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Research Teachers Conferences

In 2022, the Society once again brought together science educators from across the country to share best practices and learn from one another in a pair of immersive peer-led conferences, the High School Researcher Teachers Conference and Middle School Research Teachers Conference.

Both conferences are designed to provide a unique professional development experience that focuses on peer-led sessions, nurturing teacher community and building teacher-leaders. Educators who attend the conference also receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., the conference host city.

Photo Collage of 2022 Research Teachers Conferences for Annual Report

In 2022, the Middle School Research Teacher’s Conference welcomed 74 teachers from 31 states and Washington, D.C. The High School Research Teachers Conference hosted 190 teachers from 41 states, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. Of this year’s attendees, more than 85% teach in public schools and more than 40% teach in Title I schools.

2022 Middle School Research Teachers Conference


How embracing failure can help students succeed in STEM

For the first time since 2019, the Middle School Research Teachers Conference was fully in person. Laura Smith-Velazquez, Principal Scientist at Charles River Analytics, gave the conference keynote address, which emphasized the importance of helping students understand that failure is necessary for success and of teaching students to build relationships with their surroundings.

MSRTC spotlight: One teacher’s insight into inspiring empathy and creativity through science research

The hallmark of the conference is a packed schedule of peer-led sessions covering topics ranging from guiding students through the experimental design process to engaging students who are underrepresented in STEM and beyond. One popular session this year was led by Kaleena Jedinak, a teacher at Tybee Island Maritime Academy in Tybee Island, Georgia, who spoke about leading students to meaningful research questions.

Learn more about the Research Teachers Conferences and how you or someone you know can enter the lottery to attend a future edition.

High School

Bringing high school research teachers of all experience levels together to share best practices, troubleshoot challenges and learn more about the Society for Science and the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

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Middle School

Bringing middle school research teachers of all experience levels together to share best practices, troubleshoot challenges and learn more about Society for Science and the Thermo Fisher Junior Innovators Challenge.

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