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Public School Teachers Spend Furlough Fridays at JABSOM

Posted on | April 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Public School Teachers Spend Furlough Fridays at JABSOM

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Chad Walton, left, a postdoc at School of Medicine, talks to DOE teachers.

Twenty public school teachers are being trained in the latest scientific techniques under a program made possible by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The teachers are spending seven furlough Fridays inside laboratories at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Spearheaded by JABSOM’s Center for Cardiovascular Research, the program strengthens skills of teachers, while offering them insight to help them recruit students into possible biomedical science careers.

The $95,170 stimulus award has provided a stipend for the teachers, along with classroom materials for the lab sessions. Teachers from Farrington, Kailua, Baldwin, Mililani, Kahuku, Radford, Aiea, Roosevelt, Nanakuli, Kaimuki, McKinley and Lahainaluna High Schools are enrolled in the program.

“They are veteran teachers dedicated to improving their knowledge of science and enriching the learning experiences of their students,” says Rachel Boulay, CCR education director.

Read the news release.