Workshop for middle-level science teachers from Seattle-Tacoma area

Puget Sound Energy Foundation logo

CWU Des Moines Center on the Highline Community College campus

Saturday, February 27, 2016 -- 9 am-5:30 pm

Room #216 Higher Education Center (Building #29) on the Highline Community College campus
Download map

Summary Agenda

Workshop participants work with the "Build a Better Wall" activity, which allows learners to investigate earthquake-resilient engineering practices.

  • Introductions
  • Cascadia Regional Tectonics
  • Earthquake Science part 1
  • LUNCH (provided)
  • Earthquake Science part 2
  • Cascadia Earthquake Hazards, Engineering, and Preparedness
  • Digital Resources
  • Final assessment survey


Workshop Materials

Participants recieved a DVD with these and many more teaching materials. However the following resources were printed and provided at the workshop.



  • Gain Pacific Northwest earthquake science and preparedness teaching skills
  • Receive extensive digital and physical resources for immediate classroom use
  • Award-winning instructors
  • All lessons are classroom tested and aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Pacific Northwest has fascinating active geology and ongoing science research; yet it can be challenging to learn about regional geology and earthquakes well enough to teach them effectively. Our communities face risks from earthquakes that could be greatly reduced through public education. This workshop will help you teach about the tectonics and earthquakes specific to this region, while empowering yourself and students to take positive actions rather than feel fear. Learning via interactive lectures, practicing classroom activities, and peer collaboration.

Through a Puget Sound Energy Foundation grant to Central Washington University Foundation and logistical assistance from the Cascadia Hazards Institute, the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program is offering this 1-day professional development workshop for middle-level teachers in the Seattle-Tacoma area. 
(Teachers who participated in Teachers on the Leading Edge program: this workshop would be repetitious for you but we encourage you to refer your colleagues)

Logos from Puget Sound Energy Foundation, Central Washington University Foundation, and the Cascadia Hazards Institute

Participants receive:

  1. Eight clock hours
  2. $100 stipend
  3. Materials for inquiry-based classroom studies of earthquake science and hazard mitigation. (DVDs with Earth science movies, animations and visualizations; resource box with materials for classroom demonstrations and activities; and collection of Pacific Northwest-focused maps and posters).
  4. Opportunity to apply for school seismometer from the Quake Catcher Network.

Questions please contact [email protected]


Robert Butler, University of PortlandBob Butler (

Professor of Geophysics 
Department of Environmental Studies 
University of Portland

Bob has been leading teacher professional development workshops on geohazard topics for over a decade, including CEETEP and the Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE; Bob has been co-author of IRIS Recent Earthquakes Teachable Moments since 2009 and, with Jenda Johnson, has developed IRIS animations of earthquake processes. In 2013, Bob was named Outstanding Professor of Science and Mathematics by the Oregon Academy of Science and in 2015 he received the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences".

Bonnie Magura

Bonnie Magura

Educational consultant and retired middle school teacher
Portland Public Schools

Bonnie has an M.A.T. and taught middle school science in Portland Public Schools for 20 years. She has also taught workshops and University level professional development courses for teachers for over 15 years. She is a recipient of Oregon Science Teacher Association’s State Science Teacher of the Year Award and the National Science Foundation’s National Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Bonnie now works as an educational consultant. For CEETEP she serves as a master teacher and has developed workshop activities and lesson plans.

Breanyn MacInnes, Central Washington UniversityBreanyn MacInnes (

Assistant Professor
Department of Geological Sciences
Central Washington University

Bre is a geoscience researcher and instructor. She has worked around the world--including in the Puget Sound area--to help us better understand tsunami processes through the deposits they leave behind. Her long-term research goal is to understand the effect of geologic catastrophes (such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions) on coastal landscape, processes, and cultures. She has a strong interest to help communities better prepare for these geohazards so that that risk is reduced.

Beth Pratt-Sitaula - Project DirectorBeth Pratt-Sitaula

Research Associate
Department of Geological Sciences
Central Washington University

Beth is a geoscience education specialist with particular experience in teacher preparation, undergraduate learning, and geohazards education. She is currently the Project Director for two NSF-funded projects – Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP) and GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI). In the past she served as Co-Director of Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE) and held a joint position between the Geoscience and Science Education departments at Central Washington University.