We offer summer professional development opportunities in the form of Teacher Training Workshops and Summer Refresher courses.
Teacher Training Workshops
These workshops are designed to provide participating teachers the opportunity to receive training in the use of state-of-the-art molecular genetic equipment in order to become certified in their use and in the facilitation of molecular genetics classroom activities. Training towards certification begins with participation in our “Step I” summer workshop, Molecular Techniques and Training for the High School Science Classroom. Using the “PTC Lab” module as a platform, teachers act as both the student, performing the lab activities, and as the lab facilitator, training in molecular genetic content, lab prep, and equipment use.
- Summer 2013 Workshop Courses in Science: Molecular Genetics Techniques and Training for the High School Science Classroom. The application period has closed.
Following Step I summer workshop training, teachers interested in continuing with the program can schedule a Mobile Lab visit and progress with the certification process by assisting with lab prep and facilitating the lab at their own comfort level. Completion of the certification process is achieved through participation in a “Step II” summer workshop designed to reinforce molecular genetic content and technical skills and following a subsequent classroom “certification visit.” Once certified, teachers have access to the ASC equipment lending program and are able to “check-out” molecular genetic equipment with associated materials provided free of cost.
Summer Refresher Courses
These courses are designed to provide participating teachers the opportunity to gain up-to-date knowledge on highlighted scientific concepts and incorporate hands-on and minds-on activities that can be taken back to the classroom. Past Summer Refresher courses have included “The Biology of Cancer,” “Communicating Evolution in the High School Classroom” “Astronomy” “Geology” and “Chemistry”.
- Summer 2013 Refresher Course in Science: Cell and Developmental Biology.
Christin Slaughter, M.S.
NMSU-HHMI Outreach Coordinator
Department of Biology, New Mexico State University