The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded $800,000 over the next two years to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Leadership Program for Teachers to conduct a summer institute for middle and high school biology teachers. HHMI has helped support the teacher professional development program since 1993.
Each year approximately 45 science teachers from around the United States are selected to spend a summer month at the residential institute, studying advances in biology, learning to use educational technology in innovative ways and honing their skills at teaching hands-on science.
During the school year, these teachers are expected to conduct workshops for other teachers in their home communities, to share and spread their new science teaching strategies. The Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program reports that each teacher works with an average of 20 other teachers within 18 months after the summer institute.