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, 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, 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 

April 5, 2014 at Hampton University [Hampton April 5 registration site], for National Society of Black Physicists NSBP from 9am-2pm in Hampton, VA

May 2-3, 2014 at Hampton University [Hampton May 2-3 registration site], for National Society of Black Physicists NSBP starting Friday evening and running all-day Saturday in Hampton, VA

May 31-Jun 1, 2014 in Boston, MA before the American Astronomical Society conference [Boston Workshop Registration Site] - $250 stipend provided 

Jun 7-8, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi at Tougaloo College [Sign up for Tougaloo Workshop]  - $250 stipend provided 

July 26 & 27, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN at the summer American Association of Physics Teachers Conference [sign up for workshops on AAPT website ]- two half-day workshops, details forthcoming . - Stipend provided to reimburse cost of AAPT Workshop Registration

November 8 & 9, 2014 in Tucson, AZ at Pima Community College - West Campus just prior to the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting [Tucson workshop registration link- $250 stipend provided 

Early November, 2014 in Long Beach, CA at the California Science Teachers Association conference [

December 13-14, 2014 at City College of San Francisco - Chinatown Campus [San Francisco registration link] prior to the AGU American Geophysical Union conference $250 stipend provided  

January 3 or 4, 2015 prior to the American Association of Physics Teachers conference in San Diego, CA will be one or two half-day workshops [sign-up at AAPT web siteStipend provided to reimburse cost of AAPT Workshop Registration

January 6 & 7, 2015 in Portland, Oregon just prior to the Association for Science Teacher Educators
conference [sign up for Portland
] - $250 stipend provided

Early June, 2015 at Western 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]

Workshop Schedule & Registration Links