So What Happens When the Funding Runs Out? Professional Development for Sustainable Geospatial Technology Integration Initiatives
Thursday, March 21 12:00-12:30 PM Location: Wilshire B
Abstract: To date, geospatial educators have focused on classroom-level implementation. Accordingly, professional development efforts regarding teachers’ integration of geospatial tools into classroom instruction has focused on individual teacher learning and behavior. In contrast, workforce educators have emphasized the need for institutional learning, rather than just teacher learning. Our experience implementing a geospatial technology integration initiative in an urban high school with high teacher and administrator turnover points out the need to address broader, institution-level goals: geospatial competence throughout the building and not just in selected classrooms. This paper highlights design and professional development strategies that have allowed the project to succeed despite the high rate of turnover and to move toward sustainability past the grant’s funding period. Implications for teacher education and other geospatial initiatives are discussed.