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Scientists Teaching Science

Scientists Teaching Science

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by Science Alliance


Do your students doze off during your lectures? Do they have a hard time answering the questions you ask? Do you find yourself wondering if there’s a different way of teaching science to undergraduates than talking to them and showing them slides and illustrations? How can you tell if your students really understand the information or have memorized vocabulary terms? Come to "Scientists Teaching Science" and spend a day exploring active vs. passive learning, creating course objectives and test items, and finding ways to improve your teaching techniques for students in higher education. Information presented in the workshop will also be relevant for writing a required Teaching Statement for faculty positions at colleges and universities.


Barbara Houtz, MEd

STEM Education Solutions, LLC

Registration Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$85
Nonmember (Academia)$185
Nonmember (Corporate)$185
Nonmember (Non-profit)$185
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$110


* Presentation times are subject to change.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

  1. Meet and Greet icebreaker activity
  2. Learning styles theories
    1. Small group activity: learning styles and their needs
    2. Student-centered vs. teacher-centered learning
  3. Active vs. Passive learning
    1. alternatives to lecturing
    2. alternative assessments
  4. Curriculum Design*
    1. Bloom’s Taxonomy
    2. Small group activity: writing objectives
  5. Creating test items
    1. Small group activity: writing test questions
    2. Grading rubrics
    3. Project-based learning
  6. Putting it all together: Teaching Philosophy Statement
    1. Structure and length
    2. Focus on students and their goals

*A 30 minute lunch break will be scheduled in the middle of Activity 4.


Barbara Houtz

STEM Education Solutions, LLC

Barbara Houtz is a national award-winning science educator, an author of two books on effective teaching strategies in science, a science curriculum writer, and a trainer for K–20 teachers in science and engineering. After 13 years of classroom teaching, she moved to the federal government, where she spent several years working at the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, advising on curriculum and teacher professional development for multiple research agencies. Houtz has developed and taught a post-graduate course titled Scientists Teaching Science to hundreds of post-docs at the National Institutes of Health, in both a face-to-face and online environment, for six years.

Following her work at NIH, Houtz became the Director of Outreach for the Penn State Eberly College of Science, where she developed multiple programs to promote interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers for students in grades K-12. She also worked with faculty members to create programs that met the broader impacts criteria for grant funding with the National Science Foundation.

Houtz currently provides professional development trainings and writes science curriculum based on research about active learning, national and international academic standards, and college and career-ready skills.

During her teaching years, Houtz coached middle and high school Science Olympiad teams that qualified for the state competition, mentored a national finalist team in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards international science competition, and over a period of eight years mentored more teams that won an honorable mention in ExploraVision than any other school in the country but one. In 2003, she won a Fulbright Memorial Fund scholarship to study K–16 education in Japan. In 2005, she won an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. In 2008, she was nominated for an Innovations in American Government award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government for her curriculum alignment project for the NIH.

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