U.S. National Science Foundation seeks comments on restructure of geoscience education programs



The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) is an important source of funding for geoscience education and research in the United States. The directorate's programs have focused on broadening participation, geoscience education research, adoption of best practices in teaching, and other issues. Recently, the directorate issued a “Dear Colleague” letter about restructuring its geoscience education programs. Three programs are being changed: GEO-Teach (a program that aimed to improve the quality of geoscience instruction, primarily at middle and high school levels) is being retired, GeoEd (a program that seeks to increase public understanding of Earth system science) is undergoing review and restructuring, and Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG, a program aimed at enhancing minority representation) is also undergoing review and restructuring. Comments concerning the OEDG program, in particular, are being requested by NSF.