|Free NIH Teaching Tools Help Educators Meet
State Science Education Standards
A popular series of curriculum supplements from the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) aimed at promoting science education achievement
is now aligned to individual state education standards in science,
math, health and English language arts for kindergarten through
the 12th grade. This cross-curricular alignment, unique
to each state, shows educators how the NIH curriculum supplements
will help them meet specific learning goals for students and spells
out the usefulness of the series nationwide. This series is FREE
to educators upon request.
"The NIH curriculum supplement series brings the latest biomedical
research from our institutes and centers into classrooms across
the nation. This alignment of the supplements will help educators
provide state-of-the-art instruction that meets individual state
requirements," said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. The
recently completed alignment is designed to help teachers and schools
incorporate these materials into their classrooms. Every effort
has been made to use the current published academic standards for
each state and the District of Columbia. The alignment of a supplement
to state standards can be downloaded by visiting http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements.
More than 300,000 copies of the NIH curriculum supplements have
been ordered by educators. The ongoing NIH curriculum supplement
series — which includes 16 supplements on such topics as
genetics, infectious diseases, cell biology, toxicology, and the
process of science — promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary
learning. The supplements are interactive teaching units that combine
cutting-edge science research discoveries and real scientific data
from NIH with state-of-the-art instructional materials for use
in grades kindergarten through the 12th grade.
The NIH supplements are also aligned with the National Science
Education Standards, released by the National Academy of Sciences
in 1996. To request supplements or learn about how they are aligned
with your state’s standards, visit the NIH Office of Science Education
(part of the Office of the Director) Web site at http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements.
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for setting policy for NIH. This involves planning, managing, and
coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components.
The Office of the Director also includes program offices that are
responsible for stimulating specific areas of research throughout
NIH. Additional information is available at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/.
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Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.