Resources for Educators

05 April 2014
BioQUEST Summer Workshops For Teachers

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Biology by the Numbers: Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom

Hey high school biology teachers - got math? You're invited to a workshop focused on getting comfortable with the quantitative side of biology. The program will feature hands-on experience with inquiry activities that use real data, tools for graphing, modeling, and much more to meet both the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The University of Tennessee's popular Biology in a Box will be used to demonstrate ways to integrate math and science. Bring your favorite biology lab to add or enrich the quantitative aspects in collaboration with other participants.

The workshop will be led by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, a 25-year-old biology education reform community of instructors developing and implementing innovative curricula. The workshop is hosted by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus.

Dates: July 23-25, 2014
Registration deadline: June 6, 2014
Registration fee: $100
Limited financial support for travel and lodging is available.
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Interdisciplinary STEM Education for Millennial Students
You are invited to the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Delaware for a week of exploring effective pedagogies to engage undergraduates in quantitative explorations of the natural sciences. BioQUEST workshops are ideal for two- and four-year faculty interested in exploring improved methods for teaching biology and other STEM subjects. The interdisciplinary approach means that faculty from a wide range of STEM backgrounds find this to be an enriching experience. Participants will meet a variety of faculty colleagues who are also interested in improving undergraduate STEM education one classroom at a time. In addition to learning about effective pedagogical methods and powerful resources, participants will generate products to take back to their own classrooms, as well as a team of colleagues with! whom to continue developing products.

Dates: June 21-28, 2014
Registration deadline May 9, 2014
Registration fee: $750
Limited scholarship support is available.
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23 March 2014
Science in the Classroom
Science in the Classroom (SiTC) Needs Contributing Editors!
SitC is a collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials designed to help students understand the structure and workings of professional scientific research. The editor of SiTC is looking for volunteers to help write content for the Science in the Classroom page. As a Contributing Editor you will have the opportunity to share your science knowledge with aspiring scientists and to contribute to the enhancement of STEM education by making Science papers accessible to a diverse audience.
Read more about this opportunity »

23 March 2014
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17th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers -
Teaching Contemporary Global Issues

Presented by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Duquesne University, this unique event will help teachers to update their content knowledge, access resources necessary to prepare students for their futures, and create innovative lesson plans and curricula. Specially, this three-day workshop will provide:

  1. information on contemporary global issues;
  2. a framework for looking at international issues that reflects their highly complex and interrelated nature;
  3. additional resources which teachers can access to enhance existing curricula and to support understanding of global issues throughout the academic year;
  4. and, methods of integrating new knowledge into lesson plans and other experience-based classroom activities designed to enhance the effectiveness of world affairs education.
Continuing Professional Education Credit and/or graduate credit available.
For more information »

15 March 2014
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EECapacity Project Needs Professors of Education
The EECapacity Project is seeking professors of education in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin who would like to bring environmental education to their work with pre-service teachers. The EECapacity Project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and strives to build capacity for environmental education, especially in urban areas. If you would like to join the EECapacity Project, you will be reimbursed up to $800 to cover your conference registration fees and travel expenses so that you can attend the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in Ottawa, Canada, October 8-11, 2014. For more information contact Sue Gentile at sgentile@antioch.edu
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09 March 2014
Endangered Species DayParticipate In Endangered Species Day 2014
The 9th annual Endangered Species Day on May 16, 2014 offers biology and other science teachers around the country an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways you can participate in Endangered Species Day (first approved by the U.S. Senate in 2006), such as:

  • Plan a school-wide Endangered Species Day fair with exhibits.
  • Arrange a special display in the school library.
  • Invite a local expert to speak to the school/class.
  • Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project.
  • Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden or other location.
Be sure to check out the new and updated resource materials in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit and the Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.
Register today »

26 February 2014
EPA EE Update - Final Week for Teacher Award Applications
EPA logoApplications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators are due on February 28! The award recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.
For more information »

16 February 2014
DNA Day
ASHG Accepting Essays For DNA Day Contest

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites your to participate in the 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question. Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring. A number of prizes are available, with this year's 1st Place Winner receiving $1,000 plus a $1,000 genetics materials grant for his/her teacher. Teachers can submit up to six student essays per class, for up to three classes. All essays must be submitted before 5pm EST on March 15th to be considered.
Learn more »

08 February 2014
EPAEnter the Climate Change In Focus Video Challenge!
The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have launched a new video contest that asks middle school students to produce a short video about why they care about climate change and what they are doing about it. Winning videos will be highlighted on the EPA website and the top 3 entries will receive cool prizes like a solar charging backpack. The first 100 contestants to enter will also receive a year's subscription to National Geographic Kids Magazine. The deadline for submissions is March 10.
Visit the challenge website »

