Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: Pedagogical
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 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, 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 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 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,
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, 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 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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