Welcome to MABT!
NEW AP Biology PLC coming August 13th!  

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If you cannot attend, but want notice of future PLC meetings fill out this FORM

See below for more details! 

A Professional Learning Community

All life science educators in Michigan are invited to join the Michigan Association of Biology Teachers (MABT) to ensure high-quality life science instruction for all students in our state.  As an affiliate of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), we support life science educators in Michigan through networking and professional development opportunities.

Building a strong network of biology educators in our state is especially important as we work together to implement the important changes in biology education called for by the Next Generation Science Standards, Advanced Placement Biology Curriculum Framework, and Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. 

PLEASE join us by filling out the online membership form!  
Click on the link "Membership" to access the form!

Objectives of MABT

  • Develop a professional learning community of biology educators that are united in their commitment to implementing reform in biology education.
  • Connect teachers to resources and professional development opportunities to promote effective teaching and learning in biology classrooms.

We will connect and support Michigan biology teachers through series of workshops.  These goals of these workshops are:

  • To grow the MABT community, facilitate networking of Michigan biology teachers, and share resources from NABT, BSCS, and HHMI.
  • Provide experiences that allow teachers to engage in the practices of science and deepen their content knowledge.
  • Share research-based strategies for formative and summative assessment that enable teachers to develop effective instruction for diverse learners.
  • Support teachers in analyzing and revising their own curriculum and instruction to better reflect the new national frameworks.

  • Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Michigan Announced for 2019!

    Congratulations to Mark Eberhard as the 2019 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipient for Michigan. Mark is a graduate of Michigan State University and will be beginning his 34th year as a biology teacher at St. Clair High School, in the East China School District. He has taught AP Biology, general biology, environmental science, and anatomy & physiology. He serves as an HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador, a member of the College Board’s Pre-AP Biology writing team, a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of Biology Teachers (MABT), and is a graduate of cohort 1 for the NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy. He has developed and facilitated numerous workshops at NABT, NSTA, MABT, MSTA and for the NABT/BSCS Regional Teacher Academies.

    In addition to teaching biology at St. Clair high, Mark, in the past, has coached football, wrestling, and baseball for nearly 20 years. He currently is the director of his school’s theatre program for the past 23 years (over 85 productions), and has built an award-winning student leadership program over the past 30 years.

    Mark has been married to his wife Kim for 27 years, whom is an accomplished AP English Literature teacher at St. Clair High School. They are the proud parents of four children Erin, Erich, Ean, and Eamon, all who are currently earning or have earned degrees in biology and/or environmental science.

    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 4:11 PM by Mark Eberhard
  • MABT Sponsors NEW AP Biology PLC

    The Michigan Association of Biology Teachers (MABT) is organizing a PLC for AP Biology teachers in Michigan. With the release of the new CED (Course and Exam Description) and the launching of new online resources on August 01, 2019 we thought it would be productive for interested AP Biology teachers to get together and explore and discuss these changes for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

    The PLC will have some structured time as well as unstructured, informal time for teachers to collaborate.

    General plan for the day ...

    • Michigan teachers that attended the AP Biology Read in Kansas City will share the scoring rubric for the 2019 exam and discuss the suggested areas of emphasis for improvement for 19-20
    • We will explore, breakdown, and discuss the new CED Binder and the new 8 Unit Structure
    • We will explore, breakdown, and discuss the new format for Science Practices - now six science practices with a more details
    • We will explore, breakdown and discuss the new online resources (please bring a lap top or tablet with you) that are to be released on August 01, 2019 -- this includes personal progress checks, a progress dashboard, an AP Biology Question Bank
    • We will also explore and discuss current best practices in our AP classrooms

    NOTE: The PLC sessions will be lead by Michigan AP Biology teachers that do NOT claim to be experts on the new CED or online resources. We have not received any additional training on these resources beyond the typical AP biology teacher. The intent of the PLC is to explore and learn together. We all will bring our own expertise to unpack the best practices for teaching AP Biology. (MABT Board of Directors have experience in teaching AP Biology ranging from 5 years to 20+ years - ALL experience levels are welcome!)

    MEALS: In order to keep the PLC FREE, there will be no meals served during the PLC. We will provide a light snack at approximately 11:00 am. Please eat breakfast and/or pick up a coffee before you arrive at the PLC. Also, plan on having lunch after the PLC ends at 1:00 PM. We can provide some recommendations of local restaurants if there is an interest.

    WHAT TO BRING: Please bring the following to the PLC ...
    1. a copy of your ticket (electronic or paper)
    2. a laptop computer or tablet to explore the College Board website for the new AP Biology resources - WE STRONGLY encourage you explore this website a bit before our PLC on 8/13. (Available 8/01)
    3. a copy of the new CED for AP Biology - WE STRONGLY encourage you to explore the new CED to familiarize yourself before our PLC on 8/13.
    4. 30 copies of 1-2 of your favorite activities, labs, case studies, etc. for use in AP Biology to share.

    SCECHS: The plan is to have SCECHS available for participating in the AP Biology PLC. We are just waiting final confirmation, but expect approval to not be an issue.

    Where to go when you get to Holt High School:

    Holt High School is at 5885 W. Holt Rd Main Campus, which is the large building. Park in front staff/visitor lot by flag, come in main entrance straight to center commons for elevator or stairs to 2nd floor, turn left at top of stairs to West side, down first hallway to West 209. (W209). Please contact Heather Peterson at 517-285-1741 if you need assistance upon arrival.

    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 2:23 PM by Mark Eberhard
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MABT Summer PD Conference

  • Conference 2019 Schedule and Session Descriptions!

    MABT Conference Schedule with Session Descriptions 2019

    Posted Jun 10, 2019, 1:45 PM by Mark Eberhard
  • Michigan Association of Biology Teachers Summer Professional Development Conference

    The Michigan Association of Biology Teachers is pleased to kick off the 2019-2020 school year with our second annual, summer professional development workshop for biology and life science teachers in Michigan.

    In addition, we are planning a fall event and several biology focused events in the winter at MSTA 2020. More information will be available at the conference in June.

    Please use the link below to complete the form to register for our upcoming professional development workshop to be held at St. Clair High School, in St. Clair, MI on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM. There will be an optional social hour after the workshop.

    There is a small fee for attending the MABT workshop. The fee covers your lunch, workshop materials, and other conference related costs.  If you pay on or before June 01, 2019 the cost is $25.00.  If you pay after June 01 but before June 18, 2019 the fee is $35.00.  Unfortunately, we may not be able ot accommodate payment at the door for this event. 

    Posted Jun 10, 2019, 1:48 PM by Mark Eberhard
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MABT Summer PD Confernece St. Clair High School  June 20, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm  
MABT AP Biology PLC Holt High School August 13, 2019 9:00 am  
NABT Conference Chicago, IL  November 14, 2019 All Day 
Michigan Science Conference (MSTA) Lansing, MI March 6, 2020 All Day 
NSTA Conference Boston, MA April 2, 2020 All Day 
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