Promoting Learning Conversations
Kristin Evans, Scripps Oceanographic Institution
Charina Layman, Scripps Oceanographic Institution
Learning is social and active. Discussions, questions and explanations are all essential elements of the learing process, and the newly established Next Generation Science Standards. Engaging activities and thoughtful discussion will introduce strategies for promoting and supporting learning conversations in your new and current programming. Share your own “best practices” for engaging students in meaningful conversation.
Kristin Evans is the Director of Education for Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, providing the vision and direction for both the Education and Volunteer departments. Kristin has been developing and coordinating STEM programs in the informal education field for more than 20 years. She coordinates and instructs Scripps’ Communicating Science to an Informal Audience (COSIA) graduate/undergraduate course and co-coordinates the Reflecting on Practice professional development program for informal education professionals for the southern California region. Kristin is currently earning her MS degree in Free-Choice Learning, from Oregon State University, and serves on the board of the National Marine Educators Association.
Charina Layman has been an informal educator for over 16 years. Her love for ocean science and inspiring youth led her to her position as Public Programs Coordinator at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. She currently oversees a wide variety of public education programs including summer camp, field activities, whale watching and visitor interactions. Charina is currently the chair of the American Camp Association Camp Training Day for the San Diego region.