The Emory Center for Science Education connects local K-12 teachers with resources and opportunities to improve science and math instruction. Learn more about our goals and outcomes. Stay connected by signing up for our listserv or applying to one of our teacher programs:
- Stay informed about new opportunities! Subscribe to our newsletter listserv for K-12 teachers and administrators. The newsletter consists of informal email announcements about programs, resources, and professional development opportunities available to Atlanta area K-12 science educators. To browse through previous issues of the eNewsletter, see our archives.
- Science Behind Art Conservation, July 8-12, 2013
This workshop will explore the science behind current techniques in art conservation, using examples from the Michael C. Carlos Museum collection. We will demo classroom activities developed by a high school teacher fellow and provide you with the professional development in problem-based learning techniques that you will need to customize these activities to your students' needs and interests. Register now to explore the chemistry and biology behind: solubility of adhesives, copper corrosion, pigment identification, textile fiber microscopy, salt migration in ceramics, insect characterization, water-logged wood, and the acidity of paper. The workshop includes guided time to develop your ideas into at least two lesson plans that incorporate the activities. Deadline: April 1, 2013. Apply now!
- Problem-Based Learning Workshops
We offer Problem-Based Learning Workshops to K-12 teachers, and college faculty. Our recent clients have been: University of Miami, University of California at San Diego, Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, The Westminster Schools and Drew Charter School, Coan Middle School, and Miller Grove High School. Contact Jordan Rose (404-712-9242) for more information.
- Our previous workshops have focused on chemistry, health sciences, evolution, epidemiology, and water quality.
- Emory-HHMI GIFT Fellowship: Funded by a grant to Emory University from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), this fellowship aims to enhance the ability of K-12 teachers to integrate the scientific research happening at Emory into their courses in order to address state standards through engaging connections to real-world scientific investigations. Fellows participate in a 7-week summer research experience, develop curriculum related to their research, pilot it in their own classrooms, and disseminate it to other teachers through workshops and presentations. This year's research projects include high school chemistry, and middle school microbiology! Learn more.
K-12 Teacher Professional Development Goals
The Emory Center for Science Education connects local K-12 teachers with resources and opportunities to improve science and math instruction. From 2000-2010, we supported the professional development of 660 K-12 teachers, providing 27 workshops over 140 days and 160 research and curriculum development fellowships. Many of the curriculum materials developed by our teachers are published online, and several of our teachers have gone on to redeliver the knowledge and skills gained in our workshops to other teachers in their schools and districts. Our K-12 teacher professional development programs:
- Develop professional learning communities in which teachers reflect on their teaching practices, share best practices for science teaching and learning, and share resources.
- Improve teachers’ content knowledge and teaching practices by offering research experiences and content/pedagogy workshops focused on classroom application.
- Guide the development of K-12 science lessons that are engaging, standards-based, student-centered and tied to Emory research areas by providing dedicated work time, mentorship, training and financial support.