Mentoring in GIS: New Article in xyHT Magazine

12-12-2019 09:14 AM
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As a lifelong geomentor and someone who wholeheartedly believes in education and mentoring, I am happy to announce that a new article of mine on this topic is now available in xyHT Magazine:  In the article I explore how learning and mentoring have changed with the evolution of GIS, how personal networks still matter, and what career mentoring is and how it can be of benefit.  I then investigate ways that mentoring in education works in venues such as Nepris and Mentored Pathways, and I close with a focus on geomentoring and assisting schools and those affected by natural disasters, using examples from and URISA's GIS Corps.  Another article in this series from a surveying point of view is here.  My other articles about GIS in education in xyHT Magazine are here

I look forward to your comments about this article and about this important topic!

Joseph Kerski working with educators in a GIS professional development setting.

Joseph Kerski working with educators in a GIS professional development setting.

About the Author
I believe that spatial thinking can transform education and society through the application of Geographic Information Systems for instruction, research, administration, and policy. I hold 3 degrees in Geography, have served at NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and USGS as a cartographer and geographer, and teach a variety of F2F (Face to Face) (including T3G) and online courses. I have authored a variety of books and textbooks about the environment, STEM, GIS, and education. These include "Interpreting Our World", "Essentials of the Environment", "Tribal GIS", "The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data", "International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS In Secondary Education", "Spatial Mathematics" and others. I write for 2 blogs, 2 monthly podcasts, and a variety of journals, and have created over 5,000 videos on the Our Earth YouTube channel. Yet, as time passes, the more I realize my own limitations and that this is a lifelong learning endeavor and thus I actively seek mentors and collaborators.