The Clinical Trials module will introduce students to the scientific method
The Clinical Trials module will introduce students to the scientific method
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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New Features in the One Health Curriculum 
Coming Soon—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 real-world application will teach students to ask well-defined questions, design an experiment, and use critical thinking in their own classroom investigations.
“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
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Spanish Translations
English language learners now have even more opportunities to explore with the publication of translations for “Infectious Disease & Vaccination” and “Ecology” modules. The Spanish versions of “Essential Knowledge” and “Make a Note of That” learning objects as well as the pre and posttests for these modules enable both students and teachers to enhance the learning outcomes in ESL and bilingual classes.
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
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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Teacher Professional Development
The PEER Program is providing distance professional development opportunities this summer. Synchronous (real-time) Zoom sessions will allow participants to explore the One Health curriculum while interacting with the presenters and other teachers in attendance. Teachers will earn six CPE credits while developing strategies for implementing the One Health curriculum in their classrooms. Asynchronous (self-paced), micro-credential sessions are also available. Teachers may choose from a variety of One Health-related activities to complete based on interests and time. A digital CPE certificate will be awarded upon completion of each section.
Find out more about these opportunities and register by visiting our website. 
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Field Testing
PEER is seeking science teachers to review and provide feedback on our ONE HEALTH modules.  Teachers who review and provide feedback will receive $100 per module. 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:

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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 that have been updated to reflect current standards and technology.
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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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