Friday, 19 December 2014
Katherine Kelly Ellins1, Elaine Bohls-Graham2, Eric M Riggs3, Laura F Serpa4, Belinda E Jacobs5, Alejandra Olivia Martinez6, Sean Fox7, Molly Kent7, Eric Stocks8 and Deana D Pennington9, (1)Univ of Texas-Inst for Geophys, Austin, TX, United States, (2)Austin Independent School District, Science, Austin, TX, United States, (3)Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, United States, (4)Univ. of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, United States, (5)Round Rock Independent School District, Round Rock, TX, United States, (6)Eagle Pass Independent School District, Eagle Pass, TX, United States, (7)Carleton College, Northfield, MN, United States, (8)University of Texas at Tyler, Educational Psychology, Tyler, TX, United States, (9)University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, United States
The NSF-sponsored DIG Texas Instructional Blueprint project supports the development of online instructional blueprints for a yearlong high school-level Earth science course. Each blueprint stitches together three-week units that contain curated educational resources aligned with the Texas state standards for Earth and Space Science and the Earth Science Literacy Principles. Units focus on specific geoscience content, place-based concerns, features or ideas, or other specific conceptual threads. Five regional teams composed of geoscientists, pedagogy specialists, and practicing science teachers chose unit themes and resources for twenty-two units during three workshops. In summer 2014 three Education Interns (Earth science teachers) spent six weeks refining the content of the units and aligning them with the Next Generation Science Standards. They also assembled units into example blueprints. The cross-disciplinary collaboration among blueprint team members allowed them to develop knowledge in new areas and to share their own discipline-based knowledge and perspectives. Team members and Education Interns learned where to find and how to evaluate high quality geoscience educational resources, using a web-based resource review tool developed by the Science Education Resource Center (SERC). SERC is the repository for the DIG Texas blueprint web pages. Work is underway to develop automated tools to allow educators to compile resources into customized instructional blueprints by reshuffling units within an existing blueprint, by mixing units from other blueprints, or creating new units and blueprints. These innovations will enhance the use of the units by secondary Earth science educators beyond Texas.

This presentation provides an overview of the project, shows examples of blueprints and units, reports on the preliminary results of classroom implementation by Earth science teachers, and considers challenges encountered in developing and testing the blueprints. The project is a collaboration between The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Texas A&M University, all of which participate in the DIG Texas alliance.