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Initiatives - Teacher Training Institutes

Biotechnology and the Design of Human Life: Future Hopes and Challenges

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When: Sunday, June 10th (check-in from 4:00-6:00 p.m.) through Friday, June 25th (closing reception 4:00-6:00 p.m.)
Where: The Teachers' Institute will be held at the Saint Mary's College campus in Moraga, California. (The Institute is co-sponsored by Bioethics-In-Action and the Integral Program of Saint Mary's College of California.)
Fee: $295- includes lodging, meals as well as class materials and access to campus facilities.
C.E.U.s: Two California Continuing Education Units are granted for completion of the Institute, at no extra charge.

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Dear Teachers,

Thank you for your interest in this summer's Bioethics-In-Action/Integral Program Teachers' Institute, Biotechnology and the Design of Human Life: Future Hopes and Challenges.

We recognize that your time is valuable and that this Institute may require a greater commitment than most other continuing education programs. But we believe this Institute is unique in that it addresses the ethical dilemmas and challenges that biotechnology will present to students and all citizens throughout the 21st Century. Our goal is to engage participants as thoughtful citizens as well as professional educators. A week's stay at beautiful Saint Mary's College located in the Moraga foothills 8 miles east of Berkeley and 20 miles east of San Francisco will be the setting for our work together as a collaborative community of inquiry.

At the Institute, we will explore the primary and emerging ethical issues posed by biotechnology through reading and discussing articles, films, and literature. The Institute is designed to give you the tools and provide practical training in techniques to help your students navigate the challenges presented by the advancing ability of science to alter the biological basis of human life.

What issues will be addressed at the Institute?

You undoubtedly are familiar with issues related to biotechnology, ranging from mood control of children to cloning. The Institute will focus on ethical challenges across three areas:

The Institute is being held on the campus of a Catholic college. Is there a religious ideology or policy agenda driving the course?

No. BEIA and the Integral Program of Saint Mary's College take all opinions seriously, including those based in religion. The institute advocates only better and deeper ethical inquiry; we do not pre-determine or pre-judge the results of that process.

What is unique about the BEIA/Integral approach?

Most education modules in bioethics emphasize presentation of competing or conflicting points of view. BEIA's approach takes this to a deeper level. Since we focus on the aims, rather that the techniques of biotechnical interventions, teachers learn to guide their students to the basic assumptions about the nature of human life that underlie typical and familiar policy conflicts. It is on this level that discussion of short selections from literature and philosophy empower students to connect their reading with exploring basic, but essential, questions about the world they occupy.

This approach is rooted in our belief that one mode of effective teaching is to integrate contemporary issues with vivid intellectual engagement in texts. We seek this experience for all alike: throughout the Institute, teachers will engage as co-participants, interactively exploring issues of bioethics. Participant teams will develop curricular models based on a specific bioethics topic for use in their classrooms. These models will become part of a curricular bibliography made available to the entire group. Participants also will be invited to join an ongoing network for the further development of curricula and resources through Bioethics-In-Action and its contacts in the bioethics field.

What if the dates don't work for me?

If you are interested in the 2004 Teacher's Institute, but are unable to apply at this time, please let us know at [email protected]. We will add your name to a notification list for future offerings in your area.

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Daily Schedule

Sunday, June 20th

Monday, June 21st

Tuesday, June 22nd

Wednesday, June 23rd

Thursday, June 24th

Friday, June 25th

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