Welcome to the Great Diseases Curriculum!
We are focused on supporting successful implementation of the curriculum in your classroom and have developed a wealth of materials and support/training programs to help optimize your experience. Some resources that we provide include a comprehensive set of lesson materials using a mosaic of pedagogy with approximately 35 lessons in each module, online trainings, personalized mentorship, and summer graduate courses at Tufts Medical School. All free of charge!
Although all materials and trainings are free, we ask that you please fill out the ‘Request Access’ form in the right sidebar or contact us for access to materials. We ask this for Four reasons:
- If you are interested we can connect you with a Scientist mentor.
- If you are interested we appreciate your feedback to improve the curriculum.
- To restrict access to assessments and protect our materials from pirating.
- For reporting to funders on how the curriculum is being used.
How to Navigate Our Site
The information on this page is intended to help you navigate our training and classroom materials. To do this, we provide a general overview to the site by walking though a few examples from the Infectious Disease module.
On the Home Page we explain the general scope of the curriculum and each of the 4 modules: Infectious Disease, Neurological Disorders, Metabolic Disease, and Cancer.
Module Level Pages:
Once you enter a module, by clicking in the left side tool bar, you will see an overview of the module’s units. All modules are constructed around five units that focus on key questions that guide our learning about the disease topic. For example, in Infectious Disease module scientists and teachers created the following questions as a framework:
- Unit 1: Why should we care about infectious disease?
- Unit 2: What does it mean to have an infectious disease?
- Unit 3: When does a microbe become pathogenic?
- Unit 4: How do pathogens make us sick?
- Unit 5: How do we get better?
Unit Level Pages:
When you enter Unit Level pages, you will see a brief description of the unit rationale and links to the unit’s lessons and assessments. You can also download all of the unit’s materials as a zip file.
Please note that the materials here are password protected as described above in red. Once you have the password, you can freely navigate and download all the materials so you can use them in the classroom with or without internet access.
To get a bird’s eye view of the unit, open the Unit Outline at the top of the page or open the Content Primer for in-depth reading on the topics covered in the unit. There is also a link to the corresponding unit on the Student Website, which houses an online version of the students’ textbook — plus much more!
Lesson Level Pages:
Each of the Lesson Level pages contain two main categories of materials:
- Teacher prep materials
- Classroom materials
In the Teacher Prep section of the lesson pages you will find the Lesson Plans, which will guide you minute-by-minute through each lesson. The Lesson Plans provide model discussions and descriptions of the activities. They also provide images of the materials, all of which is intended to paint a picture of how you could use the materials and to contextualize the disease content. Many lessons also have video clips taken in classrooms actually using the materials to further model how the lessons can be enacted.
The Classroom Materials section of the lesson pages contain the materials used in each individual lesson. This generally includes a PowerPoint slide deck with embedded videos, handouts, activity materials, worksheets, answer keys and assessments. Please note that we may be able to offer support for classroom materials, including lab materials.
We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the prep materials in advance of teaching The Great Diseases modules and encourage you to take advantage of our Scientist Mentors to gain a strong background in the topics. Meetings with Scientist Mentors are generally done over video chat at your convenience, offering you a thought partner for implementation that works around your schedule.
Please request access using the form in the right sidebar or contact us.
Whether you would like a Scientist Mentor or not, the project leader who follows up with you will provide you with a login to access to the curricular materials. By requesting access you are undertaking not to forward the username or password for that login account to any third party, so we can retain control over our intellectual property and restrict access to assessments.
Whether or not you choose to work with a Scientist Mentor, we would appreciate your feedback! We depend on federal funding (from NIH) to pay for this program, and in order to sustain the funding we need to provide NIH with evidence of who is using the curriculum.