MBER Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in MBER!

Thanks for your interest in MBER-Biology and for your consideration in participating in research. We hope this work will expand our understanding of this curriculum and NGSS teaching in general!

As a high school biology teacher, you may be eligible for either or both of the research projects listed below, so please read the information carefully and click to download the flyers which detail the benefits and commitments of each project.

In general, signing up for NGSS Sensemakers means that *you* will be the research subject! We’re working to better understand how teachers take up the MBER-Biology curriculum through professional development and ongoing, facilitated support. You must therefore be someone who is new to MBER (or who has only dabbled in a couple of units).

For the MBER Research Project, we’re interested in both you and your students, with the goal of seeing how MBER works for student learning in the high school biology classroom. For this project, you may either be new to MBER or an experienced MBER teacher.

Please read below for summary information about eligibility requirements and stipend amounts.

Download the flyers for details about each project and its benefits and commitments.

Questions? Please contact Chris Griesemer.

NGSS Sensemakers Project

Thank you for your interest, the study has been filled and we are no longer accepting any more applications!
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  • Who can apply?
    • High school biology teachers who will have at least two sections of biology in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years
    • High school biology teachers who are new or at least nearly new to MBER-Biology
  • To be eligible teachers also must:
    • apply as a team of three (preferred) or two (considered) teachers working together at a school site or close sites within a single district
    • have the support of your school administration to teach target curriculum units, in full, in both the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 years
    • have a solid prior introduction to NGSS
    • be able to participate fully in both the remote summer workshop, July 19-23, and virtual meetings during implementation each fall
    • be willing to participate in a research study for both years
  • Teachers will receive:
    • access to the MBER-Biology curricular materials
    • two years of professional learning support
    • a $1000 stipend!

For more details and to apply, Click Here.

The MBER Research Project

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 11th!
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  • Who can apply?
    • High School biology or Living Earth biology teachers who will have at least two sections of this subject in 2021-22
    • Teachers can teach either MBER or act as part of a “control” group, teaching their normal biology or Living Earth biology curriculum
    • Teachers can either be new to MBER or an experienced MBER teacher
  • To be eligible teachers also must:
    • be willing to teach your biology classes using either the provided curriculum (MBER-Biology or MBER-Living Earth), OR your usual biology / earth science-integrated biology curriculum (control group)
    • be able to participate fully in the remote summer workshop during the week of August 2, 2021
    • be willing to assist with the research consent process for students and have administrator support for participating in the study
  • Teachers will receive:
    • access to the MBER-Biology and/or MBER-Living Earth curricular materials
    • at minimum, a $1,500 stipend!

For more details and to apply, Click Here.