CAPER Workshops

 

We work with a variety of partners, to host cutting edge professional development workshops for faculty who teach astronomy, physics and the geosciences.  Our workshops are collaborative, and focus on pragmatic classroom actions that can be used to enhance the instructor's "teaching toolkit." Rather than listening to lectures on how to not lecture students, faculty engage in the kinds of activities that we know work with students.  Threaded throughout, we provide an introduction to the most robust findings in the cognitive sciences, so that faculty can have a head start on adapting teaching interventions for their own classrooms.  

Join us.  

 


Upcoming Workshops

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

Register for the City College workshop.

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Hosted by City College of San Francisco, this workshop will focus on the fundamentals of cognitive science as it relates to teaching science at the college level.  Participants will work on applying research findings to their own classrooms, including their syllabus, lectures, and other methods of engaging students in the science.  A $25 registration fee holds your place.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  A $250 stipend will be paid to eligible participants to help defray costs associated with attending.  (With funding support from NASA, NSF, CAPER, NBSP, and City College of San Francisco.)  

City College faculty will receive 10 hours of professional development credit.  Graduate credit is also available upon request.

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Chinatown/North Beach Campus, Main Building, Room 402.   (808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108)

Register for the City College workshop.


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

Proceed to the SNEA III website for registration information.

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As part of the the Third National Symposium on Education in Astronomy (SNEA III)  in Curitiba, PR, Brazil, 21-24 October 2014, CAPER will hold a two-hour workshop for astronomy educators.  In the workshop:  "Using Easy-to-Find Astronomy Data to Teach Scientific Investigation Skills" participants will be introduced to "backwards faded scaffolding," a research-based method of engaging introductory astronomy  students in the practices of doing science through astronomy.   

(With funding support from CAPER and the Brazilian Astronomical Society.)     

Details and registration information can be found at the SNEA III webpage.


Pima Community College- Tucson, AZ      November 9,  2014

Register for this workshop.

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Hosted by Pima Community College, this workshop occurs just prior to the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences Conference in Tucson, and will focus on the fundamentals of cognitive science as it relates to teaching science at the college level.  In addition to sessions on alternative lecture approaches, this 1-day workshop will introduce "backwards faded scaffolding," a research-based method of engaging 101 students in the practices of doing science.   

A $25 registration fee holds your place.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  A $250 stipend will be paid to eligible participants to help defray costs associated with attending.    (With funding support from NASA, NSF, CAPER, NBSP, and Pima CC.)  

Upon request, faculty can receive a certificate of professional development or graduate credit.  

The workshop will be held at the Pima Community College West Campus, 9am-430pm on November 9, 2014.

Register for this workshop.


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

Proceed to the AAPT website for registration information.

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As part of the Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers  (AAPT) in San Diego, CAPER will hold two 4-hour workshops for astronomy educators.  The workshop:  "Reinvigorating Introductory Astronomy with Lecture-Tutorials"   and "Engaging Two Year College Students in Astronomical Inquiry"   will introduce participants to research-based methods of engaging introductory astronomy  students in scientific discourse and practices through astronomy.   

(With funding support from CAPER and the AAPT.)     

Details and registration information can be found at the AAPT webpage.


Seattle Pacific University- Seattle, WA      January 4,  2015

Register for the morning workshop.

Register for the afternoon workshop. 

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Hosted by Seattle Pacific University, these half-day  workshops occurs just prior to the AAS Winter Meeting in Seattle, and will focus on the applying the fundamentals of cognitive science to teaching science at the college level.  The morning session will include an introduction to next generation lecture tutorials,  while the afternoon session will focus on BFS, or "backwards faded scaffolding," a research-based method of engaging 101 students in the practices of doing science. 

A $25 registration fee holds your place.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  A $125 stipend will be paid to eligible participants to help defray costs associated with attending.  Eligible participants who attend both sessions will receive a  $250 stipend.    (With funding support from NASA, NSF, CAPER, NBSP, and Seattle Pacific University.)  

Upon request, faculty can receive a certificate of professional development or graduate credit.  

The workshop will be held at the Seattle Pacific University Physics Department, SPU Campus Otto Miller Hall Room 138.  (3469 Third Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119)

 

Register for the morning SPU workshop.

Register for the afternoon SPU workshop. 

 


Association of Science Teacher Educators-Portland, OR      January 6-7,  2015

Register for this workshop.

As part of the 2015 international meeting of the Association of Science Teacher Educators, CAPER will hold two day workshop for astronomy educators and science teacher educators.  This workshop will focus on research-based teaching techniques that can be used in courses for pre-service teachers.    

A $25 registration fee holds your place.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  A $250 stipend will be paid to eligible participants to help defray costs associated with attending.    (With funding support from NASA, NSF, CAPER, NBSP, and ASTE) 

Upon request, faculty can receive a certificate of professional development or graduate credit.  

The workshop will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront (1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201)

Register for the ASTE workshop.



Join the Collaboration

We are happy to partner with NASA, the American Geophysics Union (AGU), the National Society of Black Physicists (NBSP) and a score of host campuses.  Overcoming educational inertia requires substantial work, which is much easier with like-minded collaborators.   If your organization is interested in working with our collaboration, please contact us

 

At a glance

Upcoming Workshops

City College-  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 32015

Seattle Pacific University- Seattle, WA   January 4, 2015

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

 

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