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Ballou Senior High School
Submitted by staff on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:38am
Ballou Senior High School, located in the SE section ("quadrant") of Washington DC, is the second high school in the Washington DC DCBiotech partnership.
Ballou is a neighborhood school that for several years has had a student population that is 100% black.
The Biotech program is supported by the District of Columbia Public Schools' Office of Career and Technical Education. Development of the Career Pathway got a jumpstart through a partnership of DCPS, the Carnegie Academy for Science Education and Montgomery College, MD, that garnered support for "DC Biotech: Improving Opportunities for Urban Minority Students" (NSF-ATE-DUE Award #0603415, funding period 2006-2010).
(The Nation's Capital City, Washington DC did not have a community college until 2010, and we now welcome the new Community College of the District of Columbia!)
The Ballou Biotech program is not yet complete, but is able generally to offer Biotech 1 and 2 and Issues and Applications. Selected Ballou students participated all three years in the DC Biotech summer internship program.
The Ballou curriculum is based on Ellyn Daugherty's Biotechnology: Science for a New Millennium. Lisa Seidman's Basic Laboratory Math for Biotechnology and the DNALC's DNA Science serve as important and oft-used auxiliary texts.
Ballou and McKinley biotech teachers have participated in Ellyn Daugherty's summer workshops and have collaborated off and on (gaps in partnering due mainly to teacher turnover).