25 January 2014
ISCFCEnter Your Students In International Carbon Footprint Challenge
You and your students are invited to participate in the February 2014 International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC). This innovative program fosters communication among students across the globe and can spark visionary solutions to global environmental problems using an innovative social learning network. In the ISCFC, secondary school students first measure the impact of their transportation, home energy, food, and personal purchase choices using a student-oriented carbon footprint calculator, with results calibrated for every country in the world. ISCFC teachers then share class data with classes around the globe and use the social learning network to engage students in meaningful and in-depth international conversations about carbon footprints and possible solutions to shared environmental problems. As students scrutinize their own carbon production they look for ways to minimize their impact. The next session of the ISCFC will begin the week of February 3, 2014The next session of the ISCFC will begin the week of February 3, 2014.
Try out the footprint calculator »

15 January 2014
JUDGES WANTED in Pennsylvania
Delaware Valley Science Fairs The Delaware Valley Science Fairs are seeking research-experienced scientists, engineers, health care professionals or graduate students willing to volunteer one day of their expertise to help one of the most important science education programs in the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania. Independent research by students in the tri-state Delaware Valley area is usually presented first in their schools and then in regional Science Fairs from which the winners in each category and grade advance to the Delaware Valley Science Fairs in April. In turn, the Medalists from these fairs will be sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in May. At each level, students and their sponsors will meet and learn from their peers and their judges.

The 2014 Delaware Valley Science Fairs will be judged Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Contact with student scientists in a Science Fair is a rewarding experience for scientists or technicians who have recent experience in any field of medicine, science or engineering.
To volunteer as a Science Fair Judge »

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01 January 2014
Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program Now Accepting Applications
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor's legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.
Apply today »

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December 21, 2014
USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration Now Open
Teachers and your students are invited to participate in the 2014 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USABO enriches the life science education of thousands of talented students each year.

To participate, students undergo two rounds of challenging exams, which results in twenty Finalists being invited to a residential training program to learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at Purdue University, the Home of the USABO National Finals. Ultimately, four students qualify to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over sixty countries.
Visit the new USABO website»

9 December 2013
Application Period Now Open for EPA's EE Teacher Award

NABT logo EPA is currently welcoming applications from public school teachers for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world. Winners will receive $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education and each winner's school will also receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher. Applications are due by February 28, 2014.
For more information>>

28 November 2013
Special Discount On NABT Membership

NABT logo The National Association of Biology Teachers is a diverse and innovative community of biology educators and this year marks NABT's 75th year of supporting that community.

The 75th anniversary celebration isn't over yet, and they are offering a $15 discount on full membership until midnight on December 31st. Just enter NABT2013 as your discount code during checkout when you join NABT or renew your membership for another year.

If you know a leader in life science education, make sure they know about NABT and why this is YOUR professional association.
Join or renew now>>

12 November 2013
Environmental Concern (EC) Workshops

EC Workshops logo The following EC courses are designed for formal and non-formal educators who are interested in learning more about wetlands, and who would like to bring the excitement of wetland education into their classroom. No courses in your area? No problem. We can bring all of the courses to you - contact the education department to learn more. Need a specific wetland course? No problem. We can create a custom course to meet your needs.

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands introduces participants to wetland ecology through a study of the three parameters of wetlands: vegetation, soils and hydrology. Participants will also learn about wetland functions and values by utilizing K-12 cross curricular, inquiry based activities. Leave with a wetland resource guide with over 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, and ideas for student action projects.

Rain Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms is a one-day course that introduces educators to the concept of rain gardens and their value as schoolyard habitats. Participants will understand how rain gardens benefit the environment by improving the watershed and how they can be used as an extension of the classroom. Participants will leave with the basic knowledge of how to plan, design and implement a rain garden from start to finish.

POW! The Planning of Wetlands exposed participants to the step-by-step process for creating or enhancing wetlands on school grounds or within the community. POW! guides participants through wetland design and construction with the goal of utilizing the habitat as an outdoor classroom. Leave with cross curricular activities that allow students to participate in the design, installation, and monitoring of a schoolyard wetland habitat.
Apply now>>

3 November 2013
Project Dragonfly Accepting Applications Now For 2014

NABT logo Applications are now being accepted for 2014 field courses and the Global Field Program master's, which offer groundbreaking courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. New for 2014 is a course in India.Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2014 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand.Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.

