August 1, 2018
In this Issue:
  • Avoid FOMO and Register for NABT2018 Today!
  • Honoring Jennifer Pfannerstill
  • Help BSCS Celebrate 60 Years By Sharing Your Story
  • New HHMI BioInteractive Resource for CRISPR-Cas9
  • Find Inspiration in Your Free Issue of the Kansas School Naturalist
  • Registration Open for the NCCSTS Fall Conference
Avoid FOMO and Register for NABT2018 Today!

The NABT Professional Development Conference is still 14 weeks away and already hundreds of biology teachers have registered for one of the best professional learning opportunities available. They know that the 2018 NABT Conference will feature a high-quality program designed just for them. They know to book their hotel room asap because they want to be right in the action. They know to sign up for program add-ons like special workshops and meal functions because space is limited, and when tickets are gone they're gone. They know that the Saturday Evening Adventure will be a great time, even when they don't know what we are actually doing!

They may know something you don't, but not for long! Register today at NABT2018 Conference or by using the 2018 Registration & Special Events Forms .

P.S. Have we told you what we're doing on Saturday Evening Adventure ? Join us to celebrate another fantastic NABT Conference with an evening under the stars at the iconic San Diego Zoo. We'll have drinks & appetizers in the outdoor Sydney Grill, where you will have late night access to view giraffes, rhinos, and the largest colony of koala bears outside of Australia! The evening will include a presentation highlighting some of the SDZ’s conservation efforts and feature a unique encounter with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Tickets include transportation, admittance to the Sydney Grill area of the zoo, and food and drinks. Tickets are still available (for now).
Honoring Jennifer Pfannerstill

On July 2nd, NABT was saddened to announce the passing of Jennifer Pfannerstill. We joined her family, friends, and thousands of colleagues and students to mourn her passing. A remembrance can be found at Jennifer Pfannerstill Tributes , and her family is encouraging you to share your stories of Jen on her memory wall or by tagging her in social media posts. 

Jen may be best known for her role within the AP Biology community, where she served as a leader at the AP Biology Read and as a co-chair of the AP Biology Development Committee. Yet Jen also held a number of high profile roles within NABT. In her words, "as a continued champion for teachers and students, NABT is more important than ever." Jen served as the AP Section Conference Coordinator, supported the NABT BioClub, and was a founding member of the NABT Introductory Biology Task Force. In this capacity, Jen was part of a movement to transform Biology Education in the pre-K through College spectrum. 

Whether teaching her classes, coaching volleyball, serving as a leader for AP Biology, passionately supporting her colleagues, reviewing student award applications, or planning sessions for the NABT Conference, Jen challenged everyone to do their best for ALL students.  

Jen loved to "create novel opportunities for faculty from 4-year colleges, 2-year colleges, and high schools to learn from one another and innovate with one another." In the spirit of that effort, NABT will be establishing a program to honor the life and contributions of Jennifer Pfannerstill. More details will be available in the coming months, and we hope you join us as we continue the work of our dear friend and fellow educator. 
Help BSCS Celebrate 60 Years By Sharing Your Story

BSCS Science Learning is celebrating its 60th anniversary and in honor of this monumental year, BSCS wants to celebrate all educators, scientists, leaders, collaborators, and supporters who have helped set the standard in science education throughout the past six decades. You are being invited to join the new BSCS “60 Years of Stories” Facebook group to post your most nostalgic BSCS memories and photos.
Will you share your BSCS story?
Click this link below to join the FB page and share your story!
Please submit your story by September 30, 2018. By submitting your story, you are giving BSCS permission to share it on our website. One lucky storyteller will receive a special 60th anniversary gift by December 2018!
Sponsor Spotlight
New HHMI BioInteractive Resource for CRISPR-Cas9

First described in 2012, CRISPR-Cas9 generated interest both for its exciting potential for treating genetic disease as well as for potential ethical and safety concerns. In this new interactive from HHMI BioInteractive , explore how CRISPR-Cas9 works and hear from leading scientists like Jennifer Doudna and David Liu about its discovery and applications. Want to use components of this interactive? Download the accompanying ZIP file with an animation, GIFs, images, and more!
Find Inspiration in Your Free Issue of the
Kansas School Naturalist

Over the last 62 years, the Kansas School Naturalist (KSN) has published and distributed (for FREE) over a million copies of issues focused on topics of interest to biology teachers. Some are checklists of Kansas species: spider groups in Kansas, damselflies, dragonflies, ants, aquatic snails, land snails, etc. Many are of interest to biology teachers worldwide: millipedes and centipedes, the yucca moth, tardigrades, springtails, raising ants, etc. A full list is found at

Published by Emporia State University, the KSN is authored by experts in the field, such as a recent monarch butterfly issue by Dr. Chip Taylor.
Some issues of the KSN have also been translated into Chinese and Spanish for teacher use with ESL students.

Emporia State will be producing more issues of the KSN and sends past issues for free upon request. Despite the growing digital enthusiasm, we find most readers prefer to receive it in print. 

The KSN has been stimulating many students to pursue careers in natural sciences. To be added to the mail list to start receiving you free copies of the Kansas School Naturalist, or to request back issues, send an email to .
Registration Open for the NCCSTS Fall Conference

Registration is open for the Fall Case Study Teaching in Science Conference being held September 21-22, 2018 in Buffalo, NY, and sponsored by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

This popular conference offers sessions for both the beginner and advanced case study teacher and is formatted for college and high school teachers. In addition to the distinguished group of session teachers, Mary Pat Wenderoth, Principal Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, will present on the “End of Lecture: The Future of Evidence-Based Teaching.”

Workshop sessions this year will cover teaching cases in large lecture courses, integrating case studies with undergraduate research, the role play case method, analytical chemistry and case studies, using PORTAAL to assess active learning and more!

The conference is open to anyone interested in case study education, including high school teachers and international teachers. It also includes a poster session, and you are invited to submit a proposal by September 5, 2018. New this year, the registration fee also includes a one-year subscription to the case study collection teaching notes and answer keys.

Register now at . Please contact Conference Coordinator, Carolyn Wright, at or (716) 645-4900 with questions.
2018 NABT Professional 
Development Conference 
November 8-11, 2018
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, CA
NABT logoware is now available from Lands’ End .
P.O. Box 3363
Warrenton, VA 20188
Phone: (888) 501-NABT 
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