Professional Development Workshops Rx for Science Literacy

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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 4,980 educators from 96 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.

Virtual Workshop

Friday, September 11, 2020
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to present Rx for Science Literacy: The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research, a one-day virtual workshop on Friday, September 11, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NOTE: Because this workshop is virtual and there is a maximum capacity of 30 participants, login credentials will be unique to each participant and will be nontransferable. All participants will be mailed a copy of the Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual after attending the complete workshop on September 11. This virtual workshop will be offered live and will not be available as a recording after the program is over. To receive continuing education credits for the program and to receive a copy of the curriculum manual, all participants will be expected to participate in the entire workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to submit an online program evaluation. Substitute reimbursement will be provided.

About the Workshop: This workshop will feature an overview of NCABR’s comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual plus updates from biomedical scientists about the real-world applications of biomedical research. It also will explore the translation of scientific discoveries into public health and environmental health.

About the Curriculum: The Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual was updated and expanded in 2013. The manual 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 and CTE). It is accompanied by several new resources, including a curriculum crosswalk that shows connections to North Carolina standards across many curricula areas, the Next Generation Science Standards and a reading guide related to the Common Core standards.

Participants will receive a free copy of the curriculum.

 

Virtual Workshop
Friday, September 18, 2020
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to present a special COVID-19 edition of the popular Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases workshop. This one-day virtual workshop will be held Friday, September 18, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NOTE: Because this workshop is virtual and there is a maximum capacity of 30 participants, login credentials will be unique to each participant and will be nontransferable. All participants will be provided a link to the online curriculum manual when they register for the workshop. This virtual workshop will be offered live and will not be available as a recording after the program is over. To receive continuing education credits for the program, all participants will be expected to participate in the entire workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to submit an online program evaluation after the workshop. Substitute reimbursement will be provided.

About the Workshop: This workshop will feature an overview of the National Institute of Health’s Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases curriculum plus updates from biomedical scientists about current COVID-19 research studies at NIEHS.

About the Curriculum: The National Institute of Health’s Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases curriculum addresses the different types of infectious diseases and how they are classified as emerging, re-emerging or endemic, how epidemiologist investigate mystery diseases, antibiotic resistance, and immunity and the effectiveness of vaccinations.

Participants will receive a free electronic copy of the curriculum.

Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
North Carolina Association of Biomedical Research (NCABR)
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join NCABR for a special, half-day virtual workshop on Tuesday, November 24, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., where you can sample and provide input on new educational materials that have been added this year to the Rx for Science Literacy: The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research curriculum. Your input will shape the finalization of the new materials before the curriculum is distributed in 2021. The Biogen Foundation generously has provided funding this year to revise and expand the curriculum, which is produced by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and is used in classrooms throughout North Carolina.

NOTE: Because the revised and expanded Rx for the Science Literacy curriculum manual is not yet final, participants will not receive a hard copy of the curriculum when participating in the November 24 workshop. Instead, all participants will be provided a link to the newly drafted activities the day of the workshop. This virtual workshop will be offered live and will not be available as a recording after the program is over. To receive continuing education credits for the program, all participants will be expected to participate in the entire workshop from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and to submit an online evaluation after the workshop.

About the Curriculum: The Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual includes chapters on nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine and vaccines and is accompanied by several resources, including a curriculum crosswalk that shows connections to North Carolina standards across many curricula areas, the Next Generation Science Standards and a reading guide related to the Common Core standards.

Incentives for attending an Rx for Science Literacy workshop include:

  • Attendees for this workshop will have priority registration status for the two spring 2021 virtual workshops (dates TBA) where the finalized curriculum will be unveiled in its entirety and will be provided to attendees at no cost.
  • 1 unit of certification renewal credit for North Carolina-certified educators (6 hours of additional work required)
  • Free draft activities from the supplemental curriculum
Schedule
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

  • Substitute teacher support (up to $80)

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify Allender Lynch at the email address below at least 72 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 Allender Lynch, at alynch@ncabr.org