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Resource of Interest: GLOBE

GLOBE Program logo and linkThe Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) is a hands-on international environmental science and education program. GLOBE links students, teachers, and the scientific research community in an effort to learn more about our environment through student data collection and observation. The Teacher's Guide offers extensive information and activities for participants and non-participants alike exploring the atmosphere, hydrology, soil science, and land cover. Each chapter offers the individual protocols, learning activities, data sheets, and field guides. Users can also search by concept and grade level. An earlier version of the guide is available in Spanish.

Professional development opportunity: AAAS Project 2061 Workshop

Atlas of Science Literacy cover imageThe American Association for the Advancement of Science's Project 2061 and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will host a workshop on Wednesday - Friday, June 16-18, 2004, that introduces teachers to the Atlas of Science Literacy, an exciting educational resource you can use to improve classroom practices and to help your students achieve learning goals in science, mathematics, and technology. Project 2061 and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) published Atlas of Science Literacy in 2001—a collection of conceptual "strand maps" for nearly 50 key topics in science, mathematics, and technology. Strand maps "display the connections among key ideas and skills and the sequence in which students might develop their understanding of topics such as gravity, natural selection, and statistical reasoning from kindergarten through grade 12." The three-day Atlas workshop explores how to use the Atlas maps and related Project 2061 resources to enhance your own understanding of science literacy and to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Continuing education units are available for participants. Registration form and workshop details. An early bird discount will apply for those who register by May 25. If you are unable to attend the Denver event, AAAS will sponsor an additional Atlas workshop in the Washington DC area from October 13-15, 2004. Take this opportunity to advance your understanding of strand maps and the Atlas of Science Literacy!

Evaluating Quality in DLESE

The DLESE Steering Committee has requested that the National Science Foundation fund the continuation of an ongoing process to assess the effectiveness of the current quality assurance policies for the library's resources and to develop a plan for a more comprehensive, integrated approach. The work will include a review of current quality assurance policies in DLESE and other NSDL projects with a focus on their design, cost, and effectiveness. We will also survey the broad DLESE community to construct a working definition of "a high quality educational resource" and identify approaches to quality assurance that would stimulate community participation. A draft plan will be available before the 2004 Annual Meeting to allow community discussion. A workshop to finalize the plan, which will include recommendations, policies, and specific procedures for implementing those policies, will be convened in mid-September and a final report completed and submitted to the DLESE Steering Committee in mid-October, 2004.

Those interested in contributing ideas for the plan are encouraged to join a new DLESE discussion group on library quality, available from the DLESE website. Go to Find/Join a Group (under People & Groups), select the link to Subscribe/Unsubscribe, and complete the form, selecting the 'Library quality' email list, and submit. The discussion group and development of the plan will be led by Michelle Hall, Annette deCharon and Don Elthon.

Call for nominations: DLESE Steering Committee

The DLESE Steering Committee is seeking nominations from the broad Earth system science and education communities to fill three positions on the 12-member governing body. Steering Committee membership is broadly representative of DLESE. Nominations are sought for well-qualified individuals from the K-12, higher education, community college, and geoscience communities. The Steering Committee generally meets 2-3 times per year, and terms of service are for three years. Self-nominations are welcome. To submit a nomination, go to the web form available at www.dlese.org and submit by Monday, May 17. The Nominations Committee is chaired by Anita Coleman, University of Arizona. For additional information please visit the Steering Committee web pages on the DLESE website. Here is an opportunity to recommend those who are vitally interested in advancing Earth system education and who have the good of DLESE at heart!

DLESE Annual Meeting registration will soon be available

Good things come to those who wait! Registration will be available in May for the DLESE 2004 Annual Meeting at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, from July 10-13. Thanks to those who submitted the Call for Interest—you will soon be notified of your funding award status and instructions for registration. Please keep the dates for the meeting open. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Planning Committee Chair, David Steer (steer at uakron.edu).

Outreach materials available for community use DLESE poster image

Check out the DLESE Outreach activities site to download a DLESE handout for use at conferences, meetings, etc. The poster is in color on the front, black and white on the reverse, and is available in two sizes: 8.5" x 11" and 11" x 17". A Powerpoint presentation file about DLESE is also available that you may download, modify, or adapt for use. It provides background on DLESE and demonstrates effective search capabilities of the library. If you're looking for a quick list of exemplary resources, you can find these at the K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and undergraduate levels, in the same location.

In other outreach news, the DLESE exhibitor's booth at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Atlanta in early April was eye-catching and enjoyed a near-constant stream of visitors excited to learn about the library. It was gratifying to be able to tell teachers and students about DLESE—one teacher in email contact with her students while at NSTA asked to use the DLESE computer so she could email her students and tell them to access DLESE right away!

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Photo credit: DLESE Matters banner photo of melting ice and reflected clouds: Marianne Weingroff.

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