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About Us

Who we are:

CTSE is a consortium of biomedical and public health researchers that engage in active collaboration with high school teachers and school districts to develop curricula focused on current issues in biomedical and health science. Our central goals are:

  • To enhance science education in the 21st century by bringing benchtop and bedside science to the classroom.
  • To educate a cohort of young, highly trained, biomedical scientists who can work with, and in, school districts in order to support the use of current biomedical and health science curricula that will build student engagement and develop a scientifically literate citizenry able to use 21st century advances in biomedical and health science to manage their own, and their families’ health.


What we have done:

  • Developed and implemented a novel modular curriculum “The Great Diseases” focused on 4 globally significant problems – Infectious Disease, Neurological Disorders, Metabolic Disease, and Cancer and targeted to 10th – 12th grade high school students.  The curriculum is inquiry based and fully differentiated, utilizing diverse pedagogical approaches to engage a variety of learning styles.
  • Developed and implemented a novel professional development program called ‘Modeling for Fidelity’ that provides teachers with personalized mentoring to support implementation  of the curriculum in their classrooms.
  • Expanded our initiative to include PARE: Prevalence of Antibiotic-Resistance in the Environment. This is a short, course-based research module and citizen science driven research project that has been implemented in many diverse institution types, and brings real-life scientific experimentation to the classroom.
  • Designed a technology-rich high school curriculum that integrates bioscience career awareness and competency building to foster student interest and persistence in bioscience careers. To do this, Tufts scientists and Boston area teachers co-designed an interactive and collaborative web-based simulation that engages students in career-focused problem based learning (PBL) scenarios.


What we want to do now:

  • Expand our program to encompass interactive online learning for pre- and in-service teachers, enhancing dissemination without geographic constraints.
  • Expand our program to encompass instruction for pre-service teachers, to provide biomedical science knowledge they can use to engage their future students.


Read More: How We Began | Great Diseases Project | Current Impact | Where We’re Headed


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