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Geneticist - Educator Network of Alliances (GENA)

 

 

GENA Overview

 

The GENA project has supported the development of 70 alliance partnerships (a geneticist paired with a high school biology teacher) throughout the United States and Canada. Since the project began in 2007, 13 alliances participated in the first cohort (2007), 37 in the second cohort (2008), and 20 in the third cohort (2009).
 

The goals of the project were to:

  • Build partnerships between faculty in colleges and universities and high schools around the task of developing and implementing lesson plans to improve genetics instruction in high school biology;

  • Provide an infrastructure that supports geneticists’ educational work in school classrooms as a worthwhile professional activity;

  • Demonstrate that ASHG can leverage its members and leaders to become more committed to K-12 STEM education; and

  • Explore whether and how ASHG, as a scientific professional society, can influence higher education’s view of faculty engagement with K-12 education.

GENA participants

 

2009

June 8-11, Seattle, WA
Agenda
The 2009 WA Workshop Participants
Final Lesson Plans of the GENA partnerships at MSPnet

 

2008

July 29-31, Washington, DC
August 5-7, Montclair, NJ
The 2008 DC Workshop Participants
The 2008 NJ Workshop Participants
Final Lesson Plans of the GENA partnerships at MSPnet

 

2007

July 31-August 2, Bethesda, MD
The 2007 Workshop Participants
Final Lesson Plans of the GENA partnerships at MSPnet

 

GENA Partnerships

 


View GENA Partnerships in a larger map

 

Green - 2007 Bethesda, MD workshop

Light Blue - 2008 Washington, DC workshop

Blue - 2008 Montclair, NJ workshop

Pink - 2009 Seattle, WA workshop

 

Timeline for each cohort

 

Spring Geneticist Application: Geneticists are selected based on pedagogical and content knowledge as well as commitment to outreach.
Educator Application: Teachers are selected based on pedagogical and content knowledge as well as proximity to partner geneticists.
Summer Geneticist and their teacher partner attend a three-day summer workshop that concentrates on inquiry, misconceptions in genetics, and curriculum development. Partners begin to work in an area of genetics that they would like to alter in their curriculum. Each alliance submits a planning worksheet at the end of the workshop.
Fall Alliances continue to work together to develop draft lesson plans for submission to ASHG. ASHG staff review and critique the lesson plans and share their comments on MSPnet; alliances revise their plans before implementation.
Spring of

next year

Alliances implement their lesson plans in the classroom and assess effectiveness. A revised lesson plan and a summary of the experience are submitted to ASHG as a final report. The final reports are posted on MSPnet and are linked to the ASHG Web site. Select plans are chosen as exemplars to address key misconceptions.

 

 

More about GENA:

 

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