Pilot program launched to support Birmingham City teachers

HudsonAlpha educational outreach, with funding from the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation, is launching a new pilot program aimed at high schools in the Birmingham metro area.

Attending teacher academy

Today’s high school biology courses are grounded in an understanding of DNA and how fragments of genetic code may be analyzed and utilized. Unfortunately, many schools lack access to hands-on materials that connect these concepts with their application in the broader world. For the new program, teachers from selected schools in the Birmingham metro area will attend GTAC, HudsonAlpha’s intensive one-week teacher academy, during the summer of 2016.

“We are excited about this opportunity to share HudsonAlpha resources with teachers in the Birmingham area,” said educational outreach team member Madelene Loftin. “This project uniquely combines teacher training with student experiences both in the classroom and here at HudsonAlpha.”

Access to classroom tools and resources

Following summer training, teachers will be equipped with over $1,000 in classroom resources.  During a follow-on classroom implementation, a HudsonAlpha educator will spend three days in the classroom with the teacher, co-teaching genetics content and providing support.

During the spring of 2017, each school will be offered a full day field trip to HudsonAlpha for 32 students. Funding covers transportation, substitute teacher, lunch for each student and all materials used during the experience. These visits allow students to interact with technologically advanced equipment and introduce a range of career possibilities. Two days of additional focused teacher training will be available at the Birmingham area GREAT workshop in the spring of 2017.