UMass Boston News

Boston Biology Conference: Science Education Reform: Are We Pointing in the Same Direction?

About the Boston Biology Conference

Join the Boston Science Partnership (University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston Public Schools, and Northeastern University) for one, two, or all three days of events focused on how current national initiatives will impact teaching and learning science in Boston. The events take biology as a case in point for the vision of the new Framework for K-12 Science Education in the integration of science practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. The College Board's redesign of Advanced Placement (AP) science courses rolls out in 2012-13 with a changed AP Biology curriculum and exam. The redesigned AP Biology course is taken as a focus in activities over three days that are designed for overlapping groups of participants.

Thursday, February 9

Keynote Address and Reception
Science Education Reform: Are We Pointing in the Same Direction?

Introduction by Tanya Sharpe, PhD, Director of Science, Advanced Placement Program, The College Board
Keynote Address by Professor Gordon Uno, Professor of Plant Biology and Science Education, University of Oklahoma
Roundtable Discussion led by Pamela Pelletier, Senior Program Director, Science, Boston Public Schools

Subsequent days of the conference (not open to the public) will cover:

AP Biology Teachers Lab & Syllabus Planning
How Do You Retool AP Biology Labs and Your Syllabus?

Boston Public Schools' AP Biology teachers will meet for a full day of planning their new AP Biology courses, integrating AP Bridge, and retooling AP Biology labs in light of the redesigned curriculum and new exam.

Biology Vertical Planning
How do students build understanding in life sciences from kindergarten through college?

Kindergarten through high school science teachers, AP Biology teachers, and higher education biology professors will use pre-released new AP Biology exam questions provided by the College Board for this event. Teams will unpack the core content and science practices assessed in the Free Response Questions, then back-map through the entire K-12 science materials in Boston in order to align teaching practices with the new vision of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Registration Information

Email BSP@umb.edu or call 617.287.7516 and leave a message. Include your name, contact info (phone and email), school or affiliation and, if you are a teacher, the grade(s) that you teach. Identify the day(s) you will attend.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.

Event Cost: Reception and cash bar follow formal activities.