The American Astronomical Society (AAS), in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), members of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), and other organizations active in science education and public outreach (EPO), is creating a new program for young astronomers just starting their careers. The project involves a series of professional-development workshops and a community of practice designed to help improve participants’ communication skills and effectiveness in doing outreach to students and the public. Called Astronomy Ambassadors, this new program will provide mentoring and training experiences for new members of our profession, from advanced undergraduates to postdocs and new faculty, providing access to resources and a network of contacts within the astronomy EPO community.
The inaugural class of AAS Astronomy Ambassadors received their training at a two-day workshop at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, California, 5-6 January 2013. The workshop was developed in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the Pacific Science Center.
At the January 2017 AAS meeting in Texas, the AAS Council (now the AAS Board of Trustees) approved the creation of a Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education, which has now published its final report.
Proposals are invited from US-based AAS members for small grants to provide education-related mentoring and professional-development experiences for fellow members.
Resources for Educators
- Education Research and Best Practices
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- ASTRO 101
- K–12 Education
- Informal Education and Outreach