Personal Genetics Education Project

What is pgEd doing at the National Conference for the Social Studies?

We were thrilled to have earned a spot as a speaker at the National Conference for the Social Studies, taking place right now in St. Louis, Missouri.  pgEd is sharing several of its lesson plans – Eugenics and Genetics, Genes, Jobs and Genetic Discrimination and DNA and Crime.  How do these fit into a social studies classroom? We believe these topics can be integrated into a number of areas.  Eugenics was an important movement in the United States in the early half of the 20th century, and teachers may find it adds to the discussions they are already having about immigration, industrialization and the move to cities, as well as leading up to understanding certain aspects of WWII.  We know history teachers are often asked to teach a wide variety of topics and many departments offer interdisciplinary courses and electives.  In our lesson about genetics and employment, we examine the passage of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, signed into law by George Bush and recognized by Senator Edward Kennedy as ” the first civil rights legislation of the 21st century”. This is a wonderful topic to cover in the context of civil rights or in a government class, and in a law elective as well.  The same is true of our DNA and crime lesson, where we highlight the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the collection of DNA for people who are arrested (but not necessarily charged or convicted) of a crime, and look at the role genetic information plays in our judicial system.

The lesson plans are all here. Our materials are being revised and updated and new versions will be available shortly!

Upcoming Events

Jan 08

pgEd at Conservatory Lab Charter School

January 8, 2019, 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Dorchester MA
United States
Jan 16

pgEd presentation at BosLab

January 16, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sommerville MA
United States

In the News

Personal Genetics Education Project - Personal Genetics Education Project - shared National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Becoming a Scientist with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins.
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An event that our teacher friends may find useful: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, Dec 10th from 3:15-45 pm ET, where he will take questions from middle school students from across the US. You are invited to livestream this event to your classroom and submit your students' questions in the event feed's comments section!

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
How can you start a career in STEM? Join NIH Director & geneticist Dr. Francis Collins on December 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation featuring Johnson Creek Middle School on becoming a scientist. Dr. Collins will be taking questions from middle school students from across the U.S.!
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