Education Share Fair
Proposals for the Education Share Fair are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
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.
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.
We have developed tips for participants, presenters, and moderators. Please review these tips carefully.
To the greatest extent possible, Education Share Fair Proposals should:
- Align with the objectives of the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education, K12 Next Generation Science Standards or Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education with an emphasis on sharing effective approaches to engage students in both nonscience and science majors.
- Identify one or more relevant Pedagogical Track/s and curriculum topic/s
- Integrate the Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework (4DEE)
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.
- 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 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.