Teacher Programs

MassBioEd’s BioTeach program recognizes that educators are the Commonwealth’s greatest resource. Teachers who are well educated, technically skilled, and embrace new technologies with confidence can inspire student curiosity and ignite student interest in life sciences education and careers.

BioTeach teacher professional development programs bring together resources from universities, biotech companies, and veteran educators to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge to implement innovative life sciences labs and develop cutting-edge life sciences curricula. Our BioTeach workshops qualify for professional development points (PDPs) and, in some cases, graduate credit. 

Professional Development Workshops

All BioTeach workshops are free of charge and open to all New England educators. Participants receive professional development points (PDPs) upon successful completion of 10 hours of training.

BioTeach workshops cover topics such as:

  • Basic biotechnology
  • Macromolecules and photosynthesis
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Personal genetics with PCR
  • DNA electrophoresis and easy PCR
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Molecular modeling

See upcoming workshops and register today.

Graduate Credit Biology Course

Through a partnership with Westfield State University, teachers can earn three graduate credits in biology by attending a series of BioTeach workshops, designing and implementing a unit mastery plan, and completing online coursework. This program is designed for classroom teachers with at least two grade 7-12 classes during the current academic year.

All graduate credit applicants must complete the three one-day workshops listed below. Register for workshops early to ensure your spot.

Workshop 1 - Basic Biotechnology
Workshop 2 - DNA Electrophoresis and PCR
Workshop 3 - Participants can choose to attend one of the following:

  • Exploring Personal Genetics
  • Genetically Modified Organisms, Wolbachia, or Beyond the basics

Register your interest and receive a complete syllabus. 

Summer Institute

MassBioEd offers a 5-day BioTeach Summer Institute focused on biotechnology and molecular biology techniques and lab activities. The Institute is held in July at the UMass Amherst campus. Parking, accommodations, and meals are provided free of charge to all participants. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 40 PDPs upon full participation in each day’s activities. Graduate credit is available for a fee.

Past activities include: biotechnology lab skills and practice, visualizing molecular biology with models, plasmid identification, PCR amplification of human DNA and genotyping, testing of GMO foods using PCR, cloning and transformation to create recombinant microorganisms, and identification of recombinant microorganisms.

See our upcoming Summer Institute and register your interest.