Welcome to the Earth and Space Science Partnership.

Our project seeks to improve the quality of instruction and student learning in Earth and Space Science (ESS) at the middle school level for Pennsylvania teachers and students. Our approach involves professional development through summer workshops for teachers in our partner districts that tightly integrates formative assessment, curriculum development and pedagogical improvement.

We also encourage you to become involved in the statewide professional network of K-16 Earth and Space Science teachers, the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA).


The Earth Scientist

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXIX, Issue 2, Summer 2013 is available as a free download.

It contains articles co-authored by members of the ESSP Project Team and of PAESTA.

Table of Contents

  • From the President
  • From the Executive Director
  • Editor’s Corner
  • NESTA Awards Presented in San Antonio
  • Introduction to Using the Claims‐Evidence‐Reasoning Framework in Middle School Science
  • An Instructional Unit on the Marcellus Shale for Middle School Students
  • Exploring Regional Climate Patterns and Generalizing the Results to Enhance Deep Conceptualization
  • The Power of a Hurricane: Using Memorable Storms to Teach Inference and Graphing Skills
  • Using iBooks Author to Create Earth Science Classroom Content for the iPad
  • The Role of Gravity in Planetary Orbits
  • An Integrated Model for Instruction in Deep Time, Mass Extinctions and Radiometric Decay
  • The Successes and Challenges of Establishing PAESTA, a New Professional Community for Teachers
  • A Collaborative Approach to Developing Earth System Science Resources through PAESTA
  • Student Conceptions of the Cause and Locations of Earthquakes
  • Student and Teacher Conceptions of the Earth’s Interior Structure
  • Subduction Zone Geometry in Three Dimensions: Using authentic data to explore relationships between earthquakes, volcanoes, and plates at convergent margins