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Statement on the Importance of Participation of Scientists in K-12 Science Education



The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) encourages administrators and leaders in institutions of higher education, including medical schools, to give appropriate credit to faculty who participate in formal outreach activities involving K-12 students and teachers. For example, during the appointment, tenure, and promotion process, participation in sustainable teaching activities and curriculum and materials development should be highly valued. Continued public support for genetics research and informed participation in an increasingly genetics-based healthcare system demand that consumers understand genetics and its importance in health and disease. ASHG will continue to leverage its expertise, in particular its membership, and provide leadership and organizational infrastructure to improve K-12 science education to achieve the goal of an informed public.


What is ASHG doing to help?


  • ASHG promotes the improvement of K-12 science education by partnering member geneticists with high school teachers through its NSF-funded Geneticist-Educator Network of Alliances (GENA) project. Click here to learn more about the GENA project.


  • The Genetics Education and Outreach Network (GEON) is a searchable database of member geneticists who volunteer to be a genetics resource for K-12 teachers and to visit their classrooms. Click here to learn more about GEON.


  • In 2004, The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) convened a meeting of 32 representatives from a variety of public, private, and professional organizations that had a demonstrated interest and expertise and/or a proven track record of materials development for K-12 classroom education in human genetics. This document is the ASHG final report.






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