On Monday, thirty-one alumni teachers began the first Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) 2.0 training. Participating teachers from the 2005 cohort to last summer’s 2013 group are participating in this 3-day program for the purpose of ensuring a smooth transition from the previous Amgen Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab curriculum to the newly revised Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE).
Since 2005, over 180 teachers have taken part in the Life Sciences Summer Institute Teacher Program, a professional development program for science teachers in San Diego. In order to receive loaner support and equipment needed to implement the ABE curriculum, teachers must complete the 12-day summer program. Currently, 68 teachers actively implement the curriculum. All 68 teachers were invited to participate in LSSI 2.0.
The new ABE includes a new story line about the role of gene cloning in treating diabetes including an alignment with the Common Core Science Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). ABE now includes only 6 labs from the previous 8 and a newly revised Lab 1.
The program is taking place at the southern California Biotechnology Center at San Diego Miramar College. Teachers will conclude their training on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.