Personal Genetics Education Project

Teacher professional development and workshops
Does your district offer professional development courses and workshops? Are you looking for high-quality, relevant, engaging lesson plans?  We offer training courses, ranging from a 1-2 hour workshop to a 12 hour course for which we can offer PDPs. We also offer workshops at state, regional, and national teacher conferences.

To find out where we are heading next, check out the pgEd calendar. For more information about scheduling a pgEd professional development session, please email Lauren Tomaselli at

Our workshops explore examples of the hopes, realities and controversies in personal genetics and make connections to real world opportunities and conundrums your students and their families are likely to face in the coming years. Recent topics include: advances in personal genetics, personalized medicine, low cost genetic testing, fears and realities of genetic discrimination, the intersection of athletics and genetics, crime and DNA, reproductive genetics, genetic information and how to use it, and critical thinking as it applies to assessing genetic risk factors.

pgEd conducts an annual two-day summer institute at Harvard Medical School, and teachers from the New England area were able to deeply examine the big issues in personal genetics. Teachers leave with an array of tools, resources and knowledge to tackle some of the trickiest and most important questions in personal genetics. Our 2014 summer institute is in the planning stages. Please join our mailing list for updates!