Personal Genetics Education Project

pgEd in your Classroom

pgEd engaging students on the exciting and complex issues in personal genetics. We create curriculum and develop workshops to bring the cutting edge of genetics and the associated ethical, legal, and social implications into high school and college classrooms. With an emphasis on social justice, our materials are relevant to multiple subjects, including biology, health, social studies, law, physical education and psychology.

Curricula on genetics and ethics

We have developed a set of lesson plans that are ready to use, complete with background reading, classroom activities, and in many cases, PowerPoint slides, to help students explore some of the big ideas and controversies. Current topics include an introduction to personal genetics, the intersection of athletics and genetics, personalized medicine, reproductive genetics, DNA, crime and law enforcement, and the American eugenics movement.

Professional development

pgEd organizes interactive professional development workshops that explore the content and activities within our lesson plans. We offer workshops, ranging from a 1-2 hour session to a 3-day course for which we award professional development points. Check out the sidebar for a list of upcoming events or, to arrange a workshop in your district, please email Lauren Tomaselli at ltomaselli@pged.med.harvard.edu or call our office at 617-432-1797.

Classroom visits

We may be available to visit your classroom in person or via videoconferencing. We are based in Boston, Massachusetts and Brunswick, Maine. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of a pgEd visit, or are looking for support to use our curriculum in your classroom, please email Lauren Tomaselli at ltomaselli@pged.med.harvard.edu.

What pgEd is planning next?

pgEd has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program to support the development of a transdisciplinary unit on Genetics and Identity and launch an interdisciplinary series of professional development workshops in Massachusetts and South Dakota. Click here to learn more!

Want to learn more about what pgEd has to offer?

Download pgEd’s clickable brochure with information about our resources and trainings. Please help us spread the word by sharing with your friends and colleagues.

Upcoming PD Workshops

Jun 25

JAX Teaching the Genome Generation course (Connecticut)

June 25, 8:00 am - June 30, 5:00 pm
Jun 27
Jul 11

Summer Institute: Genetics and Social Justice, Boston, MA

July 11, 9:00 am - July 12, 3:30 pm

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