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Loyola to host first Statewide Conference on Bioethics in the High School Curriculum

| By Nick Alexopulos

The Loyola University Maryland School of Education will host the first Statewide Conference on Bioethics in the High School Curriculum on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Loyola’s Graduate Center – Columbia Campus.

Conference presenters will make a case for the inclusion of bioethics in the high school curriculum and illustrate methods for including bioethics instruction and learning across the curriculum. Presentations will describe the fundamental principles that provide a framework for decisions related to numerous contemporary bioethical issues like abortion, euthanasia, and gene therapy. Attendees will be exposed to resources for designing and implementing a bioethics curriculum, including fiction, nonfiction, drama, film, and poetry.

Presenters and facilitators include Joseph Procaccini, Ph.D., associate professor of educational leadership at Loyola, and Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., director and associate professor of curriculum instruction at Loyola; Laura Bishop, Ph.D., of Georgetown University; and James B. Giordano, Ph.D., of the Potomac Institute and Oxford University.

The conference is targeted toward public and private high school administrators as well as science, social studies, and religion/philosophy chairs and teachers in Maryland, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Delaware.

Registration is available online through Nov. 1, 2012. The registration fee is $125 for an individual and $300 for a group of three (both include lunch).

More information is available at http://loyola.edu/joinus/highschoolbioethics.

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