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GRADUATE SCHOOL USA PARTNERS WITH THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (NSTA) ON FOOD SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

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Posted on Oct 03, 2017

Thirty teachers were chosen from across the nation to participate in a food science training program in Washington, D.C. this summer through a program that was developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA (GSUSA).

The one-week residential program for middle level and high school science, family and consumer science, and health education teachers, is a component of the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained effort to train American teachers to use FDA’s curriculum in their classrooms and train additional teachers in their region of the country. 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.

In addition, participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety, and color additives from FDA experts. The teachers receive nutrition education material to help educate their students on how to use the Nutrition Facts label to make better food choices.

This unique program, which GSUSA has managed since 2000, includes working with a team of curriculum development advisors — science and FACS teachers —and the FDA, to write new curriculum modules for a Nutrition Guide for middle level and high school teachers. The curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of healthy food choices, using the Nutrition Facts label as a starting guide. Three modules of this curriculum were written last year: Introducing the Nutrition Facts Label; Nutrients to Get More Of, and Nutrients to Get Less Of. Two new modules, A Closer Look at Fats, and Healthy Eating Away From Home were added this year.

GSUSA is responsible for the dissemination of this curriculum, both online and at several educational conferences for which the GS also arranges and manages the FDA booth and sponsored workshop presentations. All FDA education materials are available free of charge.

The success of this program is being recognized by school districts across the nation. Click here to find out how the Newark, NJ Public School System spotlighted one of their teachers who participated in the July, 2017 program.

For information on this exciting curriculum, including how to apply to participate in the FDA Food Science Professional Development Program in Summer 2018, please email: isabelle.howes@nullgraduateschool.edu

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