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 5,290 educators from 97 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 on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Duke University from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Duke University to present Rx for Science Literacy: The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research, a one-day virtual workshop featuring the newly updated and expanded Rx for Science Literacy curriculum.

This is one of two workshops for the 2021-22 school year that will feature the new Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which will be provided to attendees at no cost.

This workshop will feature an overview of NCABR’s newly updated Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual with updates from biomedical scientists about the real-world applications of biomedical research. This workshop also will address current hot topics in medicine, including health disparities, COVID-19 updates and information about in-demand medical research jobs for today’s students to consider.

NOTE: 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 in the mail manual after the workshop, all participants will be expected to participate in the entire workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and they will be required to submit an online program evaluation. Substitute teacher reimbursement will be provided.

About the Curriculum: With generous support from the Biogen Foundation, NCABR and a team of science writers, biomedical researchers and curriculum developers comprehensively updated and expanded the Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual in 2020. The newly updated Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual includes a comprehensive update of all content, statistics and charts. The manual also includes a variety of new activities, resources, interviews with real world scientists and a new section on CRISPR and CRISPR technology. The 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 science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and a reading guide aligned to the Common Core standards.

Virtual Workshop on Friday, February 25, 2022 at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with NIEHS to present Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology, a one-day virtual workshop.

This workshop will feature the National Institute of Health’s Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology curriculum, which addresses the major preconceptions of science and technology in the classroom. This curriculum also addresses scale and resolution, technology and origins of molecular biology, and techniques in the study of cellular and molecular biology such as microscopy, X-ray crystallography, laser technology, and simulations and computations. This curriculum has been developed for use by teachers in grades 9-12.

NOTE: 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 in the mail after the workshop, all participants will be expected to participate in the entire workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and they will be required to submit an online program evaluation. Substitute teacher reimbursement will be provided.

Virtual Workshop on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Duke University from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Duke University to present Cell Biology and Cancer, a one-day virtual workshop.

This workshop will feature the National Institute of Health’s Cell Biology and Cancer curriculum, which 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. This curriculum has been developed for use by teachers in grades 9-12.

NOTE: 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 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and submit an online program evaluation. Substitute teacher reimbursement will be provided. Only N.C. educators are eligible for substitute teacher reimbursement.

Virtual Workshop on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with NIEHS to present Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry, a one-day virtual workshop.

In this workshop, teachers will work in groups and will practice the process of scientific inquiry by viewing presentations, reading and analyzing primary scientific literature, conducting experimental design, and drafting a lesson plan to use in the classroom. 

NOTE: 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 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and submit an online program evaluation. Participants will not receive a supplemental curriculum but will receive free electronic resources to be use in the classroom. Substitute teacher reimbursement will be provided. Only N.C. educators are eligible for substitute teacher reimbursement.

In person workshop on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Wake Forest School of Medicine from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Wake Forest School of Medicine to present Why Vaccines Matter: From Laboratory to Clinic to Community, a one-day virtual workshop.

This workshop will be offered in person only and will feature the newly updated and expanded Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual. A copy of the manual, along with breakfast, lunch and refreshments, will be provided to attendees at no cost thanks to generous sponsorship from the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The program will highlight the New Technologies in Vaccines chapter from the newly updated and expanded Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual. This program also will feature talks from Wake Forest School of Medicine researchers about why vaccines matter, about current COVID-19 and influenza vaccine research, and about the role of animals in biomedical research and more.

About the Curriculum: With generous support from the Biogen Foundation, NCABR and a team of science writers, biomedical researchers and curriculum developers comprehensively updated and expanded the Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual in 2020. The newly updated curriculum includes a comprehensive update of all content, statistics and charts and includes a variety of new activities, resources, interviews with real world scientists and a new section on CRISPR and CRISPR technology. The manual includes chapters on nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine and vaccines and is accompanied by a curriculum crosswalk that shows connections to North Carolina science standards and Next Generation Science Standards. It also includes a reading guide aligned to the Common Core standards.

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 Virginia Crisp, at vcrisp@ncabr.org