MassBioEd names Bellingham High School as "Innovative School of the Year"
Foundation will recognize local high school at MassBio's annual meeting
March 23, 2010 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) - The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education (MassBioEd) Foundation today announced it will honor Bellingham High School as its "Innovative School of the Year."
MassBioEd will recognize Bellingham High's first-rate biotechnology education program at a luncheon at MassBio's Annual Meeting on March 31st at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
"Bellingham High School has set an excellent example for local schools looking to strengthen the presence of biotech education in the classroom by actively participating in initiatives such as BioTeach and the Life Science Career Development Program," said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of MassBioEd. "Through building teams of teachers, guidance staff and administrators that work with life science business and higher education partners, Bellingham High has shown its dedication to enriching its students' exposure to the biotech field."
Other ways Bellingham High has enhanced its outreach to students through biotech education include developing co-curricular and informal learning models to enhance students' classroom experiences and providing two levels of extra curricular opportunities to students while extending the program intervention from one year to two or more years of activities.
Bellingham High also developed a strategic plan for institutionalizing career development work in their schools' science classes and guidance programs.
Representing Bellingham High at the luncheon will be Principal Edward Fleury, Guidance Head Peter Marano, Guidance Counselor Dr. Janice Chiappone , science teacher Forest Henderson, and students Kahley Gerrior and Jacqueline Bousquet
This is the first time MassBioEd will recognize a local school for its achievements in incorporating biotech education into its science curriculum.
About the MassBioEd Foundation
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), founded in 2001, is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. Serving as a link between education, industry, and government, MassBioEd is working to ensure Massachusetts' biotechnology sector, has an appropriately trained work force to meet the growing employment needs. MassBioEd's BioTeach program provides professional development to over 500 teachers in their biotechnology curricula and provides grants and lab equipment to 179 schools across the Commonwealth. In addition, MassBioEd's BioTech Learning Center offers professional development courses for employees in the biotech sector to advance their professional skills.