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NeuroLab Teacher Professional Development Summer Institute

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Academic Level:
K-12 Educators

NeuroLab is a multi-lesson, storyline-based instructional unit that links student questions about a rare and unusual movement disorder (the anchoring phenomenon) to interconnected science concepts, ideas, and data that span a diversity of life science disciplines. In partnership with high school science teachers, our scientists developed resources and strategies to help students build – in stepwise fashion – an explanatory model of the movement disorder as they pursue their questions in a collaborative classroom learning environment. To develop their models, students explore converging lines of behavioral, electrophysiological, neuroanatomical, molecular genetic, cellular, developmental, and neuroimaging data obtained from studies of human subjects and model organisms over the last several decades. The discoveries made by students through the analysis and interpretation of authentic data – which includes big data presented in authoritative databases used by biomedical scientists and physicians – are gradually assimilated into working models that form a major focus of classroom discourse. These models undergo periodic revision and gradually increase in complexity and explanatory power as students navigate through the NeuroLab sense-making trajectory.

The NeuroLab team is now recruiting 11th and 12th-grade science teachers to participate in 9-day professional development (PD) summer institutes hosted at our biosciences lab in Ventura Harbor, CA. PD institutes are immersive and intellectually challenging summer experiences that are designed to help teachers effectively guide their students through the NeuroLab storyline.

Please visit the NeuroLab website for additional information.

Participating Institution(s):
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Coastal Marine Biolabs Integrative Biosciences Institute (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Cellular Biology
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology
STEM Fields

Big Data Science
Developmental Biology
Integrative Biology
Medical Biology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 1/23/2024
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