Earth Expeditions and the GFP can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's degree from any discipline. For information and to apply, please visit:
Earth Expeditions: http://earthexpeditions.org
Global Field Program: http://gfp.miamioh.edu

Applicants may be interested in Dragonfly's additional master's degree, the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), co-delivered with premier learning institutions in select U.S. cities. Current AIP sites are located in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, New York and Seattle.
For more information>>

24 October 2013
NABT CONFERENCE REGISTRATION CLOSES IN ONE WEEK!

NABT logoThe NABT Professional Development Conference is a month away, but advance registration ends on November 1st! Here are five reasons you want to book your registration now:

  • With over 200 presentations and hands-on workshops focused on the teaching of biology and life sciences, and you are guaranteed to fill up your schedule with the content you both need and want to see.
  • This year, NABT will be providing complimentary WiFi in all education sessions. Bring your laptop, phone, or tablet and be prepared to use it.
  • Part conference, part reunion, part 75th Anniversary celebration, the networking and social events in Atlanta will ensure you'll meet up with life-long friends while making new ones.
  • You get a discount if you register before you arrive in Atlanta!
Register now>>

7 October 2013
Applications Accepted For Einstein Fellowship

Albert EinsteinThe Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts.

Current sponsoring agencies include the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Some outstanding contributions of past Einstein Fellows include:

  • Designing and implementing national science, math, and technology education programs;
  • Initiating collaborations and partnerships among Federal agencies;
  • Drafting legislation and advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States
  • Creating web-based science education tools;
  • Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Eligible candidates can apply until 5pm Eastern on December 4th.

More information>>

7 October 2013
Announcing the CSATS Saturday Science 2013‐2014 Workshops!

All workshops are FREE to teachers and include a free continental breakfast and lunch. Act 48 credits are available for $10.00 and each workshop is held at Penn State – University Park from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. Workshops are aligned to the PA Science and Technology, and Engineering Education Standards and the NGSS. Center for Science and the Schools The Pennsylvania State University (CSATS) thanks the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium for their generous financial support of these workshops. Check out all the offerings and register soon!
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22 September 2013
Conservation Classroom Resources

Conservation Magazine in the Classroom
Open a world of ideas in your classroom with educational tools based on stories from Conservation, an award-winning science magazine published by the University of Washington. These classroom resources include discussion questions, downloadable worksheets, multidisciplinary project ideas, and additional reading for advanced high school and undergraduate students. Article topics include climate, energy, oceans, food, policy, and international conservation. Explore the archive at: http://conservationmagazine.org/educators/

21 September 2013
8 Educational Apps for Virtual Field Trips
With more and more schools providing iPads to students, you might want to check out these educational apps that allow students to take virtual field trips.
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10 September 2013
2013 Cassini Scientist For a Day Essay Contest
The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists! Participants (either individuals, or groups up to four) will examine three possible observations taken by Cassini, and will choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. These junior scientists will then defend their choice in a 500-word essay. This year's choices are Saturn and two of its moons, Iapetus and Dione. more information visit the website listed above. Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013
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2014 Globe Calendar Art Competition
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. If you have any questions, please email science@globe.gov.
Official website »

Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Seek Students To Solve Environmental Issues In Sixth Annual 'Siemans We Can Change The World Challenge
As global environmental challenges increase, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are looking to our country's future leaders and problem-solvers for innovative solutions. Since 2008, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge has tasked K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more.
Take the challenge »

Celebrate EARTH SCIENCE WEEK 2013 October 13-19, 2013
Be part in Earth Science Week 2013, held to promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. "Mapping Our World," the theme of ESW 2013, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact.
NASA Materials for Earth Science Week »

28 August 2013
Climate Change LIVE!
The U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring climate learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources! This distance learning adventure will provide an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs, aligned to national science education standards, which are gathered from 17 federal agency and NGO partners! The ClimateChangeLIVE electronic field trips are a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media!
Register today »

14 August 2013
Green House Effect Video and Animation by HHMI
An excellent explanation for high school and college students of how the sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation and absorbed by greenhouse gases to cause warming on Earth.
BioInteractive website »

03 August 2013
Earth Systems Research Laboratory of NOAA offer CarbonTracker
NOAA LogoCarbonTracker is a CO2 measurement and modeling system developed by NOAA to keep track of sources (emissions to the atmosphere) and sinks (removal from the atmosphere) of carbon dioxide around the world. CarbonTracker uses atmospheric CO2 observations from a host of collaborators and simulated atmospheric transport to estimate these surface fluxes of CO2. The current release of CarbonTracker, CT2011_oi, provides global estimates of surface-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 from January 2000 through December 2010. Take the tutorial to learn more about how you and your students can calculate carbon dioxide uptake and release at the Earth's surface over time from an 'atmospheric point of view.'
Visit NOAA now »

