Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Principal Investigator: Theodore Clark

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Contact Information: Email: tgc3@cornell.edu; Phone: 607-253-4042
Sponsor: NIH - National Center for Research Resources
Grant Number: 3 R25 RR025126-03S1
Title: ASSET: Advancing Secondary Science Education with Tetrahymena Supplement
Annual Direct Cost: $107,115
Project Period: 09/21/2011-03/31/2012

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project will enhance the use of the educational resources being developed by the ASSET (Advancing Secondary Science Education with Tetrahymena) program by establishing a cohort of regional "expert teachers" who will disseminate information and training to local K-12 teachers. In addition to participants drawn from current ASSET activities, teachers will be recruited through other SEPA programs. This is a very important aspect of the project that specifically builds on relationships established through the Mid Atlantic Region SEPA (MAR-SEPA) group and the expressed interest of several SEPA programs to increase resource sharing. Participants in the "expert teacher" program will attend an ASSET training workshop at Cornell University that will provide them with background information on the biology and use of Tetrahymena as a teaching tool, instruction in the use of individual teaching modules, and the training and material resources needed to share this information with other teachers in their local districts. Workshop participants will commit to providing a minimum of two outreach sessions for other teachers in their district. The use of the ASSET modules by all of the teachers involved will be fully supported by ASSET staff and materials, and will undergo full evaluation by an external evaluator. The effectiveness of the project in facilitating the sharing of resources among various SEPA programs will also be evaluated. This project will provide insight into the usefulness and efficiency of carefully choreographed teacher-to-teacher interactions to promote the use of innovative educational materials. Additionally, the project tests a potentially useful mechanism for facilitating resource sharing among various SEPA projects.