Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Free PD for HS Science teachers in MA on gene editing, microbiome, and botany + agriculture

Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Do you want to learn about state-of-the-art gene editing (CRISPR) technology, the human microbiome, botany and agriculture, and hands-on labs that you can do with students to energize STEM learning and interest? 

All sessions – developed, tested, and held at the Acera School in Winchester, MA – will include lab experiences, access to the NGSS-aligned curricula, training in inquiry-based science learning techniques, and ongoing teacher-to-teacher mentoring support.

No previous experience with gene editing, microbiome, or botany content is required.

Sessions for each unit are comprised of two Fridays, one month apart. Teachers must attend both days. Multiple teachers from the same district or school are encouraged!

You will also learn about the Acera school’s growing suite of life science modules, so you can continue to build on your knowledge and offerings for students through new and relevant technologies.

This workshop will launch the third cohort of Acera's Life Sciences Change Agent Teachers. The first cohort, launched in Spring 2019, included educators from seven MA school districts, including Lowell, Lynn, Cambridge, Salem, and Gloucester, who implemented the gene editing lab during the 2018-2019 academic year. This past summer’s cohort included educators from sixteen MA school districts who will implement labs this year. Teachers from the first and second cohorts will be available to support new teachers.

Please share this opportunity and register now!

Exact PD schedule is as follows:

FALL 2019

Gene Editing: 8:30am – 3pm on 10/18 and 11/15

Microbiome: 8:30am – 3pm on 11/1 and 12/6

Spring 2020

Gene Editing: 8:30am – 3pm on 2/7 and 3/6

Microbiome: 8:30am – 3pm on 2/28 and 3/20

Botany & Agriculture: 8:30am – 3pm on 4/10 and 5/8


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