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High school educators from the Commonwealth and beyond will convene at Virginia Wesleyan College July 12-17 for the National Association of Biology Teachers/Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (NABT/BSCS) Biology Teacher Academy, presented in partnership with HHMI BioInteractive. The workshop is a collaborative endeavor of VWC faculty and NABT Academy Biology Teacher-Leaders. It will focus on promoting rigor in high school biology and AP classes through meaningful classroom experiences and strategies that engage students in scientific inquiry. Approximately 40 attendees will build common experiences through lab work (e.g., protein electrophoresis); metacognition activities (“through the teacher lens”); curriculum development; and work on the College’s Scanning Electron Microscope. The event is being coordinated by Batten Associate Professor of Education Hilve Firek; VWC Professor of Biology Vic Townsend is serving as content specialist; and Batten Associate Professor of Biology Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson will share her research during a field trip to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. “We are pleased to provide outstanding professional development to biology teachers from around the state and the region,” says Firek. “Working in partnership with national organizations such as the NABT, the BSCS, and HHMI is exciting, and the project underscores the outstanding work being done in the sciences at VWC.” This professional development program is funded by the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality program. VDOE will assume the cost of registration, tuition, and lodging for all Virginia school participants. Licensed Virginia teachers will earn 60 recertification points (two undergraduate credits) through the Adult Studies Program at VWC. The cost for non-Virginia teachers is $725 and includes room and board at Virginia Wesleyan. For more information, please contact Hilve Firek at More