Professional Development Workshops Rx for Science Literacy


With today’s rapidly changing workplace, emerging technologies and new scientific issues, K–12 educators are challenged to prepare themselves and their students for the future.

Since 1994, NCABR’s Rx for Science Literacy workshops have helped more than 4,200 educators from 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties do just that.

At the workshops, educators tour a research facility, hear from scientists about their latest research advances and take home a free curriculum and other bioscience education materials.

Each workshop is completely free to attend. You may attend as many workshops as you like.

The Rx for Science Literacy series is open to all K–12 science teachers and administrators in North Carolina as well as preservice teachers actively pursuing a degree in education.

Cell Biology and Cancer

April 4, 2016
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that addresses the development and impact of cancer and the research that has guided public health policies and medical interventions that are helping prevent, treat and cure the disease. It also focuses on the relationship between biomedical research and the improvement of personal and public health.

Important Note: This workshop features a digital version of the curriculum, not a hard copy.


Exploring Bioethics

March 10, 2016
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that gives students an opportunity to grapple with some of the most challenging and engaging ethical issues our society is facing as a result of advances in the life sciences. By providing conceptual guidelines that promote careful thinking about difficult cases, the curriculum stresses the importance of presenting thoughtful and relevant reasons for considered positions on ethical issues.


Evolution & Medicine

March 1, 2016
Duke University, Durham
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that allows students to explore evolutionary principles and learn how evolution informs human health, biomedical problems and disease treatment.


FoodMASTER Middle Science

Rx for Science Literacy has partnered with FoodMASTER, an NIH SEPA-funded resource for middle grade science classrooms, to present FoodMASTER Middle Science — a 10-unit curriculum resource which uses food as a tool to teach hands-on, minds on science to 7th and 8th-grade students. Workshop participants will experience the FoodMASTER approach while completing scientific inquiry learning labs and exploring ways to incorporate FoodMASTER materials into the middle grades science classroom.

The classroom-tested curriculum resource features 24 hands-on laboratory experiences and 12 health-focused extension activities. Each chapter provides users with hands-on, application-based activities, detailed procedures, science concepts to be emphasized, materials needed, critical thinking exercises and background knowledge with instructions for educators. Lab experiences and extension activities were designed to be implemented in any classroom environment — without the need for specific laboratory space.

Each lesson is aligned with the North Carolina Essential Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Workshop participants will receive online access to all resource materials, including supplemental instructional videos.

The FoodMASTER Middle Science workshop is being offered at two locations on the following dates:

February 26, 2016
Laupus Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
8:00 am – 4:00 pm




November 6, 2015
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

FoodMASTER Middle Science workshops are open only to middle school teachers in North Carolina.


The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

September 15, 2015
Duke University, Durham
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that addresses the fundamentals of neurobiology, how drugs of abuse change the brain, and how drug addiction is a treatable, chronic brain disease.



Healthy Children-Healthy World

July 27, 2015
North Carolina Central University, Durham
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy has partnered with the Center for Translational Health Equality Research (CTHER) and the School of Education at North Carolina Central University to present Healthy Children-Healthy World, a one-day workshop featuring an NIH-funded curriculum that introduces school-age children to concepts and activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices.

The Healthy Children-Healthy World curriculum is designed to engage teachers and students in lessons that integrate Common Core Math and English Language Arts and the North Carolina Essential Standards in science and healthful living for grades K-5. This workshop will help educators improve their use of cooperative learning strategies as a method for teaching health and wellness concepts that are vital to children who live in urban and rural communities. The workshop also will reinforce literacy, math and hands-on science skills. Specific topics include smoking prevention and food and nutrition.

Held on the campus of North Carolina Central University, the workshop’s lessons and learning will be extended through a session with faculty scientists and a tour of the NCCU research facilities.

Workshop participants will receive free copies of printed and electronic curriculum resources.

Incentives for Attending
  • 1 unit of certification renewal credit for North Carolina-certified educators (4 hours of additional work required)

  • Free supplemental curriculum and other education materials to use in the classroom

  • Free lunch

  • Substitute teacher support (up to $70)

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify Connie McElroy-Bacon at the email address below at least 24 hours before the start of the workshop.

Failure to cancel in accordance with this policy will result in a $50 charge to your school/employer.


Email Connie McElroy-Bacon, at