Wendy Johnson is Michigan's OBTA for 2020!

posted Jul 9, 2020, 2:25 PM by Mark Eberhard

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Michigan Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipient, Wendy Johnson. Wendy earned a bachelor's degree in biology and teaching certificate from Hope College in 2005. She began her teaching career at Lansing Catholic High School where she taught Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Chemistry. During that time she also earned a master's degree in biological sciences from Michigan State University. Her research involved working with the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action to develop and test curriculum using the Avida-ED digital evolution software. A portion of her thesis, Evolution in Action in the Classroom, was published in The American Biology Teacher.

In the fall of 2013, Wendy stepped away from the classroom to pursue a PhD in science education at Michigan State University. She worked on the Carbon TIME Project developing an NGSS-aligned biology curriculum and professional development for teachers. She also taught courses for preservice science teachers and served as a field instructor for student teachers. Her dissertation research examined the role of curiosity in classroom discourse to support three-dimensional science learning. In 2017 she earned a dual PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education and in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior.

Graduate school heightened Wendy's awareness of issues of equity in education. She knew that upon completion of her degree, she wanted to teach and enroll her two daughters in a diverse public school district. In 2017 she and her husband moved their family to Kentwood for her to take a job with Kentwood Public Schools, the most diverse district in the state. She is currently teaching at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus where she has taken an active role in helping to develop a new 9th grade science curriculum that combines biology and physics performance expectations. She is also a member of her school's PBIS committee working to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.

Wendy has been an active member of NABT, presenting at six of the national professional development conferences. She has had three articles published in The American Biology Teacher and has also served as a reviewer for the journal. She was a participant in the first cohort of the NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy, and went on to help lead Biology Teacher Academies in Michigan, New York, and Colorado.

Wendy has a passion for supporting other science teachers. She has presented more than 50 times at state and national conferences and local workshops for teachers. She has also worked as an independent consultant providing professional development to school districts and creating online learning modules around the NGSS. She is a current member of the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Biology Teachers, a state affiliate of NABT.

MABT Summer Discussion Tables Series on Remote Learning & Teaching

posted Jul 9, 2020, 12:58 PM by Mark Eberhard   [ updated Jul 10, 2020, 3:53 PM ]

MABT Discussion Tables ... 
(Please note each event requires a separate registration!) 
  • Discussion Table - Thursday, July 09 - 10:00-11:15 AM 
  • Discussion Table -  Monday, July 20 - 10:00-11:30 AM - AP BIOLOGY PLC SPECIFIC   - Registration Page
  • Discussion Table -  Thursday, July 23 - 10:00-11:15 AM - Registration Page
  • Discussion Table -  Thursday, August 06 - 10:00-11:15 AM - Registration Page
  • Discussion Table -  Thursday, August 13 - 10:00-11:15 AM - Registration Page

Click on the "MABT Discussion Tables" tab OR the AP Biology PLC" tab at top of the page for MORE Information! 

Featured Presenters for MABT Discussion Tables on Thursday, July 23

  Josh Hubbard - Using the Question Formulation Technique in a Remote Setting
  Lucinda Martinelli - Strategies for Social Emotional Learning Remotely
  Lauren DeNicola - Pear Deck for Google Slides

Plus several breakout room discussions!

MABT Summer PD Conference 2020 Goes Virtual - June 25!

posted Mar 3, 2020, 5:39 PM by Mark Eberhard   [ updated Jul 13, 2020, 3:12 PM ]

What a fabulous conference!  THANK YOU to all that attended our FIRST virtual conference!
Based on 150 of our attendees that have completed the post evaluation
  • 92.3% gave the conference FIVE out of FIVE!!!!
  • 91% felt better prepared to plan and deliver remote learning after attending our 90 minute session!
  • 99% were highly satisfied with the conference content!
Here are some key links to resources from our virtual conference. The first link is to a complete recording of the conference. (NOTE: If you did not register for the conference, the link will require take you to register first to gain access to the video. This is so we can track who is viewing our MABT resources).

  • Slide Deck - in PDF format -- contains active links to ALL VIDEOS in presentation!

  • Q & A - record of questions and answers from the livestream

  • Padlet - we will keep this active, please feel free to add to it.

  • Flipgrid - see what other teachers have shared, and feel free to share as well.

Coming MABT Discussion Tables ... (Please note each event requires a separate registration!) 

Michigan Biology Teachers at NABT Conference in Chicago

posted Nov 18, 2019, 12:21 PM by Mark Eberhard


Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Michigan Announced for 2019!

posted Jul 16, 2019, 3:55 PM by Mark Eberhard   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 4:11 PM ]

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.

MABT Sponsors NEW AP Biology PLC

posted Jul 16, 2019, 2:22 PM by Mark Eberhard   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 2:23 PM ]

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.

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

posted Mar 1, 2019, 12:56 PM by Mark Eberhard

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