Pre-Service Education Working Group
Notes from July 20 2006 PSEWG Telecon

Bill Waller
Katharine Perrow
Jennifer Grier
Lin Chambers (NASA Langley)
Stephanie Shipp
Doug Lombardi
Greg Schultz
Christine Shupla

The telecom members met Lin Chambers from NASA Langley, who is interested in pre-service. Langley has used a web-based system in collaborating Earth Science materials; they have discovered that some of the older teachers using this system have technology anxieties. They are interested in finding ways to work with pre-service teachers. Her Web site is My NASA Data .

None of the teams have had a chance to meet and decide on their goals or select a leader/moderator. We ask that each team find a way to meet (via telecon or email) to decide these items before the next PSEWG telecom (September 7th.)

Team activity:
Jennifer successfully submitted a proposal to ASP on behalf of the professional development team of the PSEWG, for a 90-minute interactive panel discussion. She will go through her notes from the Advance and pick out possibilities for the Panel.

Greg will set up a conference call for the professional development team.

Christine will put the various pre-service abstract proposals on the PSEWG Web site.

NASA Center Pre-Service Institutes:
Laurie had noticed that several of the NASA Centers indicate they are conducting pre-service institutes. Stephanie Stockman has offered to discuss the Pre-Service institutes at Goddard during the September telecom. We would also like to ask Art Hammon to discuss the JPL pre-service institutes at an upcoming telecom.

Microsoft TappedIn:
Peter was unable to join the telecon; we will have questions for him in September.

Recommendations for Science Methods course:
Bill Waller would like to join the discussion on the science methods course, with Rick, Tim, and Peter. Stephanie Stockman is also interested. Christine will try to arrange a meeting of the minds next week.

New Business:
Bill’s Institute proposal:
Bill had sent an email with a proposal for 2-phase, 2 day faculty institutes; initially for teams of scientists/educators, to be conducted in conjunction with professional conferences. The follow-up would include seeing how the faculty then modify their lesson plans and syllabi based on what they have learned.

Several members of the PSEWG commented on the unlikelihood of getting both scientists and educators together to the same institute affiliated with a conference. But during the telecon, Stephanie Shipp and Christine suggested that perhaps if there were enough incentives, pairs could be coerced into attending an institute that was not tied to a conference. Bill suggested that we could target certain schools (those with the greatest pre-service populations) and work with the deans to accomplish this; he would like to strategize with other members of PSEWG to determine which deans we could approach.

Lin mentioned that it can be very difficult to get scientists to change their patterns of teaching; she cited a famous physicist, Dr. Carl Wieman, who left Colorado because of this, to teach in Canada. Inside Higher Ed.

Grants & Changes to NASA Science Mission Directorate:
Stephanie Shipp and Christine suggested that Bill consider applying for one of the new NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) education grants coming out in October, to fund institutes; they also suggested that the PSEWG consider applying for a grant to sustain our work. The grants will be for between $100-150,000 per year. Stephanie and Christine also described some of the upcoming changes in the SMD Education Support Network, and how these might affect the PSEWG.

All of the telecom were in favor of looking into applying for one or more of these grants for pre-service, and called for long-term planning for the working group efforts by the sustainability team — so that efforts across the involved organizations and individuals can continue even if organizations like NASA shift their focus. Stephanie Shipp suggested that the announcement may resemble some of the Earth science education announcements. Lin mentioned that there haven’t been any Earth science education solicitations in a couple of years. But for one announcement, she later recommended (by e-mail) that we check out Inspiring the Next Generation of Earth Explorers:
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Katharine leaving
Katharine Perrow will be leaving MARSSB; she and her husband are moving to Washington D.C. shortly. She will be missed, both by MARSSB and by the members of the PSWEG!


Next telecon: September 7, 2006