
- Tim wanted opinions from the group of the goal of having
every pre-service student teacher in the US observe Jupiter and its moons
through a telescope in 2009
- Discussion was very positive; we feel that this goal is
achievable, requires a broad base of support from amateur astronomers,
provides future teachers with future connections as well as insipiration,
and would affect education beyond 2009
- We spoke briefly about funding, about Sun-Earth Day, about
the Night Sky Network, and about the Solar System Exploration forum.
Stephanie promised to hook Tim up with Leslie Lowe’s information; the
Solar System Exploration forum has been discussing their interest in IAY.
What is the Role for E/PO Leads
- Laurie would like us to have a white paper for NASA E/PO
leads on their role in preservice science education.
- Laurie suggested that the individual teams discuss the
role for E/PO leads in preservice science education, as a part of each
team’s meetings; their notes could be put together, particularly using the
future wiki site (which should be in place on the PSEWG Web site before
the next telecom)
- Laurie suggested that it would be very good to have a
complete white paper before the September Education Council meeting (which
coincides with ASP); some reservations were expressed about the ability of
the group to have something finished by then.
- Stephanie suggested that Laurie head up that effort.
Next Telecon: July 20th, 2p.m. Eastern (11 a.m.
Pacific); discussion may include Rick’s Science method’s course, Microsoft’s
TappedIn workshop, and a professional development article to be recommended by
the Professional Development team.