Summer Workshop for Teachers

Model Systems in Neuroscience Research

Dates: July 15-19 2019

The Teachers' Workshop is an annual program specifically designed to provide both new and experienced teachers a dynamic setting in which they can gain new insight into modern biology, 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.

The workshop is offered in the summer (one week in July) to high school science teachers from the greater Boston area. It is sponsored by CBMM and the Department of Biology at MIT and is funded by the NSF. See eligibility requirements by going to the registration form provided here (PDF) and email the completed form to Mandana Sassanfar ( to apply. 

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.