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Your Partner Forum Member:

Tracy Ostrom, WestEd/UC Berkeley,
Alemeda, California,

Regional Highlight: California Strong Collaborative

CA Strong logoYes, that’s right, five California GLOBE-based organizations will be working together in the next year through the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) GLOBE Collaborative to support Earth System Science throughout California. The team consists of the WestEd/UC Berkeley GLOBE partnership (Tracy Ostrom and Svetlana Darche), the NASA JPL GLOBE partnership (Peter Falcon and Kay Ferrari), the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Matt Ferner), the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve GLOBE Partnership (Peggy Foletta) and the Office of Outdoor Environmental Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District (Gerardo Salazar). 

They hope to increase the connections between GLOBE, Earth System Science, NASA scientists and Ambassadors, and students of all ages and support the GLOBE Community as a whole.

Read the full story here!

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!
  • California Academy of Science: Science Action Club's Cloud Quest explores the impact of clouds on weather and climate. Using the GLOBE Observer citizen science platform, youth identify sky conditions and report their discoveries to NASA. Researchers map these observations against satellite image data to study how clouds influence the flow of energy through Earth’s atmosphere. You can start a Cloud Quest club by completing the SAC online training. Using games, videos, and storytelling, each training provides two hours of instruction with step-by-step guidance for all activity plans, as well as important science background content and helpful teaching strategies. Available for computers and mobile devices, online trainings can be completed at your own pace, and on your own schedule. Online training is included with each SAC kit. Contact to learn more or enroll. 

  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve: Hybrid (virtual and in person) Elementary GLOBE Training in November. Contact Peggy Foletta for more information.

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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