2019 Developmental Science Teaching Institute

March 20, 2019 ~ Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Now accepting submissions for the 2019 SRCD Developmental Science Teaching Institute.

Subcommittee Members: Steven Asatsa, SECC Representative; Judith Bryant, University of South Florida; Kyle Chambers, Gustavus Adolphus College; Laurie Kramer, Northeastern University (chair); Stephanie Madsen, McDaniel College; Matthew Mulvaney, Falk College, Syracuse University; Maria Wong, Stevenson University

What is the Teaching Institute?
The SRCD Developmental Science Teaching Institute is designed for teachers of developmental science courses at all levels who wish to develop strategies for engaging students, explore new ideas, update their knowledge base, and share perspectives with like-minded professionals. Encompassing topics that are relevant to beginning and advanced teachers of developmental science alike, the Institute provides sessions of general interest on cutting-edge teaching practices, a variety of breakout sessions, a poster session, and opportunities for interaction in order to share ideas among participants.

The Institute’s diverse presentation formats allow for informal exchange and enable participants to select an agenda that meets their professional development needs. This is an all-day experience that takes place the day before the SRCD Biennial Meeting. Teaching Institute Travel Awards will be available on a limited basis. Graduate students, early career faculty, those who will be presenting at the Teaching Institute, and those who receive limited support from their home institutions will receive priority consideration.

What types of submissions are we looking for?
While we encourage submissions that address teaching and learning broadly in the developmental sciences, this year we are particularly interested in submissions related to teaching diversity, inclusion, and equity. Submissions that promise to advance our abilities to reach and meet the needs of all students and to facilitate productive classroom dialogues on issues of equity, inclusion, and other social justice issues are particularly welcome. Also welcome are submissions addressing universal course design that enable courses to be inclusive of all students and minimizes barriers to learning and the need for special accommodations. Submissions that involve evidence-based practice are preferred. Submissions may be geared towards teachers at any level of experience, from novice to experienced instructors, and at any type of institution (e.g., high schools, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research institutions). View Programs for previous Teaching Institutes.

Quick Links:

Submission Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You will need your SRCD log-in credentials to access the Nomination site. If you are an SRCD member and do not have an SRCD log-in, please create an account.

Submission Guidelines

1. We invite submissions that broadly advance the science of teaching and learning in the developmental sciences. We are particularly interested in submissions that address issues of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity.  

2. There is no limit to the number of presenting roles.

3. There is no limit to the number of authors for a presentation.

4. SRCD normally does not accept submissions that have either been presented or published previously. Even in cases where SRCD members may not have had access to your original presentation, the current submission should not duplicate an earlier presentation.

5. Plan ahead and submit early!

• You may edit your submission at any time prior to the submission deadline (November 1, 2018).
• View or print your submission and proof and review it carefully.

6. SRCD membership is not required for submission; however, we encourage you to take advantage of the benefits of membership.

Submission Formats

1. Individual Poster Presentation. Posters are individual, free-standing presentations related to any aspect of the teaching of developmental science. Poster presentations might focus on teaching techniques and strategies, ideas for course content, or empirical evaluations of such approaches. Posters are the appropriate format when material can be explained briefly, is suited for graphic or visual presentation, or the presenter and participant would benefit from high levels of interaction and discussion. Individual posters will be displayed in a 1-1 1/2 hour session. Submission instructions.

2. Roundtable Participant Idea Exchange. This format provides a forum for a constructive discussion about overarching questions and issues pertinent to the teaching of developmental science. The Roundtable is an engaging conversation among one to two hosts/facilitators and participants about teaching techniques, innovations, evaluation, challenges, and instructional philosophy. A central question or theme should serve as a focus for the discussion. Hosts may give brief opening presentations but should primarily pose questions and guide discussion. Each topic is assigned a separate table, and participants choose one or more topics that interest them. The broader purpose of this Roundtable is to encourage networking among individuals or groups who may benefit from shared experiences and interests. A Roundtable does not include PowerPoint slides or research findings, though written materials could be shared. Total time allotted to a session: 1 hour. Submission instructions.

3. Workshop. Workshops present activities designed to help participants improve or develop new teaching techniques, skills, or lesson plans. This format provides a forum for the exchange of innovative, evidence-based teaching practices that are best communicated through application and active participation. Presenters are encouraged to provide hand-outs and a clear take-away message to help participants apply the techniques to their own teaching. Total time allotted to a session: 1 hour.  Submission instructions.

Entering Data into the Submission Website

1. Please enter a complete, formal name (e.g., Samuel T. Jones; H. Harriet Smith-Barton), current email address, and affiliation for each person. Please do not enter your author names in all upper-case letters or all lower-case letters. This requirement serves to uniquely identify those included on your submission and ensures that they receive email communications regarding the decision status of the submission.

2. Titles: Use mixed-case letters (upper-case for the first letter of all words with 4 or more letters and lower-case letters for the remainder of the words) and appropriate punctuation. Maximum number of characters for your title—letters, punctuation, and spacing—is 130.

3. Abstracts and descriptions entered for submissions must be typed or copied and pasted into a text box on the submission website.  Please indicate intended audience (e.g., novice or established teachers). NOTE: Your abstract or description should be in final form.

