A Symposium on the Nature of Science

Fermilab's Wilson Hall
Saturday, March 18, 2000
8:15 AM to 4:00 PM

EVOLUTION IN THE K-12 CLASSROOM

Gabrielle Lyon and Melanie Wojtulewicz

Evolution can be a difficult subject for teachers because of high-profile controversy about its place in public and private schools. We will present some strategies on how to treat evolution in the K-12 classroom. Bring ideas to share and questions to explore. Join the discussion and learn from your colleagues.

Gabrielle Lyon
Director
Project Exploration

Gabrielle Lyon has participated in four paleontological expeditions to Africa and South America. As co-founder and director of Project Exploration, Lyon combines her experiences as a "back-door" paleontologist with her training as a historian, school activist, and writer to engage students and teachers in the excitement of science and discovery. One of Lyon's main goals for Project Exploration is to create programs geared towards personalized, interdisciplinary learning experiences and to ensure that city kids have access to cutting edge science and hands-on nature experiences.

Melanie Wojtulewicz
Manager of Science
Chicago Public Schools

Melanie Wojtulewicz is the Manager of Science in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development for the Chicago Public Schools. She was a high school biology teacher for 24 years before venturing into the world of school administration. She has been in her current position for 5 years. She was one of the founding teachers of Whitney Young High School in Chicago. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair which this year is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

 


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