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Biology Virtual June 20-24

For Biology teachers with 3 years or less of AP experience

This Biology Summer Institute is designed for teachers with limited experience teaching AP Biology.  Participants will learn about the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, how to incorporate inquiry into the AP Biology curriculum, and perform selected laboratory investigations, and share ideas for implementing these activities in the classroom. Participants will conduct laboratories that will satisfy the requirement for 25% of the AP Biology course to be laboratory-based. Yes–even in a virtual teaching world, we will do labs! Some lab materials will be mailed to you. In addition, we will review virtual labs, hybrid learning, and share best practices. Planned laboratory activities include:

  • Big Idea 1: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Modeling and BLAST lab
  • Big Idea 2: Photosynthesis with floating leaf assay with materials from around the house or grocery store, Cell Energy com materials mailed to you
  • Big Idea 3: PCR and gel electrophoresis with Mini-One systems (loaner equipment will be mailed to you)
  • Big Idea 4: Animal Behavior, Enzyme Catalysis (materials from the grocery store)

Participants will also learn about the changes to AP that took place in the 2020-2021 school year, including updated formative assessment tools for AP Biology teachers on AP Classroom. Teachers will leave this workshop prepared to successfully teach AP Biology, including audit approval, College Board curriculum alignment, and how to prepare students for the AP Biology exam.

.REGISTER NOW FOR THE JUNE BIOLOGY: NEW(ISH) WORKSHOP


CONSULTANT: JENNIE EDGAR

Jennie Edgar, Biology- First-time consultant

Jennie Edgar teaches high school science. Currently, she is teaching physics, APES, and AP Bio online at Cherry Creek Elevation High School, and she has experience teaching just about every high school science course. She served as an AP reader of both AP Environmental Science and Biology exams.  In addition to serving as a reader, she also works as an item developer for AP Biology.  Jennie is a National Board Certified teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Biology.  She also conducts workshops in AP Biology, AP Strategies for Success in Science, and Quantitative Skills in Biology through the College Board.

Jennie honed her passion for science at the University of Michigan and earned her Master’s in Science Education at Montana State University-Bozeman. She served as a PST fellow for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, a PLT facilitator, and a curriculum consultant. She is an avid skier and enjoys spending time with her family.

 

 

 

 


For experienced AP teachers

The College Board redesigned the AP Biology curriculum recently (2012-2013) and some minor revisions in the fall of 2015, which included the laboratory component of the course being completely revamped, in conjunction with an increased emphasis on inquiry. Teachers have been adapting to new ideas and ways of teaching and learning about the Big Ideas, Science Practices, Essential Knowledge Statements and the L.O.’s or Learning Objectives.  Biology will offer you the following opportunities:

  • Perform and discuss the numerous labs and alternatives to these labs.
  • Receive the updated curriculum and resources from the College Board for the 2019-2020 year and updates and revisions that were done during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Ideas how to modify an existing course for the upcoming new year after going through the new course for the first time.
  • The opportunity to share and receive hints for improving student achievement.
  • Discuss textbooks and other materials, equipment suggestions, and ordering information.
  • Opportunities to network and develop a support system with other members of your class.
  • Sharing ideas for lab reports and on how to make your class more student driven.
  • Reviewing of the scoring of the new FRQ’s and exam
  • Learning to use primary literature in the AP Biology classroom.

When you leave, you will have new skills, resources and ideas, along with the confidence that you are ready to teach a top-notch course!

  • Have access to your course materials. We will have a google drive to share our best practices.
  • Bring your thoughts about the year using the CED and the other resources
  • I will share a google drive with all resources I will share and used in my classroom.

To help you prepare for teaching AP Biology, and to refine and reflect, we will address:

Content and Science Practices:

  • Understanding the organization and using the Curriculum Framework
  • What topics will you teach? Discussion on order of topics. How do you tell your story?
  • How will you incorporate science practices into your daily teaching?
  • Using and incorporating Quantitative Skills in your course on a regular basis.
  • Pedagogical Strategies

Inquiry as a lab focus and the Science Practices.

