Workshop in Evolutionary Biology:

Developing Tools to Teach Evolution and Dispel Common Misconceptions

 

Where: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Colonel Wolfe School, 403 E. Healey St., Champaign


When: July 21-23, 2014, 9am – 4pm


Who should apply? This workshop is open to secondary science teachers and informal science educators interested in evolution.


How to apply: Contact Becky Fuller (fuller@life.uiuc.edu) if interested.


Description: This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed evolutionary biologists involved in cutting-edge research. It incorporates scientific presentations, discussions, and original lesson plans all aimed at helping teachers incorporate evolution into their classrooms. We will review the evidence for evolution and common misconceptions held by students.  There is an emphasis on current topics, ongoing research, and “real data.”


Participants will receive a $250 stipend, breakfast and lunch, continuing professional development credits, and a copy of the book 'Why Evolution is True'.  Housing is provided for out-of-town participants. 


Goals: (1) Provide an introduction to evolutionary concepts and common misconceptions of students, (2) Develop a framework for engaging students in critical thinking about evolution, (3) Provide dynamic tools and lesson plans for teachers, and (4) Build bridges between educators, scientists, and students. 


Deadline for application is June 15, 2014.


Click here for a link to the daily schedule and its links to national biology standards.