Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: Pedagogical Implications

Al Byers
Al Byers As Assistant Executive Director of e-Learning and Government Partnerships at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Dr. Byers serves in a strategic capacity with mission-based government agencies, state and local departments of education, university, and education foundations as together we cooperatively develop high quality blended professional development solutions, resources, and opportunities (both on-site, on-line, synchronous, and asynchronous) for science educators across the United States. He steers the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale blended professional development and e-learning endeavors that are now being consumed by over 92,000 educators daily, primarily through the NSTA’s award-winning Learning Center.


Page Keeley
Page Keeley Page Keeley recently retired from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) where she was the Senior Science Program Director for 16 years, directing projects and developing resources in the areas of leadership, professional development, linking standards and research on learning, formative assessment, and mentoring and coaching. Ms. Keeley is the author of fourteen national best-selling books, including four books in the Curriculum Topic Study Series, eight volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, and a science and a mathematics version of Formative Assessment - 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning.


Susan Koba
Susan Koba Susan Koba, a science education consultant, works primarily with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) on its professional development website, The NSTA Learning Center. She recently retired after 30 years in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS), having taught on the middle and high school levels for 20 years and then having served as a curriculum specialist and district mentor. Ms. Koba ended her service to OPS as project director and professional development coordinator for the OPS Urban Systemic Program, serving 60 schools.


Eric S. Lander
Eric S. Lander Eric Lander is a Professor of Biology at MIT and Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. He is the President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Lander was one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project. He and his colleagues are using these findings to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying the basis of human diseases. Dr. Lander also serves as co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which directly advises the White House on matters of science and technology.


Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez Flavio Mendez is the NSTA Learning Center Senior Director at the National Science Teachers Association. Mr. Mendez has over fifteen years of experience in formal and informal outreach and education activities, as Education Coordinator for the Hubble Space Telescope education program, and as Director of two exhibits and professional development programs for K-12 educators at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland.


Zipporah Miller
Zipporah Miller Zipporah Miller is currently the associate executive director for professional development programs and conferences at the National Science Teachers Association. In this position, she leads the Association’s efforts in providing professional development and e-learning opportunities to teachers of science nationwide. She oversees NSTA’s regional and national conferences, which draw more than 21,000 teachers annually; the NSTA Learning Center, an online portal where thousands of teachers pursue quality professional development resources and specific science content; the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy for middle and high school level teachers; Professional Development Institutes such as the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy that provides quality professional development experiences for elementary teachers; and Urban and International Initiatives.


Anne Tweed
Ann Tweed Anne Tweed, a Principal Consultant with the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Denver, Colorado also serves as the Associate director of the North Central Comprehensive Center which serves a five state region. Her work at McREL is research based and includes ongoing professional development workshops in the areas of assessment systems, effective science instruction, formative assessment, high quality instructional practices, teaching reading in content areas, analyzing instructional materials and curricular audits.


Graham Walker
Graham Walker Graham Walker is a Professor of Biology at MIT and an HHMI Professor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Walker lab focuses on the regulation and mechanism of action of proteins involved in DNA repair and mutagenesis and in other cellular responses to DNA damage.




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