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Developing Scientifically Literate Citizens: Authentic Curriculum Through the Lens of a Scientist

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 201 B

With internet and media outlets competing for readership, gifted students, who tend to be highly sensitive and concerned with social and political issues and injustices, must learn to distinguish between sensationalized rhetoric and legitimate reporting. Specifically, with the copious amount of science and pseudo-science reported on by non-experts in the media, it is crucial for gifted students to develop critical thinking skills and the agency to seek out primary sources to become scientifically literate citizens. Come get examples, strategies, and resources from a scientific professional and secondary gifted educator about using scientific journal articles in the classroom.

Clarissa R. Toupin

Academic Professional
Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy

Clarissa is passionate about science and is honored to be part of the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy family. While earning her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Arizona State University, she interned as a forensic anthropologist at the Maricopa Forensic Science Center, worked as a bioarchaeologist in Sudan and as an archeologist in South Africa.

Clarissa holds an MA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MEd from Arizona State University. As a 2013 Knowles Science Teaching Fellow, Clarissa is engaged in a five-year fellowship designed to support her becoming a master teacher to take on leadership roles improving math and science education from the classroom. She aims to make a difference in the lives of her students and to impact the school, the university, the community and the very policies driving science education in our states and in our nation.

Clarissa is the instructor for the IGCSE STEM course, the AS psychology course, and two anthropology electives. She facilitates the marine biology club and the spelling bee competition.

Aside from her interest in science and teaching, she enjoys traveling and partaking in unusual adventures, and loves spending time with her husband and their two young children.

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