Rural Teacher Training Initiative (RTTI)

What is RTTI?

RTTI is a public-private partnership that supports life science education in rural schools in Georgia by offering training to disadvantaged rural middle and high school science teachers, making equipment and supplies readily accessible, creating a forum for industry and educators to interact, facilitating experiential learning, and offering continued support throughout the year. The goals are to increase teacher efficacy, encourage implementation of hands-on, industry-relevant lessons, and fortify teacher knowledge of life science careers. Funding is seeded from the Georgia Department of Education and is expanded through industry support.

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RTTI Training

RTTI 4.0 (our 4th year!) launches in October 2022. RTTI offers hands-on, immersive science teacher professional development for rural Georgia teachers. Curriculum is built to highlight and leverage the biotechnology that exists within traditional science courses, including biology and AP biology, chemistry and AP chemistry, physics, environmental biology, agriculture and horticulture, physical science, and life science.

 

We will have a Fall Training series followed by Spring Training Series. The Fall Series is virtual, live, hands-on, and will take place over four, two-hour sessions. Participants will be sent supplies to engage and practice during each session.

 

The Spring Training Series will be in-person, hands-on, and take place over one and a half days. Trainings will be held regionally, in northwest (Canton) and middle Georgia (Warner Robbins).

 

Participants have time to plan and prepare to implement one of the labs from the training within the school year to either enhance a current lesson or replace a less effective lesson. Participants leave the training with a lesson plan as well as a plan with CGHI to receive materials necessary for successful implementation.

Biotech Industry Insights Training

We are excited to offer a “Level 2” experience for RTTI Alumni. This professional development for high school biotechnology teachers in Georgia provide insight into the departments and roles within biotech companies, understanding of good manufacturing practices (GMP) and good documentation practices (GDP), and takes participants onsite to see application of such practices in industry.  

 

The two-day consecutive experience will take place on January 19th and 20th, consisting of lecture, simulation, and fieldtrip on day 1. Day 2 follows with an introduction and experience of the BACE, including set-up and administration of the exam, as well as an opportunity for participants to take the exam and earn the credential. 

 

 Training Location: Athens Technical College