“I find the monthly lectures to be stimulating for my scientific thinking. Much of what I bring back to my students is the excitement I get from the enthusiasm of the other attendees and presenters.”
-- 2011-2012 Teacher Participant
The Whitehead Seminar Series for High School Teachers
Entering its twenty-third season, Whitehead Institute’s Seminar Series for High School Teachers offers educators the opportunity to explore topics at the forefront of biomedical research and incorporate new ideas into their classrooms.
The series, which attracts 60-80 high school teachers each year, begins in October of each academic year. Seminars are conducted on the first Monday of each month through June. Sessions begin with a scientific lecture and conclude with a working dinner, allowing participants and Whitehead scientists to share ideas and discuss a range of issues affecting science education.
Integral to the success of the program is the teacher-scientist partnership in which interested teachers are paired with Whitehead partners—young scientists who attend each session and serve as a resource for the teacher throughout the academic year. Partners answer questions, share their expertise, and even visit schools to meet with students. Over the years, participating teachers have found these partnerships to be invaluable relationships.
The first seminar of the 2012-2013 season was held Monday, October 1, in Whitehead’s McGovern Auditorium. Each session begins promptly at 4:15 pm.
In Whitehead Member Hazel Sive's lab, zebrafish are used as a tool to study embryonic brain development. The brain on the right is a normal control, while the brain on the left has reduced expression of the gene aldoaa, which causes a malformation of the brain ventricle (stained red) .