KABT Leadership

Election results are in…

President:  Noah Busch

President-Elect:  Drew Ising

Vice President:  Kelley Tuel

Secretary:  Kelly Kluthe

Treasurer:  Michael Ralph

Region 1 Rep:  Jenna Shepherd

Region 2 Rep:  Pat Lamb

Region 3 Rep:  Eric Kessler

Region 4 Rep:  Jesi Rhodes

At-Large Reps:  Lisa Volland, Craig Ackerman, Chris Ollig, & Camden Burton

A special thank you to Michael Ralph, Camden Burton, and all presenters for an amazing conference!  Great job to all!  I can’t wait to get back to my own classroom and put into practice these things that the amazing biology teachers of Kansas are sharing with students in their classrooms!

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2014 KABT Fall Elections!

KABT Members,

I am now accepting nominations for the 2014 KABT Fall Elections to be held on Sept. 13th at the Fall Conference.  I am attaching the ballot as it looks right now (I just transferred names from the 2013-14 leadership list).  I am also attaching the region map.  Please send your nominations ASAP.  It would be nice to get some healthy competition… so don’t hesitate to nominate someone just because I have a name on the ballot.  On the other side of things, if you would like your name to be removed from the ballot, let me know.  The only complete “blank” that I have is for VP… so step up and nominate yourself or someone that you think would do a good job.  You can either reply to this post or e-mail me at nrbusch22@gmail.com with your nominations.  I look forward to seeing you guys at the Fall Conference!

Noah Busch (KABT President-Elect)

KABT regional boundary map

2014 KABT Fall Ballot

Join us for the 2013 Fall KABT Meeting on Sept. 14th at the Konza Prairie Biological Station near Manhattan, KS. Invite a colleague or two and we’ll see you there! (see schedule below)

2013 KABT Fall Meeting Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 – Coffee, Donuts & Free Stuff

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration:  $30 (includes conference, lunch, and a 1-year membership).  $15 (if you are already a member)

9:00 – 9:50 – Lin Andrews (Eisenhower H.S., Goddard, KS)

Formative Assessment in Biology – Using skills developed during a second year of involvement with the AP Biology Leadership Academy, a variety of alternative assessments will be presented to help improve learning in the biology classroom.  Templates will be provided as well as examples of implementation.


9:55 – 10:20 – Kelly Kluthe (Wyandotte H.S.)

Nearpod in the Classroom – Learn how to make presentations more engaging and receive instant feedback from students using Nearpod for iPads, smart phones and laptops.


10:30 – 11:25 – Michael Ralph (Olathe East H.S.) & Kylee Sharp (Maize Virtual Preparatory School)

Coherence in the Biology Classroom – A group of KABT teachers have worked through the summer to produce a Biology unit that integrates formative feedback and assessment practices that support student success.  Presenters will share the results of the group’s work and discuss with the participants how to use the materials and practices in their own classrooms.


11:30 – 11:55 – Drew Ising (Olathe North H.S.)

Flexbooks – Use an free online program to build/design a textbook that fits your class exactly the way you want it to.

11:55 – 12:00 – Carol Williamson (UKanTeach Master Teacher, Kansas University)

Innovative Technology for Science Inquiry, http://itsi.portal.concord.org/A NSF-funded workshop that KABT Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in this year.

12:00 – 1:00 – LUNCH

1:00 – 1:25 – Jill Haukos (Director of Education for the Konza Environmental Education Program)

Nature Walks – A discussion on how to lead a fun, quick, and simple nature walk, anywhere.  She will also discuss the educational opportunities for teachers and classes at the Konza Prairie Biological Station.


1:30 – 2:50 – Brad Williamson (UKanTeach Master Teacher, Kansas University)

Spiker Boxes from Backyard Brains – Open an entire new field of investigation to the high school biology classroom.  Neuroscience labs in the past required far too expensive equipment and long setup times.  These small, inexpensive boxes of electronics when coupled with a modern computer allow high school students and teachers to perform very sophisticated measurements of neural activity.  Backyard Brains is a group of scientists dedicated to open-source design and low cost.  Along with laptops, I will have 10 dual channel spiker boxes that are suitable for measuring all sorts of neuronal activity but can also be used to measure the velocity of an action potential.  I will also have 5 of their latest product–EMG spiker boxes that can explore human muscle workings.   In this hands-on workshop we will measure action potential velocity in earthworms and explore muscle fatigue.  Neuroscience for everyone. 


3:00 – 3:30 – Brad Guhr (Education Coordinator at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains)

Prairie Gardening Through Kansas Earth Partnership for Schools – Teachers (K-12) learn to engage students in Kansas natural/cultural history while creating dirty fingernails, lasting memories, hands-on learning laboratories, and environmentally-friendly landscaping.  Gain a curriculum guide that will fit well with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, graduate credit, follow-up support from Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, and a renewed passion for teaching.


3:35 – 4:00 – Pat Lamb (Manhattan H.S.)

Summer Field Biology Program – A how-to discussion on organizing a summer field biology experience for your students.  Topics will include:  advantages, disadvantages, pay, logistics, cost, how to budget, things to avoid, things to include, and where to go (Rocky Mountain National Park).


Fall 2013 KABT Meeting: Sept. 14: Konza Prairie Biological Station, Manhattan, KS

Hello all,
I am working on the agenda for this year’s fall KABT meeting.  I am looking for some presenters from our members.  Presentations start at 1/2 hour slots and go up from there depending on how much time you think you will need.  If there are any cool things going on in your classroom or interesting summer workshops that you’ve been to, then sign up and share it with us.  I know that we had a few students with posters last year.  If this is something that you or your students might be interested in, just let me know.  The more volunteers and topics we have, the more powerful and fun this meeting will be.  Please get back to me with your ideas!


Also, if anyone has any ideas for donations for door prizes that would be much appreciated as well.

Thank you,
Noah Busch

Biology Teacher

Manhattan High School

Spring KABT Field Trip Marshall Co. Bird List

Bird List from Vogelsberg-Busch Farm

Here’s a list from our birding walk with John Quinn from UNL.  Not too bad for an hour and a half walk in the middle of the afternoon:

tree swallow, barn swallow, white-breasted nuthatch, red-headed woodpecker, chimney swift, goldfinch, robin, cowbird, brown thrasher, crow, house wren, red-eyed vireo, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-bellied woodpecker, Baltimore oriole, blue-grey gnatcatcher, common grackle, turkey vulture, dickcissel, eastern kingbird, bluejay, cardinal, indigo bunting, eastern phoebe, rose-breasted grosbeak, catbird, mourning dove, yellow-billed cuckoo, killdeer, grasshopper sparrow, field sparrow, bluebird, lark sparrow, spotted towhee, great-crested flycatcher, house sparrow, starling, pigeon.