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 4,000 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.

The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

An introductory workshop based on NCABR's comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which provides an overview of the biomedical research process.

The manual was updated and expanded in 2013. The new version includes chapters on nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine and vaccines and has been repackaged for easier use across all grade levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, CTE). It is accompanied by several new resources, including a curriculum crosswalk that shows connections to North Carolina standards across many curricula areas, including the Next Generation Science Standards; and a reading guide related to the Common Core standards.

Resources

FoodMASTERNew Topic

  • Friday, September 20, 2013
  • East Carolina University, Greenville
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy has partnered with the FoodMASTER Initiative, a compilation of programs aimed at using food as a tool to teach science and mathematics.

The curriculum consists of 12 chapters based on food related topics: Measurement, Food Safety, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Cheese, Meat, Poultry & Fish, Eggs, Fats, Sugar, Grains, and Meal Management.

Each chapter provides the users with hands-on application-based activities, detailed procedures, science concepts to be emphasized, materials needed, critical thinking exercises and background knowledge with instructions for educators.

All activities included in the FoodMASTER middle grade science curriculum are mapped to the Next Generation Science Standards for Grades 6-8.

The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013
  • Duke University, Durham
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

An introductory workshop based on NCABR's comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which provides an overview of the biomedical research process.

The manual was updated and expanded in 2013. The new version includes chapters on nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine and vaccines and has been repackaged for easier use across all grade levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, CTE). It is accompanied by several new resources, including a curriculum crosswalk that shows connections to North Carolina standards across many curricula areas, including the Next Generation Science Standards; and a reading guide related to the Common Core standards.

The Science of Healthy BehaviorsNew Topic

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum module that encourages students to think about the relationship among knowledge, choice, behavior and human health. The module's objectives are to introduce students to the scientific study of behavior, support the understanding that behaviors have both short-term and long-term consequences to health and that behaviors are influenced in complex ways by a variety of factors, convey to students the purpose of scientific research and explore the role of science in society and the relationship between basic science and human health.

Evolution & Medicine

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • 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.

Digital Media: Teaching the Science of SustainabilityNew Topic

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • UNC-TV, Research Triangle Park
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This special workshop is for middle and high school educators who are interested in the interdisciplinary science of sustainability.

At the workshop, educators will review science education materials developed for QUEST: The Science of Sustainability and learn ways to incorporate them into the classroom, tour the UNC-TV production studio, and get a glimpse of a taping of the daily North Carolina NOW program (which will include a science feature).

This workshop does not feature free, printed education materials to use in the classroom.

Mapping Your Future in BiomanufacturingNew Topic

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Biogen Idec, Research Triangle Park
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

A pilot workshop based on NCABR's Mapping Your Future curriculum manual, which provides an overview of the fast-growing field of biomanufacturing and the wide range of career prospects it offers for North Carolina students.

This workshop is intended for middle and high school educators only.

The manual currently is being updated and expanded to include new content for middle and high school classes.

This workshop will feature a draft version of the updated manual. Participants will be emailed a PDF of the draft manual and expected to review it in advance of attending the workshop.

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The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

An introductory workshop based on NCABR's comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which provides an overview of the biomedical research process.

The manual was updated and expanded in 2013. The new version includes chapters on nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine and vaccines and has been repackaged for easier use across all grade levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, CTE). It is accompanied by several new resources, including a curriculum crosswalk that shows connections to North Carolina standards across many curricula areas, including the Next Generation Science Standards; and a reading guide related to the Common Core standards.

Register

Biomedical Technology II PilotNew Topic

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 / Tuesday, May 13, 2014
  • Winston-Salem State University / Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Winston-Salem
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm / 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

A workshop that includes a curriculum overview of the following six NIH curriculum supplements:

  • Exploring Bioethics
  • Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Human Genetic Variation
  • The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
  • Sleep, Sleep Disorders and Biological Rhythms
  • Evolution and Medicine

This is a private, invitation-only workshop that is exclusively for teachers participating in the Biomedical Technology II pilot course.

FoodMASTERNew Topic

  • Friday, June 13, 2014
  • East Carolina University, Greenville
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy has partnered with the FoodMASTER Initiative, a compilation of programs aimed at using food as a tool to teach science and mathematics.

The curriculum consists of 12 chapters based on food related topics: Measurement, Food Safety, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Cheese, Meat, Poultry & Fish, Eggs, Fats, Sugar, Grains, and Meal Management.

Each chapter provides the users with hands-on application-based activities, detailed procedures, science concepts to be emphasized, materials needed, critical thinking exercises and background knowledge with instructions for educators.

All activities included in the FoodMASTER middle grade science curriculum are mapped to the Next Generation Science Standards for Grades 6-8.

Registration is closed for this workshop.

Cell Biology and Cancer

  • Friday, June 20, 2014
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that addresses the development and impact of cancer and the research that has guided public health policies and medical interventions that are helping prevent, treat and cure the disease. It also focuses on the relationship between biomedical research and the improvement of personal and public health.

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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.

Questions?

Email Connie McElroy-Bacon, at cbacon@mindspring.com