03 August 2013
Think Globally With Global Perspective Committee's Inaugural Poster Session
The NABT Global Perspectives Committee serves as a forum to enhance biology education internationally and to empower teachers and students to think more critically and creatively about the future. With an emphasis on teaching core biological competencies and creating opportunities to exchange information, the Global Perspectives Committee is committed to:

  • Teaching "Biological Sustainability" using an interdisciplinary approach
  • Teaching "Civic Responsibility"
  • Elevating pedagogical strategies to a global dimension

The inaugural event of the NABT Global Perspectives Committee will be an interactive poster session held at the 2013 NABT Professional Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This event will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, November 21st. The 2013 poster session theme is Connecting Students to Planet Earth through the Study of Global Biological Knowledge. If you would like to submit a poster for this event, please send a title, names of author(s) with college/university affiliation(s), contact information, abstract (up to 200 words) to the committee secretary, Melissa Coyle at msg110@psu.edu. Please use 2013 Global Perspectives Proposal in the subject header.

The proposal submission deadline is August 15, 2013.

17 July 2013
Registration for 2014 KSTF Teaching Fellowships Now Open!
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The KSTF five-year fellowship is now accepting applications until October 15, 2013.

The KSTF five-year fellowship, one of the most generous and comprehensive professional development programs for STEM teachers, provides its fellows access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues. KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually in the areas of STEM education. In selecting fellows, KSTF assesses depth and breadth of the applicant's content knowledge, their potential to develop exemplary teaching practices and their ability to cultivate their leadership skills to become teacher leaders.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Demonstrate leadership and outstanding content knowledge
  • Possess a recent content degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (typically within the last 5–10 years)
  • Commit to teaching high school STEM subject(s) in the United States as a primary career (cannot have more than 5–10 years of work experience in another field, or more than 2 years of teaching experience—not intended for career changers)
  • Earn a secondary teaching credential no earlier than January 1, 2013 or no later than September 1, 2014

Visit the KSTF website to apply »

04 June 2013
Global Warming and the Freshwater Crisis
Here's an informative web site that offers links to many reputable sources that provide information and activities for students and teachers to learn about global climate change, and how climate change is affecting our world's water supply. Ways for students to lesson global climate change and to prevent water pollution in their lives are also given.
Website »

04 June 2013
NASA Summer Opportunity for STEM Educators
Applications due June 7th

ICED 2013: A unique program-building opportunity for high school STEM educators - Applications due June 7th. Join former NASA astronaut and Senior Adviser for Innovation at NASA, Dr. Charles Camarda, for a week-long professional development workshop to develop program material for high school (or advanced middle school) STEM educators at Penn State University Park from June 17-21, 2013.

APPLICATIONS ARE COMPLETED ONLINE AND ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH (http://iced2013.wordpress.com/)
For more information »

25 May 2013
NABT Call for Proposals: Faculty Professional Development Summit "Implementing Vision and Change"
The NABT Four-Year College & University Section's Professional Development Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present your innovative teaching practice as part of the 2013 Faculty Professional Development Summit.

Following up on last year's summit on Vision and Change, the theme of this year's summit is "Implementing "Vision and Change." The Committee seeks to showcase innovative teaching practices from NABT members nationwide that are in keeping with the ideals of Vision and Change, particularly at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

If you would like to share your work in implementing innovative teaching with other biology educators, we encourage you to submit a proposal to the Summit. Please include:

  • Title of Submission
  • Names of author(s) with organization affiliation(s)
  • Contact information for notification
  • Abstract (up to 200 words)
  • Project description: In a 1-2 page word document, please describe your Vision and Change innovation in biology education. The description should describe the background that prompted the change, development and implementation of the change, materials developed, problems and successes encountered, and any formal assessment performed.

Please submit the proposal via email with 2013 Symposium Proposal in the subject heading to ametz@siumed.edu.

Complete information »

20 May 2013
Calling All Applicants for 2014 Teaching Fellowships, Registration is Now Open!
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The KSTF five-year fellowship is now accepting applications from April 30 - October 15, 2013. It is one of the most generous and comprehensive professional development programs for STEM teachers, provides its fellows access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues. KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually in the areas of STEM education. In selecting fellows, KSTF assesses depth and breadth of the applicant's content knowledge, their potential to develop exemplary teaching practices and their ability to cultivate their leadership skills to become teacher leaders.
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13 May 2013
NABTJOIN NABT IN ATLANTA THIS FALL TO CELEBRATE ITS 75th BIRTHDAY!
The review process is over, and NABT is proud to once again feature hundreds of sessions and special workshops at the NABT Professional Development Conference. For four days, biology and life science educators will be discussing challenges and developing solutions. Share your curriculum and problem sets as examples. Have questions about standards and assessments ready. Whether you are a presenter or a participant, be prepared to learn from a community of master educators. Know that you will interact, engage, and enjoy this time with your colleagues!

