As a model program for promoting
innovation in science teaching, the Education and Outreach
become an integral component of our annual meeting. Beginning
in 2002 at the Wisconsin meeting, the Forum has attracted
hundreds of educators from around the country. With a
variety of formats from discussions to workshops, the sessions
provide a means for participants to explore novel approaches
to integrating plants into the classroom and to reach
to broaden participation in science in general.
is a must not only for teachers but also for researcher
who are interested in making their results accessible
to students of biology at all levels. The global significance
of plants continues to grow. It is therefore vital that
botanists and their professional societies work to ensure
that plants are represented in the undergraduate and
curriculum, as well as in science outreach initiatives.
Each year, the Forum has delighted attendees with a mix
of informative sessions, a stellar key note address and
engaging workshops. Botany 2007 will include the sixth
Forum, which promises to be enlightening, engaging and
The Forum begins on Saturday morning and will include
informational sessions, interactive panel and roundtable
discussions, and breakout groups. Sunday's offerings include
a series of FREE hands-on workshops. Two-hour, half-day,
and full-day workshops will be organized so that attendees
may participate in workshops and/or field trips, also being
planned for Sunday.
An additional benefit to K-12 Illinois Educators is the
opportunity for to receive up 15 Continuing Professional
Credits (CPEs) for attending the Forum Session, Scientific
Workshops, Field Trips and/or the Scientific Program.
TOPICAL 'THREADS' - Individual sessions are grouped within
the topical themes, or `threads' listed below.
• Emphasizing Botany across the
Curriculum - Sessions on what is the vital content to cover,
and what's at the
cutting edge within disciplinary areas, how to promote
plants in the classroom and among your colleagues, developing
courses/curricula, and educating pre-service teachers about
• Designing Investigative Laboratories - Sessions
on `model,' or best-practice, labs
• Engaging Undergraduates in Research - What are the
challenges of mentoring undergraduate research students?
• Developing Effective Teaching and Mentoring Skills
• Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning - Sessions
on funding - information about grant sources, tips on
writing proposals and grant management.
• Reaching Out beyond the Ivory Towers - Sessions
on best-practice initiatives.
• Active Learning in K-16 Classrooms
Four types of sessions will be included in the Forum program,
and these are listed below. Organizers will be able to
select the most appropriate type of session for their topic.
• Informational Session - A presentation by one to three
speakers in which specific information is conveyed. Informational
sessions should leave a minimum of 20 minutes for questions
and answers. - An introduction by one to three facilitators
followed by time for in-depth discussion or an organized
activity that engages the audience. Two thirds of the
time period should be devoted to discussion and interaction.
A breakout session often culminates in a commitment:
group recommendations or personal agendas for future implementation.
• Panel Session - Two to four panel members including a moderator,
each of which may give a brief introduction, followed by
discussion among them and with the audience. Half of the
time period should involve audience participation.
• Roundtable Session - A roundtable is a freewheeling discussion,
usually with multiple viewpoints. The discussion is facilitated
by a moderator, but there are no formal speakers. The moderator
sets the stage for the discussion by providing one or two
provocative questions. Virtually the entire session is
Submission of session proposals should
be conducted online using the Abstract Submission Site,
which will open in
January 2007. Deadline for receiving session proposals
is March 1, 2007.
A Registration Brochure for Botany 2007 including Forum
Information will be mailed to members of all participating
societies in spring
and it will also be available online at the conference
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Travel Grant Application Members of all societies
are invited to apply.
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