  • The lab component focuses on utilizing the science practices.
  • Teach you ways to adapt existing teacher-directed labs to inquiry labs.
  • Identify what skills need to be taught to the students?
  • Lab “write up” ideas.
  • Lab Assessment ideas.
  • Other discussions

Conceptual Exams that incorporate Science Practices      

  • Elements of the exam. What do you include? What to focus on?
  • What experiences should you give your students so they are able to demonstrate conceptual understanding rather than simply factual knowledge?
  • Where to find test items and how do you design your tests in your classroom.
  • Grading and Exam review ideas.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JUNE BIOLOGY: EXPERIENCED WORKSHOP


CONSULTANT: MARK LITTLE

Mark Little, Biology Consultant
Mark Little, Biology Consultant

Mark Little had been a science teacher at Broomfield High School in Colorado for 32 years and has taught AP Biology for over 18 years and retired at the end of 2018.  He has been very involved with the AP Biology re-design, including and not limited to field-testing some of the laboratory investigations and helping with the new CED.  Mark is currently a member of the AP Biology College Board Instructional Design Team. He has been an AP Reader and Table Leader for over fifteen years at the reading along with being an item writer for the exam. He saw a need and also started the AP Environmental Science program at his school 9 years ago.  He also has taught Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology. Mark received his BS degree from Colorado State University and his Masters from the University of Denver.

Mark incorporates the new curriculum framework ideas in his workshop and his focus for his institutes is to help the AP Biology come alive for students.  Mark was a member of the first cohort of the BSCS/NABT AP Leadership Academy and he incorporates the information learned in his workshops. He is National Board Certified and has been recognized for his teaching by receiving various awards, including the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the state of Colorado in 2005.  He works for National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the Colorado Science Initiative, helping students and teachers prepare for AP science exams. He has been a College Board Consultant since 2014. Mark was President of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) in 2013 and currently still very involved with NABT by holding a couple leadership roles including AP Section chair. I look forward to working with everyone this summer during the Augsburg APSI.

Spanish Language- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize teachers with the format of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam.  This institute is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP Spanish Language and Culture.  We will cover and review the format of the exam, the scoring guidelines and resources related to the course and exam, including AP Classroom.  Participants will feel able to begin teaching their own sections of AP Spanish Language and Culture and adapt and develop their own strategies to be used in their own classrooms.  Participants will be able to develop and share a lesson plan and projects to be used during the school year.  An emphasis will be placed on adapting strategies and lessons for both in-person and Remote Learning.

Goals for the Institute

  • To become familiar with all aspects of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course and exam.
  • How to build your AP program starting at levels 1 and 2
  • To learn and review the materials and lessons available through AP Central and AP Classroom.
  • To be able to learn, evaluate and implement the three modes of communication in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course.
  • To learn and review the scoring of the AP Spanish Language and Exam.
  • To learn and share best strategies for teaching the course.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE  JULY SPANISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOP


consultant: jorge zamora

Jorge Zamora, Spanish Language consultant

Jorge began his teaching career in 2002 at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL (suburb of Chicago), where he has been ever since. He has taught most levels of Spanish, from Spanish I to AP. He has taught AP Language and Culture for the last 13 years and has served as an AP Reader since 2016, both as a Reader, Table Leader and as an Early Table Leader for the last 4 years, helping to select benchmarks and training sets, among other tasks. Jorge has been a presenter on numerous occasions on the subject of AP Spanish and on the uses of technology in the World Language classroom at the local, national, and international levels. He has made several contributions to Spanish textbooks and other publications. He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Northern Illinois University and his master’s degree in Educational Technology from Concordia University in Chicago. Jorge is also a soccer coach for both boys’ and girls’ teams and has coached volleyball and track and field as well. He enjoys reading books in both Spanish and English, working out, playing videogames and spending time with his family.

