HudsonAlpha GTAC

GTAC®

Professional Development for Life Science Educators

Genetic Technologies for All Classrooms (GTAC) is an intensive professional development experience offered at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology that prepares science educators to address high school-level genetics, genomics and biotech content. The program includes two offerings for Alabama public high school educators and one option available to national registrants. All workshops include a five-day academy at HudsonAlpha and a package of HudsonAlpha-developed kits and materials for their classroom.

Learn more about GTAC professional development programs:

GTAC: National

GTAC: National is a five day professional development academy that prepares life science educators to address high school level genetics, genomics and biotech content in their classrooms. Take a deep dive into topics such as cancer and clinical genomics, common complex disease and agricultural genomics. Our experienced education team will also provide guidance for using free HudsonAlpha digital resources, such as iCell, videos, on-line modules, and a lesson plan library. Registration opens November 9, 2017, and the academy will be held July 23 to 27, 2018.

Additional details:

  • Cost: $2500 $1100*
  • Participate in 40 hours of professional learning credit
  • Take home more than $800 of HudsonAlpha-developed kits and classroom materials
  • Dorm-style housing and daily breakfast, lunch and snack provided
*Through the generous support of corporate and individual donors, the 2018 tuition is offered at a reduced rate. Tuition cost includes housing; if arranging for your own housing, cost is $900. Travel to and from Huntsville is not included.

GTAC: Essential Biology

GTAC: Essential Biology is a five-day professional development workshop for Alabama public high school science educators that focuses on the genetics content encountered in a General Biology course. Participants will dig deeply into modern genetics content through hands-on laboratory practice and content-deepening talks by leading scientists. Specific attention will be directed toward preparing teachers to implement the 2015 Alabama Course of Study: Science, Biology Standards. The next GTAC: Essential Biology workshop will be held July 8 to 13, 2018, at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Registration will open January 24, 2018.

Additional details:

  • Open to Alabama public high school life science teachers, with special emphasis on teachers of one or more sections of Biology
  • Includes dorm-style housing and meals
  • Stipend offered to educators who meet the post-academy implementation targets
  • Participants earn 40 hours of STIPD credit
  • Take home kits, materials and classroom resources, valued at over $1,000

GTAC: Advanced Concepts

GTAC: Advanced Concepts is an intensive professional development workshop that helps Alabama public high school science teachers delve more deeply into genetics content they can use in advanced life science classrooms like AP or IB Biology. Over the course of five days at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, educators will learn from scientists involved in cutting edge genomic research, use modern biotech equipment and laboratories, and develop classroom plans with implementation support. GTAC: Essential Biology is not a prerequisite for GTAC: Advanced Concepts. Applications for 2018 GTAC: Advanced Concepts will open December 1, 2018, and the workshop will be will be held June 25 to 29, 2018. 

Additional details:

  • Open only to Alabama public high school life science educators
  • Includes dorm-style housing and meals
  • Stipend offered to teachers who meet the post-academy implementation targets
  • Participants earn 40 hours of STIPD credit
  • Take home kits, materials and classroom resources, valued at over $800

GTAC: Advanced Concepts is a competitive application-based program based on courses taught and educators’ previous experiences.

GTAC is made possible through support from the State of Alabama.