This summer I had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 CDC Ambassador Training. Twenty teachers from across the US spent a week in Atlanta, GA attending seminars held by CDC scientists. Each day we would tour something – the Spencer Museum, research laboratories, the CDC Library, the CDC campus, etc. This was an amazing chance to see how the CDC works and obtain real-life examples of epidemiology and public health careers to bring back to the classroom.
While there, participants are placed on teams with CDC specialists. You work together to create lesson plans which will (after the clearance process) will appear on the CDC website.
The application process was surprisingly easy (applications are not available yet, but plan on applying around Spring Break):
- letter of rec from your administrator/department chair
- personal statement (less than 2 pages)
Resources which may interest you are:
- CDC lesson plans for middle & high school, created by past participants: http://www.cdc.gov/excite/ScienceAmbassador/ambassador_pgm/lessonplans.htm
- I have compiled a list of lesson plan abstracts here: CDC Ambassador Web Lesson Plan Topics
- PHIL (public health information library) with a wealth of images FREE to use (and accurate!): http://phil.cdc.gov/phil/home.asp