Georgia BioEd Teacher Training Initiative

The life science industry continues to fuel breakthrough discoveries that are having profound impacts around the globe. This high-paying and innovative sector is rapidly changing and the demand for new technical skills is on the rise, especially in Georgia. Georgia has a unique opportunity to grow its life science workforce and improve opportunities for young people in rural communities by investing in cutting-edge teacher training workshops that will provide them skills to successfully compete for jobs in the life science workforce and grow the life science industry in Georgia.

The Georgia BioEd teacher teacher initiative supports research universities and the life science industry to prepare Georgians for jobs in life sciences.

About the Program

Georgia BioEd will deliver life science teacher training and provide equipment support to rural Georgia 8 – 12th grade teachers. The program will establish 8 cohorts of 8 teachers each that attend a two-day training symposium to learn about life science career opportunities and hands-on laboratory activities to deliver in their schools in support of these careers. Each teacher will receive equipment to support the hands-on laboratory activities in their classrooms connected with State standards. The cohorts will participate in an online learning community and give structured reports on their experiences delivering the hands-on laboratory activities. Finally, there will be a hotline for teachers to call to support their efforts to deliver the hands-on laboratories. The 64 teachers will receive a stipend for their participation.

Georgia BioEd will hire two individuals to coordinate and orchestrate the program; one will serve as the project director and the other will serve as the equipment depot manager. The project director will be responsible for the overall program working with and through the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center (GYSTC). The equipment depot manager will be responsible for all aspects of the equipment logistics working under the direct supervision of the project director. Additionally, Georgia BioEd will contract ~4 instructors to deliver the training and manage the cohorts’ online learning community, as well as, serve as the hotline resource for the teachers.

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Teacher Interest Form: Teachers interested in learning more about the program please complete this form. Note - Program outreach will not start until Fall 2019.