One-week program focused on implementing new course of study

Teachers from across Alabama gathered this summer on the HudsonAlpha campus for a one-week professional development workshop that opens their Genetic Technologies for Alabama Classrooms: Essential Biology (GTAC®: EB) experience. The teachers will receive support from HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach team members throughout the school year as they implement what they learned during the workshop in their classrooms.

Fairview High School science teacher Cheryl Mangum said GTAC is the best professional development she has attended in 12 years of teaching.

“Any teacher that has Biology in their teaching schedule should definitely plan to attend a GTAC workshop,” she said. “Not only will their teaching be forever changed in the immediate future, but they will also be reaping the benefits of this workshop for years to come.”

The revamped GTAC: EB workshop this summer devoted specific attention to preparing teachers to implement the 2015 Alabama Course of Study: Science, Biology Standards. A significant revision from the previous two-week GTAC workshop, the one-week program focused particularly on the genetics content encountered in a General Biology course.

For GTAC: EB, teachers receive more than 40 professional learning units, a toolkit of equipment and resources and a stipend (upon completion of post-workshop deliverables).

In addition to GTAC: EB, GTAC: Advanced Concepts (GTAC: AC) will be offered in summer 2017 to help teachers delve more deeply into genetics content they can use in advanced life science classrooms like AP or IB Biology. At GTAC: AC, educators will learn from scientists involved in cutting edge genomic research, use modern biotech equipment and laboratories, and develop classroom plans with implementation support. Essential Biology is not a prerequisite for Advanced Concepts.

Registration for GTAC: EB will open in January. This summer’s workshop filled quickly, so be sure to sign up early. GTAC: AC is a competitive application-based program based on courses taught and educators’ previous experiences. Applications will open in December. Visit our website for more information.

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