MBER Summer Institute

Are you a High School Biology teacher teaching Biology or Living Earth? MBER-Bio (Model Based Educational Resource-Biology) is a community of science educators dedicated to creating, evolving, and sustaining a coherent collection of instructional materials & resources to teach a full year of High School Biology. This 4-day institute is being held twice this summer. Our first session runs from Tuesday June 23rd - Friday June 26th 2020, and our second runs from Monday June 29 - Thursday July 2nd 2020 at Sacramento State. The institute is designed to help you navigate the collection of tools, links, strategies, and resources created to provide you with a deeper insight into the nuances of the Model-Based Educational Resource. Through the ideas presented, you'll understand what changes in thought and action will make you and your students' transition to a model-based classroom a success. In addition to the four days of training and workshops, you'll also receive a lifelong membership to the MBER Biology community, as well as access to the full year of NGSS-aligned high school biology curriculum materials. Learn how to use the MBER materials and teach in ways that support students in science learning as called for in NGSS.


If you are teaching General Biology:

The regular Biology sequence begins with a consideration of biodiversity and the development of questions around the unity and diversity of life on Earth. This motivates further exploration of phenomena related to natural selection and genetics in the first semester, moving along to considerations of matter and energy in both organisms and ecosystems before ultimately returning to big evolutionary questions at the end of the year. Using specific, data-rich cases based on systems like the Galapagos Finches, and human genetic disease, students develop a series of explanatory models to account for a wide range of evolutionary and organismal phenomena.

When & Where

Session 1
June 23-26, 2020 (Tuesday-Friday)
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Sacramento State University, Sequoia Hall

Session 2
June 29-July 2, 2020 (Monday-Thursday)
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Sacramento State University, Sequoia Hall


If you are teaching Living Earth:

The Living Earth integrates a subset of earth-science standards into the life science. The sequence centers around an over-arching question about contemporary changes in Earth systems with emphasis on human impact. This leads us to explore the history of the Earth, including formation and development of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and with special attention to our complex biosphere. Much of the content from MBER-biology is retained, with additional units on formation of the Earth, the role of plate tectonics in Earth’s history, and connections between biogeochemical cycles and life. The sequence ends with a deep exploration of technological solutions to various global problems.

Payment Information

Registration Fee: $625 per teacher OR $550 per teacher for teams of two or more from the same school site

Register Online - first come, first served!

Registrations received after June 5th will incur a $25 late fee
If paying by Purchase Order, a hard copy is not required to register, but you must have approval from your district, school principal, or school secretary for the funds AND the contact information for that person must be provided during the registration process.

Payments should be made out to the MASE Center and mailed to:
MASE Center
6000 J Street - Sequoia Hall #202
Sacramento, CA 95819-6125

For questions regarding payment please contact Heidi Trapp at heidi.trapp@csus.edu or at (916) 278-5487.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by June 5, 2020 in order to receive a full refund (minus a $15 processing fee). Any cancellations received after this time will not receive a refund. Registrations may be transferred at any time with no penalty.

Travel to Sacramento State

Detailed campus map and driving directions to Sacramento State

The closest airport is Sacramento International Airport, approximately 18 miles from campus.


The Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento at CSUS is conveniently located near campus and within walking distance to several restaurants. They offer a Sacramento State discount of $159/night.

The address is:
Hampton Inn & Suites
1875 65th Street
Sacramento, CA 95819

For reservations please follow this link or call them at (916) 451-1135 and speak with Gil or Maria.

Sacramento State Map