Collaborating to Advance Teaching and Learning of Science Educators and Students (CATALySES)

2020 Dates: Monday, June 22 - Thursday, July 2, 2020
For: High School Life Science Teachers
Program Email: CATALySES@cpet.ufl.edu

CATALySES is funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award to support science teachers in ongoing opportunities for personal enrichment and professional advancement in biomedical education, building on and extending partnerships that connect University of Florida researchers in Emerging Pathogens, Clinical and Translational Science, and Education with schools throughout the State.

The overall objectives of CATALySES are:

  • To prepare new and update/renew experienced teachers
  • Partner with teachers to inspire and prepare students for the continuum of paths to the science and health-related workforce
  • To provide authentic STEM experiences and opportunities for motivated high school students significantly under-represented in STEM and Health careers

This is an ambitious five-year grant with multiple phases and components. Similar to previous CPET programs such as Bench to Bedside and ICORE, this program consists of a two-week summer institute, followed by classroom action research and continued collaboration during the school year (Phase I offered Years 1-5). Eligible participants, as well as teachers who have previously worked with CPET, can then apply for a Research Fellowship the following summer, during which teachers will create and publish curricular modules that align research and educational standards and effectively convey concepts, skills, and pathways to the broad range of health careers to students and teachers (Phase II offered Years 2 and 4). Additionally, starting in year 2, scholarships will be available for students of CATALySES teachers to attend the Student Science Training Program or the Explorations in Biomedical Research program.

CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens focuses on infectious diseases and translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics. During the two-week summer institute, teachers work with science and education researchers to develop lessons that convey the principles of biomedical research within the area of infectious disease and emerging pathogens. During the school year, teachers will have access to research proposals, resources, formal presentations, review of classroom outcomes and incentives for ongoing professional development. This will provide continuing support and encouragement to incorporate scientific processes, real-world skills, and enthusiasm for bioscience careers into schools in rural and economically disadvantaged settings.