Science Curriculum Workshop at 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting

If you currently teach middle school science or high school biology or serve as a science specialist or an administrator with science curriculum responsibilities, you are invited to submit an application to attend a free workshop presented by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The workshop, “Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning and Teaching with New Curriculum Materials,” will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Meeting of AAAS.

Led by the Project 2061 development team, the workshop will introduce participants to a pair of curriculum units designed to give students a coherent understanding of matter and energy and how they are conserved and transformed for growth and repair in living organisms.  

  • Toward High School Biology  (published in 2017 by NSTA Press) is designed for use in middle school and focuses on helping students understand matter changes in chemical reactions and their role in the growth and repair of living organisms.
  • Matter and Energy for Growth and Activity is for high school biology students and expands on the middle school unit to help students understand the relationship between matter and energy changes and how energy-releasing and energy-requiring chemical reactions are coupled in living systems so that organisms can carry out basic life functions.

The workshop will demonstrate how the units tackle some key problems, including persistent misconceptions that many students have about matter and energy. Participants will also learn how the units align with Next Generation Science Standards and will have an opportunity to try out some sample activities and explore online teacher resources that are available with the units.

Certificates of participation in this AAAS-sponsored professional development workshop will be provided to all teachers who attend.  A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

To apply for the free workshop, please click here.  Teams of two or more educators representing middle and high school are encouraged to apply. You will be notified by email if you are selected to attend.