The Institute for School Partnership works with Washington University faculty and local teacher leaders to offer free one-day professional development opportunities, curriculum and materials for K-12 educators through Hot Topics workshops and lectures. These events for science teachers focus on emerging areas of research and materials to transfer new content into the classroom. Recent offerings include synthetic biology, alternative fuels and climate change.

WashU faculty develop presentations and hands-on activity kits that can be taken into classrooms and often provide tours of their research facilities. The solutions of the future will depend on the identification, training and support of our next generation of scientists. By offering these free education and outreach programs at the K-12 level, the ISP provides the academic community with a forum for access to expert knowledge.

Getting teachers ready for the total solar eclipse

Skywatchers were treated to a rare celestial show on August 21, 2017 — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S. in nearly four decades. ISP held several workshops to educate St. Louis area teachers on the eclipse and ways to safely view it.