Announcing the 1st International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference

February 13-14, 2013 – Boston, MA

Teacher-scientist partnerships take many forms. They can take place in classrooms, in the afterschool setting, and in laboratories; some partnerships are nucleated through formal programs while others are arranged informally. They include a diverse group of participants – kindergarten through high school teachers and students – and practicing scientists from academic settings – undergraduate science majors, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty – or from industry, as well as retirees; and they cover a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. While the specifics vary, there are growing numbers of teacher-scientists partnerships both within the United States and internationally.

Join partnership professionals, teachers, and scientists from around the world for two days of discussions, workshops, and presentations as we build community and share expertise in this rapidly growing field. The program will include sessions of interest to both new and experienced stakeholders in teacher-scientist partnerships.

The 1st International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Grant DUE-1247936).


Who: Anyone involved or interested in teacher-scientist partnerships, such as teachers,scientists, engineers, partnership program coordinators/specialists, administrators, and evaluators.

Meet, share, and learn from others involved in this work – this conference will convene the partnership community across funding sources for the first time. Join others doing partnership work funded through the NSF MSP, GK-12, and RET awards as well as through their Broader Impacts commitment; the NIH SEPA, SEDAPA, and Blueprint for Neuroscience Awards; HHMI Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Awards; as well as work funded by private foundations and corporations, universities, and many other sources.

We are pleased to have limited funding to support travel expenses for K-12 teachers and early career scientists (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) to attend the conference. More information available soon.

What: The program will include a mix of keynote speakers, panel sessions, workshops, and networking time.

Conference topics will include:

  • Partnership models (school levels, scientific discipline, types of scientist, setting – rural, urban, suburban, etc.)
  • How to get started in partnerships
  • Recruiting teachers and science and engineering professionals
  • Evaluation – formative feedback and metrics for success
  • Outcomes of partnerships – for students, teachers and scientists
  • Preparing science and engineering professionals to work in classrooms
  • Preparing teachers to work in laboratories
  • Sustaining partnership programs
  • Scaling up, scaling down…
  • Dissemination
  • The role of Advisory Boards

Other topics will be included based on the expressed interest and needs of conference registrants.

We are currently soliciting proposals for workshops and sessions. Please see: Proposals are due Monday, December 3, 2012. The final program will be announced in January 2013.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, February 13-14, 2013.

The International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference precedes the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting. Plan to arrive on Tuesday, February 12 – the Conference begins the morning of February 13th and runs through the afternoon of February 14th. AAAS begins the evening of February 14. We will host a Teacher-Science Partnership Poster Session reception at AAAS on Friday, February 15th.

Where: Boston, Massachusetts.

The conference will be held in the Hynes Convention Center. A limited number of rooms at the three AAAS hotels are blocked at a reducedrate for conference attendees.

Poster Session: Join us at AAAS on Friday, February 15th and share your work in the teacher-scientist field with AAAS attendees. This session is an opportunity to inform a broad range of STEM professionals about the merits and benefits ofteacher-scientist partnerships. Poster submissions are due Monday, January 21, 2013. Please see: