BABEC Fall 2018 Kickoff

September 8, 2018 @ Skyline College – Register Here!

BABEC 2.0 – Curriculum Classics for the New Era!
Please join us for an engaging and inspiring day of community with other biology and biotech teachers from across the Bay Area. The theme for this year’s event is “BABEC 2.0 – Curriculum Classics for the New Era”, and is the official release of our much-anticipated curriculum updates

Keynote Address

Highlighting Diversity While Covering Biology Content
Jeff SchinskeDr. Jeff Schinske
Biology Instructor, Foothill College
Principal Investigator & Co-Director, NSF CCB FEST
Co-Principal Investigator & Co-Director NSF CC Bio INSITES

Jeff’s research focuses on equity and inclusion in science classrooms, the underrepresentation of community colleges in biology education research, and faculty development. He will present the latest research into how conventional stereotypes of scientists adversely affect students by inhibiting diversity in STEM fields. He will also discuss tested classroom strategies for educators to combat these biases.

Location & Parking

Venue: Skyline College, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, 94066
Campus Location: Building 6, Second Floor Conference Area
Parking:  Park in Lot M.  Campus parking is free on weekends
Detailed Directions: HERE
Campus Map: HERE


8:30am  Breakfast & networking

9:00am  Welcome

9:15am  Keynote Address by Dr. Jeff Schinske “Highlighting Diversity While Covering Biology Content”
Learn how Scientist Spotlights can diversify students’ preconceptions about scientists and boost interest and engagement in STEM among underrepresented students

10:30am BABEC Curriculum Updates and Teacher Discussion Panel
Learn what’s new from BABEC, then hear from teachers about their strategies, insights, and greatest challenges with bringing biotech lessons into their classrooms

11:30 am Concurrent Workshops, Session 1
An open house with in-depth training and drop-in activities. Topics include:
* Getting Started with Bioscience Lab Skills: new activities to teach the basics
* DNA Forensics: new adaptations to an old favorite
* Bacterial Transformation: new options for a wider variety of learners
* DNA Analysis with PCR: modernized approaches for all students to analyze their own DNA

12:30pm Lunch + Learn
Visit a “drop-in discussion table” and network with your colleagues. Topics include:
* Talk to an NGSS Expert
* Learn strategies for teaching biotech to English Language Learners
* How to use Scientist Spotlights
* Biotechnology Supply Chain Operations Project for Education
* How to partner with BABEC

1:30pm Concurrent Workshops, Session 2
Didn’t have time to see & learn everything the first time? Come back for more! Same topics as Session 1

2:30pm Adjourn

Speaker Bios

Dr. Jeff Schinske is a biology professor at Foothill College. His research focuses on equity and inclusion in and outside of science classrooms and he serves as lead biology curriculum reviewer for California’s statewide articulation system. Jeff has published numerous articles on teaching and learning and recently appeared as a senior author in a high profile study measuring faculty teaching practices in STEM classes

Gianne Souza teaches Biology at Abraham Lincoln High School and has a Master’s degree in Medical Science from UCSF. Gianne has adapted Scientist Spotlights for her classroom, which have positively impacted her students perceptions about modern-day scientists and the work they do.

Debbie Clark teaches biology and biotechnology at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo and since 2012 she has been a biotechnology teacher for the Advanced Talent and Development Program at Cal during the summer.She became involved with BABEC in 2002 and is currently a BABEC board member. This summer, Debbie worked on aligning two of BABEC’s PCR curriculum to NGSS.

Dr. Michelle LaFevre-Bernt teaches Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology at San Marin High School in Novat and has used BABEC curriculum since 2009. This summer, Michelle worked to align the Bacterial Transformation curriculum to NGSS.

Alton Lee teaches chemistry and biology at Woodside High School and is BABEC’s first teacher-in-residence. In addition to tackling the DNA Forensics curriculum for NGSS alignment, Alton has sent the summer helping BABEC with other curriculum updates.

Elizabeth Doggett teaches biology and biotechnology at San Mateo High School and have been using BABEC curriculum since her student teaching days at Sequoia High School. The bacterial transformation lab is an essential part of Elizabeth’s curriculum so she spent the summer adapting this curriculum to make it more accessible to English Language Learners.

David Frischer is the lead teacher for and proud alumni  of the Biotech Pathway program at Abraham Lincoln High School. The Biotech Pathway program uses BABEC curriculum as a backbone for its curriculum and relies on BABEC’s support in implementing a Biotech Week, which exposes students to the concepts and applications of life science based research. 

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