Jan-Feb 2014 ASCB Newsletter - page 16-17

Education Committee Plans
Mentoring Teaching Initiatives
At its meeting in New Orleans, the Education
Committee focused on new initiatives in the
realm of mentoring teachers.
One such initiative was already in place at
the Annual Meeting. Building on the success of
the Committee’s online and onsite CV review
programs, a small cadre of volunteers met one-
on-one with mentees interested in improving
their teaching practices and instructional skills
in such areas as team-based learning, backwards
design, effective use of clickers, active learning
strategies, and flipped classrooms. The mentors
and mentees will continue to work together in
2014 to help the mentees establish or improve
some particular aspect of evidence-based,
student-centered learning in their classrooms.
In addition, the ASCB Council approved the
Committee’s request for funds for an Education
Mentoring Fellowship program in 2014. This
will allow members of ASCB to apply for travel
grants to visit a mentor to experience first-hand
particular teaching practices or curriculum
innovations, receive coaching, and develop
and test their own new classroom materials.
In line with the AAAS Vision and Change
recommendations, this program will help
develop a community of support for educators.
Besides discussing initial planning steps
for both programs mentioned above, the
Committee members conducted brief
evaluations of 2013 education programs as well
as talked about ideas for education programs at
the next Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
—Thea Clarke
Foundational Cell Biology
Workshop Inspires Participants
The 2013 Annual Meeting featured the
inaugural Foundational Cell Biology Workshop,
with the title “Making Cell Biology Accessible
to All.” This new workshop took the place of
the K–12 Education Workshop held in years
past and aimed to draw together meeting
attendees interested in getting students excited
about basic cell biology concepts at a range of
educational levels, from K–12 to undergraduate
non-majors and majors.
The workshop began with short presentations
from a panel of four educators who described
their approaches to making basic cell biology
content engaging, accessible, and authentic. The
panelists discussed:
A semester-long inquiry-based lab series
involving a metabolic pathway in yeast
Service learning activities in which students
refine their own knowledge by creating and
implementing teaching activities for middle-
school students
Creative ways to use Internet resources in
classroom assignments
How to identify and reinforce the core
concepts of cell biology
(Some of the information presented by
the panelists is contained in PowerPoint
presentations available at
The panelists’ presentations triggered a
lively question-and-answer session, which
was followed by equally engaging breakout
discussions facilitated by workshop organizers,
panelists, and other invited table leaders. Two
2013 Education
Susan M. Wick,*
Merri Lynn Casem
Thea Clarke*
Martha S. Cyert
Lena Diaw
Erin Dolan,*
ex officio
Karen E. Kalumuck
Caroline Kane*
Anthony J. Koleske*
George E. Plopper, Jr.*
Omar A. Quintero*
Cheston A. Saunders
Kathy T. Schmeidler*
William Wallace
Michael J. Wolyniak*
Kellyann Jones*
Education Committee
Edward Cluett*
Megan Dobro*
Joyce Fernandes*
Tracie Gibson*
Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier*
Irina Makarevitch*
Amy Prunuske*
*In attendance at December
Education and Training
Members of the ASCB Education Committee
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