Make sure to take advantage of discounts on registration and accommodations by registering BEFORE you leave your classroom at 2013 Conference Registration. Special workshop, field trip and meal function tickets will be coming soon. Early Bird Registration »

13 May 2012
Participate In Endangered Species Day on May 17th
Endangered Species Day - May 7thThe 8th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 17 offers biology, ecology, general science and other teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways they can participate in Endangered Species Day, such as:

  • Plan a school-wide Endangered Species Day fair with exhibits.
  • Arrange a special display in the school library.
  • Invite a local expert to speak to the school/class.
  • Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project.
  • Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden or other location.

Depending on your school schedule, you can plan events earlier in May, on Endangered Species Day (5/17) itself, or that weekend. Once a specific activity is planned, the class can register it on the Endangered Species Day website at www.endangeredspeciesday.org. There are appropriate resources and other support items for your event. For additional information contact David Robinson »

29 April 2013
The 4th Special Issue on Education, Grand Challenges in Science Education has been Published
In this special issue of Science, experts tell us what they think are the most important challenges facing science education. Through a mixture of News, Reviews, Perspectives, Education Forums, and an Editorial, this issue explores the obstacles to progress, be they within the classroom, across the school system, or in the larger social arena. Also offered are substantive suggestions on how to proceed. For example, distance education, online simulations as educational aids, and social networking tools are already part of science education. Many university faculty members are working to upgrade centuries-old approaches to instruction. And, with a new emphasis on the practice of science, promising assessment tools are being developed to improve learning.

All of the articles in this special section are FREE with registration!
Sign up today »

25 April 2013
Final NGSS Released
The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been released. Based on the NRC Framework for K–12 Science Education, these new science education standards are designed to provide a cohesive approach to K–12 science instruction. Integrating science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, the NGSS were developed to effectively build science comprehension and understanding of engineering concepts from kindergarten to graduation.
Explore NGSS »

21 April 2013
Share Your Earth Day & DNA Day Resources On The NABT ecosystem
Are you looking for some Earth Day or DNA Day teaching resources? Are you looking to share some Earth Day or DNA Day resources with other teachers? The NABT ecosystem Resources Section is building a list of teacher recommended websites, videos, articles, and tools. Like all ecosystems, this network supports a diverse population of producers and consumers. The more resources that are posted, the faster the ecosystem will become one of your go-to sites for classrooms materials, professional development opportunities, and colleague-to-colleague interactions. The NABT ecosystem is free to join and open to all biology teachers.
Start connecting today »

15 April 2013
Call for 2013 Four-Year Section Poster Proposals
The NABT Four-Year College and University Section once again invites you and your students to present research and exercises on teaching and learning biology at the NABT Undergraduate Education Poster Session. This event will take place in conjunction with the Four-Year Section Reception during the 2013 Professional Development Conference. Posters can present the incorporation of new teaching strategies, techniques, or programs.

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2013 and posters can be submitted at 2013 Poster Proposal. Please contact Kathy Gallucci at gallucci@elon.edu if you have any questions.

14 April 2013
Latest HHMI Holiday Lectures Available On DVD
Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with a new holiday lectures DVD from HHMI. Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future, HHMI's 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, featuring Andrew Knoll, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag, discussing the history of life on Earth and present-day concerns about climate change, is now available for pre-order in the HHMI online catalog. Visit www.BioInteractive.org and click on the blue "Order" button to reserve your free DVD copy today.

03 April 2013
Nominations Now Open for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
PAESMEM nomination materials due June 5, 2013
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) seek nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated at least five years of excellence in mentoring students, trainees, and/or early career scientists and engineers from groups that are underrepresented in STEM, including women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions (such as urban and rural regions). PAESMEM awardees receive a $10,000 honorary Presidential award and are invited to participate in recognition events and meetings with STEM policy leaders in Washington, D.C. Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for Individual and Organizational PAESMEM awards:

  • Individual PAESMEM awards recognize exceptional individual mentors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations.
  • Organizational PAESMEM awards recognize organizations that demonstrate exceptional mentoring. Organizations must be affiliated with a U.S. corporation, educational institution or agency, military or government agency, non-profit organization, or foundation

Call for nominations »

20 March 2013
Take The Understanding Global Change Survey
As you probably know, the earth's natural system is changing. Many of the aspects of how, where and when is well known within the scientific community, yet the public is slow to accept the science behind these global changes.

