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Churchill teacher selected for Food Science Workshop

Churchill High School Teacher Dawn Wales was one of 40 teachers nationwide chosen to participate in a food science workshop developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA. The one-week workshop for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family and consumer science teachers, took place in Washington this summer.

"It was an amazing experience and I have a lot to share with my students," said Wales. "I have always taught food safety to my students, but this workshop has enabled me to take this topic to a higher level of rigor."

Wales will hold a six-hour workshop at Region 20 on October 31 for science and FCS teachers in the area. She will share what she learned, as well as provide to participants the free curriculum from FDA and NSTA.

The workshop is part of the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, which also features curriculum implementation, a follow-up conference, and participant-led workshops. The goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues, such as foodborne illnesses, by exploring the science behind them. The program gives teachers a unique new topic and curriculum to incorporate into their science lessons. Participants also learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety, and color additives from FDA experts and receive nutrition material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts Label to make better food choices.

Churchill teacher selected for Food Science Workshop

Posted on August 10, 2012