Evolution and Heredity for Middle School—Institutes and Pilot Test
Online Background Institute, June 22–July 24, 2020
In-person Institute, July 27–31, 2020, Salt Lake City, UT
Pilot Testing During the 2020–2021 School Year
Research shows that students have an easier time learning evolution concepts when they understand related concepts from heredity and genetics. Yet heredity and evolution units can’t always be taught sequentially, or even in the same grade. To address this issue, we are developing NGSS-aligned units on Heredity and Evolution that can be used flexibly, PLUS a Heredity review module to bridge the gap when these topics are covered in different grades. We need your expertise to perfect the materials and make them easy for teachers to find and use!
Participation in this program includes three phases:
- An Online “Background” Institute: Experience a high-school level evolution unit that integrates concepts from heredity and genetics, learning what middle school students should be prepared to do in high school.
- In-person Institute: Meet in Salt Lake City to preview the new middle-school level units and offer feedback on the materials. In addition, you’ll collaborate with colleagues to develop teacher supports and identify important concepts and activities to be included in the Heredity Review Module.
- Pilot Test in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021: Use one or both units in your classroom as appropriate to your teaching assignment. You’ll administer pre and post tests, complete short daily logs, and suggest improvements to the materials. We’ll work with your district to gain approval.
Whether you teach just Heredity, just Evolution, or both, we want your input to perfect these materials!
Appropriate For: Middle School Teachers who teach a Heredity unit, an Evolution unit, or both.
Compensation: $850–1050 stipend; travel, lodging, and meals during the In-person Institute
Credit: 4 graduate credits from the University of Utah Department of Human Genetics available for a $50 recording fee
For more details and an application visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/msevogen
This Institute is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. DRL-1814194, DRL-1222869 and DRL-1418136. The Institute content and curriculum materials are those of the GSLC. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.