Professional Development Workshops Rx for Science Literacy

With today's rapidly changing workplace, emerging technologies and new scientific issues, K–12 educators are challenged to prepare themselves and their students for the future.

Since 1994, NCABR's Rx for Science Literacy workshops have helped more than 4,200 educators from 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties do just that.

At the workshops, educators tour a research facility, hear from scientists about their latest research advances and take home a free curriculum and other bioscience education materials.

Each workshop is completely free to attend. You may attend as many workshops as you like.

The Rx for Science Literacy series is open to all K–12 science teachers and administrators in North Carolina as well as preservice teachers actively pursuing a degree in education.

Healthy Children-Healthy World

  • July 27, 2015
  • North Carolina Central University, Durham
  • 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy has partnered with the Center for Translational Health Equality Research (CTHER) and the School of Education at North Carolina Central University to present Healthy Children-Healthy World, a one-day workshop featuring an NIH-funded curriculum that introduces school-age children to concepts and activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices.

The Healthy Children-Healthy World curriculum is designed to engage teachers and students in lessons that integrate Common Core Math and English Language Arts and the North Carolina Essential Standards in science and healthful living for grades K-5. This workshop will help educators improve their use of cooperative learning strategies as a method for teaching health and wellness concepts that are vital to children who live in urban and rural communities. The workshop also will reinforce literacy, math and hands-on science skills. Specific topics include smoking prevention and food and nutrition.

Held on the campus of North Carolina Central University, the workshop’s lessons and learning will be extended through a session with faculty scientists and a tour of the NCCU research facilities.

Workshop participants will receive free copies of printed and electronic curriculum resources.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

  • September 15, 2015
  • Duke University, Durham
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that addresses the fundamentals of neurobiology, how drugs of abuse change the brain, and how drug addiction is a treatable, chronic brain disease.


Evolution & Medicine

  • March 1, 2016
  • Duke University, Durham
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that allows students to explore evolutionary principles and learn how evolution informs human health, biomedical problems and disease treatment.

Incentives for Attending
  • 1 unit of certification renewal credit for North Carolina-certified educators (4 hours of additional work required)
  • Free supplemental curriculum and other education materials to use in the classroom
  • Free lunch
  • Substitute teacher support (up to $70)
Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify Connie McElroy-Bacon at the email address below at least 24 hours before the start of the workshop.

Failure to cancel in accordance with this policy will result in a $50 charge to your school/employer.


Email Connie McElroy-Bacon, at