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The goal of our project is to engage high school students with the science behind their real world experiences. To do this, Tufts scientists and Boston Public School (BPS) teachers have collaborated to provide the content knowledge and pedagogical skills needed to design a curriculum based on ‘The Great Diseases’.

The Great Diseases curriculum is targeted to elective biology (Biology II). It is divided into four different modules. Each module consists of a 6-week course that is focused on a specific class of disease. Within each module, there are five units, each corresponding to a week’s worth of lessons. Within each unit there are therefore approximately five forty-five minute lessons. Each module has been designed so it is thoroughly aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • The Infectious Disease module has been fully developed and has gone through 4 enactments in more than 20 schools nationwide, with more than 1000 participating students. It has been thoroughly evaluated, and the results published in 2013. Check with the module manager (listed in Contact us) if you would like to use it.
  • The Neurological Disorders curriculum has been fully developed and has gone through 3 enactments in 10 schools, with more than 500 participating students. It has been thoroughly evaluated, and the results are in press. Check with the module manager (listed in Contact us) if you would like to use it.
  • The Metabolic Disease curriculum has been developed and has gone through 2 enactments in 3 schools, with more than 200 participating students. It has been evaluated and revised in response to these results. Check with the module manager (listed in Contact us) if you would like to use it.
  • The Cancer module is in process of development. It was enacted in Spring 2014 in 1 school, with more than 100 participating students. It has been evaluated and is in the process of revision. After its second enactment in Spring 2015 it will be available for general use. If you would like to participate in the second enactment check with the module manager (this will involve collecting data for evaluation).

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