Fall Teacher Program

Fall 2017 Theme: Computational and Mathematical Perspectives on Biology

Each fall from 2002 – 2015, the Life Sciences Outreach program has presented an opportunity for high school teachers to explore an important area of research in biology by offering five afternoons of faculty lectures, laboratories, tours and related activities. 

As the Outreach program transitions to its new home in the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University, our fall program format is changing to more clearly reflect the mission of the Bok Center. In 2017, faculty who conduct research in life sciences fields that rely heavily on computational and mathematical analysis have been invited to speak to participating teachers. In the second hour of each session, graduate students, along with curriculum specialists from the Derek Bok Center, will collaborate with teachers to explore the activities designed to engage their students in using computational and mathematics-based tools to explore Biology concepts.

Previous years' topics have included:

  • Embryology and Development (2002)
  • The Biology of Cancer (2003)
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease (2004)
  • Neuroscience (2005)
  • Evolution (2006)
  • Stem Cells and Regeneration (2007)
  • Microbes and Disease (2008)
  • Physiology and Morphology (2009)
  • Exploring Biodiversity (2010)
  • Neurobiology and Behavior (2011)
  • Genomics and Epigenetics (2012)
  • Biological and Public Health Perspectives on Disease (2013)
  • The Green Planet: Plants and Ecology (2014)
  • Animal Behavior: Exploring Where Art Meets Science (2015)
  • The Digital Transformation of the Biology Classroom (2016)

Program Schedule: The program will be held on the following Thursday afternoons from 4:00PM to 7:00PM:

  • 10/26
  • 11/9
  • 11/16
  • 11/30
  • 12/7

Format: 4:00-6:00PM Lectures, discussions and collaborative sessions
              6:00-7:00PM Dinner provided by the Outreach Program

Location: The program location will be changing and will now be held at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston, MA.

Cost: This program is FREE and funded by the Derek Bok Center. 10 PDPs will be awarded upon full completion of the program.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be full-time high school life sciences teachers or curriculum directors at public, private, parochial or charter schools in New England. All fields of the application must be completed and applicants will be notified of their status no later than October 13th. Fifty teachers will be accepted to this program. All correspondence regarding the program takes place via email. You can access the application here

Application Deadline: October 1th, 2017 at midnight