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Education Share Fair

Proposals for the Education Share Fair are now closed. 

Our ability to hold the conference in person and the program schedule/format is subject to change based on:

a) the COVID-19 health risks based on CDC guidelines b) institutional policies that may prevent some participants from travel and c) local policies related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 policy for LDC attendees
Vaccinations are required for all attendees. Please review the covid-19 policy for more details. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.

What is the Education Share Fair ? 

This session is designed for educators to create or revise lesson plans or activities. Proposals can be submitted for ideas and lessons at any stage of development. You receive immediate feedback and suggestions from your peers in a friendly, constructive environment.

This allows you to develop new lessons or to work on modifying currently existing lessons to a new grade level, teaching style, or learning objective(s). Each lesson or idea will be presented by the author. Presenters spend about 15 minutes describing their lesson idea. Discussions will follow where participants are invited to provide feedback and ideas regarding the core concepts addressed, methodology, misconceptions, assessment or educational extensions.

Presenters are strongly encouraged to submit finished work in the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library.

While presentations focused on the theme are especially welcomed, presenters may submit ideas on any topic relevant to environmental or organismal biology.

To the greatest extent possible, Education Share Fair Proposals should:

We are especially interested in ideas around:

  • Engaging nonscience majors
  • Connecting current events to curriculum
  • Incorporating cultural relevance for diverse audiences
  • Addressing levers for systemic change

All proposals whether focused on the theme or otherwise will be considered. We welcome presentations of ideas at any stage of development.


Pedagogical Areas

    • Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
    • Hands On: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
    • Assessment: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.
    • Collaboration: Team learning, interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships.

Curriculum Topics

Curriculum Topics will be used to identify content that is relevant for specific subject matter.

Preference will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following topics:

  Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics – the complex interrelationships of environmental disturbances and response among Earth’s living and physical systems.
  Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the role of biological diversity and sustainable ecosystem functions that regulate and support natural processes, provide food, water, and fiber as well as offer cultural activities for human well-being.
  Evolution in Action – the drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance
  Structure and Function – the relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
  Human Dimensions – the nature of human impacts on the environment, and human dependency upon the environment

What Participants Said

This is the best conference I have attended, both for the subjects covered and the organization.  I liked the variety of formats and I especially liked the Fair Share. ~ 2019 LDC participant. 

It was my first LDC and I valued the small-conference setting and the quality of the presentations and sessions. The collective teaching and learning experiences of those who presented and attended was impressive! ~ 2019 LDC participant. 

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 four portals of the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library (LDDL), managed by LDDL partner societies.