Latin- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

Course description:

This AP Latin APSI is designed to build supportive community among participants and to give teachers all the tools necessary to teach the AP Latin course in the coming school year.  Participants will explore the course framework, expectations for the exam, and new online AP resources that will help them design meaningful instruction for their students as they prepare to guide their students through Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s De Bello Gallico.  We will talk about how to link the two works in a cohesive syllabus and how to use the Course and Exam Description to build skills over the course of Units 1-8.  Participants will learn about the course audit and registration processes on the College Board website to ensure they have access to new resources and to assist students in registering for their exams by the fall deadline.

Each participant will design an integrated lesson to share with the group for the coming year.  Both new and experienced teachers will benefit from discussions about course design and pedagogy as we consider what assignments are most effective, how to structure the course to finish the syllabus and to serve groups of diverse learners, and how to make relevant connections between the ancient and modern worlds. Teachers will leave with prepared passages and materials, practice questions, and teaching techniques and strategies to enhance the student experience in their Latin classes in the years leading up to and including the AP Latin class itself.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY LATIN WORKSHOP


consultant: Jennie Luongo

Jennifer Luongo, Latin consultant

Jennifer Luongo, M.A., has been the Latin teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX for 27 years.  She has taught every level of high school Latin from level 1 to post-AP, in addition to running study programs in Italy and Greece for students. She is currently serving on the AP Latin Development Committee, as Lead Consultant for AP Latin, as Moderator of the AP Latin Online Teacher Community, as the Certamen Chair for the National Junior Classical League, and as President-elect of the American Classical League.  She has been a Reader and Question Leader and the College Board Advisor for AP Latin. In 2018, she was awarded the St. Andrew’s Teaching Award and given the inaugural Gaylan DuBose Teaching Award by the Texas Classical Association. . 

 

 

Physics 1- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

This APSI is designed to get new AP teachers ready for the course, and to allow experienced teachers a chance to expand on their skills in the classroom. During the week I will model how my classes are run by using Google Classroom and Zoom. We will aim to have our session be as lively and interactive as possible even in this virtual setting. Through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous sessions  we will look at the course description, set a pacing guide for our classroom, learn how exams are graded, find ways for out student to earn the most possible points on FRQ’s, and design practice for our students that can be implemented during the school year. Participants will work with: the AP Classroom page, sample student responses, Instructional Planning Reports and the AP 1 Workbook to gain new resources to bring into their classroom.  Participants will leave this session having: built new connections to other teachers, access to new resources, and new inspiration for teaching AP in the fall.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY PHYSICS 1 WORKSHOP


Consultant: becca howell

Becca Howell, Physics 1 consultant

Rebecca Howell has been teaching AP Physics since 2000 in the North Atlanta Metro area. She has always loved math and science.While she has taught every AP Physics Course, she currently teaches AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia. She has worked as Question Leader, Table Leader, and Reader at the annual AP Physics Reading since 2003.
Rebecca served as a member of the AP Physics 2 test development committee, as the College Board Advisor from 2013-2018. Rebecca has presented several times at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting. She has worked with the Georgia Department of Education in presenting one-day workshops since 2007. From 2012 – 2017, Rebecca served as a Master Teaching Fellow through the Noyce I-IMPACT
Teaching Fellowship Program at Kennesaw State University mentoring new Physics and AP Physics teachers while earning her Teacher Leader Endorsement. She was selected as 2019 STAR teacher for Lambert and the school district. In 2020 she was awarded the E. Scott Barr award for Physics Teaching Excellent presented by the University of Alabama. She is the Head Coach for Science Olympiad and Physics Team. During summer break, Mrs. Howell travels to various universities to lead College Board workshops. She enjoys working with new teachers. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family; Michael (husband), Olivia (Freshman at LHS), and Connor (3rd grader at SBE). The Howell furbabies are Charley (dog), Milli (dog), and Pepper (cat). She loves coffee, being outside, making stuff, Disney, StarWars, Harry Potter, and going on adventures.

