Professional Development

St. Jude Cancer Educator's Classroom

The St. Jude Cancer Educators’ Classroom aims to provide K-12 educators with various frameworks and strategies for improving science pedagogy and reducing stereotype threats that prevent individuals from underrepresented backgrounds from pursuing careers in biomedical research. Participants in the program will explore ways to encourage students to think critically and creatively, foster a fearlessness to tackle what are often believed to be unsolvable problems, and promote positive self-stereotypes that encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.

 

Program Overview

Learning in this program will take place through four one-day, interactive workshops and a weeklong summer collaborative workshop.

Workshop 1: Ensuring a High Quality Science Education for ALL Students

Date: October 27, 2017

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

The Ensuring a High Quality Science Education for ALL Students workshop introduces teachers to practices and methods that make science concepts relevant to all students. Participants consider some of the challenges and barriers to student learning in racially identifiable schools and high-poverty schools and brainstorm methods for overcoming these barriers.

Sample Agenda:

  • STEM careers and the current employment market
  • The need for diversity in research
  • Societal bias and stereotype threats against underrepresented groups
  • Growth vs. fixed mindset
  • Challenges in racially identifiable and high-poverty schools
  • Methods for enhancing student interest in science and research

Workshop 2: Fostering Thinking in the Science Classroom

Date: November 17, 2017

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

The Fostering Thinking in the Science Classroom workshop introduces educators to methods for fostering thinking in the science classroom. Participants are asked to reflect on their own classroom environment and to identify areas of strength and weakness.

Sample Agenda:

  • Positive messaging
  • Role modeling
  • Providing time to think and reflect
  • Thinking routines
  • Students as peer reviewers
  • The culture of thinking at St. Jude

Workshop 3: 3-Dimensional Lesson Planning

Date: February 9, 2018

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM 

The 3-Dimensional Lesson Planning workshop guides teachers through the National Academies of Sciences, A Framework for K-12 Science Education [20] to explore current shifts in science education. Participants work in grade level teams to identify 3-dimensional lessons within cancer research themes.

Sample Agenda:

  • Review of the current curriculum map
  • Strategizing for vertical growth
  • Assessment types and methods
    • Formative and summative assessments
    • Selective response
    • Written response
    • Performance assessment
    • Personal communication

Workshop 4: Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Planning

Date: April 13, 2018

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

The Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Planning workshop guides teachers through the process of curriculum mapping and assessment planning. Participants modify existing curriculum maps to incorporate 3-dimensional lessons within cancer research themes and connect them to Tennessee State Science Standards.

Sample Agenda:

  • Review of the current curriculum map
  • Strategizing for vertical growth
  • Assessment types and methods
    • Formative and summative assessments
    • Selective response
    • Written response
    • Performance assessment
    • Personal communication

Summer Collaborative

Dates: June 25-29, 2018

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM 

The summer collaborative is an intensive, curriculum development workshop. Participants will work in teams to design 3-dimensional lesson plans focused on cancer education themes.

 

Who Should Apply

Early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school educators and administrators. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in teams so that they can reflect together during and after the program. Individual participants are also welcome.

Criteria that will be considered when forming this community will include:

  • Located in the Memphis-area
  • Fit between the applicant’s learning goals and the program
  • School type, geographic location, characteristics of students and the community it serves (priority will be given to individuals serving at racially identifiable/high poverty schools)
  • Current teaching beliefs and practices
  • Whether the applicant is part of a team (applicants applying in teams are preferred)

 

Application Deadline

Applications are now closed.