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My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cool opportunity at Tufts for high school science teachers!

This is an awesome program announcement from an acquaintance of mine:

I am hoping you can forward this opportunity to any High School science teachers you may know.  We are in partnership with TUFTS medical school to help them develop additional Infectious Diseases Bio II modules as well as training programs for teachers and medical students to implement these modules in High Schools across the country.  The group developing this work is very high energy, and this is a very high touch program with a lot of support from enthusiastic medical faculty and post-doctoral students. The workshop description is below as well as attached. If you prefer to send me names rather than sending that along, that is greatly appreciated as well.

Dear pre- and in-service teachers,
Tufts Sackler School of biomedical sciences is offering a new graduate-level course entitled Teaching Infectious Disease that will take place as an intensive one-week course this summer. The course takes provides you with the background to teach about infectious disease in your high school classrooms.  All teachers are welcome!
The course is based on a 10th - 12th grade (Biology II) curriculum that has been developed by a partnership between a group of Boston teachers and infectious disease specialists from Tufts Medical School. The curriculum provides life-relevant content designed to engage high school students while teaching them the information they will need to make informed decisions about their health. It has already been pilot tested by ten teachers in diverse schools in Boston and nationwide.  Student interest and knowledge gains were impressive and teacher responses were positive.

The goal of the course is to teach you the key scientific concepts underlying the curriculum - how bacteria, viruses, and parasites cause infectious diseases and how the immune system defends the body against the attack, as well as the pedagogical strategies to deliver the content in the classroom using a variety of inquiry-based constructivist approaches. It also provides you with the tools to modify the lesson plans for your own needs. Once you have completed the course we will provide support as you pilot the curriculum in your classrooms. Please see our web page for more information about the curriculum and our mentoring program (

The course will be offered from July 15-19th and July 22nd-26th, 7 hours a day at the Tufts Boston Campus. A final project that consists of creating a differentiated lesson for your own class will be collected in the fall.
The course is offered free of charge and completion is worth PDPs (78 CEUs) through Tufts.
Interested teachers should contact Dr. Berri Jacque directly at:

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