Teaching the Genome Generation™ (TtGG) provides high school teachers the content knowledge, teaching strategies, and resources needed to enhance student learning in genomics and personalized medicine. This course will provide instruction in the molecular genetics of personalized medicine, use of bioinformatics tools, and discussion of the ethics of genetics research. In the end, teachers will develop lessons designed for their unique school environment and resources.
One course will be offered this year and is open to high school teachers. Because the primary goal of this NIH-funded program is to enhance genomics instruction in New England, admissions preference will be given to life sciences teachers from New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT). This year's course has been postponed at this time.
TtGG™ is a hands-on and immersive professional development program. Molecular biology and bioinformatics experiments will be performed by teachers in the research laboratory. Lively discussions of social, ethical, and legal topics in personal genetics will be woven into all aspects of the course. In each subject area (molecular genetics, bioinformatics, ethics), teachers will be provided training and inquiry-based lessons that can be implemented in their biology classes. Ongoing support and consultation from course faculty during the subsequent academic year will be provided in order to support curricular integration of course learning goals.
Tuition: Admitted participants from New England are covered by NIH funds and the cost to attend is $0, including on-campus room and board. Admitted participants from outside of New England are not covered by NIH funds and the cost to attend is $250, including on-campus room and board.
Stipend: Admitted participants from New England will receive a professional development stipend of $500. An additional stipend of $500 will be paid to teachers who continue to partner with TtGG through the subsequent academic year.
Contact hours: A certificate of 40+ contact hours will be conferred to all participants.
For more information, please see the JAX news profile of Teaching the Genome Generation™, including video interviews with faculty and current participants.
Research reported in this publication was supported by the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25OD020205. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.