BioTIC Biotechnology and Microbiology for Teachers In the Classroom We had a great group of 19 teachers for the 2015 BioTIC institute this summer. If funding is available for 2016, we will post information and the application in the spring. One of the teacher institutes brought to you by the Center for Global Environmental Education. The BioTIC Institute brings middle and high school biology teachers up-to-speed on the rapid advancements in biotech research, careers, applications, and issues while providing inquiry modeling/practice and curriculum enrichment that support standards related to cell structure, disease, genetics, and biotechnology. BioTIC will: be held during two-weeks on-campus at Hamline University in Saint Paul provide an intensive, graduate-level, teacher-focused experience in microbiology, genetics and biotechnology have two Saturday follow-up sessions during the school year (dates to be determined by the group) provide optional classroom support during the school year. Teachers participating in BioTIC will: receive teacher-focused training in biotechnology and microbiology have time to discuss, enhance, and develop ways to enrich their biology curricula be provided lunch each day during the institute receive four graduate credits upon completion of course assignments be asked to complete an anonymous, online pre-institute survey on classroom practice and curriculum receive room and board at Hamline for those who live outside the Metro area get a $200 stipend for the summer and resource materials (Note that BioTIC does not provide biotech equipment for the classroom.) be asked to pre- and post-test their students on biotech concepts during the following school year attend two Saturday follow-up sessions (one in fall and one in spring) - $30 stipend each have the option of direct classroom support for implementing biotech labs have the opportunity to network with fellow biology teachers and university faculty. Instructors: Dr. Jodi Goldberg, Dr. Betsy Martinez-Vaz, Dr. Irina Makarevitch, Dr. Ken Jeddeloh, and Torrey Lau View other professional development opportunities offered by the Center for Global Environmental Education. BioTIC is a statewide professional development program for secondary biology teachers presented by Hamline University's School of Education through its Center for Global Environmental Education. Funds for this project were provided by a grant from the federal Teacher Quality Program of the No Child Left Behind Act administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. This project has been financed by $47,583 in federal funds.