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Since 1990, the APS Teacher Fellowship Programs have worked with middle and high school science teachers from across the nation by:

  • Engaging them in biomedical research;
  • Building connections at the local level between teachers, students, and researchers;
  • Improving the teaching methods and curricular materials used by the teachers; and
  • Deepening the understanding of both teachers and students of how biomedical research is done and how animals are used in research.

This program has served as the basis for much of APS’ grassroots outreach to K-12 classrooms. The outreach has not only been through the teacher fellows themselves but also by developing local, regional, and national networks of physiologists and K-12 educators who want to improve science education. These networks have allowed the development of the Local Outreach Team program and the Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week program.


In 2010, the Frontiers in Physiology Program was recognized as a “Model for Excellence in Science Education” by the Center for Excellence in Education at the National Lab Skills Symposium. See the citation in Resources below.

Guiding Principles

Two sets of guiding principles, “Six Star Science” and “Standards-Based Education,” provide a conceptual framework for designing APS education programs and resources.

“Six Star Science” addresses six major tenets of outstanding science teaching, including student-centered instruction, valuing diversity, integrating technology, focusing on authentic assessments, utilizing current content, and reflecting on teaching and learning. For more information, click on the “Six Star Science” link at left.

Frontiers promotes the effective implementation of state and national standards for K-12 content and pedagogy -- especially inquiry-based teaching, equity strategies, and technology use -- by middle and high school science teachers. The Frontiers program’s relationship to standards highlights its relevance and significance during this critical time of accountability. For more information, click on the “Standards-Based Education” link at left.


A Model for Excellence in Science Education, Frontiers in Physiology

A certificate of recognition from the Center for Excellence in Education, April 2010.