Available Resources for School Professionals
Gilda's CLASS Professional Resource Booklet: A resource for professionals on how to support students impacted by cancer.
Online Curriculum for Middle and High School Educators: Interactive lessons for health and science teachers that cover age-appropriate cancer facts and dispel common cancer myths.
In-Services on Topics Related to the Impact of Cancer: In-Services provided at local schools on a variety of cancer related topics, such as "How to talk to children and teens about cancer".
Cancer in the Classroom Symposiums for School Professionals:
- January 15, 2013: For middle and high school health and science teachers. An interactive presentation on how to most effectively utilize Gilda's CLASS online curriculum in the classroom. Click here to view the event flyer.
- February 5, 2013: For middle and high school nurses, psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and other supportive staff. A presentation on how to support children and teens impacted by cancer, as well as creative interventions to use with children impacted by cancer.
Click here to access the Online Curriculum and other Resources
NOTE: This material is password protected and free of charge. If you would like to obtain a password please email email@example.com.
Q: What is the Gilda's CLASS Curriculum?
A: Gilda's CLASS is a comprehensive cancer support resource created at Gilda's Club Westchester by a team of educators, public health professionals, and mental health professionals who specialize in oncology. It contains age-appropriate lessons that help students to learn concrete information about different types of cancer, survival rates, cancer incidence, treatments and side effects, ways to reduce cancer risk, and the role of social and emotional support for any individual impacted by cancer. These lessons have been developed for middle and high school students and are appropriate for health and science classes. Although cancer can be a difficult topic to discuss in the classroom, the Gilda's CLASS lessons are designed to foster discussion and present the information in a non-threatening and supportive way.
Q: Who is the Curriculum for?
A: The Curriculum is designed for use in middle and high school health or science classes. The lessons were all created to support the New York State Learning Standards for Health Education.
Q: I'm interested in using the Curriculum. How do I begin?
A: It's a simple process! Click on the samples above to preview some of the materials and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a password in order to access the full curriculum. One of the Gilda's CLASS staff will respond as soon as possible to provide you with the password.
Q: Which symposiums would be appropriate for me to attend, and how do I sign up?
A: Both symposiums will take place at Gilda's Club Westchester, located at 80 Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY and sign up will be required. Email us at email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
- The fall symposium, taking place on November 9, 2012, will be geared towards middle and high school health and science teachers, walking them through the online curriculum that covers a wide array of cancer-related topics ranging from cancer types and treatments, to supporting people impacted by cancer. A variety of tools are provided online, including interactive and educational power point games, handouts, videos, and teacher notes to explain the use of all materials.
- The spring symposium will be geared towards middle and high school nurses, psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and other support staff. Gilda's CLASS staff will discuss common behaviors and reactions in children and teens impacted by cancer, ways that you and your school can support your students who are impacted by cancer, and provide you with creative interventions that can be used.
Q: What do students say about these lessons?
A: "This was my favorite health class." - Middle School student
"It was a great class and I learned a lot." -Middle School student
"The Jeopardy game was a good way to learn about cancer. Cool presentation." - Middle School student
"Jeopardy game me the answers to the questions I had wondered about then gave me new knowledge." -8th grade student
Q: What do educators say?
A: "I personally believe that this program should be in every school district so that school professionals, parents and students can learn about cancer and understand the importance of emotional and social support."
-School District Superintendent
"The presentation was delivered in a comfortable, upbeat way and was supportive to students who spoke in class. It made the students realize there are support systems for them - not just the patients."
-Middle School teacher