$100 – $700

Best Practices in HS Biology-- 8/7/17 to 8/18/17

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Teachers College Zankel Rm 414

Columbia University

525 West 120 Street

New York, NY 10027

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August 7th - August 18th 2017

Leader: Chris Resch and Glen Stuart

Interested in learning how to raise the level of student discourse and reflection in your class? Are you tired of using grades as a motivating factor for promoting engagement? Want to learn some key strategies for getting students of all ability levels interested and engaged in your biology lessons? If the answer is yes then join us for a workshop aimed at expanding your toolbox for facilitating student discourse and reflection.

This workshop will immerse participants in NGSS and NYS Regents aligned HS biology activities. During this workshop, teachers will be able to experience the use of these tools while exploring biological concepts. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate in their own classroom that will get their students to articulate findings using the claim, evidence, reasoning framework. Additionally, participants will utilize the “conflicting contentions” tool as a way to probe student preconceptions and misconceptions. Finally, participants will be exposed to the use of “Reflective Checklists” as a way of promoting student reflection throughout a unit. So if you’re a high school biology teacher wanting to learn some great activities to invigorate your teaching practices or a teacher wanting to learn some notable strategies to improve student discourse than this is the workshop for you.

Schedule and Location:

The workshop will run for 2 weeks (Aug 7, 2017 - Aug 18, 2017) in Manhattan, at Teachers College, Columbia University (Zankel Hall Rm 414, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY 10027). The workshop sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Monday - Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour from 3:30 to 4:30.


Full Ticket Price $700

Price for participants who receive financial support (from their school, district or other organization) to attend this workshop. This price includes the $100 "Reservation Fee." Please do NOT pay both. See links below to download an invoice template which can be found on the following registration page. Email questions to Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org.

Your school or district can email a purchase order for $700 to the STEMteachersNYC Treasurer (Treasurer@stemteachersnyc.org) or send it via US mail to STEMteachersNYC, 245 West 107 Street, Suite 10B, New York, NY 10025.

$100 Reservation Fee

To hold your early bird ticket price. (For teachers paying out of their own pocket) You will receive a bill via email for the remaining balance prior to the start of the workshop.

Or to hold your spot while you request funds from your school or district to purchase the full ticket price. We will reimburse you the reservation fee if your school pays the full ticket price.

Early Bird Ticket Price $400

For teachers who register early (before May 15th), and are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

Please note: We take photographs and record video of our workshops in order to publicize a positive image of science teaching, and of STEMteachersNYC - a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you register, you are agreeing to be photographed and to have your voice and image video-recorded. You are also agreeing to relinquish all your rights to the photographs and video recordings.

If you do not wish to be photographed or video-recorded - you must inform us at check-in. We will take one photograph of your face so that we can erase your image if we happen to catch it by chance during the workshop, and we will do our best to avoid you. We would also appreciate your cooperation in positioning yourself at the edge of the group so as to help us avoid you.

Also note: Workshop leaders are subject to change.

Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.


Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE Vendor?

Yes. Here is the Vendor #STE-068881

Are there pre-requisites for taking this workshop?

No - Just come with the desire to engage and learn with a motivated group of high school biology educators.

Is there nearby lodging?

Yes, please visit our website to view many options. Please click on the more icons to get more details about each particular lodging option.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration and payments for this event should be addressed to STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org).

I am interested in taking more than one workshop. Can I register for multiple workshops?

It depends: Many workshops overlap so look closely at the start and end dates. Be sure to choose workshops that do not overlap, as reservations are not refundable. If you need help deciding which workshop fits your needs best, please email the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (registration@STEMteachersNYC.org).

Is the reservation fee refundable?

It depends, please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registering for it.

If you choose not to attend the workshop, the reservation fee is not refundable. Please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to reserving a seat.

If you for some reason you can no longer attend and let the Registrar know (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) one week or more before the workshop, you can get a free credit for a future workshop. If less than one week notification is given no refund is given, but if you want to take it as a donation, you must email and directly request an official acknowledgment of your donation.

If you mistakenly register for 2 workshops that take place at the same time, we will not be able to refund the fee.

If it was purchased to hold your spot while you requested funds from your school or district to purchase the full ticket price. We will reimburse you the reservation fee as long as your school pays the full ticket price. If you are unsure if your school will pay do not purchase the reservation fee, unless you are willing to pay the remainining balance; instead contact the registrar (registration@stemteachersnyc) to check on ticket availability.

Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee (full fee minus the reservation fee) refundable?

Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee (that is, the full fee minus the reservation fee) must be requested within one (1) week of payment and at least four (4) weeks before the start of the workshop. All such requests must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations and documentation, and about whether or not a refund will be issued are at the sole discretion of STEMteachersNYC and are final. Refunds will not include fees charged on the initial payment by Eventbrite, Paypal, credit cards, and/or banks.

Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

Not without authorization, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name, or if you wish to transfer your reservation to a different workshop.

Can I update my reservation information?

Yes, you can update your reservation information.

The name on the reservation/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) to address this.

Can I receive college level credits?

To be determined. More details will be available later this spring. Many of our other workshops do offer a graduate level credit option. Email questions to registration@stemteachersnyc.org.

Where can I find more information about STEMteachersNYC?

Visit our website: http://STEMTeachersNYC.org or email info@stemteachersnyc.org

How can I join STEMteachersNYC?

Click here it's free! http://tinyurl.com/modelingsurvey

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