In addition to professional development workshops, MassBioEd offers an intensive summer program that gives participating teachers the opportunity to earn graduate credits.
BioTeach training workshops cover topics such as (but not limited to):
- Photosynthesis and respiration
- Enzyme-catalyzed reactions
- Bacterial transformation
- Molecular modeling
In addition, we prepare teachers to implement inexpensive biotechnology labs involving DNA electrophoresis and PCR for the identification of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, personal genetics and forensic testing. Advanced workshops include editing of bacteria using CRISPR/Cas9 and bioinformatics.
All BioTeach workshops are free of charge and open to all New England educators. Training is relevant to educators teaching grades six through 12. Participants from Massachusetts receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) upon successful completion of training.
Graduate Credit Biology Courses
Through a partnership with Westfield State University, teachers can earn three graduate credits in biology by attending a series of BioTeach workshops, completing online coursework, and designing and implementing a unit mastery plan. This program is designed for grade 7-12 classroom teachers actively teaching at least two classes during the current academic year.
Our intensive BioTeach Summer Institute focuses on biotechnology and molecular biology techniques and lab activities. This program is designed to use the biotechnology tools and techniques of gel electrophoresis, PCR, HiFi DNA assembly and CRISPR to create new recombinant bacterial strains. The Institute is held over five days in August 2021 [location TBD]. Attendees can earn up to 67.5 Professional Development Points (PDPs) or three graduate credits.
To learn more about the annual BioTeach Summer Institute, contact BioTeach@massbioed.org.