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.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NCABR is partnering with the Wake Forest School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Center for Vaccines at the Extremes of Aging and Brenner Children’s Hospital to present an Rx for Science Literacy workshop, titled The Importance of Vaccines: From Laboratory to Clinic. This one-day workshop will be held Tuesday, July 30, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Winston-Salem, N.C.

This workshop will feature an overview of NCABR’s vaccine curriculum plus updates from biomedical scientists and physicians about the real-world applications of vaccine research underway at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

In this engaging, informative and timely workshop, participants will learn about the critical role that vaccines play in protecting the health and well-being of North Carolinians and citizens across the globe. Participants will learn about current research and issues that impact vaccine development and distribution.

The workshop also will address:

  • Vaccine fundamentals: what they are, what they do and why they are so important
  • Vaccine facts vs. fiction
  • Vaccine research highlights from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, including new technologies in vaccine development

Participants will receive a free copy of NCABR’s highly acclaimed Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which contains the featured vaccine curriculum.

This workshop is most applicable to high school teachers and those teaching advanced middle school students.

Monday, November 4, 2019
Duke University, Durham
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Duke University to present Cell Biology and Cancer. This one-day 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.

Participants will receive a free electronic copy of the curriculum.

Monday, December 2, 2019
Duke University, Durham
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Duke University to present Sleep, Sleep Disorders and Biological Rhythms. This one-day workshop is based on a curriculum that addresses misconceptions about sleep, variations among individuals’ sleep and wake cycles, the two major states of sleep, NREM and REM, and how sleep loss negatively impacts society and health. It also focuses on the various factors that can lead to sleep disorders and treatments.

Participants will receive a free copy of the curriculum.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – CANCELLED
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Research Triangle Park, N.C.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to present Your Environment, Your Health, a one-day workshop on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The workshop will explore findings from the NIEHS Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY), which examined the health of workers and volunteers who responded to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The GuLF STUDY, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and led by NIEHS, was designed to find answers to the questions that matter to oil spill response and clean-up workers and affected communities. The study examined how different aspects of oil-spill response and clean-up affect current and future health. The study also examined how stress and job loss because of an oil spill can affect health, including mental health. By comparing workers doing specific clean-up jobs to others who did not do those jobs, researchers learned if health problems are occurring at a higher rate than expected among some groups of workers. The findings from this study may influence long-term public health responses in Gulf communities or responses to other oil spills in the future.

This engaging and informative workshop will feature hands-on activities, toolkits and resources developed by NIEHS and NEEF, plus a tour of NIEHS. Workshop attendees also will have an opportunity to meet a NEEF representative and to receive information about the NEEF “Hands on the Land” program, which is a national network of field classrooms.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020- POSTPONED
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, N.C.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the Wake Forest School of Medicine to present The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction. This one-day 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.

Participants will receive a free copy of the curriculum.

 

Thursday, April 23, 2020- POSTPONED
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Research Triangle Park, N.C.
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 workshop on Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

This workshop will feature an overview of NCABR’s comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual plus updates from biomedical scientists and physicians about the real-world applications of biomedical research.

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.

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 $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