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March 20, 2017


In This Issue:
Deadline Reminder: NABT2017 Session Proposals Due March 31st
Bob Kuhn Named Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Awardee
Bob Also Named Centennial Teacher of the Year
Plan Ahead for National DNA Day
Applications Accepted for SSE's 2017 Huxley Award
Space Available for CHANCE Summer Workshop in Cuba
3rd Annual Avida-ED Active LENS Workshops


Deadline Reminder: NABT2017 Session Proposals Due March 31st

Time is running out to submit your session proposals for the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference. NABT 2017 is being held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri and runs Thursday, November 9th through Sunday, November 12th. We hope you join us for four days of notable speakers, informative workshops, field trips special events,and hundreds of sessions led by classroom teachers like you.

NABT is accepting session proposals online until 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 31st. Please note that this is a new submission system and will require you to create a new login and password.

The NABT Professional Development Committee will review all proposals and acceptance confirmations will be sent via email by May 1, 2017. We will accommodate as many sessions as possible but due to the high volume of submissions, late and incomplete session proposals will not be considered.

Questions about the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference can be sent to or (888) 501-NABT.


Bob Kuhn Named Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Awardee

By all accounts, Bob Kuhn used to be a really good AP Biology teacher. His students learned the material and did well on the exam. But every year Bob “looked across the curriculum as if it was a vast ocean, sometimes unsure how we would get to the other side.“ Bob wanted his students to get more from the course, so when the redesigned AP Biology Curriculum was released in 2011 Bob completely redesigned how he taught the course. And he invited his colleagues to follow his progress as he shared ideas, successes, and failures.

Bob’s engagement with the AP Biology Community, both as a teacher and as a facilitator, is one of the main reasons Bob was named the recipient of the 2016 Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award . This award is sponsored by NABT, Pearson, and the Neil Campbell Educational Trust and celebrates the commitment to community that is the legacy of Kim Foglia.

Bob started teaching soon after he graduated with a B.S. in Geology and a M.S. in Paleontology from the University of Georgia and after a brief stint at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He started at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia almost 20 years ago and hasn’t looked back. He currently teaches honors biology to 9th graders and AP biology to upperclassmen and serves as a leader in school, community and district.

What changed for Bob five years ago is that Bob changed. He had two goals: change the learning structure and the physical learning environment. He explored ways to encourage deeper understanding of biology for his students. He attended the BSCS/NABT AP Biology Leadership Academy and other professional development workshops. As he dove into revamping his curriculum he also worked to create a more collaborative environment for his students. He adopted standards based learning (SBL) strategies. He redesigned his classroom by starting a crowdsourcing campaign to buy nine rolling tables so his students could more easily work in groups.

His students aren’t the only ones who have benefitted as Bob transformed his classroom. Teaching AP Biology can be a lonely proposition, especially if you are the sole AP teacher in your school or district. So when Bob started changing his course he made it easy for other biology teachers to follow along. If you teach AP Biology you probably know Bob even if you have never met him. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, has become a frequent presenter at NABT, NSTA, and GSTA conferences, serves as an HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador, is a reader for the AP Biology exam, was a contributor to the popular podcast Horizontal Transfer, and frequently posts to – and moderates – the College Board’s AP Biology Online Community.

A few years ago, Bob Kuhn was a really good teacher. Today he is an excellent one! And we are all better because of it. Congratulations again to Bob Kuhn for receiving the Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award .

The Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award is sponsored by the Neil A. Campbell Education Trust and


Bob Also Named Centennial Teacher of the Year

NABT would also like to extend our congratulations to Bob Kuhn for recently being named the Teacher of the Year at Centennial High School in Roswell, GA. Bob has been the finalist for this annual award in the past, but this is his first time as the recipient.

Congratulations again to Bob!


Plan Ahead for National DNA Day

National DNA Day is April 25th and commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has all you need to celebrate DNA Day this year with resources for activities, a National DNA Day event starter kit, and even a map to promote your National DNA Day event.

April 25 is just around the corner so visit today!


Applications Accepted for
SSE's 2017 Huxley Award

The education committee of the Society for the Study of Evolution is accepting applications for the T. H. Huxley Award. Named in honor of Darwin's very public supporter, the Huxley Award recognizes and promotes the development of high-quality evolution education resources. If you have an interesting project or educational activity to share, consider applying for this award. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are especially encouraged to apply.

This award provides funding for an SSE member to present evolution education resources at the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference in St. Louis, MO. Information on previous awards is available at

The deadline for applying for the Huxley Award is April 4th at

Questions? Contact Louise Mead (, Phil Gibson (, or Kristin Jenkins (


Space Available for CHANCE Summer Workshop
in Cuba

The PSU CHANCE Program invites the biological teaching community to join them in Cuba this summer to learn from local experts and faculty about ongoing Cuban conservation efforts and environmental policies, exploring the biodiversity of select wetlands, mangroves, forests, coral reefs, marine habitats, and limestone caves. While in the field, you will also work in groups to research a specific environmental sustainability issues confronting this developing nation and the world. With such a rich history, many of Cuba’s cultural offerings will also be experienced while in the field, including jazz and dance performances, art museums, a walking tour of historical Old Havana, tobacco cigar farms, and meals in paladares (restaurants run in private homes). A conservation-based, service-learning project on nesting sea turtles will also be performed highlighting the unique approach each country has to this migrating species.

Participants must register for either gradate or CE credits as they must be affiliated with Penn State to travel with CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature though Conservation Experiences).

The application deadline for NABT Members has been extended to April 15, 2017.

For more information and to apply please visit or contact Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin at

The National Association of Biology Teachers is a proud partner of the CHANCE Program.


3rd Annual Avida-ED Active LENS Workshops

The 3rd annual Avida-ED Active LENS Workshops will be held this summer and this year two locations are available.

  • University of Washington in Seattle, June 21-23, 2017

  • Michigan State University July 27-29, 2017 in East Lansing, MI*

The purpose of this workshop is to train instructors in the use of the Avida-ED software package, developed to help students learn about evolution and the nature of science, so that workshop participants can both implement classroom interventions using this software and also train other educators. Teams of two will learn to use Avida-ED and how to best incorporate it into courses that they teach.

Travel and expenses related to the workshop will be covered for the 20 participants for each workshop as part of an NSF-funded IUSE grant.

Avida is a digital evolution software platform used to study evolutionary processes, and Avida-ED is a FREE, user-friendly version of Avida developed specifically for educational purpose at the undergraduate and advanced placement high school level. Because digital organisms grow and divide much faster than even the fastest microbes, Avida-ED allows users to test evolutionary hypotheses over the course of hours or minutes. By generating hypotheses, collecting data, and analyzing results, users gain experience not just with concepts in evolution, but with the nature and practice of science as a whole.

Workshop participants will join a growing community of educators using digital evolution to let their students directly observe evolutionary processes through inquiry-based exercises that advance reform-oriented active learning. Participants will develop new lesson plans and will help collect assessment data from their classroom implementations. They will also help disseminate materials and train other science educators.

The team application form for the Active LENS Workshop must be completed online at If you have any questions or difficulties with the application, contact Michael Wiser (

*MSU will be hosting this summer’s BioQUEST workshop from July 23-28, overlapping with the Active LENS workshop at MSU on July 27-29. Participants who would like to take advantage of both of these professional development opportunities may do so. Please contact Michael Wiser for details or Kristin Jenkins (



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