Summer Workshop for Teachers

Neuroscience – from molecules to treatments, July 18th - July 22nd, 2016

The year’s Teachers' Workshop takes place July 18th - July 22nd. It is offered to high school science teachers from the greater Boston area, and is sponsored by the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) and the Department of Biology at MIT. It is currently funded by NSF. This annual workshop is specifically designed to provide both new and experienced teachers a dynamic setting in which they can gain new insight into modern neuroscience, and the opportunity to develop and integrate new curriculum material into their science classes.  The one-week workshop combines lectures and related hands-on laboratory courses and culminates in a session on science curriculum development for grades 8-12.  See eligibility requirements below. Space is limited to 16 participants.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Full-time science teachers
  • Currently employed in a school in the greater Boston area (within daily commuting range)
  • Teaching honors and/or advanced placement science classes.

The workshop is limited to 16 participants and provides an excellent opportunity for science teachers to:

  • Learn about new topics and new developments in the biomedical and biological sciences in an accessible format.
  • Learn new laboratory exercises covering topics relevant to the honor and AP biology curriculum.
  • Design new curriculum material for their class.
  • Network with their colleagues.

Participants receive:

  • A stipend
  • Up to 40 professional development points (PDPs) per week
  • Materials and reagents to take back to their school
  • Free parking
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • An opportunity to enroll their class in other science outreach programs sponsored by the Biology Department during the school year

Teachers from schools with low MCAS scores in science are especially encouraged to apply. There is a limit of two teachers per school.