2015 KABT Fall Conference

2015 KABT Fall Conference

Ready for What’s Next

The KABT Fall Conference is approaching quickly (September 12th @ the Konza Research Station) and we need all presenter proposals ASAP to finalize the schedule.  The theme of the conference is “Working with secondary and university colleagues to explore cross-cutting concepts”, but other NGSS related topics or research-based information/strategies are welcome!

The link for submitting proposals is http://goo.gl/forms/R0fnPIUQRR.

Contact me directly at jaschwar@usd497.org if you have questions!

CBTA Workshop: Statistics in Biology

CBTA Workshop:  Statistics in Biology

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Fairview High School      Boulder, CO

Do your students understand the role of statistics and error analysis?

Can they select and use the appropriate statistical test to evaluate data?

Are you confident in your ability to teach and evaluate these skills?

Register now! to join CBTA’s Paul Strode, co-author of the HHMI Teacher Guide: Mathematics and Statistics in Biology, for a day of hands-on practice with statistical data and error analysis! In this workshop for MS, HS and College science teachers, we’ll collect data from several familiar lab activities and analyze the data using statistical tools such as:

  • Mean, Variance, Standard Deviation and 95% Confidence Intervals
  • T-Tests
  • Regression Analysis
  • Chi-Square

Cost: $10.00 CBTA Members, $15.00 non-Members

Light continental breakfast and lunch provided

Free Resources!

0.5 Adams State graduate credit available (additional fee)

CDE Recertification Certificate provided

 Register at http://cbtastats.eventbrite.com

 Sponsored by the Colorado Biology Teachers’ Association and HHMI

Questions? Contact Cindy Gay at cindyjgay@gmail.com

Free State Prairie Project

KU professor Dr. Helen Alexander and I presented an introduction to the Free State High School Prairie Project in Lawrence.  In the fall of 2013 we were awarded grant money to establish a prairie restoration research area on an abandoned football field on the Free State High School campus.  We designed an experiment with 6 replications of three treatments:  native grasses, native grasses and forbs, native grasses and 2x forbs.  This site provides the opportunity for several KU researchers to study changes in plant communities, soil structure, and soil microbe composition over time.  Free State students, KU researchers, and KU students are developing collaborative experiments that ideally will be shared with middle and elementary schools and the Lawrence community.

Free State Prairie Project – Sept 2014 FreeStatePrairie_standards

Red Hills Spring Field Trip June 7-9!

You might remember Kelley Tuel’s inspiring post way back in January…Birds, Bats, Botany, Burgers, Red HIlls, Stan Roth, etc.  Well, the end of the school year is rapidly approaching and it’s time for all good biology teachers to congregate in one of the most unique regions of Kansas for the opportunity of a lifetime!  Stan Roth will once again lead KABT through caves, across prairies, down dusty roads in search of amazing flora and fauna.  We’re privileged to have access to part of the Merrill Ranch so plan to arrive Friday late afternoon to set up a primitive camp.  This means BYO water, food, fellow biology teachers, T.P., little shovels, and children if you have them.  We’ll explore all day Saturday and head home Sunday.  For more detailed information see Kelley’s January post.

Please reply here or on Facebook asap if you plan to attend so we can get a rough estimate of our group size and we’ll forward the location directions to you.  This is a fantastic opportunity to hob knob with your colleagues, learn something new, have a pile of fun in the great outdoors, and come home with unbelievable stories to tell!  Don’t miss it!