FINESSE Faculty INstitutes for Earth & Space Science Education Program

FINESSE Goal:  The FINESSE Program goal is to improve the preparation of future teachers by providing a series of high-quality, 1, 2 & 3-day professional development workshops, with year-round follow-up support, for college and university professors who teach classes to future science teachers, either in introductory college science courses or in science teaching methods courses, to better work with highly diverse student populations. 
FINESSE Project Strategy:  The FINESSE Team provides high-quality 1, 2 &3-day professional development workshops for college and university faculty who prepare future science teachers to work with highly diverse student populations.  These workshops focus on reforming and revitalizing undergraduate science teaching methods courses and Earth and Space science survey courses that future teachers most often take to reflect contemporary pedagogies and data-rich problem-based learning approaches steeped in authentic scientific inquiry, which consistently demonstrate effectiveness with diverse students.  Participants themselves will conduct mini-science data-rich research projects during the institutes using highly regarded approaches to inquiry using proven models that can be readily applied in your classes next semester.  Most importantly, the Institute agenda allocates significant time to illustrating best practices for working with diverse students. Participants leave with a well-formulated action plan to reform their courses targeting future teachers to include more data-rich scientific inquiry lessons and to be better focused on improving science education for a wide diversity of students. Pre-registration is recommended and participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computers with MS Office (or OpenOffice) installed.
Sophia Marshall, Tougaloo College, Mississippi
Rick Pomeroy, University of Califonia - Davis
Debby Stork, University of Dubuque
Stephanie Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research
Tim Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research
   among others 

Register for Upcoming Workshops:    


City College of San Francisco, CA  October 17 & 18, 2014

Third National Symposium on Education in Astronomy- Curitiba, PR, Brazil  October 21-24, 2014

Pima Community College- Tucson, AZ  November 9, 2014

American Association of Physics Teachers- San Diego, CA  January 3, 2015

Seattle Pacific University- Seattle, WA   January 4, 2015

International Association for Science Teacher Education Conference- Portland, OR  January 6 & 7, 2015

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Recent Past Workshops

University of the District of Columbia                             May 3, 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology                          May 31 -June 1, 2014

Tougaloo College  (Touglaoo, Mississippi)                          June 7-8,  2014


March 13-14, 2015 at Eastern Kentucky University - details forthcoming

Early August, 2015 in Hilo, Big Island, HI at CAPERCon15 conference
- - includes guided summit & volcano tours [sign up to receive more information when available and check your spam junk folder for a confirmation]