Welcome to MABT!

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.

  • FALL EVENT - A Day at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids - September 22, 2018!

    The Mi
    chigan Association of Biology Teachers (MABT) is hosting a professional development day at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids on Saturday, September 22 and would like to extend a personal invitation to you. This is a great opportunity to see what a wonderful resource a zoo is for helping students to learn about the world around them and their impact on the world. We are teachers at Forest Hills Central High school and have taken all 350 of our 9th and 12th grade biology students to the zoo for the last three years and are excited to share how we build this into our NGSS content. This lesson could be done in any zoo and modified for any grade level. Attached is a flyer with more information and details on registration. Please pass the information about MABT at the Zoo to your teacher colleagues and consider joining us for the day.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.Feel free to share this with anyone you feel could benefit, PD is not limited to high school teachers.  NOTE: ATTACHED to the bottom of this post is a flier with more information!  Open the post and scroll to the bottom folder. 

    You may also register online by clicking here --> REGISTRATION 

    Posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:55 PM by Mark Eberhard
  • Michigan Outstanding Biology Teacher Named

    Alison Maes
    Ferndale High School

    Alison Maes earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Arts for Secondary Science Education at Wayne State University. She has taught at Ferndale High School since 1989 and been recognized twice as the teacher of the year at FHS. Her classroom is pupil-centered where students learn from experiments, experiences, data analysis and from each other. Innovative projects in her classes combine biology with engineering and math as students build devices to test their hypotheses or make models that can be used to predict the effect of changing variables. At Ferndale High School, in addition to being the Science Instructional Lead Teacher, Alison started the Secondary Honors Program, founded the Science and Engineering Hall of Fame and chaperones a customized, annual STEM trip taking students to science destinations such as the redwood forest in California, CERN in Switzerland, the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and the Musee de Arts et Metiers in Paris. Outside of the classroom Alison has written biology curriculum for multiple county initiatives and for the State of Michigan. She has facilitated NGSS professional development both within her district and for other local districts and acts a Biology Modeling facilitator in her state.
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 8:35 PM by Mark Eberhard
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MABT Summer PD Conference

  • Conference 2018 Schedule and Session Descriptions!

    MABT Conference Schedule with Session Descriptions 2018

    Posted May 11, 2018, 12:27 PM by Mark Eberhard
  • Schedule for MABT Summer PD Conference
    SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY (Tentative)
    • 8:15-9:00 - Registration 
    • 8:30 - Novice Teacher Pre-Conference Session (in first 5 years or pre-service teacher) 
    • 9:00  - Welcome, Meet and Greet in the Commons, Coffee
    • 9:20-10:20 - Keynote - Dr. Wendy Johnson - Creating A Driving Question Board
    • 10:30-11:30 - Session 1 (at least 3 different sessions to chose from)
    • 11:30-12:15  - Lunch (provided with your registration) 
    • 12:15-12:45  - Dessert with a HHMI Movie Showcase
    • 12:50-1:50  - Session 2 (at least 3 different sessions to chose from)
    • 2:00-3:00  - Session 3 (at least 3 different sessions to chose from)
    • 3:05-3:35   Novice Teacher Post-Conference Session
    • 3:30  OPTIONAL - Biology Fermentation Discussion at Local Brewery  

    Presenters include the following Michigan biology teachers:
    •     Rebecca Brewer, Troy High School  
    •     Kristy Butler, Forest Hills Central High School 
    •     Mark Eberhard, St. Clair High School
    •     Bill Hodges, Holt High School  
    •     Wendy Johnson, Kentwood High School  
    •     Heather Peterson, Holt High School
    •     Patti Richardson, Forest Hills Central High School
    •     Lisa Weise, Holt High School 

    A COMPLETE list of presenters with session descriptions will be sent to participants a few weeks in advance of the conference. 
    Posted May 11, 2018, 12:38 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 2018-2019 school year with, what it hopes to be an 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 2019. 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 Holt High School, in Holt, MI on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. There will be an optional brewery tour 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 May 25, 2018 the cost is $25.00.  If you pay after May 25 but before June 15, 2018 the fee is $35.00.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate payment at the door for this event. 

    Posted May 11, 2018, 12:25 PM by Mark Eberhard
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MABT Summer PD Confernece Holt High School  June 19, 2018 9:00 am - 3:00 pm  
MABT Zoo Field Trip John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids September 22, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
MDSTA (Metro Detroit) Conference Warren Cousino HS November 3, 2018 8:00 AM 
NABT Conference San Diego, CA November 8, 2018 All Day 
Michigan Science Conference (MSTA) Grand Rapids, MI March 1, 2019 All Day 
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