Offered June 22-25, 2015

For new and experienced AP teachers

Download 2015 syllabus

Course Description

The week will be intensive, informative, practical and yet hopefully very enjoyable. As you are aware, there was a shift in the AP Biology Program. The new program and test were introduced into the classroom in the 2012-13 school year. This summer’s workshops will go through the parameters of these changes including the curriculum changes, new exam, new audit, new labs, and math used in course change well as the 2015 free response questions.

The supplies you will need are pencils, pens, ruler, calculator, safety goggles, apron, flash drive (to download lab data), a blank lab/spiral notebook, laptop (if available). It may be useful to bring your school calendar 2015-16, and the AP Biology book used at your school (if you presently teach AP). You will be supplied with new AP Textbooks that publishers are generously donating. I hope that you will also bring an eagerness to learn, a willingness to work hard, and a desire to share ideas while still having fun.

It is important that you be informed that although the times listed for the APSI’s are scheduled to end at 4:00 p.m., Biology sessions will take longer because of the daily labs. The first three days our program may go as late as 6:00 p.m. The last day may end by 3:30 p.m.

There will be homework each day. You may want to look at the following websites.

Advances in AP Biology

AP Teacher Community

Consultant: Shari Cohen

Shari Cohen has a Masters in Biology from Valparaiso University and Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. Shari taught Chemistry and all levels of Biology including AP Biology at Homewood-Flossmoor High School for 34 years. Shari has been a consultant for the College Board since 1999 doing one day and weeklong summer workshops throughout the United States. She has been in the National Leader Program and Mentor Program of the College Board.

She has been involved with the AP* Reading to score the free response questions from the AP* Biology Exam since 1997, serving as reader and table leader.

During her career as a high school teacher she was named the Outstanding Biology Teacher in Illinois in 1997 and served as President of the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers. She was recipient of Monsanto’s Award to National Association of Science Teachers at the National Convention in Spring 2000.