What is T-SCORE?

The Teachers and Students for Community-Oriented Research and Education (T-SCORE) project is designed to help teachers develop and teach health science lessons that provide students with learning experiences that grow their interest and knowledge about the health sciences.

T-SCORE provides professional development for teachers in the Kansas Career and Technical Education (CTE) Heath Science Pathway and core teachers within health science academies/professional learning communities. Through professional development, T-SCORE connects teachers with KUMC researchers and health care professionals to bring new health science knowledge and expertise into the Health Science Pathway classes. By focusing on CTE Health Science Pathway teachers as the main agents of change, T-SCORE we will have an impact on students who will enroll in college and career-related health science programs after high school and beyond.

T-SCORE builds upon the Career and Technical Education (CTE) national initiative which emphasizes “learning by doing” through the application of technical and academic content in the real-world context. T-SCORE relies on empowered teachers who will use inquiry-based educational strategies to help students develop the tools necessary to investigate health disparity issues in their communities. Students are ultimately able to see how science and research can serve as powerful tools to ameliorate disease and illness impacting their communities.

Overall T-SCORE aims:

AIM 1: Collaborate with teachers to develop innovative health science pathway curricula, to be implemented by empowered teaching fellows who are knowledgeable about scientific inquiry, engaged in health science research, and committed to bringing community-based issues into the classroom.

AIM 2: Enable teachers to implement a high quality Health Science Pathway curriculum with students enrolled in the Health Science Pathway courses, increasing inquiry-based learning and engagement of students in the health sciences.

AIM 3: Disseminate professional development training materials, inquiry-based modules, student projects, implementation guides, and lessons learned both within the targeted schools and across the state and nationally.

Funding Support

This project was supported by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) under Award Number R25OD020214.

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For more information, go to the SEPA T-SCORE Project Page