Dorothy Ginnett

I am the Science Curriculum Specialist and Gifted Education Grant Coordinator for School Improvement Services at the Cooperative Educational Services Agency 5 (CESA 5) in central Wisconsin. We serve 35 rural school districts and I offer professional development training workshops for science educators and gifted education coordinators/teachers. I am a Wildlife Ecologist and have worked as a science educator at the middle school, high school, college and graduate levels. I enjoy connecting students to the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I also enjoy teaching with technology and have been teaching fully online courses and developing fully curriculum since 2004. Currently, I teach fully online high school courses in AP Biology, Biology & Marine Science for Wisconsin Virtual School. I love using Web 2.0 tools, such as the NSTA Learning Center, in both professional development and teaching.




Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA 5), Wisconsin

Recent Posts by Dorothy

Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:49 PM in There is not a Program for GIFTED IN ESOL (ELL) SCIENCE
Hi Lisa - It's wonderful that you recognize your "twice exceptional" students (gifted and ESOL/ELL) as gifted in science. As a gifted education grant coordinator for our regional school districts I love to see this insight from teachers and also the desire by teachers to meet their students unique learning needs and challenge them to achieve at high levels. Nationally there is a large "exc...

Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:01 PM in Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark -  I primarily use posters to create a pleasant and relaxing classroom environment for students.   Think about how color in a space impacts you and keep that in-mind as you select materials to post. As a Biology/Life Science teacher I select posters that bring in the beauty of earth's amazing biodiversity.  I also add posters that bring in indigenous lifeways, such as wild rice harv...

Tue May 09, 2017 8:44 PM in AP Biology - Favorite End of Year Projects
The AP Biology College Board Exam is now completed for 2017, Just curious, what are your favorite AP Biology end of year activities and projects? I'm working on designing our AP Biology project for spring 2018, and was hoping teachers would share some of their creative ideas. Thanks! Dorothy

Recent Reviews by Dorothy

Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:29 PM
5 Animal Locomotion and NGSS
This article presents a series of engaging student centered activities and a project on animal locomotion. This vertebrate trackway analysis is a NGSS based integration of engineering and math into biology and earth science classes. Students collect and analyze data on human stride patterns and dinosaur trackways to study the biomechanics of animal locomotion. There are excellent web based resources provided to assist with classroom implementation.

Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:45 PM
4 Climate Change and NGSS
This Green Room article provides creative teaching ideas and excellent website resources for updated information on Climate Change. These resources can assist you with integrating climate change into your curriculum as you work to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Mon May 12, 2014 6:47 PM
5 The ebook Revolution
This short article is an excellent overview of the potential of interactive digital etexts for enhancing student learning and of the pitfalls associated with etext integration. The SAMR model for technology integration is discussed in the context of etext adoption (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification Redefinition). Of particular interest it the potential to "future-proof" etexts with digital updates.

Recent Public Collections by Dorothy


27 Resources

Biodiversity teaching resources and content background for K-12 educators.

The Galapagos
Type: Journal Article

Nature in the City: Outdoor projects for urban schools
Type: Journal Article

Geologic Time

1 Resources

Science Sampler: Taking steps to understand geologic time
Type: Journal Article

Nature of Science

10 Resources

Resource collection on the nature of science, scientific method and scientific inquiry.

NSTA Position Statement on Scientific Inquiry and Education
Type: User uploaded resource

Podcast: How Science REALLY Gets Done: Scientific Method
Type: Podcast