Amgen Teach: Engaging Science Educators
Launched in 2014, Amgen Teach has supported over 3,380 science teachers to date across Europe through meaningful professional development opportunities.
Supported by a $3.2 million grant, Amgen Teach deepens student interest and achievement in science by strengthening the ability of life science secondary school teachers to use inquiry-based teaching strategies in the classroom. Rather than just presenting facts or encouraging rote memorisation from a book, inquiry in the classroom involves the students posing questions, researching information, diagnosing problems, understanding cause and effect, debating with peers, forming coherent arguments and critiquing experiments.
Offered in multiple languages and supporting national curricula, Amgen Teach uses training workshops and distance learning events to provide educators with the skills and confidence to spark a love of science in students. Surveys consistently show that up to 97% of participants would recommend Amgen Teach to other teachers with 83% saying that that the program had improved their understanding of inquiry-based science education. Amgen Teach is a funded by the Amgen Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by European Schoolnet, a Brussels-based NGO that aims to bring innovation in teaching and learning across a network of 30 Ministries of Education across Europe.
The program is available during the academic year 2017-2018 in Austria, Belgium, Czech, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and Turkey.
European Schoolnet is a network of 34 Ministries of Education, leading educational innovation at European level. As a major international think tank, European Schoolnet operates key European services in education on behalf of the European Commission, member Ministries of Education and industry partners.
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated nearly $300 million to local, regional, and international non-profit organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. The Amgen Foundation brings the excitement of discovery to the scientists of tomorrow through several signature programs, including Amgen Scholars, Amgen Biotech Experience, and Amgen Teach. For more information, visit www.amgeninspires.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/amgenfoundation.