Welcome to MABT!
2nd Annual Summer PD Conference 
June 20, 2019

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.

  • Second Annual Summer Biology PD Conference - COMING June 20, 2019!

    Posted Mar 1, 2019, 12:56 PM by Mark Eberhard
  • 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
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MABT Summer PD Conference

  • Be a PRESENTER at the 2019 MABT PD Conference
    Image result for share ideasWe ALL have something to offer, please consider sharing one or your best practices or favorite lessons with your peers at our upcoming MABT PD Conference!   We all grow when we have opportunities to learn from each other!
    Be a presenter at the 2019 MABT PD Conference!  
    Posted May 4, 2019, 5:29 PM by Mark Eberhard
  • Conference 2019 Schedule and Session Descriptions!
    This is the schedule we used for our 2018 PD Conference.  Our 2019 PD conference will follow a similar format, with the addition of a Biology Lab and Activity Sharathon!  An updated 2019 Program Agenda will be available after Memorial Day!

    MABT Conference Schedule with Session Descriptions 2018

    Posted May 4, 2019, 5:15 PM by Mark Eberhard
  • Schedule for MABT Summer PD Conference
    2019 SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY (Tentative)
    • 8:00-8:45 - Registration 
      • 8:30 - Novice Teacher Pre-Conference Gathering (in first 5 years or pre-service teacher) 
      • 8:45 - Welcome, Meet and Greet in Cafeteria with Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00-10:00  - Keynote Speaker - to be announced
    • 10:10-11:10 - Session 1 (at least 4 different sessions to chose from)
    • 11:15-12:15  - Session 2 (at least 4 different sessions to chose from)
    • 12:15-1:00  - Lunch (provided with your registration) 
    • 1:00-1:30  - Dessert with a HHMI Biointeractive Resource Showcase
    • 1:40-2:20 - Biology Labs & Activities Sharathon - "Speed Dating Style" 
      • Details for this NEW session will be shared with registered participants in early June!
    • 2:30-3:30  - Session 3 (at least 4 different sessions to chose from)
    • 3:30-3:45   Novice Teacher Post-Conference Gathering
    • 3:45 OPTIONAL - Social Gathering at a local riverfront establishment (more details to come)  

    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 4, 2019, 5:31 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 May 4, 2019, 5:35 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  
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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