This summer, the PEER Program collaborated with Education Service Centers…
This summer, the PEER Program collaborated with Education Service Centers…
Texas A&M University PEER One Health Curriculum
Student-centered, Online Learning Modules
for Middle School Science & Biology Students
The PEER Program’s new, standards-based, mobile-friendly curriculum frames middle school science and biology in the context of “One Health” (the interconnection of humans, animals, and the environment).
Discover the engaging features of these lessons! 
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Teacher Professional Development
This summer, the PEER Program collaborated with Education Service Centers and the K12 Summer Institute to provide three remote professional development opportunities. Thirty-two teachers from across Texas participated in synchronous (real-time) Zoom sessions to receive training in the content and implementation of the One Health curriculum while interacting with presenters and other teachers in attendance. Teachers then had the opportunity to explore a module on their own before returning to share feedback and gain insight from fellow educators. The workshops and curriculum were well received as evidenced by the following teacher feedback: “The workshop has given me plenty of supplemental aids for this upcoming school year especially for my distance-based students.” and “Awesome workshop! Thank you for the modules, it will definitely help me with the distance learning!” Each teacher earned 6 CPE credits for their participation.
In addition to providing teachers with resources to enhance remote STEM education, teachers provided the PEER Program with excellent suggestions for editing our curriculum to optimize student engagement and learning outcomes. Upcoming One Health curriculum features, based on teacher feedback, include fill-in-the-blank notes, audio recordings of reading material, and video viewing guides.
You still have an opportunity to take part in Middle School Science & One Health Curriculum professional development through our asynchronous workshops! As part of this self-paced professional development, teachers will have access to instructional videos as well as Moodle accounts to explore the One Health curriculum and enroll their classes. Teachers who view the videos and complete the homework associated with reviewing a lesson module can receive 4 CPE credits. Micro-credential sessions provide an additional avenue for teachers to learn about the One Health curriculum and gain CPEs. Teachers choose from a variety of short one health-related activities to complete based on interests and time. A digital CPE certificate is awarded upon completion of either the asynchronous workshop or micro-credential activity.
Find out more about these opportunities and register by visiting our website. 
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New Features in the One Health Curriculum: Clinical Trials Module
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In the Clinical Trials module, students will explore the steps in the "scientific method" by studying the process of Clinical Trials. Students will learn how drugs, treatments, and medical devices are tested and evaluated for safety and effectiveness. This module includes a case study whereby students apply the scientific method by asking well-defined questions, designing an experiment, and using critical thinking in analyzing an example clinical trial.
“Learning objects” in every module enable students to guide their own learning while reinforcing critical thinking about and application of required science standards. 
  • Essential Knowledge – Academic content covering scientific method TEKS + NGSS standard
  • Backpack Adventures – A science fiction story built upon an initial smallpox clinical trial
  • Meet the Scientist – Biographies of scientists influential in the history of clinical trials
  • Scientist Video Presentation – Video presentations from research scientist Dr. William Klem
  • Real Science Review – Guided, simulated peer review of pre-clinical trials for a new pain reliever modified for middle school readability
  • Make a Note of That – Note-taking guides
  • Practice – Mnemonic tools + digital games
  • Show What You Know – Pre- + post-tests
Navigation Video
Teachers, learn how to navigate the PEER One Health Curriculum in the StepStone platform with this video tutorial! 
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Teaching & Learning Techniques
The PEER student-centered One Health curriculum supports a variety of teaching and learning techniques including:
  • Independent student work
    • Coinciding with small group instruction
    • Alternative placement
    • Homebound education services
  • Review and reinforcement of required content (TEKS and NGSS)
  • Student remediation/intervention
  • Advanced/Gifted & Talented students
  • Lessons/activities for substitute teachers
  • Homeschool
  • Flipped classrooms
  • Review for STAAR/state assessments
  • Students interested in One Health or medicine
Registration
We invite you to register to incorporate this exciting new curriculum into your classes. Registration will allow you to drop our modules as SCORM packages into your school’s existing Learning Management System (LMS) or allow you to use our LMS. 
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PEER Website Redesign
The newly re-designed PEER website includes the new One-Health Curriculum as well as existing resources from the previous incarnation of peer.tamu.edu that have been updated to reflect current standards and technology.
Check out our modernized website! 

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Field Testing
PEER has paid opportunities for science teachers to collaborate with us!
  • Review and provide feedback on our ONE HEALTH modules
  • Field test One Health modules in your class
Be sure to share with other teachers you know who may be interested!
For more information, please contact:

Dr. Larry Johnson, PEER Principal Investigator (PI)
Tel: 979.854.2828 | Email: ljohnson1@tamu.edu

About PEER
The Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER) is a Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) promotion program utilizing veterinary medicine and environmental issues to stimulate youth interest in learning about their own health (One Health). The project has reached 20,250 teachers in all 50 states and 2,046,250 students over its 20+ year existence. PEER has received both National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grant monies, as well as funding from Texas A&M University and private foundations. These funds have allowed PEER: to develop a website hosting standard-based science and agriculture sciences lessons and scientist and veterinarian videos; provide teacher professional development; and near-peer mentoring of K-12 students.
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) National Institute of General Medical Sciences + Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
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