Led by Neil Lamb, PhD, the HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach team is leading a professional development workshop for high school teachers today and tomorrow in Mobile, Ala. Genetic Resources to Empower Alabama Teachers — GREAT — workshops update high school teachers’ genetics knowledge by highlighting recent scientific findings. Teachers are introduced to applications based on these discoveries through two days of small group concurrent sessions and talks by HudsonAlpha educators. GREAT

This third round of GREAT workshops, GREAT: Standards, will focus on the genetics and genomics content and the instructional shifts in the new, 2016 Alabama Course of Study: Biology standards.

Some questions that will be answered at GREAT: Standards include:

  • How do students develop and use models to understand the structure and function of cell membranes?
  • How do genetic and environmental factors interplay in risk for common complex disease like diabetes and heart disease?
  • Can we engage students in data analysis to make real-world decisions?
  • How are genomic variants analyzed in a clinical laboratory setting? Can I model that in my classroom?
  • How will my current lesson plans meet the new course of study? What modifications can I make to increase course of study relevance?
  • What tools are available to help me implement the new course of study?

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