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Regional Highlight: GVSU resources combines GLOBE and NASA Land Cover

The Grand Valley State University (GVSU) GLOBE partnership is involved with a new project: Michigan Resources on Climate and Land Change Education (MiRCLE). This is a part of the GVSU Climate Change Education Solutions Network sponsored by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.  Designed as an online learning community, it provides Michigan-specific place-based interdisciplinary resources for 6-12 grade science and social studies teachers integrating GLOBE with NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC) materials. A cohort of K-12 teachers will be meeting through May to develop interdisciplinary lessons that use these and other materials.  The project’s website provides links to a variety of climate resources.  If you have any resources that you think might be valuable for this project, please email Janet Vail at vailj@gvsu.edu.

MiRCLE Flow Chart

Regional Events and Trainings:


  • U.S. GLOBE Weekly Watercoolers. Join the U.S. GLOBE community every Thursday at 4:10p ET to connect and share resources. Includes presentations from GLOBE Partners and/or Teachers! Register to join all Watercoolers here. 
    • October 15th - Amy Barfield, GIO, will give a general overview of what is new this year for the IVSS and share some important dates.
    • October 29th - Hear from the MyTree USDA Forest Service team on this neat tool that estimates the benefits your trees provide!
  • Would you like to network with representatives from other U.S. GLOBE regions, NASA, and the GLOBE staff? Are you interested in getting actively involved in working on GLOBE issues? If so, consider applying for the upcoming Midwest Region representative opening on GLOBE’s U.S. Partner Forum. Watch for application details and see here for more information about the Forum.

Partner Forum Update: Publication Resource


by Jodi Haney

The Publications web page is a newly formatted resource found on the GLOBE website. GLOBE has a long history of sharing impact and scientific research data regarding all things GLOBE. 

You can search the publications database to find:

  • peer-reviewed research articles supporting the use of GLOBE
  • scientific findings based on the use of student-generated GLOBE data
  • background information for a research study you are conducting
  • rationale arguments for a grant application
  • and more!

For example, valuable research articles such as these are available through this resource: Slow and Steady Progress towards an Inclusive Student Research Symposium (Butler, D., Bourgeault, J., Wicklein, H.), Environmental-Based Experiential Learning Activities and Its Influence on Students’ Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Attitude Towards the Environment, and Career Aspirations ( Lewis, V.), A Study of Daily Average Air Temperature Data From GLOBE Schools (Jasmyn Dyer, J., Lin, P., Cintron, E.) and a Making Science Come Alive With Clouds (Colón Robles, M., Bouwman, J.).  You can also suggest publications that are worthy and supportive of the GLOBE mission. 

 

GLOBE Mentor Trainer


GLOBE TrainingThe GLOBE Trainer/Mentor Trainer process has been updated and is now complete. This process is meant to

  • Emphasize the Trainer* Certification procedure
    • Refine the process to be more streamlined, flexible, transparent, and accessible
    • Guarantee the quality of Trainers throughout the GLOBE community
  • Set up the Mentor Trainer Certification procedure
    • Define Mentor Trainers as a resource to aid and advance the community of GLOBE trainers
    • Create a system for Mentor Trainers to communicate with each other to ensure the quality of mentorship throughout the GLOBE community
In both the Trainer and Mentor Trainer certifications, there are three steps and separate forms
  • Step 1: Application and Qualification Review – for those who are not currently trainers or mentor trainers
  • Step 2: Observation and Review by Mentor Trainer – once approved as a Candidate Trainer or Candidate Mentor Trainer, for those who are not currently trainers or mentor trainers
  • Step 3: Maintaining Active Status – for those who are currently active as Trainers or Mentor Trainers
Process, timeline flow charts, application forms and FAQs can be seen here.

*Please note, the term “Master Trainer” has been combined with the category of “Trainer” and is no longer a GLOBE term. “Master Trainer” is NOT synonymous with “Mentor Trainer” and GLOBE Trainers are not necessarily expected to apply to become Mentor Trainers unless they want to contribute in mentoring Candidate Trainers. The added responsibilities required of Mentor Trainers are explained in both the Certification Process and the Application forms.

 

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Do you have news, events, etc. you want to share or questions about GLOBE? Email Janet Vail, vailj@gvsu.edu.

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