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Life Science Evolved: Teaching in the Age of NGSS (w/New Regents Labs!)

July 15 @ 9:00 am July 19 @ 3:00 pm

Teaching Life Science in the Age of NGSS – w/New Regents Labs and assessment tricks for the new year!

Dates: July 15-19, 2024 (in person)

Led by: Chris Resch and Qiao Feng

Location: City College of New York


Life Science education is often associated with memorization. But does it have to be?  The Life Sciences is a subject rich in anchoring models that all tie together and build off each other and create a rich story of interactions and scale! Recent shifts in pedagogical research, NGSS/NYS Regents standards have caused movement towards this more conceptually based approach to biology education. We want to help you move your lessons and teaching there as well!


Join us for our upcoming workshop, “Life Science Evolved: Teaching Life Science in the Age of NGSS.”  This workshop will explore active learning strategies for deepening your student’s understanding of these crucial conceptual models and help you effectively implement a student-centered, NGSS and NYS Regents-aligned approach to life science education.  To do this, we will engage with key experiments and activities that can help students build a critical understanding of these models. These experiments will include the three new Regents Biology labs: Structure and Function: Balancing Act – Exploring Feedback and Homeostasis, Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Unraveling the Mystery of Lactose Intolerance, and Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: For the Birds – Designing Solutions.  


Additionally, participants will engage in both “student mode” and “teacher mode” so that they can experience these activities through both lenses and add practical tools to the teacher toolbox.  We will also have structured discussions about the new changes in the New York State Regents curriculum and test, strategies for accommodating district-specific curricular requirements, various student populations, laboratory resources, and the use of “Reflective Checklists” as a way of promoting student reflection throughout a unit.


We welcome all teachers and administrators, both new and experienced, to join us for this engaging workshop!


Cost: (Limited # of tickets!)

Early Bird $275

General Admission Teacher Price $350

General Admission School Price $500

STEMteachersNYC delivers professional development workshops for teachers, by teachers, about teaching, since 2011. All workshops over 2hrs offer CTLE. CUNY Pre-service teachers may attend for free. Please reach out if your school requires an invoice. We are an NYCDOE MTAC Vendor.


Current CUNY students with valid ID may attend summer workshops at a discount or for FREE! Please email [email protected] for details.

Email general questions to [email protected]. Note this workshop requires a minimum number of participants. In the event there are not enough participants, the workshop will be cancelled, and a refund will be issued.


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Teachers! Ask your school to pay for your ticket! All the school needs to do is send us a Purchase Order (PO). Fill out our PO/Invoice survey and we will prepare you an invoice for you to submit to your school/district. Or just copy and paste the information above and let them know the workshop you want to attend. Don’t be afraid to ask. There’s always a chance the money will be available and they’ll say yes, but if you don’t ask, there’s no chance at all.

Districts/Schools, to request an invoice for a STEMteachersNYC Workshop, please fill out a quick invoice survey. This is a required step in order to process your request. Any questions regarding the PO process please contact [email protected]

Please send Purchase Orders (POs) to our Billing Office

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OR Via US Mail: STEMteachersNYC – Billing Office 245 West 107th Street, Suite 10B New York, NY 10025.


Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.



Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE CTLE Vendor?

Yes. STEMteachersNYC is a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#STE-068881). New York State Teachers will receive a CTLE certificate at the end of the workshop. (CTLE ID # 23385)


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration or tickets should be addressed to [email protected].

Questions about invoice/PO issues should be addressed to [email protected]

Questions about our programs should be addressed to [email protected]


Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee refundable?

Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee (that is, the full fee minus the reservation fee) must be requested within one (1) week of payment and at least four (4) weeks before the start of the workshop. All such requests must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations and documentation, and about whether or not a refund will be issued are at the sole discretion of STEMteachersNYC and are final. Refunds will not include fees charged on the initial payment by Eventbrite, credit cards, and/or banks.


Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

If your school or organization has made the ticket purchase for you, your credit may be transferable to a school or organization colleague.

Authorization from our team will be required. Please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar ([email protected]) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name, or if you wish to transfer your reservation to a different workshop.


Can I update my reservation information?

Yes, you can update your reservation information.


The name on the reservation/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar ([email protected]) to address this.


Can I receive college level credits?

In-service teachers will receive CTLE hours.

Pre-service teachers whose college is participating in our “field-site hours” program will recieve filed site hours or credit depending on that institution’s partnership agreement. Please make sure to include your faculty advisor or course professor’s name and contact when registering.

For more information about either of these, please contact [email protected].


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Please note: We take screenshots, photographs and record video of our workshops in order to publicize a positive image of science teaching, and of STEMteachersNYC – a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – and to support future teacher leaders. If you register, you are agreeing to be photographed and to have your voice and image video-recorded. You are also agreeing to relinquish all your rights to the photographs and video recordings.

If you do not wish to be photographed or video-recorded – you must inform us before the workshop starts. For in-person workshops, we will take one photograph of your face so that we can erase your image if we happen to catch it by chance during the workshop, and we will do our best to avoid you. We would also appreciate your cooperation in positioning yourself at the edge of the group so as to help us avoid you.


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