The T-SCORE Summer Institute provides professional development to help teachers create new health science units. T-SCORE also provides additional support throughout the year as teachers implement their new units in the classroom.
T-SCORE Summer Institute: Through a hands-on T-SCORE Summer Institute professional development experience (approximately 4 weeks, 85 hours), teachers develop new health science units that provide students with learning experiences that grow their interest and knowledge about the health sciences. With support from community health researchers and curriculum experts, T-SCORE teachers build their pedagogical knowledge of scientific inquiry and project based learning, learn about health science academic and career opportunities for students, and observe of community-oriented research through the lens of local health disparities.
T-SCORE Unit Implementation Support: Teachers deliver their T-SCORE developed units to students throughout the following academic year. Ongoing, year-long professional development activities and support is be provided to T-SCORE teachers in order to help facilitate the implementation of their units developed during the T-SCORE Summer Institute. Lessons in these units ask scientific questions within the context of their students’ everyday lives and build their health science skills and knowledge of health career choices. Teachers are be able to connect students with the health realities of their communities and to provide them with tools to help improve health differences across counties and in their particular neighborhoods.