Columbia University in the City of New York

Teacher Council

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Creating novel brain science curricula for the classroom

The Teacher Council of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute and BioBus, Inc. is a group of high school teachers who are committed to teaching brain science in their classroom. Council members advise and support the creation of novel brain science education materials integrating authentic scientific discoveries with hands-on activities.

During summer and fall of 2018 the Teacher Council will collaborate on the shaping, vetting and testing of an inquiry-driven brain science curriculum. Teachers will participate in advisory workshops and pilot materials in their classroom. The outcome of their efforts will be new scientifically-vetted, customized, and hands-on educational materials that introduce students to the wonders of the brain.



Program structure

People in the Teacher Council will be invited to special workshops and events. For example:

Student and teacher questionnaires;

Content brainstorming sessions;

Lesson-design workshops;

In-classroom lesson testing and BioBus visit between September and December; and

Provision of written and verbal feedback about lesson implementation.



Membership on the Teacher Council is open to high school science teachers with past or current employment at any public, independent, or parochial school in New York City. Teachers must have at least two years of teaching experience. Applicants must be a US citizen or resident alien. Middle school teachers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Participants will receive compensation commensurate with their involvement.

Applications to join the Teacher Council are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact

This program is made possible with the generous support from BNY Mellon.

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