In response to the need for a better informed and scientifically literate populace, our friends at the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) and the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) received funding from the Moore Foundation to develop a web-based resource for educators and the general public that will provide rigorously-vetted, non-partisan, scientific information on global change, specifically how the earth's natural systems are changing.

They need your help! They would like to have a better sense of how teachers (at all grade levels, in both formal and informal settings) view global change, the importance of teaching it, and the resources available for doing so. Don't teach about global change issues? They want to know that too!

The anonymous survey is being conducted by BSCS and should take you less than 15 minutes, but will help hundreds of thousands of educators and students for years to come!

Complete the survey »

21 January 2013
New Teacher Forum Launched On ESD Site
As part of an ongoing focus on enhancing endangered species education, the Endangered Species Day Teacher Resource Center now features a special Teacher Forum. The Teacher Forum enables teachers to exchange classroom instruction techniques, ask questions, and share resources about endangered species. In addition, teachers can relate different ways students can participate in the 8th annual national Endangered Species Day, which takes place on May 17, 2013. The Teacher Resource Center also features a lesson plan, series of podcasts, teacher video, reading list and other information for teaching about endangered species/habitat conservation.
Visit the Teacher's Forum/Resource Center »

03 January 2013
Announcing The American Gut Project
The recently completed Human Microbiome Project and other microbiome projects worldwide have laid an important foundation for understanding the trillions of microbes that inhabits each of our bodies. However, opportunities for the public to get involved in such research have been limited. Now, American Gut gives anyone an opportunity to participate and to compare the microbes in their gut to those in the guts of thousands of other people in the US and elsewhere and link these patterns to detailed diet & lifestyle information provided by each participant. American Gut is a project built on open-source, open-access principles. The data are for the good of understanding and will be shared both with participants and the larger, interested public – including any biology teacher!

The American Gut project represents a unique teaching moment for the interested public that bridges genomics, biology, and ecology in an open-source citizen science platform. As the data becomes available, it will be shared with everyone, but especially with the hope that educators will take the opportunity to utilize the information for lesson plan and module development in the classroom. The coordinators of American Gut welcome the opportunity to assist in any way they can (again, the data and results of the study will be available to everyone).

Take a few minutes to watch Jonathan Eisen's TED Talk and a Year in the Life of Eric Alm's microbiome - very much worth the time. You might also check out (though it will take more minutes), Rob Dunn's book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies.
Questions? Contact americangut@humanfoodproject.com

15 December 2012
Podcasts: CreatureCasts
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) features podcasts from several sources. CreatureCasts are creative and engaging video podcasts created by the Dunn Lab at Brown University. CreatureCasts use video, art, animation and creativity to tell stories focused on zoology. Many of these engaging pieces are available on EOL taxon pages.
View CreatureCasts on EOL »
Visit the CreatureCast Blog »

24 November 2012
Canisius College Ambassadors for Conservation
Resources and activities to thoroughly engage your students in wildlife knowledge, and conservation efforts and advocacy. And, much more!
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01 November 2012
Applications Being Accepted For Einstein Fellowships
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowship Year. The Einstein Fellowship Program is available to current K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership.Selected teachers spend 11 months in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with STEM program directors or policy makers. Fellows receive a monthly stipend and an allowance for professional travel and relocation. The fellowship year begins in late August 2013.
Application Information »

01 November 2012
New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.
EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Availavle at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources.
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25 October 2012
KSTF 2013 Teaching Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted
Applications are open for the 2013 Math and Sciences Cohorts of Teaching Fellows. Know someone planning to begin a lifelong career in teaching no later than 2014? Let them know about KSTF Fellowships today!
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02 October 2012
Call for applications – 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.
Application requirements »

10 Sep 2012
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships
The KSTF Teaching Fellowships support, sustain and inspire exceptional young men and women committed to making a difference as teachers.
Learn more »

08 Sep 2012
NABT News & Views
Read August 2012 Issue »

27 August 2012
STEM SCOUTS - Ignite Your Talent
STEM Scouts is a collaborative effort pooling the talents and resources of universities, government agencies, corporations, and individuals to engage students in an ever-expanding series of high-interest activities that develop the skills and interest enabling success in STEM-related careers.
Learn more »

