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Biological Sciences Teacher Academy (Los Olivos, CA)

This is CSET PD Course is generously hosted at Dunn School in Los Olivos, CA (35 miles north of Santa Barbara, CA).


Course Description: 

Through this course, teachers will use research-based strategies to strengthen their pedagogical knowledge in order to enhance students' conceptual understanding. Focusing on integration of Science Practices (NGSS/AP), teachers will work collaboratively to enhance curricula to better reflect big ideas and unifying biological concepts. Teachers will explore curriculum-building, teaching practices, and assessments. We will build a network of support and empower teachers to expand and guide students' opportunities to learn at a deeper level.

Keywords: AP Biology, biology, NGSS, big idea, conceptual understanding, curriculum

Audience: Designed for 7 - 12 biology teachers Dates: July 24 - 29, 2016; Sunday afternoon - Friday afternoon

Format of Course: In-person, with residential component, at Dunn School in Los Olivos, CA (35 miles north of Santa Barbara)

Transportation to and from the airport is provided at no cost to participant. More details will be provided after registration.

Cost: $650 - PD and discounted year-long NABT membership
$350 - on-campus lodging for 5 nights, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Total*: $1000

Units: 3 Status: Open

*Please note: Lodging on Dunn School campus is required for this professional development.  

Parts of this program are based on the AP Biology Teacher Academy developed by BSCS and NABT in partnership with HHMI’s BioInteractive.

Course Facilitators: 

Barbara Haig is born, raised and educated in Scotland, she has been teaching AP Biology and other sciences at a small private school in Los Olivos, CA since the early 1990’s. Currently the STEM Department Chair as well as Director of Leadership and Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach, Barbara wears the many hats typical of an educator in a small school setting. Being part of the AP Leadership Academy has helped her find and become part of a larger community of teachers all of whom are invested in ensuring that Biology education is an exciting, stimulating and rewarding experience for all of our students.

Dana Grooms is passionate about science education and has been working to inspire her CP, Honors and AP Biology students at Thousand Oaks High School for 20 years. She earned her B.A. in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This is also where she earned her teaching credential and her M.A. in Education. In 2014 she earned her National Board Certification and is a member of NABT, CSTA, and NSTA. She is the sophomore adviser for the Health Science Majors Program and the National Honor Society. She has been the science department chair and has written the district course of study for the Biology H class. She is a member of the first cohort of the NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy and has led teacher workshops at the school, district, county, state and national levels, and is currently on her district committee to plan professional development which supports implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards at the K-12 level. Dana looks forward to working with teachers participating in the Academy to help transform biology education.

Beth Dixon is the Science Department chair at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, a public charter school in Rocklin, California, where she teaches biology and AP Biology. She is a regional coordinator for the National Association of Biology Teachers and has written for the California Science Teachers Association's newsletter and was recently published on the Washington Posts' Answer Sheet blog. She was Clark County School District’s New Teacher of the Year, an NSTA Teacher Academy Dow Fellow, and a NASA teacher researcher. Beth works with several biotechnology partnerships to bring Citizen Microbiology to high school students. She also calls herself mother to a gregarious second-grader. Beth has an undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Masters in Education. Beth is thrilled to be a change-agent for biology education through CSET at Stanford.