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NABT and AIBS Partner to Offer Professional Development Credits to Educators

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For Immediate Release
20 February 2004

For more information, contact:
Oksana Hlodan, Editor, ActionBioscience.org
941-423-8636
editor@actionbioscience.org

NABT members earn professional development credits for lessons published on ActionBioscience.org

Washington, DC. In January 2004 the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) endorsed ActionBioscience.org, the education web site of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). Now NABT has extended its support by offering 18 hours of professional development credits to NABT members whose lessons are published on the site.

ActionBioscience.org provides original, peer-edited, double lesson plans, written by science educators to specifically accompany peer-reviewed articles published on the site. Each lesson contains questions related to the article, as well as a variety of student activities that promote active learning and inquiry into current issues in the biosciences. Articles and lessons are correlated to the National Education Science Standards (NSES). The lessons are supported by links to useful off-site resources that can help students perform lesson activities and learn more about a topic or issue. Although the lessons are geared to high school and undergraduate students, middle school educators can create lesson plans using the middle school off-site links listed in the lesson’s resources.

NABT is the leading organization of biology teachers with a membership of more than 9,000 educators who share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe, keep up with trends and developments in the field, and grow professionally. For more information about the organization, visit its web site at http://nabt.org/.

“We are pleased to partner with AIBS to offer another means for our members to advance professionally,” says NABT executive director, Wayne Carley. “ActionBioscience.org is a valuable and rich resource for the community of biology educators and their students.”

ActionBioscience.org received an award in 2002 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) for the quality of its educational content, and Scientific American named it one of the best biology sites in 2003. The site is supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation [DUE 0085840 / DUE 0226185] to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

For information about writing lessons and earning professional development credits, contact the editor, Oksana Hlodan, at editor@actionbioscience.org or ohlodan@aibs.org.


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