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 4,900 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.

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.


Email Allender Lynch, at