4. File Uploads: Any graphics must be incorporated into one single file. You may only upload an Adobe PDF.

5. Group Authorship (e.g., consortia, projects, programs) may be entered in the specified field during the “authors” step of the submitting process.

6. Individual requests regarding scheduling may be made at the time of submission by entering them in the “details” step. Due to the complexities of the Teaching Institute scheduling process, only justified requests will be addressed, so please include the reason for your scheduling request. We will do our best to accommodate your needs in the scheduling process; however, we cannot guarantee that your request will be honored.

7. NO revisions can be made after the submission deadline.

Submission Instructions

1. Indicate your desired presentation format.

2. If you are submitting a proposal for a Workshop and your submission is not accepted, indicate whether you are willing to present the material as a poster or roundtable instead.

3. A title for your submission with no more than 130 characters—including spaces and punctuation. Use mixed-case letters and appropriate punctuation in your title. Please do not put a period at the end of a title.

4. Enter a full name, affiliation, and email address for each author/presenter/host/facilitator. Please do not enter names in all upper-case letters or all lower-case letters. This information establishes a unique identity for each person, ensuring that submitters receive both Author Verification email messages and decision status notification for the submission.

Author Information Verification Process. After the submissions deadline has passed, all individuals associated with a presentation will receive an email message requesting that they verify their information. An author may receive multiple emails, but needs to complete the verification only once. Please notify Gabby Galeano at ggaleano[at]srcd.org if an author has been entered with more than one email address so that duplicate accounts can be merged.

5. If you need to include a “group author” (consortium, program, etc.), enter it into the specified field in the “authors” step on the Submission Website. NOTE: Do not include research funding support anywhere in your submission. The appropriate place to acknowledge research funding support is in your presentation should the submission be accepted.

6. Submit an abstract with a maximum of 500 words. The abstract should address the potential usefulness of the presentation to novice and experienced teachers of developmental science, the importance of the topic, and, if applicable, connections to teaching institute themes (diversity, science of teaching and learning) and empirically-supported practice. Your abstract must be typed or copied and pasted into the Submission Website; no file uploads are allowed. 

a. Single-space your abstract.
b. Do not include the title in the abstract.
c. If necessary, use standard reference citations (last name, year) and do not include a reference list.

7. Graphics are permitted, but are optional; they do not count toward the maximum word count for your abstract. The two graphics allowed may be:

• 2 tables, or
• 2 figures, or
• 1 table plus 1 figure.

File Uploads: All of your graphics must be incorporated into one single file. You may only upload an Adobe PDF.

Review Process and Criteria for All Submissions

Submissions will be rated according to the following criteria:

a. Potential usefulness of the presentation to novice and/or more experienced teachers of developmental science
b. Clarity of formulation/conceptualization
c. Importance of topic
d. Connection to the Teaching Institute theme of diversity and/or the science of teaching and learning
e. Evidence-based or empirically-supported practice
f. Sufficiently detailed to enable review

NOTE:  The review process is not blind.

Teaching Institute Travel Awards

The SRCD Teaching Committee is pleased to announce that a limited number of travel awards are available to support SRCD members who would like to attend the 2019 Teaching Institute. The $500 award will help offset the registration and accommodation expenses involved in attending the SRCD Developmental Science Teaching Institute pre-conference.

We are interested in supporting a diverse group of teachers who would otherwise be unable to attend the Teaching Institute, and encourage all SRCD members to apply. Graduate students, early career faculty, those who will be presenting at the Teaching Institute, and those who receive limited support from their home institutions will receive priority consideration.

Applicants must be current members of SRCD, and maintain their membership through the end of the SRCD conference in March 2019. Awards will be distributed at the Teaching Institute. The awards should be used for expenses related to attending the Teaching Institute, as determined by the recipient. No receipts will be required.

Candidates who wish to apply will provide the following:

  • Year became an SRCD member
  • Years of teaching, teaching load, and type of institution
  • Previously attended SRCD Developmental Science Teaching Institutes (if any)
  • Statement of financial need that includes the estimated travel costs to attend the Teaching Institute as well as the support available from institutional or other sources.
  • Impact statement that discusses the expected value attending the Teaching Institute will have on teaching and professional development objectives.
  • Be sure to click the submit button at the end of the application.

The deadline to apply for the Teaching Institute Travel Awards is:

Teaching Institute Travel Awards Application Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You will need your SRCD log-in credentials to access the Nomination site. If you are an SRCD member and do not have an SRCD log-in, please create an account.

Contact Information

For questions related to the submission sites, please contact Gabby Galeano at ggaleano[at]srcd.org.

For questions related to the Teaching Institute, please contact Laurie Kramer at l.kramer[at]northeastern.edu.


2017 Teaching Institute - Austin, TX
2015 Teaching Institute - Philadelphia, PA
2013 Teaching Institute - Seattle, WA
2011 Teaching Institute - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2009 Teaching Institute - Denver, CO
2007 Teaching Institute - Boston, MA
2005 Teaching Institute - Atlanta, GA