 

 

Environmental Science- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

Together we will share proven strategies and tools designed to engage our students in their learning of environmental science. This will include an analysis of the Course and Exam Description along with the tools in AP Classroom we can use to help our students learn and reflect. We will also examine how we can increase the equity in and access to our course within our district as well as how we can personally reflect on our students current and past performance to inform our instruction. Resources will be shared and collaboration will be conducted in a Google Classroom. A comprehensive collection of links to current online resources, activities, lab write-ups, and instructional tools will be provided to support instruction. Each participant will have an understanding of student expectations and be provided with individualized support in meeting their preparation goals for the coming school year. 

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WORKSHOP


consultant: chris groenhout

Chris Groenhout, Environmental Science consultant

Chris Groenhout graduated from Michigan State University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. He has been teaching chemistry, biology, AP biology, and AP environmental science since 2000. He also has a masters degree in biology and a masters degree in educational technology. Chris has a passion for the environment and education. Chris currently teaches chemistry and AP environmental science at Grandville High School in Grandville Michigan. He is excited to provide meaningful and useful experiences to facilitate growth in educational best practices.

Biology- July Online

For New and Experienced teachers

This Biology Summer Institute is designed for teachers with limited experience teaching AP Biology.  Participants will learn about the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, how to incorporate inquiry into the AP Biology curriculum, and perform selected laboratory investigations and share ideas for implementing these activities in the classroom. Participants will conduct laboratories that will satisfy the requirement for 25% of the AP Biology course to be laboratory based. Planned laboratory activities include:

  • Big Idea 1: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Modeling and BLAST lab
  • Big Idea 2: Photosynthesis with floating leaf assay, Cell Energy with Bio-rad Algae Beads, Diffusion and Osmosis
  • Big Idea 3: PCR and gel electrophoresis with Mini-One systems
  • Big Idea 4: Animal Behavior, Enzyme Catalysis

Participants will also learn about the changes to AP that took place in the 2019-2020 school year, including updated formative assessment tools for AP Biology teachers on AP Classroom. Teachers will leave this workshop prepared to successfully teach AP Biology, including audit approval, College Board curriculum alignment, and how to prepare students for the AP Biology exam.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY BIOLOGY WORKSHOP      


Consultant: Jennie Edgar

Jennie Edgar, Biology- First-time consultant

Jennie Edgar teaches Physics and AP Biology at Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, Colorado. She served as an AP reader of both AP Environmental Science and Biology exams.  In addition to serving as a reader, she also works as an item developer for AP Biology.  Jennie is a National Board Certified teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Biology.  She also conducts workshops in AP Biology, AP Strategies for Success in Science, and Quantitative Skills in Biology through the College Board.

Jennie honed her passion for science at the University of Michigan and earned her Master’s in Science Education at Montana State University-Bozeman. She served as a PST fellow for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, a PLT facilitator, and a curriculum consultant. She is an avid skier and enjoys spending time with her family.

Computer Science Principles- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

Course Description:

During this AP® Computer Science Principles APSI, you’ll explore the course Computational Thinking Practices and the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge statements. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will help ensure that your students can register for AP® Exams, have access to AP® Classroom and digital portfolio. After attending this APSI, you’ll understand the skills students will need to demonstrate to be successful in the AP® Computer Science Principles course and exam, including completing and submitting the Create Performance Task.  You will learn how to incorporate the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge, when building your curriculum.  Participants will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP® Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP® teacher community, and the AP® question bank.  This APSI will also include discussion of recruiting and broadening participation in computer science courses.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES WORKSHOP


