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Connecting Point NW markets an award-winning high school biology curriculum and K-12 science teacher in-service to the nation’s school districts.

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About the Author

Ron Thompson, a 30-year veteran high school biology teacher, has been presented with many other awards for his teaching and curriculum development, including the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and Washington State Science Teacher of the Year. He personally met President Clinton at the White House when receiving the Presidential Award for science teaching. Mr. Thompson is currently teaching science teacher interns at Seattle Pacific University.

He also provides high quality workshops for K-12 science teachers across the nation. He has conducted in-service programs in most major US cities. For more information on workshops and in-service programs please email Ron.


  • Biology: As Scientific Inquiry, Precision Press, text/lab manual
  • Author of numerous problem-solving lab activities in Modern Biology text, Holt, Rinehart & Winston
  • Performance-based lab assessment modules, Biology: Principles and Explorations, Holt, Rinehart & Winston
  • Co-author of Heath Biology Laboratory Investigations, Houghton Mifflin
  • Making Your Biology Program the Best it Can Be, Bureau of Education and Research, Bellevue, WA
  • Neuroscience Laboratory and Classroom Activities, Participating author, National Association of Biology Teachers, Society for Neuroscience
  • Annotated Teachers’ Edition chapters, Addison-Wesley Biology text
  • Problem-Solving Lab Investigations for 8-9th Grade General Science, Bellevue Public Schools
  • Problem-Solving Lab Investigations for 5 & 6th Grade Life Science, Bellevue Public Schools
  • Problem-solving test questions, Heath Biology Test Bank, Houghton Mifflin
  • Problem-solving test questions, national testing company (ACT)
  • Team author of an interactive video biology course for Spanish speaking students, Integrated Learning Systems, Inc., Bellevue, WA

Educational Background

  • BS in biology education from the University of Washington
  • Ph.D. program, Department of Microbiology at the U. of W. School of Medicine, one year
  • Three additional years of post graduate study at various universities

Experience in Education

  • Biology teacher, Sammamish High School, Bellevue, Washington
  • Curriculum writer for Bellevue Public Schools and major publishers
  • Science assessment specialist for Bellevue Public Schools
  • Technology Specialist for Bellevue Public Schools
  • Current Adjunct professor, Seattle Pacific University

Awards & Honors

  • 1992 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, presented by President Clinton at The White House
  • $32,000.00 US Department of Education Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for 1990-’91
  • 1994 Washington State Science Teacher of the Year
  • 1994 Senatorial Award for Excellence in Education and Curriculum Writing, presented by US Senator Slade Gorton, Washington DC for Outstanding Teaching in Washington State
  • US West Outstanding Teacher Program 1992
  • Phi Delta Kappa Educational Honorary

Conference Speaker and Grants Recipient

Mr. Thompson is a frequent speaker on biology education at local, regional, state and national conferences and workshops. He has received many grants and fellowships to write science curriculum for various K-12 science programs as well as for high school biology. He has served on national committees and as a consultant to districts in various parts of the nation providing workshops to science staff on how to improve instruction and how to use his curriculum. He is presently conducting teacher training for science teachers for the Academy of Research & Professional Development in major cities throughout the nation. His various curriculum materials are used in every state and meet the national “Next Generation Science Standards.”

Contact Us

  • Connecting Point NW
  • Number Six Lindley Road
  • Mercer Island, WA 98040
  • Phone or Fax: (206) 230-8360
  • Our hours are 9AM to 5 PM (Pacific coast time) – Mon. through Fri. After hours and on weekends, call: (206) 232-8042 or our cell phone at: (206) 902-6215

Who Uses BASI


Biology: As Scientific Inquiry has energized my classroom.  Students are challenged to think clearly, work together, problem solve, and apply the scientific method in labs and classroom activities.”

Tim Krell, Biology teacher, Riverside School District, Carnation, Washington

“I have been completely and thoroughly impressed with Biology: As Scientific Inquiry and owe the successes this year, in great measure, to Mr. Thompson’s curriculum.”

Dan Shannon, biology teacher, Moeler High School, Cincinnati, OH

“I think the tactics and ideas in Biology: As Scientific Inquiry are terrific!  This is what all science teaching/learning should be: grade one through grad school."

Dr. Gordon Murphy, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene

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  • 23 April, 2019

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