Thank you for an incredible Whitehead Institute series of very stimulating and thought provoking lectures. We teachers are so lucky to have this program to attend each year. It continues to be fabulous and enjoyed by all who participate.

-- 2018-2019 Teacher Participant

The Whitehead Seminar Series for High School Teachers

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.

Due to evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and in accordance with Whitehead Institute policies, a VIRTUAL edition of Whitehead Institute’s Seminar Series for High School Teachers will be held for the 2020-2021 season.  This year’s series, Genetic Variation and Disease, will examine the role genetic diversity plays in helping researchers understand the genetic basis of human disease.

The first seminar of the 2020-2021 season will be held on Monday, November 2 via Zoom. Subsequent virtual sessions will be held the first Monday of every month through June 2021. Each session begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. and includes a lecture and online working dinner in the form of Zoom breakout rooms, ending by 6:15 pm.

Registration is now closed. For more information contact Amy Tremblay.


past programS

For more than 25 years, the Whitehead Teachers' Program has been sharing cutting-edge discoveries with high school and community college educators. Below are topics from previous years, including links to descriptions and presentations.

2018-2019: Advances in Neurodegenerative Disease
2017-2018: How Technology Drives Biology

2016-2017: Gut Feelings: Your microbiome, in Sickness and in Health

2015-2016: Precision Medicine

2014-2015: The Science behind Biotech Breakthroughs

Photo of Whitehead partner and teacher participant at Lab Central

During previous programs, Whitehead partners and teacher participants have visited Lab Central during a field trip.
Image: Amy Tremblay/Whitehead Institute

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