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BioCONECT Curriculum Supplement
(Biology of Cancer, ONline Education Connecting Teens)
Grades 9-12

What is cancer? How does cancer develop?
How do they test genes? How is breast cancer diagnosed and treated?
What can I do to reduce my risk?

BioCONECT has become Decoding Cancer featuring BioCONECT!

The BioCONECT curriculum was developed by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in collaboration with the Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, Rutgers School of Public Health. 

Funding for curriculum development provided by the Val Skinner Foundation and Renee Shatz Amdur Memorial Fund.

Curriculum dissemination is primarily supported by the Val Skinner Foundation with special funding from Atlantic City Electric for South Jersey trainings.

The BioCONECT curriculum has been reimagined as Decoding Cancer featuring BioCONECT, in partnership with Discovery Education and the Val Skinner Foundation, the leading provider of digital content for K-12. The still free, standards-aligned lessons are now formatted as digital classroom-ready presentations with educator companion guides, accompanied by exciting new resources to explore with students.

Decoding Cancer provides support for families touched by cancer with an all-new family discussion guide, career profiles in the health and biomedical fields, and a glossary for better lesson comprehension. All of this is available now at!

All lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and are designed for 45-minute class periods.

  • What is Cancer?
  • Getting the Results
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Pathology & Treatment
  • The Biggest Risk Reducer

Check out the launch of the Decoding Cancer Virtual Lab, where students will guide patients through an array of digital tests and clinical examinations to collect critical information and recommend the best course of treatment.

Upcoming Trainings

Thursday, April 2, 2020 -- RESCHEDULED to Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Dear Teachers Registered for Decoding Cancer Workshop on April 2, 2020,
In light of concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), Rutgers University has made the decision to cancel all events with 15+ people through April 15, 2020.

As such, the Decoding Cancer teacher training, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020 will be held on October 1, 2020 at the same location (Rutgers Cancer Institute).
Therefore, the Decoding Cancer Teacher Training will NOT be held on April 2.

Your registration will automatically be moved to the October 1, 2020 workshop.  Those who may need a refund, please contact me.

We have taken this precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of the educators, patients and presenters involved.

We will be in touch in a few weeks to discuss the districts needs to schedule your PD.

Thank you so much again for your time, understanding and consideration. We look forward to working with you in the future.

For more information: Download the flyer or email
To Register: Click here to register online

Cost: Offered at $100/participant.
Teachers learn curriculum integration methods, obtain professional development hours and receive kit for implementing in classroom.
*Special pricing available for Title I schools.


Interested in hosting a workshop at your school? Contact the BioCONECT Staff at 732-235-4160.

Contact Information:

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
120 Albany Street, Tower Two, 6th Floor, 6012G
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
phone: 732-235-4160