12 August 2012
Teaching Students About Climate Change
It's a long, hot summer and the perfect time to think about teaching your students about climate change. Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations offers timely, relevant, biology-based case studies and background information on how to teach the science of climate change. Six field-tested activities, which build on four content chapters, give students the opportunity to solve real-life scientific problems using guiding questions, graphs and data tables, short reading assignments, and independent research.
Read a sample chapter»

26 July 2012
Teaching the Nature of Science: A Sample Unit Plan
What it is and what it is not! Scientific Method? Always right? How should we teach science.All High School Teachers should read this and think about what is being addressed and how they teach in their classes.
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Playing With Ecology
A card game based on interacting species aims to get children interested in real plants and animals.
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25 July 2012
Students' STEM Interest Increased
A new report links students' interest in STEM to use of classroom technology, including digital technology and social media. Link to the report and read more.

Social Media/Technology in the Classroom
To allow or not to allow has become the recent question—especially when discussing the use of personal technology and social media in the classroom. Learn more.

Marcellus Shale...Digging Deeper into the Controversy
While regional in nature, the topics of drilling in the Marcellus Shale Formation, fracking, and environmental impacts are great to explore in many areas of science. Here's what you need to know.

Catching up with the Common Core
The Common Core is cross referenced in the Next Generation Science Standards. Here are some resources to help catch all stakeholders up with these standards.

19 June 2012
New STEM E-Newsletter from NSTA
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is on everyone's mind, and the National Science Teachers Association is publishing STEM in the Classroom to provide a forum for ideas and resources middle and high school teachers will need to support these disciplines. By coordinating science and math courses with technology and engineering courses, teachers can give students a better understanding of the world they live in.
Subscribe » (You will NOT need a promo code, so please ignore that field.)

17 June 2012
Coral Reef Interactive
Have fun exploring a fictional island and coral reef, while exploring impacts on this ecosystem.
Explore »

14 June 2012
Upcoming Events

  • 2012 President's Environmental Youth Award
    Applications due December 31st
    Visit www.epa.gov/peya for more information.

11 June 2012
2012 Professional Development Conference,
October 31 - November 3, 2012, Dallas, Texas

Featuring four days of renowned speakers, hands-on workshops, informative sessions and special events, the NABT Professional Development Conference addresses teaching biology and life science in the 21st century. Be the best teacher you can be!
Learn more »

06 June 2012
Don't Wait! Only one week left to register for wetland workshops for educators!
Come enjoy a day (or two!) at The Outdoor Classroom while learning about wetlands and rain gardens! Take home curriculum and ideas for how to use them as outdoor classrooms!
Learn more»

14 May 2012
Radioactive Wolves
What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.
Watch video»

06 May 2012
The Outdoor Classroom in Pittsburgh to host wetland workshops for educators
Come enjoy a day (or two!) at The Outdoor Classroom while learning about wetlands and rain gardens! Take home curriculum and ideas for how to use them as outdoor classrooms!
Learn more »

26 April 2012
Gulf Spill Pictures: Ten New Studies Show Impact on Coast
Bottlenose dolphins off Louisiana's coast are severely ill, while deep-sea corals show signs of tissue damage—just two findings in a slew of studies two years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Learn more »

24 April 2012
Pictures: Nature Yields New Ideas for Energy and Efficiency
Drawing inspiration from schools of fish, termite mounds, and the photosynthesis of leaves, new technologies seek to produce cleaner, more efficient energy through biomimicry.
Learn more »

21 April 2012
Habla español?
Aprenda más acerca del Día del Planeta Tierra y de lo que usted puede hacer para ayudar a proteger el medio ambiente. Escuche los podcasts ambientales. Inscrbase para recibir un consejo por correo electrnico en abril.
Learn more»

10 April 2012
This Earth Day, investigate all things green with PBS LearningMedia
See where recyclables go after they leave your curb; meet a renewable energy engineer; dig your pitchfork into a virtual compost pile; and learn how to shrink your carbon footprint. Explore »

29 March 2012
Moon Over Bioko, by Heidi Rader and Illustrated by Holly Smith
A K- 6 story worth sharing with your students about sea turtles, conservation, and exploration.
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11 March 2012
AAAS Science NetLINKs
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has revamped its educational website, Science NetLinks. You can find K-12 lesson plans, check out the science history calender to learn about important historical dates, and stay abreast of the latest science news. Looking for ideas for the after-school science club you advise? The website can also help you with planning new activities for Earth Day (April 22); National Chemistry Week (October 14-20); National Engineers Week (February 19-25); and even Earth Hour (March 31), the annual international event designed to raise awareness about global climate change.
Learn more!

