First PD in 2 Years, Community Highlights, and More!
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ABE Massachusetts Newsletter | November 2021
Happy November to all of our ABE Massachusetts Educators!

The ABE MA Team would also like to take this time to honor Indigenous resistance and acknowledge the true history of Thanksgiving. We acknowledge that the land we are on is the original homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag, Aquinnah Wampanoag, Nipmuc, and Massachusett tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we live.

You can learn more about Land Acknowledgment here
Our First In-Person PD in Two Years

Last weekend, the ABE MA Team welcomed 10 Boston Public School science teachers to the ABE MA community. These teachers represent four schools in the district, three of which are totally new to the ABE Program. A huge thank you to ABE MA Teacher, Amanda Dillingham (East Boston High School), for co-leading the PD workshop! 

ABE Community Spotlights

Congratulations to ABE MA Teacher, Deb O'Reilly (Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School) for winning the 2021 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA)! We are incredibly proud of you! 

Established in 1962, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) is one of the most prestigious honors NABT gives to biology teachers. Each year, the program attempts to recognize an outstanding biology educator (grades 7-12) in each of the 50 states; Washington, DC; Canada; Puerto Rico; and overseas territories. 
This year, NABT was proud to name 
22 OBTA Honorees. These teachers join the ranks of over 3000 teachers who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, devotion to their students, and a degree of professionalism that their professional colleagues recognize as truly "outstanding."

The 2021 OBTAs were honored during a special presentation at the recent NABT Professional Development Conference in Atlanta, and we encourage you to learn more about this year's honorees by reading their biographies.

Newly knighted ABE MA Teacher, Andre Williams (East Boston High School), sits down with MLSC President, Kenn Turner and Renee Connolly, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Merck to discuss why collaboration is key to growth.

Watch the video

ABE MA Teacher, Dr. Laurie Jackson-Grusby (Brockton High School), has been named as one of the 2021 - 2022 ABE Master Teacher Fellows! Laurie is in her fifth year of teaching biotechnology at Brockton High School (BHS) since changing careers from academic biomedical research. She serves as the academic lead for the MLSC-sponsored Apprenticeship Program and the DESE-sponsored Innovation Pathway in Healthcare at BHS.

This year’s Fellows represent a wide variety of ABE program sites: Greater Los Angeles Area, Metro Washington D.C. Area, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Italy, Turkey, and Australia.

Read more about the ABE Master Teacher Fellowship here
The ABE MA Community: A Different Kind of Warm and Fuzzy

More photos are coming in! Share your photos sporting your new ABE MA gear; email a photo to Alia or post on social media with the hashtag #ABEMA! 

The Harvard Gazette ft. Amanda Dillingham: Growing Gap in STEM Supply and Demand

ABE MA Teacher, Amanda Dillingham (East Boston High School), was asked to participate on a panel to discuss ways to create access and opportunity related to STEM education, as well as STEM college and career readiness. The event, Learning Online: Increasing access and opportunity in STEM education and fields, was moderated by HGSE Dean Bridget Terry Long.

Thank you for giving LabXchange, ABE, and Alia shout-outs during the event, Amanda! 

Read the Harvard Gazette article here
Using LabXchange to Support ABE
Hear from ABE MA Teachers
Deb O'Reilly and Mary Liu
Register Here
Opportunity for ABE Teachers: Classroom Visits from Amgen Staff
New Feature: A Nature Briefing Pick

This Month's Pick: Protein Based COVID Vaccines

Some people can’t get current COVID-19 vaccines for health reasons, but protein-based vaccines offer hope that they might soon be immunized. To elicit a protective immune response, these shots deliver proteins, along with immunity-stimulating adjuvants, directly to a person’s cells, rather than sending in a fragment of genetic code that the cells must read to synthesize the proteins themselves. After months of quality-control setbacks and manufacturing delays, the protein-based jab from US biotechnology firm Novavax has just received its first emergency-use authorization, in Indonesia. Meanwhile, Clover Biopharmaceuticals, based in China, and Biological E in India are on track to file for authorization in various countries in the coming weeks and months.

Here we highlight articles and resources from Nature Briefing. You can sign up for their daily newsletter here. It's a great way to stay current on what's going on in science news (plus they state how long each piece takes to go through or interact with).  

Nature: How protein-based COVID vaccines could change the pandemic
Harvard News: Eddy Lab Finds New Exceptions to the (Almost) Universal Code of Life
Read More Here
Cell Signaling Resources
Discover the Many Mechanisms of Cell Death Use this eBook to identify different cell death processes
What We're Reading
Our understanding of pain and how to treat it is evolving. The New York Times is running a series of thought-provoking pieces on the latest developments.
More than 500 young people across the country have shared their experience with science, technology, engineering, and math learning through the unCommission powered by 100Kin10, offering their experiences of curiosity, joy, and excitement, as well as of intimidation, apathy, and discrimination. These stories illuminate inequities and challenges of the education system while also pointing to places for hope.
Community: Articles, Events, Opportunities, Talks
Register Here
Tune in to a free speaker event, Navigating White Supremacy Culture in Outdoor Spaces and Institutions, part of the On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces series, on December 8. Register here.
Award, Fellowship, and Grant Opportunities
The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group of New England (LRIG-NE) is providing up to $2,500 will be awarded to those science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in secondary schools throughout New England who best meet the criteria below. The objective of these grants is to provide funds to expand project-based activities in educational settings.
LRIG-New England Marsha Paul Education Grant Application: Deadline is December 31, 2021
The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.
Knowles Teaching Fellows Program | Deadline is January 9, 2022
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