As part of Systems Education Experiences, we offer many opportunities for professional development for high school teachers.
“You truly have one of the best teacher/researcher programs that I have experienced. Great work!” -quote from 2014 SEE Summer Teacher, Mark Buchli from Liberty High School in Issaquah, WA.
Summer Teacher Internships – During the summer we host paid teacher internships for learning about systems biology and translating this learning into curriculum modules. See this page for example information from a previous summer. We have hosted 41 teachers since 2004, many for multiple summers! Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
Professional Development through Conferences – We present at multiple conferences throughout the year. Please plan on joining us for a workshop at NSTA, NABT, WSTA, and other teacher professional conferences. Feel free to contact us for more information on specific conference workshops.
Direct Training at Schools – We travel to train teachers at their school districts. Training focuses on incorporating STEM content and careers, hands-on systems science, and SEE curriculum in classrooms. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.
Webinars – We participate in webinars to train teachers remotely. Please see our freely available webinar on how to guide students towards addressing systemic issues such as ocean acidification in the classroom. See also the partner SOARCE webinar page for more information on this series of webinars.
Formal Courses – We host short and long courses at ISB and through partners. During this time, teachers learn about systems science from ISB scientists and learn ways to incorporate this pertinent content, skills, and practices in their classroom. Initial funding for our courses was provided by the Center for Systems Biology through NIH/NIGMS. If you are interested in hosting or supporting a course for teachers, please contact us. For more information on previous courses, please see these links:
- Notice of Summer Systems Science Academy for Teachers
- 2014 Flickr Photo Album
- 2013 Flickr Photo Album
- 2013 Article by Center Partner, Harvard Center for Systems Biology and Life Science Outreach
Partnering with Others – We also partner with many organizations to optimize training experiences and to help as many teachers as possible. We partner with the Logan Center for Education, also housed at ISB. In addition, we partner with many external organizations. Please see our Collaborations Page for more information and our Testimonials Page for participant feedback.