[MSTA ] Fwd: [science] FDA Professional Development Opportunities

Deborah Duncan deb50duncan at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 11:37:19 CDT 2015

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From: Mary Wroten <MWroten at mde.k12.ms.us>
Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 5:29 PM
Subject: [science] FDA Professional Development Opportunities
To: Science Specialists <science at list.mde.k12.ms.us>

From: Isabelle Howes [isabelle.howes at graduateschool.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 10:48 AM
To: Mary Wroten
Subject: FDA Professional Development Opportunity in Food Safety and

Ms. Wroten,

The FDA has a unique Professional Development Program in Food Safety and
Nutrition that can greatly benefit your teachers, and ultimately, the
Mississippi School System and educational community.

I am contacting you because since 2000, only one teacher from Mississippi
has participated in this completely funded program, and most likely she has

Background: July 19 – 26, 2015 in Washington, DC
The summer program is based on Science and our Food Supply, a curriculum
developed under a partnership between the FDA and the NSTA. Middle level
and high school science, FACS, and health educators are eligible to

Selected teachers come to Washington, DC for a week's training and learn
the "farm to table" process through visits to the USDA Agricultural farm,
the FDA laboratories, and by performing the experiments in the teacher’s
manual at the University of Maryland Microbiology laboratories.

What is expected of the teachers after they leave Washington?
Teachers leave the Washington training with the expectation that they will
teach portions of the curriculum in their classrooms,  and hold a ”train
the trainer”  in-service workshop for local district teachers (all
additional training kits are provided by the FDA). It is vital that the
principal be supportive of this program.

Who pays for travel expenses?  NO CHARGE TO TEACHERS!!!
All travel and per diem expenses are funded by FDA. Teachers are each given
a $500 stipend to purchase needed materials to perform the experiments in
their classrooms and in their peer workshop. They are brought together
again, at FDA's expense, to a regional NSTA Conference in December to
discuss their classroom experiences with the program, and to plan for their
in-service presentations to teachers within their schools and districts.
Upon final completion of the program and submission of their report,
teachers receive a $500 honorarium from FDA.

How many teachers come and how are they selected?
Through an online application process, 15 middle and 15 high school
teachers will be selected to participate in this program.  It is
competitive.  Judging is by a panel of teachers and program facilitators.

Who has participated?
Since 2000, over 632 teachers have participated from the US, as well as
Saipan, Guam, and DoD schools in Europe.

How can teachers learn more about the program and apply?
To view the curriculum, go to: www.fda.gov/teachsciencewithfood

The application is completely online at: www.teachfoodscience.org.

Deadline is April 20, 2015

Thank you in advance for your consideration, and for forwarding this
information to your district Science teachers for their consideration.

Please feel free to contact me with questions &/or concerns; you may
forward my contact information to your teachers as well.

Isabelle Howes
National Training Coordinater
FDA Food Safety and Nutrition Education Programs

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Deborah Duncan, Neshoba Central High School
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