As all aspects of the American workplace become automated or digitally enhanced to some degree, K12 educators have an increasing responsibility to help their students acquire the technical skills necessary to organize and interpret information. Increasingly, this is done through Geographic Information Systems (GIS), especially in careers related to transportation and logistics. The Center for International Trade & Transportation (CITT) at CSU Long Beach has developed this K12 Special Investigation Project to introduce ArcGIS StoryMaps, an engaging, accessible and sophisticated web-based GIS application. The lessons center on e-commerce and its accompanying environmental and economic impact. Still, the activities can be easily adapted to projects in any subject area, such as humanities, science, math, or language arts. This teacher blueprint includes a teacher training guide with ten detailed lesson plans and activities. With the guidance of a National Board-Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Math as lead instructor, the curriculum is designed to align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Also, exploration of STEM and GIS-related careers are incorporated into the lesson plans.
As Education and Workforce Program Developer, Ms. Matsumoto supports CITT’s programmatic efforts in K12 initiatives, workforce development, project management, curricular and instructional development, and white paper development. With over 20 years of teaching and curriculum design experience, she has served on the leadership teams of two K12 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation committees and as Subject Matter Expert for the Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium (LARAEC), focusing on curricular design, standards, and collaborative partnerships. Ms. Matsumoto is a state and regional recipient of the California Council of Adult Education Excellence (CCAE) in Teaching award and national recipient of the Edward McClure Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the History Research Prize from the Society for American City and Regional Planning. She has served as both program developer and manager for the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan Workforce Development Pilot Certificate Project created in partnership with the California Energy Commission and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Her recent publications include research on critical trucking and logistics workforce development. Ms. Matsumoto received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
DR. THOMAS O'BRIEN
Dr. Thomas O'Brien is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Deputy Director of the METRANS Transportation Consortium, a partnership of CSULB and the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC), one of five regional workforce centers originally funded by the US DOT Federal Highway Administration. He previously served as CITT’s Director of Research. Dr. O’Brien is Chair of the oversight committee of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Automation and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Intermodal Freight Transport Committee, where he serves as Vice Chair, and Urban Freight Committee. He also serves on the Boards of the Los Angeles Transportation Club, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce and National Transit Institute. Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He is both a former Eno and Eisenhower Transportation Fellow.
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