Personal Genetics Education Project

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2014 Summer Institute

pgEd recently conducted our annual summer institute at Harvard Medical School, where teachers were able to deeply examine the big issues in personal genetics. We had a wonderful three days with thought-provoking discussions about a variety of issues, how to most effectively teach personal genetics to students, and how to work with students who are dealing with personal connections to the topics that come up in class. Teachers left with an array of tools, resources and knowledge to tackle some of the trickiest and most important questions in personal genetics. We had participants from as nearby as Boston and Cambridge and as far as South Dakota and California. Thank you to all of the teachers for their active participation and willingness to spend some of their summer vacation with us! Thanks also to our special guests Allison Werner-Lin and Terry Maksymowych for their amazing contributions as well.

Look for pgEd at the National Science Teacher Association conference in Chicago in March 2015, and stay tuned for information about our 2015 Summer Institute!

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 an 18 hour course for which we can offer professional development points or credits. 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.

Want to learn more about what pgEd has to offer?

Download pgEd’s clickable brochure with information about our resources and trainings. Please help us spread the word by sharing with your friends and colleagues.