consultant: TBD

Calculus BC- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

During this AP Calculus BC APSI, we will learn about the AP Calculus curriculum framework, including the Mathematical Practices, Big Ideas, Course Content and Skills.  We will explore the use of AP Classroom, learn about the Audit process, and explore a variety of pedagogical approaches to the delivery of the material and assessment of student progress and mastery.  Both AB & BC content will be developed, with an emphasis on the BC topics including Polar Forms, Parametric & Vector equations, BC specific techniques of integration (partial fractions, indefinite integrals, integration by parts), and Series. Participants will have a chance to request specific topics for review and extension and topics will be differentiated as appropriate to participant needs.  Significant time will be spent ensuring that participants are comfortable with the content in the course.  Test prep will be covered, with an emphasis on helping students to learn to communicate their methods clearly and completely, including time spent in mock grading published student results.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY CALCULUS BC WORKSHOP


consultant: Ruth miller

Ruth Miller, Calculus BC consultant

Ruth Miller is the Head of the Math Department at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado.  She’s been teaching AP Calculus (off and on) since 1984, as well as AP Stats, Algebra I, Pre-Calc, and pretty much everything else that passes for math.  She has taught in both public & private schools for 40 years, in Ohio, California, Virginia, Michigan, Colorado, and Maryland.  Ruth briefly taught History of Math (and Calculus & Statistics) at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, and enjoys using the History of Math to help students to understand the connections between how the discipline has developed and current practice.  She graduated from the University of Akron as an undergrad, and earned a BS from Johns Hopkins University.

For 17 years, Ruth has been an AP Reader, and has read both AB & BC papers, as well as International and Alternative exams.  She’s also served recently as a Table Leader.  Ruth has given numerous workshops and talks over many years, on subjects ranging from AP Calculus and Stats to the 9-Point Circle, The History of Algebra, and the Archimedes Palimpsest.

Ruth is an avid reader (a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Richard Russo), enjoys sailing and hiking, and is embarrassed to admit that she watches some subgenres of Reality TV.  She speaks German, and has taught math in a German Gymnasium as an exchange teacher (Ruth loves to travel). Berlin is her favorite city (followed closely by Köln).  Ruth has 3 grown children who live in Denver, and Los Angeles, and a new granddaughter, who is perfect in every way.

Calculus AB- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

The APSI for 2021 will present unique and different learning opportunities for both teachers and leaders. The move to a virtual professional learning model will provide all participants with the opportunity to learn and grow in their online abilities and to help foster and develop competence in digital tools that will in the end help teachers and leaders find ways to connect with students and deliver material in multiple mediums. The workshop will definitely look and feel different from a traditional face to face summer institute, but the curricular outcomes and goals will be the same. This will be accomplished with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work, including both individual and group opportunities. Success will be born of struggle, and if we believe in our goals, then we will achieve in our goals. 

During this workshop, participants will focus on the three big ideas for AP Calculus AB (Limits and Continuity, the Derivative, and Integration) and how those big ideas are developed and evolve through the AB curriculum.  Curriculum work will focus on teaching strategies, coverage, and pacing along with ideas for formative and summative assessments.  Wrapped around this curricular work will be a detailed examination of the 2021 AP Calculus AB exam and the scoring guidelines, scoring summary, and student samples.  Participants will come away from the workshop with a solid grasp of how points are earned on the exam and how using knowledge from the AP calculus reading can help inform and improve classroom instruction. Additionally during the week, instructional technology tools will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to create interactive elements to be included during the academic year to help students make connections with the AP Calculus curriculum. 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY CALCULUS AB WORKSHOP          


Consultant: tom ahlschwede

Tom Ahlschwede
Tom Ahlschwede, Calculus AB consultant

This is my 22nd year teaching and 14th summer as an AP Calculus Workshop Consultant.  I’ve participated in the AP Calculus reading eight times, including summer 2021.  I live and teach in Lincoln, Nebraska. My teaching load lately has been all AP Calculus (AB and BC) and AP Computer Science (Principles and A).  I have a great wife and two sons, one in college and one in high school.  In my free time I like to be outside, play golf, bike, work on home improvements, and relax.