Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

Greetings, Fellow Biology Educators!

Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

Greetings, Fellow Biology Educators!

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We have just completed the first decade of the 21st century, and the disciplines of biology and biology education have experienced a transformation. The past 10 years have been an exciting time for us! Think about how you were teaching biology in January 2000 and compare it to how you are teaching biology today. I'd wager you are doing things differently.

The advances in our biological knowledge have been immense. Discoveries made during the last half of the 20th century have changed the basic nature of the questions we ask in biology and fostered the birth of totally new disciplines. The past decade alone has seen the emergence of bioinformatics, computational genomics, astrobiology, and synthetic biology as well as refinement of the knowledge we already possess.

Changes have also taken place in the field of biology education that have reshaped the way we share biological knowledge with our students. New resources and technologies have become available to enhance our teaching. Teachers at all levels literally have unlimited access to tools and resources that would have been unimaginable 15 years ago. New knowledge about how students learn has advanced the education of all students, especially those from underrepresented groups and those who will enter careers outside of biology.

While biological knowledge, educational technologies, and learning theories have changed dramatically in the past decade, the mission of the National Association of Biology Teachers has remained unchanged since its formation in 1938. The NABT empowers educators to provide the best possible biology and life-science education for all students.

To remain focused on that mission, the NABT has undergone a transformation over the past 3 years. Through restructuring, we have enhanced our leadership effectiveness while achieving financial stability. This reorganization has made the NABT more efficient and maneuverable while emphasizing what our association does best: building personal and professional relationships among members. …

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