T-SCORE Professional Development

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.

Professional Development Resources

  • Key Concepts of PBL Powerpoint: Project Based Learning
  • PBL Project Rationale – Template
  • Community Health Disparities Tour in Wyandotte County – Contact List, 2016 Itinerary, 2016 Reflective Questions
  • Exemplary PBL Unit – Type II Diabetes Unit UW GSEO
  • Social Determinants of Health – SDH Powerpoint 1SDH Powerpoint 2
  • KS CTE Health Science – This website provides resources for teachers, including KS CTE Health Science Pathway competencies, HOSA student organization resources, curricular resources, and publicly available statistics.
  • NIH resources – This website has simple strategies and activities that can effectively communicate complex ideas on toxicology to students. This includes many lesson plans, pamphlets, presentations and websites; all indicating the appropriate grade level
  • HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) – This website has many education materials in science education such as teaching tools for use in high schools, free of charge!
  • Kansas City Walkability Plan Assignment – This plan allows teachers to give a chance to their students to do a walkability assessment in their neighborhood to really get to know the needs of their neighborhood to make it healthier. This survey is divided into three sections. Section 1 tells us where you are walking to and from today, and where you might want to walk in the future. Section 2 tells us how walking conditions in your neighborhood rate. Section 3 determines how you walk in your community and what improvements would make your neighborhood more walkable.

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