June 5‐8 - **Full**
As AP Biology teachers, you are coming into this summer institute at a great time. Whether you are a beginning AP Biology teacher or a veteran of the subject, many diverse topics will be presented and shared at the 2017 Summer Institute at the Woodward Academy. Since 2012, the AP Biology curriculum has undergone many changes and teachers will have opportunities to adapt to the changes. The focus has shifted from content coverage (breadth) toward enduring understandings and scientific reasoning skills (depth). Teachers will review the AP Bio Curriculum Framework which is a great asset to organization and providing complete coverage of the entire curriculum in a structured yet flexible format. Instructions and examples on how to prepare or modify an Audit will be provided. Participants will gain information and experiences on how to teach classroom and laboratory portions of the "revised and improved" AP Biology course.
Since time is usually the number one concern of every AP Biology teacher, this weeklong institute will emphasize and incorporate theory, the newly redesigned C ollege Board recommended lab topics (changing to more inquiry-based), other activities and lab alternatives appropriate for the AP Bio classroom. Lab simulation sites, plus many others will be utilized. The revised AP Biology Student Laboratory Manual will provide the framework for the many inquiry‐based lab activities that will be covered in the APSI. Other alternative labs will be used as supplements to the College Board suggested labs. Suggestions as to how to incorporate the inquiry activities will be included.
The AP Biology exam is of great importance to the course; therefore teachers will learn methods to better prepare students for success on the exam. Discussions relating to the AP grading procedures will be included. Samples of old exam questions and grading standards will be compared to the exam format and standards released since 2013. The latest exam rubrics will be evaluated using a mini-reading process. Formats from other sources will also be incorporated.
- Consultant: Kathy Weatherhead
- Consultant Generated handbook of all labs and lessons
- Biological suppliers donations of lab kits, etc
- Dropbox links of many additional materials
- College Board Workshop Handbook
- Curriculum Materials and Activities
- Sample Textbooks
- Biology Lab Manual and Materials
- Technology Assignment Options
- USB Drive
- Lunch & Snacks
- The AP Program
- The AP Biology Redesign
- The AP Biology Labs (Inquiry-based)
- The AP Biology Redesigned Exam
- Free Response Grading
- Incentive-based Learning Strategies
- Sharing Strategies to Help Students Grow Academically
- Sharing of AP Biology Material Teaching Strategies and Activities
- Review for the AP Biology exam
- Transitioning to the New Curriculum framework
- Prepare and present a best practices for sharing ideas and lab shortcuts. Bring a best practices lesson to share with other teacher-participants. (3-5 minute presentation with write-up)
- Your current syllabus - you will be given several new and current AP Bio texts
- Your school calendar as we discuss tips for teaching it all
- Safety glasses, a scientific calculator, and watch with second hand (or Smart Phone)
- A jump drive for sharing, a computer (if possible)
- (repeat from above) Plan to share your favorite shortcut, activity, website, project, assignment, or piece of AV equipment that you have found useful and effective in your Bio classes.