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June 20, 2023

Biology Educators Needed for Blueprint of Life Genetics Curriculum Testing

WestEd, a nationally recognized nonprofit education research and development agency, is currently seeking high school biology teachers to participate in a classroom study of dVinci Interactive's online genetics and genomics curriculum Blueprint of Life.

Participating teachers will randomly be assigned to a Fall (October-December) or Spring (January-March) implementation period during the upcoming 2023-24 school year.

If you are interested in participating, please review the study information below and fill out this intake form.

Participating teachers will:

  • Attend a 60-minute virtual orientation and training at the beginning of the study and complete a short online log about each week’s instructional activities (approximately 5-10 minutes weekly).
  • Implement 5 lessons of the Blueprint of Life curriculum as part of regular classroom instruction (approximately 8-10 hours of instructional time).
    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Epigenetics
    • Lesson 2: Molecular Mechanisms of Epigenetics
    • Lesson 3: Environmental Factors and Influence of Long-Term Health
    • Lesson 4: Environmental Factors with Epigenetic Influence
    • Lesson 5: Ethical Considerations of Epigenetics
  • Administer surveys and assessments to students in your classroom in October 2023, December 2023, and March 2024.
  • Potentially be asked to complete a 60-minute post-study phone interview with a WestEd researcher and/or help WestEd researchers identify and communicate with a small group of 3-4 students for a post-study interview.

Participating teachers will receive a $1200 honorarium. Students who participate in the small group interviews will each receive a $50 honorarium in the form of an Amazon e-gift card.

Please reach out to interactive.biology@wested.org with any questions or for more information.

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Susan Cort

By Susan Cort, Director of Communications

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