Update: Middle School GPS Workshop

Recognizing the impacts of COVID-19 on educators and students, HudsonAlpha has elected to postpone in-person MS GPS workshops for Fall 2020. We are excited to be able to offer this hands-on training in a synchronous and asynchronous virtual format this Fall. Click here to register for the virtual fall 2020 training. We will be closely monitoring the situation to make a best-informed decision about the scheduled spring trainings and will update the website when that information is available.

Middle School GPS

At Middle School GPS, Alabama public middle school science educators will experience free one-day workshops that emphasize the genetics components of the Alabama 7th grade Life Science course of study. These regional professional learning workshops provide updated content knowledge and resources to support Alabama middle school life science educators.

HudsonAlpha educators will lead teachers through a full day of utilizing models, cutting edge genomics research and pedagogical strategies to bring real-world genetics content to their classrooms.

Pet Genetics

In this second round of workshops, MS GPS: Pet Genetics, educators will engage with pet-themed storylines and new resources focused on COS Standards 11, 13 and 14. From digging into the domestication of dogs and cats, to simulating the inheritance patterns of fancy goldfish, to examining the role of enzymes in rare neurological disorders in cats, this one day workshop uses our cuddly friends to make genetics content approachable.

Teachers will leave the workshop with eight hours of professional learning and two newly developed kits to take back to the classroom. Additionally, teachers will be reimbursed for their substitute costs, up to $70.

Workshop Locations

  • Mobile – October 3, 2019 
  • Auburn – October 30, 2019
  • Huntsville- February 26, 2020
  • Tuscaloosa- March 12, 2020
  • Birmingham- September 23, 2020 <– Shifted to a virtual format for Fall 2020.
  • Troy- October 27, 2020 <– Shifted to a virtual format for Fall 2020.
  • Florence- Spring 2021
  • Jacksonville- Spring 2021

Registration is limited to educators who teach full-time in an Alabama public school who are teaching one or more sections of 7th Grade Life Science.

Registration closes October 23rd at 5:00 pm.

Middle School GPS workshops are made possible through support from the State of Alabama, The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and the HudsonAlpha Foundation