James Ebert co-convenes workshop at Tennessee State University

James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was co-convener of a workshop entitled “Strengthening Geoscience Competency for HBCU Pre-Service Teachers” held at Tennessee State University in Nashville, February 2–4. Sponsored by the NSF-funded STEP Center InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future), the workshop brought together teams of education and STEM faculty from nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities to explore ways to increase the geoscience literacy of pre-service teachers. Increasing the geoscience knowledge of pre-service teachers is essential so that they may be better prepared to address the Next Generation Science Standards and various derivative state standards based on NGSS. The problem of geoscience literacy is especially acute at HBCUs because none of these institutions have geoscience departments. Details of the workshop are available at