Amgen Teach is a multi-annual programme, funded by Amgen Foundation linked to the development of in service training for life science teachers in Europe.
Following a successful two-year pilot in four European countries that reached out to over 500 science educators, European Schoolnet, in collaboration with the Amgen Foundation and local training providers, has launched Amgen Teach in 2014, in 10 European countries.
Amgen Teach is a three-year professional development initiative, designed to further inspire and engage young people’s interest in science by strengthening the ability of secondary school teachers to use enquiry-based teaching strategies in their classrooms.
Country: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey
Coordinator: European Schoolnet, http://www.eun.org/
Target groups: researchers, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers
Topic: Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental sciences, Genetics, Materials science, Physics, Education
Start year: 2014
Contact person: Gina Mihai, gina.mihai (at) eun.org
Main outcomes/benefits of the project are the following:
- Face-to-face, enquiry-based training workshops offered in ten European countries and supporting national curricula.
- Distance Learning Activities for teachers to become engaged in as extra activities to increase their knowledge of Enquiry Based Learning (EBSL).
- Resources for use in the classroom or for lifelong learning activities.
- A forum to create a connection with teachers from all over Europe and share best practice.
- Evaluation reports measuring the impact of the Amgen Teach course on the participants in all ten countries.
The programme consists of a series of face-to-face, enquiry-based training workshops offered in multiple languages and supporting national curricula.
For face-to-face training, teachers are invited to register their interest in participating.
These face-to-face course programmes are complemented by additional activities enabling teachers to exchange one with the other via a number of online distance learning activities (DLAs) organised on a transnational basis. Each DLA involves different kinds of activities such as webinars, discussions in forums, videos, documents, podcasts, articles, etc.
Additionally, a Teacher Community is provided where members enjoy access to resources from trainings, videos, webinar recordings, and teacher case studies where teachers explain how they have implemented the materials, resources and knowledge gained through the Amgen Teach trainings in their own classrooms.
The outcome of the activities includes teaching materials on multiple subjects. For more information, please see http://www.amgenteach.eu/resources.