The goal of the Great Diseases curriculum 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 bring together the content knowledge and pedagogical skill needed to design such a curriculum. Each module consists of a 6-week course addressing topics related to a specific disease.
Curriculum materials for each module include a teacher primer; teacher lesson plans, with minute-by-minute guidance each lesson; classroom materials for each lesson, generally including a powerpoint slide deck with embedded videos, handouts, activity materials, worksheets, and answer keys; and unit assessments. To prevent student access to assessments and the like, teacher curriculum material downloads are password-locked; contact us for a login.
We offer free module-specific teaching support upon request. Connect with a scientist partner for Just-In-Time support, and/or browse our professional development offerings for online courses and in-person workshops.
The student site for Great Diseases offers students immediate access to student workbook readings for each module, as well as a searchable glossary, links to recommended news items, related multimedia, and more.
If you would like to order physical copies of our free digital materials, we will soon be offering subsidized (less than at-cost) printing options through our mimeo marketplace.
Want to help us sustain and improve our Great Diseases curriculum offerings? Contact us to participate in one of our research studies as a pilot teacher. Through this opportunity your class will use the newest curriculum, activities and technologies before we make them available to the rest of our teacher network. As a teacher, you will be privy to the research process, and may have the opportunity to co-publish an article in an education research journal!