Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness (OTDA)

Every 16-year-old student who applies for a PA driver's license is asked to make a decision that could mean life or death to one of more than 7,000 Pennsylvanians who are currently on the transplant waiting list.

The critical shortage of organ and tissue donors is considered to be a national health crisis. The OTDA Project assists secondary students in pre-thinking the critical issues surrounding organ and tissue donation so that each teen can make an informed decision and communicate that decision to his or her family members.

The project goals are to:

  • Provide OTDA information and curricular support to Pennsylvania's school districts.
  • Assist secondary educators in using OTDA materials and resources.

Annual OTDA Spring Conference: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Register NOW for the FREE Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Spring Conference at The Hyatt Place in State College, PA, on Thursday, May 9, 2019.  All secondary school teachers (of all discipline areas), administrators, and school nurses are invited to attend.  (Act 48 credit will be available).

Because this is a FREE conference (includes registration, lodging based on double occupancy, and breakfast and lunch), space is register early!  To register, click HERE!

Training Opportunities

Register today for Organ and Tissue Donation Basics Online Learning Modules - The six modules are one-hour Act 48-approved online sessions based off of the OTDA Curriculum Toolkit. The modules can be completed in any order.

OTDA Implementation Site Mini Grant

To apply for an OTDA 2019-2020 Mini Grant, click HERE!

To see how educators have implemented the OTDA Mini Grant, click on the links below:

Check out what OTDA is doing at Southern Fulton High School! 

OTDA Project Services and Curricular Materials

The cornerstone of the OTDA curricular package is the award-winning 112-page classroom toolkit. Aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, this interdisciplinary teaching tool is easy to use and completely reproducible for immediate use in the secondary education setting. The OTDA Project hosts an annual mini grant competition for Pennsylvania secondary schools to encourage teachers to implement the OTDA Curriculum Toolkit in their classroom. Awards of up to $4,000 will be given for the 2018-19 school year. The kit contains teacher-developed lesson plans, resources, and real-life stories from across Pennsylvania.

OTDA Essentials Newsletters

For more OTDA information, please contact Karen Herr at 717-947-1616, email, or submit the contact form.


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