Our Collaborations - Mission Earth
Find a Partner for Collaboration: https://www.globe.gov/globe-community/find-a-collaboration-partner
I - FOUR-STEP PROCESS FOR THE COLLABORATION EXPERIENCE ITSELF
1. FIND: Find a School with Which to Connect
The first step is to thoughtfully select a school with which to collaborate.
2. PREPARE: Prepare Your Students
In order to establish a sense of collaboration and understanding, it is important that students “do their homework” on the collaborating school. They should get to know the school, it’s location, student populations, history, and culture. They should also have the opportunity to take some responsibility in the exchange. Teachers also have to prepare.
3. IMPLEMENT: Carry out the Exchange
Engage with the collaborating school via Zoom or other strategy, as described under “Finding a Collaborator”.
4. FOLLOW UP: Encourage Reflection and Build Lasting Connections
Follow up with your collaborating school, deepen learning, and support ongoing collaboration.
For a detailed guide of the 4-step collaboration process, click HERE.
II - PLANNING NOTES FOR EMBEDDING COLLABORATION INTO CLASSROOM LEARNING
This document provides teachers with
- DECISIONS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BEGINNING
- POSSIBLE STEPS (SAMPLE TIMELINE)
- IDEAS FOR FORMAL OR INFORMAL ASSESSMENT
- POSSIBLE INTEGRATION ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES (TO LEVERAGE WHAT EACH CAN OFFER)
To see the detailed planning notes, click HERE.
III - FINDING A COLLABORATOR
This document guides GLOBE teachers who want to connect with other GLOBE classrooms anywhere in the world. Once two teachers are connected, then students can begin to connect with other students across the partnering classrooms.
To see the detailed Finding a Collaborator Guide, click HERE.
IV - TEAMWORK
Teamwork involves building relationships and working with other people using a number of important skills and habits. This document has ready-to-use lessons and activities to facilitate teamwork with students.
To see the detailed teamwork document, click HERE.
Outside of GLOBE Collaborations
Through the GLOBE Mission Earth program, WestEd/UC Berkeley partners with several organizations throughout our school communities including: UC Berkeley College of Chemistry; ETIC; Earth Team; New Mexico Public Education Department; and California Department of Education.
Graduate students from the University of California Berkeley’s College of Chemistry, Atmospheric Studies program (led by Dr. Ron Cohen) visits various high school GLOBE classrooms to assist with student research projects. Graduate students work with GLOBE students, on average, for two days during the formation of a research question and data analysis phases of their projects. Graduate students ask questions and challenge students to narrow their research questions to be answerable with data from the GLOBE website. The graduate students also take time to discuss their careers and talk about the importance of research and data collection.
Local community organizations also partner with GME-West. Earth Team offers a Youth Sustainability Internship Program using GLOBE protocols for students at Skyline and Antioch High Schools. Students are trained in GLOBE hydrosphere protocols and use data collect to answer relevant research questions. Both of these internship programs present their research at the Pacific Regional Student Research Symposium (SRS). Also, the Friends of Sausal Creek partner with Skyline students to identify macro invertebrates at a local watershed. This Oakland, CA organization’s goal is to restore, maintain, and protect the Sausal Creek Watershed. Skyline High School students also present their research and data at the Pacific Regional SRS. The Department of Fish and Game provide a newly restored research area: sand dunes along the south shore of the San Joaquin River at the Antioch San Dunes Wildlife Refuge. GLOBE internship students through the Earth Team program practice the land cover classification protocol. Students at this location also assist the US Department of Fish and Game in planting native species such as the evening-primrose, an endangered species.
Consistent with GME’s goal of building the capacity of state agencies, the GME-West team has worked with NASA Langley and responded to the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) Math and Science Bureau’s request to build a high school curriculum using GLOBE and NASA assets aligned to New Mexico’s Next Generation Science Standards. This was seen as a critical approach to supporting teachers throughout New Mexico by leveraging the direct relationship that the PED has with districts and schools.
GME-West continues to build a relationship and develop capacity within the California Department of Education (CDE). GME-West team members were selected by the CDE to present on the GLOBE Mission EARTH program at an annual conference for California Partnership Academies at the Educating for Careers Conference in March 2018. This presentation was a follow up to the presentation that GME-West was selected by the CDE to make at CDE’s California’s STEAM Symposium in 2017. Both state-wide annual conferences target different audiences within California’s educational system. The STEAM conference targets K-12 science teachers across the state, while the Educating for Careers Conference specifically targets high school partnership (career) academy teachers. Both conference presentations supported the CDE goals of standards integration for Next Generation Science Standards and/or Career Technical Education standards.