Teaching High School Science from a Christian Worldview

Friday, July 19, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

April Maskiewicz Cordero and Kathryn Applegate

Many private Christian schools and homeschool families are adopting secular textbooks or online curricula in order to deliver a high-quality science education and prepare students for college. These materials, excellent as they often are, don’t include Christian perspectives, so parents and teachers must face the challenge of faith integration on their own. If you’re teaching biology, perhaps you have wondered, how can I help my students ask good questions about science and faith? How can I engage in meaningful discussions with them about topics like evolution, climate change, gene editing, and Adam and Eve? How can I help them move away from fear and distrust to curiosity and wonder? And how can I do all of this while integrating the Next Generation Science Standards and using student-centered teaching practices? The BioLogos website already contains many helpful resources, but we are now developing a supplement specifically for high school biology teachers called BioLogos INTEGRATE. In this workshop, members of the INTEGRATE development team will share recent findings from science education research and best practices for bringing biblical faith and biology into dialogue. We will also think together about ways to start this conversation in your school or co-op. Finally we will work through a couple of activities from INTEGRATE, which you can take back and use with your students.

Participating in this 3-hour workshop can be awarded 3 units of Continuing Professional Development, filed through Wheaton College.

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April Maskiewicz Cordero

Dr. April Maskiewicz Cordero's research focuses on developing more effective approaches for teaching ecology and evolution that enable students to develop not only factual knowledge, but biological ways of thinking and reasoning about the living world. As a Christian biologist trained in science education research, she is in a unique position to investigate science students’ perceptions of the relationship between scientific issues that evoke controversy (i.e., origins, evolution, human origins) and Christian faith. Maskiewicz gave a TEDx talk on evolution and faith and she was featured in "From the Dust," a BioLogos-sponsored documentary. She is also active in several professional development projects with schoolteachers as well as university biology faculty and was one of four professors coordinating the BioLogy by the Sea workshop, a Christian school teacher program.

Kathryn Applegate

Kathryn Applegate is Resources Editor at BioLogos. While working on her PhD in computational cell biology at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA), she felt a strong sense of calling to help build bridges between the church and the scientific community. In 2010, she joined the BioLogos staff where she has the privilege of writingspeaking, and working with a wide variety of scholars and educators to develop new resources aimed at science/faith integration. Kathryn co-edited with Jim Stump How I Changed My Mind About Evolution (InterVarsity Press, 2016) and curates the BioLogos Common Questions. As Project Leader for INTEGRATE, Kathryn is excited about the potential for BioLogos to equip parents and teachers to raise up the next generation of Christian students who approach science with wonder, curiosity, perseverance, and wisdom. Kathryn, her husband Brent, and their two young children live in Grand Rapids, MI, where they are helping to plant a new Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) church.