Summer conferences are a great way to get a load of professional development in science education while at the same time having a chance to meet other teachers from around the nation.
One of the premier summer conferences is the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), which is coming up August 3-7 at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The BCCE is a national meeting sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Since 1970 the conference has been designed and planned for those who teach chemistry, from teachers who are just starting their careers to those who have years of teaching experience. It includes educators at all levels: secondary school science teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and post-secondary chemistry faculty. This conference is an excellent source of materials, techniques, and chemistry content.
The theme of the 2014 BCCE is “Empowering Chemical Educators for a Greener Tomorrow.” Via special symposia and workshops, the conference will highlight efforts in bringing sustainable chemistry to the classroom. In addition, there are nearly 300 sessions offered over the course of four days on topics ranging from “The Automobile and the Periodic Table” to “Web-based Resources for Chemical Education” to “Views from the Classrooms of Conant and Regional Award Winners.”
Summer is a time teachers like to spend with family and the organizers of BCCE have a number of extra events for attendees and their families, such as a lake cruise on a research ship or a ride on the Saugatuck Sand Dunes. The Lonely Planet Guides recently named Grand Rapids and the Gold Coast area as the #1 tourist destination in the U.S.!
Professional development, meeting new colleagues, improving your chemical knowledge, fun time with your family? It all adds up to a grand time at Grand Valley State University.