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Gifted Students are Underserved, Too, Part 2! Webinar, February 24, 2014 3:45 EST

Updated on February 25, 2015 - 6:10 PM CST
Posted on February 7, 2014 - 10:21 AM CST

Date:
2/24/2014 (Mon) - 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM CST

Tags: SMD E/PO Community | Educator | Tag-up (WebEx / Telecon) | Community of Practice | Cross-Forum / Collaborative Project | Scientists

Event information

 

This follow up discussion will build on the webinar offered on January 9, 2014, entitled, "Gifted Students are Underserved, Too!"- where an expert panel identified the problem. In this discussion we will identify ways existing NASA resources can be accessed and used in gifted education contexts and discuss strategies to build capacity in this high need area.

Time: Feb 24, 2014 3:45 PM EST [GMT-7:00]

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We invite the entire E/PO community to participate. We want your ideas! Put your comments, ideas, resources- anything you think would move us forward here as a comment. We'll build our discussion around these ideas.

This community discussion builds on the presentation by the expert panel on January 9, 2014, entitled, "Gifted Students are Underserved, Too!" In this discussion we will identify existing NASA resources that can be used by educators of gifted students, and discuss ways we can collaborate on building targeted resources and improving access for the gifted educators community.

Discussion Leads: Join Rick Courtright, Ph.D., Gifted Education Research Specialist, Duke University Talent Identification Program,  Julia Roberts, Exective Director, The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University,  Tom Nolan, Critical Instrument operations Engineer, JPL,  and Denise Zigler, NASA Solar System Ambassador Master Teacher and  Gifted Educator.

This Birds of a Feather conversation is part of the Earth and Planetary Science E/PO Community Retreat. For more information, including an archived video of the presenation last month, go to

http://smdepo.org/post/6511

For a list of resources to get the discussion started,

 

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  • Jatila van der Veen Jatila van der Veen

    Posted: February 16, 2014 by Jatila van der Veen at 12:31 AM CST

    Hi -- I am teaching during the webinar time (3 hours earlier in California) but I would like to contribute my work on curriculum reform in introductory physics, which has been funded by NASA/Planck Mission. Instead of the standard introductory physics course that starts with Newtonian mechanics, I offer an additional elective through the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara called Symmetry and Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics. We study symmetry, group theory, relativity, and the development of contemporary ideas in physics. Students use drawing and other arts-based projects to express concepts. Instead of a text book, I have students read articles and sections of popular physics texts by theoretical physicists, including Einstein, Feynman, Mario Livio, and Tony Zee.

    The materials are available at http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila/symmetry-and-aesthetics-in-physics.html.

    Three publications about the course and materials are available here: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila/papers/SGRs-and-MRC_in_SR-and-GR_uploaded.pdf, here: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila/papers/vanderVeen_Symmetry-2013_463-484.pdf, and here: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila/papers/AmEducResJ-2012-vanderVeen-356-407.pdf. I have also presented it several times at AAPT meetings, including one invited talk in 2010.

    The course was originally designed to make the exciting ideas of contemporary physics accessible to a wider audience, but it turns out that is ideal for gifted students who want an enriched approach that makes physics come alive. Even physics majors get 'turned off' by the standard approach of physics teaching, and this approach seems to work to enliven those who have become discouraged by the standard approach.

    The materials have not yet been through the NASA review process, as I keep refining them. I am teaching the course for the 7th time this winter, and since the Planck Mission is going to end next year, I do plan to submit the course materials to NASA review by the fall. Anyway, I think they may be appropriate for this discussion, and I would appreciate community feedback. The evaluations from students are very positive.

    Thanks,

    Jatila van der Veen, Ph.D.
    Project Scientist, UCSB Department of Physics
    Lecturer, College of Creative Studies, UCSB
    Project Manager, Planck Mission Education and Public Outreach, JPL/NASA
    mobile: 1.805.403.7935
    office: 1.805.893.8418
    web page: www.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila

    Dr. Jatila van der Veen
    E/PO Project Manager, Planck Mission, JPL/NASA
    Project Scientist, Department of Physics, UC Santa Barbara
    Lecturer, College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara
    2225 Broida Hall
    1.805.893.4418 - lab
    1.805.403.7935 - mobile

    • Rusty Low Rusty Low

      Posted: February 20, 2014 by Rusty Low at 1:14 PM CST

      HI Jatila, Thanks for posting this excellent information. It sounds like you have a lot of great insights and we would like to get you involved in the discussion. Sorry that you have a conflict this time but really appreciate your post. Can't wait to see these resources in the review and in NASA Wavelength.  Rusty

      Russanne Low, Ph.D.
      Senior Scientist
      Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

      Higher Education Workgroup Lead,
      NASA Earth Science Education and Outreach Forum

      • Jatila van der Veen Jatila van der Veen

        Posted: February 23, 2014 by Jatila van der Veen at 5:32 PM CST

        Thanks, Rusty. I would be happy to discuss this course during a future webinar. I am also a member of the Gifted SIG of the AERA (though I am unable to attend AERA in Philadelphia this year).

         

        Best regards,

        Jatila

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        Jatila van der Veen, Ph.D.
        Project Scientist, UCSB Department of Physics
        Lecturer, College of Creative Studies, UCSB
        Project Manager, Planck Mission Education and Public Outreach, JPL/NASA
        mobile: 1.805.403.7935
        office: 1.805.893.8418
        web page: www.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila

        Dr. Jatila van der Veen
        E/PO Project Manager, Planck Mission, JPL/NASA
        Project Scientist, Department of Physics, UC Santa Barbara
        Lecturer, College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara
        2225 Broida Hall
        1.805.893.4418 - lab
        1.805.403.7935 - mobile