27 February 2012
Nature Video Collections
Watch web exclusive clips from behind the scenes of Frozen Planet.

15 February 2012
Tracking Change Over Time
The US Geological Survey provides a free lesson plan, with satellite images of Earth from space, to get students excited about studying the changing earth. Intended for grades 5-8.
Download the resources and lesson plans

31 January 2012
International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge
Get your students and classrooms involved with this international challenge to increase awareness of carbon footprints and climate change! Students can learn to calculate their personal carbon footprint, compare it to students' footprints worldwide, and discover what they can do to reduce their impact on global climate change.
Join the Challenge!

16 January 2012
Species news from IUCN
The IUCN Species Prgramme produces, maintains and manages the Red List of Threatened Species. Learn more about endangered species and what efforts are being made to ensure their survival.
Visit the website »

04 January 2012
NASA/ESSEA Climate Change Education Modules Available Online
NASA's support for the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) has resulted in the development of shared K-12 educational resources - including modules and courses - that are based on NASA climate science and data. Also provided is a section entitled, Inquiry Strategies to Use in Your Classroom.
View the ESSEA website to view modules »

21 December 2011
Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS)
Check out the latest resource listing from CSATS. There are great opportunities for K-12 classrooms, among them the "Expanding Your Horizons Day For Middle School Girls" - a one-day program designed to introduce girls to career opportunites in science, technology, engineering, and math fields; the NIH Curriculum Supplement Series - teacher's guides to two weeks of lessons on the science behind selected health topics; and Professional Development Opportunies ranging from nanotechnology webinars to Teaching Fellowships from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.
View the full News Blast from CSATS »

29 November 2011
Teaching Secrets: After the Honeymoon
by Cossondra George
The school year's honeymoon is over. Teachers and students are settling into routines—which can be comforting but can also confront new teachers with the reality of how tiring a teacher's life can be. This can be a make-or-break period for new teachers. It's when you need to develop habits that will sustain you—and keep your excitement and enthusiasm flowing—throughout the school year.
View the full article »

09 November 2011
Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life is a comprehensive, collaborative, and ever-growing ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. This site is an unprecedented global effort to create the most complete biodiversity database on the web. http://www.eol.org

01 November 2011
Be a Part of Let's G.O.! (Get Outside!)
In the month of April, the Children & Nature Network will launch the second annual nationwide campaign to highlight you and your community's efforts to connect all people with nature and make our mark as a movement on the rise. This is not a call to action, it is a call for fun! Think of it as a party invitation, and the party location is all the green space around us. Community gardening, local hikes, river clean-ups, bird watching, fishing, biking, beach days—however you get outside, we want to hear about it! Start Planning Today!
Visit the Children & Nature Network website»

30 August 2011
PBS® LearningMedia
As America's largest classroom, PBS is the #1 source of educational media for students and teachers, at home and in schools. Check out the brand-new free media-on-demand service into the classroom: PBS LearningMedia.

28 August 2011
The National Scene
The National Research Council (NRC) recently released A Framework for K-12 Science Education, identifying the key concepts and practices that all students should learn. Click Here to read more about this vision for K-12 science education.

13 August 2011
Global Warming 101
Watch this powerful video about Global Warming, created by National Geographic.
Watch the video on Hulu »

13 August 2011
Polar Climate Change may Lead to Ecological Change
Read this article online at Penn State Live »

19 July 2011
Earth: The Operators' Manual
Watch an objective, accessible assessment of the Earth's problems and possibilities. The program host and author of the companion book, Richard Alley, is a geology professor at PSU. This broadcast and website provide invaluable information on climate change and what you can do to help conserve energy.
Visit the website »

21 June 2011
Nitrogen Footprint Calculator
Calculate your nitrogen footprint with this interactive tool. See how food and transportation choices affect your footprint, and learn how small changes in everyday life can lesson your impact.
Calculate!

15 June 2011
Environmental News Network
ENN is rapidly becoming a collection of resources, teachers, experts and tools that provide objective information and knowledge about the increasingly complex field of environmental science.
http://www.enn.com »

07 June 2011
Science Now "A Better Way To Teach"
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07 June 2011
Green Failure: What's Wrong With Environmental Education?
Read an intriguing interview about environmental education!

The FLAG (Field-Tested Learning Assessment Guide) is a great resource for instructors interested in new approaches to evaluating student learning, attitudes and performance. Each has been developed, tested and refined in real colleges and universities classrooms.

The Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) facilitates mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between K-12 schools and Penn State science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) researchers and outreach professionals, with the goal of helping to strengthen K-12 science and technology education. View their latest newsletter!