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Education Committee Report
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IPS Ad Hoc Committee:

2007 Education Committee Report

July 2007
Dr. Brock Schroeder, Chair

Greetings! I would like to introduce myself. I have been named the new Education Committee Chair for the International Planetarium Society. My name is Brock Schroeder. I am the Director of Strickler Planetarium and Observatory at Olivet Nazarene University [url died].

As the new education committee chair, I am interested in pursuing the development of work in the following areas of Planetarium Education:
1. Planetariums as learning environments
2. Research in the use of the planetarium in education
3. Education vs. Inspiration: Educating the general public
4. Enhancing the teaching and learning of the traditional classroom
5. Working with local astronomy clubs
6. Compiling the sources of research in the use of the planetarium in education
7. Professional development of planetarians as science educators

The education committee can be a tremendous resource to the planetarium community in providing meaningful information on the role and purpose of the planetarium in the educational community, as well as its role in the communication of the vision for space exploration.

Currently, I have submitted the previously listed seven areas of work, along with the following two questions to a list of potential committee members.
I have two questions for you:
1. Are you still interested in serving on the Education Committee?
2. Of the questions listed above, which one(s) are you interested in addressing or doing some work with?

I shared with the committee that I would like to have us gather at the International Planetarium Society 2008 Meeting at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago from June 15-20, 2008. Until then, I hope to have committee members pursue work on their preferred area (from the above listed seven areas).

Additionally, I want to express to the IPS executive council that I am concerned at the lack of international representation on this committee. I was given names of many individuals, with a fair number from non-US planetariums. I did not receive a response from any of these individuals. I am not certain of why this would be. However, I would guess that language was a barrier. I would be interested to see if there would be another technology that could be used, other than Email, to communicate (e.g. a blog-style Internet-based program).

Finally, I want to say how thankful I am to be serving in this role. I look forward to working with fellow planetarians on strengthening the role of the Education Committee in the international planetarium community.

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