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8th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference

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2021 Conference Theme

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The ecological sciences are well positioned to serve as bridges between research, life experiences, and societal needs. Join us to share and learn practical strategies in
Pushing Past Barriers: Ecological Science for All.

Pushing Past Barriers: Ecological Science for All.

In recent years, we have seen a significant change in public attitudes in support of climate science and sustainability. At the same time, whether it is about food safety, endangered species or protection of waterways, we continue to see the latest science being pushed aside in public discourse. As we embark into a new decade, ensuring that ecology is relevant to all students is vital so that we can prepare all students to be ecologically literate.

  • How do we transform ecological teaching in order to maintain a connection with a vast student population that is not interested in science and retain those who are to become science researchers and professionals?
  • How do we encourage nonscience majors to take away important messages that will inform their personal and professional decisions?
  • What does a science-based, culturally relevant and inclusive curriculum that connects student learning to current events look like?
  • How can educators activate the appropriate levers of change to overcome systemic barriers to organismal biology education?

Submit your teaching idea to the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library!

All presenters are highly encouraged to submit their final products for formal publication in the digital library. Authors retain copyright. Presenters will choose to submit through one of the three portals of the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library(LDDL), managed by LDDL partner societies.
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Vision and Change

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Call to Action of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. Publication cover shows trees in the foreground with a lake behind.

Four Dimensional Ecology Education

ESA launches the Four Dimensional Ecology Education Framework, endorsed by the ESA Governing Board in the fall of 2018. Offical logo for 4DEE.

What participants say about the 2020 virtual conference

  • Inspiring Quote

    Inspiring Quote

    “You don't teach biology, you teach students.”
    — Keynote Bryan Dewsbury

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  • Resources & Networking

    Resources & Networking

    “Zoom networking sessions were great - and it was useful to be able to quickly send links, engage with others while also using web resources to foster discussion.”
    — K-12 Teacher

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  • Going Virtual

    Going Virtual

    “You all did a great job adapting to an online platform and providing a variety of ways to engage and communicate with presenters and other participants. ”
    — Higher Education Faculty

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  • Feedback on Ideas

    Feedback on Ideas

    “Overall, kudos for an engaging and inspiring three days. I got a lot of good ideas, I felt inspired and I met some old friends. ”
    — Higher Education Faculty

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