The Education Group is a collaborative of graduate students, postdoctoral associates, research scientists, instructors, faculty, and technologists who have a strong interest in teaching and doing innovative work in science education. The group is largely focused on developing and implementing tools, materials, and resources for University-level and High School-level Biology education.
Conceptually analogous to a laboratory research group, the Education Group was first created by HHMI Professor Graham Walker of the MIT Department of Biology in 2002. The original Education Group was active during the years 2002-2006. As of September 2011, the Education Group has been reestablished by Professor Walker and is once again active on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus and beyond!
There are a variety of ways to get involved and participate with the Education Group, including a Seminar Series, Education Group Meetings that provide a forum for presenting science education-related research and initiatives to peers, a journal club called Education Topics Teatime, various outreach activities, and other events and projects. We especially welcome graduate students and postdocs from the MIT Biology community and from other institutions in the greater Boston area.
The Education Group is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which created the Society of HHMI Professors with the specific purpose of encouraging faculty at major research universities to devote more time to teaching undergraduates and developing new tools that engage students and enrich their science learning experience. Professor Graham Walker was among the first twenty HHMI Professors selected in 2002 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for their pilot program, and he was chosen again as one of the thirteen members of the HHMI Society of Professors for 2010-2014. The award provides resources for the Education Group to do some exciting work in Biology Education!