Professional Development

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. They are designed for teachers from all disciplines, including biology, social studies, law, government, health, humanities, and bioethics.

2016 Summer Institute: Genetics and Social Justice

Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators from all disciplines!

July 19 – 21, 9:00am – 3:30pm in Boston, MA
Registration for our summer institute is now closed. If you would like to be added to our wait list, please email

Earn up to 18 PDPs
Stipend: $200 for 3-day attendance

Social Studies, biology, humanities, health, law and government teachers and administrators encouraged to attend (all content teachers welcome); grades 8 – 12, college professors welcome.

Personal Genetics in the  Classroom: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

SummerInstitute 2015pictureHow does genetics intersect with issues of social justice? As genetic technologies become more widespread, how can our society ensure that education about and access to this information is available to all people?

Join us for an engaging professional development workshop about ethical and social issues related to genetics. We create interdisciplinary lesson plans that explore how increasing access to genetic information will affect individuals, families and society.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to personal genetics
  • American eugenics movement
  • Athletics and genetics
  • Reproductive genetics
  • DNA, crime and law enforcement
  • Strategies for facilitating personal conversations

You may register for one, two, or three days. Click here to see the day-by-day draft agenda.

For more information: click here or email Lauren Tomaselli at, or call (617) 432-1797.

Interested in a PD in your area?

We offer workshops, ranging from a 1-2 hour session to a 3-day course for which we award professional development points. We also present at state, regional, and national teacher conferences. For more information about scheduling a pgEd professional development session in your school or district, please email Lauren Tomaselli at

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