2017 Program Information

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The inaugural CATALySES program was held June 18 – 30, 2017 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens is a partnership program, joining the talents of high school teachers and university research faculty and students. For the partnership to be successful with measurable outcomes, teachers must commit to the following:

  • Attend the two-week NIH SEPA CATALySES Institute at UF (June 18 – 30, 2017) and create an Action Proposal, incorporating emerging pathogens research into a classroom-ready unit;
  • Implement Action Proposals in classrooms during fall 2017;
  • Model and promote learning via authentic science and engineering practices;
  • Provide in-service training to other teachers in school or district where possible;
  • Share progress with CATALySES program participants, coordinators, and evaluators;
  • Support research team efforts to secure IRB approval from the school and gather student and parent consent to participate;
  • Present results of Action Proposal at Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS) held at UF (January 28 – 30, 2018) and in a format publishable on the internet.

It is essential for the participant’s school and district to provide modest support to insure successful local implementation of the CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens partnership program. For the partnership to be successful with measurable outcomes, schools must commit to the following:

  • Encourage and support teachers in implementing school Action Research Proposals including supporting IRB protocol and student data gathering;
  • Permit CATALySES staff to visit the classroom for observation and support as the teacher requests;
  • Allow release to report Action Proposal results at JSEHS and professional meetings (2-3 days/year);
  • Promote and support teacher leadership of inservice training at school and district levels;
  • Recognize teachers for their extended inservice, service-learning and community-oriented activities, and CATALySES-related curricular development and testing;

The CATALySES Partnership commits the following to participating teachers:

  • Stipend for successful completion of the summer institute and program requirements;
  • Access to biotechnology equipment and emerging pathogens activity lockers;
  • Professional on-site support for classroom activities;
  • Continued communication and assistance from UF partners;
  • Expertise and support in modifying curricula to align with national and state standards;
  • Priority seating in other workshops for teachers offered by the University of Florida and coordinated by CPET;
  • Opportunity to participate in subsequent summer research internships in UF research laboratories.