Biology

Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life

"Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life" is an eight-week, comprehensive curriculum unit that sharply illuminates the underlying role of genetics in evolution by maintaining a conceptual connection to DNA and heredity throughout. Through paper-based and interactive multimedia lessons, the unit aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by engaging students in questioning, using models, identifying patterns, analyzing skill-level appropriate data from published scientific studies, and constructing evidence-based arguments. The unit’s lessons are organized into five modules.

Author/Presenter

Genetic Science Learning Center

Lead Organization(s)
Year
2020
Short Description

"Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life" is an eight-week, comprehensive curriculum unit that sharply illuminates the underlying role of genetics in evolution by maintaining a conceptual connection to DNA and heredity throughout.

COVID-19 Curriculum Materials

This resource presents a curricular module for high school biology classes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The module is made up of 8 lessons that will likely take about 10-15 hours of instructional time. Major themes of the module include viral transmission, media literacy, data analysis, argumentation, and modeling. The following driving questions are explored:

Author/Presenter

Troy Sadler et al

Year
2021
Short Description

This resource presents a curricular module for high school biology classes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The module is made up of 8 lessons that will likely take about 10-15 hours of instructional time. Major themes of the module include viral transmission, media literacy, data analysis, argumentation, and modeling. The following driving questions are explored:

  • How do viruses such as COVID-19 spread?
  • What is the responsibility of governments, organizations, and individuals in mitigating the spread of deadly viruses?
  • What challenges do social vulnerabilities present as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Individual lessons descriptions are provided along with Teacher Guides that provide rationales for many of the design decisions made and suggestions for implementation.

Encouraging Collaboration and Building Community in Online Asynchronous Professional Development: Designing for Social Capital

This research investigates a design and development approach to improving science teachers’ access to effective professional development (PD) in a fully online, asynchronous environment. Working with a small number of teachers, this study explores how a design combining social capital mechanisms with essential teacher learning and PD characteristics supported teachers’ abilities to participate in the online course and collaboratively build knowledge.

Author/Presenter

Susan A. Yoon

Katherine Miller

Thomas Richman

Daniel Wendel

Ilana Schoenfeld

Emma Anderson

Jooeun Shim

Lead Organization(s)
Year
2020
Short Description

This study explores how a design combining social capital mechanisms with essential teacher learning and PD characteristics supported teachers’ abilities to participate in the online course and collaboratively build knowledge.

Encouraging Collaboration and Building Community in Online Asynchronous Professional Development: Designing for Social Capital

This research investigates a design and development approach to improving science teachers’ access to effective professional development (PD) in a fully online, asynchronous environment. Working with a small number of teachers, this study explores how a design combining social capital mechanisms with essential teacher learning and PD characteristics supported teachers’ abilities to participate in the online course and collaboratively build knowledge.

Author/Presenter

Susan A. Yoon

Katherine Miller

Thomas Richman

Daniel Wendel

Ilana Schoenfeld

Emma Anderson

Jooeun Shim

Lead Organization(s)
Year
2020
Short Description

This study explores how a design combining social capital mechanisms with essential teacher learning and PD characteristics supported teachers’ abilities to participate in the online course and collaboratively build knowledge.

The Joys of Teaching Ecology in K–12 and Informal Settings

Esposito, R. M. M, Harris, C., Berkowitz, A. R., & Pregnal, M. (2019). The joys of teaching ecology in K-12 and informal settings. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(9), 538-539. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2122

Author/Presenter

Rhea M  M Esposito

Cornelia Harris

Alan R Berkowitz

Maribel Pregnall

Year
2019
Short Description

This article describes opportunities for primary and secondary ecology education in formal and informal settings.

WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment

Author/Presenter

Libby Gerard

Marcia Linn

Korah Wiley

Allison Bradford

Year
2020
Short Description

Free, standards-aligned, and research-based inquiry curricula that address NGSS 3D proficiency. Includes Interactive scientific models plus hands-on activities, personalized guidance, and rich embedded assessments. For teachers, WISE offers a a virtual workshop for customizing WISE units for distance learning.

WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment

Author/Presenter

Libby Gerard

Marcia Linn

Korah Wiley

Allison Bradford

Year
2020
Short Description

Free, standards-aligned, and research-based inquiry curricula that address NGSS 3D proficiency. Includes Interactive scientific models plus hands-on activities, personalized guidance, and rich embedded assessments. For teachers, WISE offers a a virtual workshop for customizing WISE units for distance learning.

WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment

Author/Presenter

Libby Gerard

Marcia Linn

Korah Wiley

Allison Bradford

Year
2020
Short Description

Free, standards-aligned, and research-based inquiry curricula that address NGSS 3D proficiency. Includes Interactive scientific models plus hands-on activities, personalized guidance, and rich embedded assessments. For teachers, WISE offers a a virtual workshop for customizing WISE units for distance learning.