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Indianapolis Workshop

Indianapolis Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2013

Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
(317) 262-3389

CAE’s Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

Presented by Gina Brissenden and Colin Wallace (Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), University of Arizona) and held in conjunction with the 222nd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society(AAS)

Are you a current or future instructor teaching Astronomy or Space Science? Would you like your classroom to actively engage your students in discourse about the big ideas of your class; how evidence is used to understand the universe; and the role of science in society? We invite you to come to our CAE Teaching Excellence Workshop. Spend time with your colleagues becoming an effective implementer of active-learning instructional strategies. Learn how to transform your classroom into a vibrant learning environment that will:

  1. increase students’ conceptual understandings
  2. improve their abilities to think critically, interpret graphs, and reason about quantitative data
  3. motivate them to actively engage in their learning
  4. improve their self-efficacy
By participating, you’ll become part of a nationwide community of practice, along with over 4000 past workshop participants and other educators of Astronomy and Space Science. Our CAE community of practice is dedicated to helping each other, in a supportive online environment, through advice, recommendations, and conversation about effective implementation strategies, effective pedagogical resources, science education research, public policy, specific classroom resources, and more. Our Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshops will provide you with the experiences you need to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. We will model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But most importantly, you and your workshop colleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies yourselves. During our many microteaching events, you’ll have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You’ll assess and critique each other’s implementation in real-time, as part of a supportive learning community. You’ll have the opportunity to face and conquer your fears of unfamiliar teaching in collaboration with kind and gentle friends and mentors before you try them by yourself in front of your students.
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Tier I Workshop topics will include:
  • Creating inclusive classroom environments
  • Strategies to improve retention & diversity of STEM majors & grads
  • Collaborative group learning
  • Interactive lectures, demonstrations, and videos
  • Effective uses of writing
  • Think-Pair-Share (Peer Instruction, Clicker Questions)
  • Lecture-Tutorials
  • Ranking Tasks
  • Assessment strategies (including homework, grading, and exams)
P.S. We at CAE are continually evolving our workshops based on the needs and recommendations of our workshop participants. If it’s been a while since you participated in one of our Teaching Excellence Workshops, we encourage you to participate again, as they have likely changed. Also, we encourage you to join your local CAE Regional Teaching Exchange.
You do not need to be a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), nor be attending this AAS meeting, to register for the workshop; however, we strongly encourage you to do both! The AAS now offers an Education Affiliate Membership , which is only $84.
The AAS does charge $45 for this workshop, so in addition to registering here, please also take a moment to register with the AAS so that you can pay their nominal fee. There are two ways to do this. If you plan to attend only our workshop and not the AAS meeting OR if you have already registered for the AAS meeting (but did not register for our workshop at the same time) please fill out the “222nd Meeting Workshop Registration Form” that is found at the following link, and return it to the AAS: AAS Registration. If you are planning on registering for both the AAS meeting and the workshop, follow the same link to register online.
Workshops Contact information:
Hannah Payne:
  • *Please note: On Saturday, June 1, the workshop will run from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. On Sunday, June 2, we will begin an hour earlier and the workshop will be from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

This workshop is now closed. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please send us an email. Thank you.

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The American Astronomical Society has provided a page with travel information for airlines that can be found here: Travel and Lodging

They also have a page with a wealth of information on the conference venue: Venue Information

Hotel Information

The American Astronomical Society has provided some information regarding hotels and lodging: Travel and Lodging

They mention that they have some block rooms reserved at a group rate for the conference, but to be sure to get the rate, you'll need to reserve by May 10, 2013. A link to reserve at the Westin Indianapolis is included below, but please see the link above for full information on the AAS website:

The Westin Indianapolis: Reserve Now

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