Science in the Classroom

Professional Development Opportunity: Bringing primary literature into the STEM classroom

When: August 15, 2019 Where: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

How: Application deadline: May 31, 2019 >>>> Apply Now »

Why: Science in the Classroom (SitC) invites educators and practicing scientists to apply to a professional development workshop. The workshop will be held at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC, on August 15, 2019. AAAS staff and experts will work with participants to increase their understanding of primary scientific literature and help them learn how to use annotated primary literature as a practical teaching tool. Through a mix of presentations, discussions, and small group activities, you will:

• Become familiar with the structure and uses of annotated primary scientific literature.

• Strengthen your understanding of the “nature of science” and how it relates to current STEM education frameworks and standards.

• Learn promising practices for using annotated primary literature in the classroom.

• Discuss how to use primary scientific literature to facilitate conversations about the relationship between science and society.

Speakers will include representatives from AAAS, HHMI BioInteractive, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Successful applicants will be eligible for full support, including travel, food, and accommodations (due to budget constraints, we are unable to guarantee full support to applicants outside North America — please contact us to discuss details). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited to 30 participants, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. For more information, please contact SitC Project Coordinator Lydia Kaprelian and see the application form.

About SitC

Science in the Classroom is a collection of freely available annotated research papers from the Science family of journals. SitC aims to help educators, undergraduates, and advanced high school students understand the research contained in primary scientific literature by using annotations and accompanying teaching materials. Annotations include vocabulary, methods, descriptions of prior research, and explanations of major conclusions. Each paper has an accompanying educator guide outlining connections to science competencies within STEM learning frameworks and standards. Educator guides also provide suggested activities, discussion questions, and resources for further exploration of the subject.

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