AP Summer Institutes at Woodward Academy

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.


Daily Schedule

Morning Afternoon
  • Welcome, Introductions, APSI Schedule, Overview of College Board Professional Dev. Workshop Handbook, AP Central website overview
  • Equity, Access and Diversity
  • Review packet AND BINDER materials
  • Curriculum Framework Discussions, Big Ideas, etc.
  • Introduction to Hardy-Weinberg Problem solving then intro HW Alternative Activity
  • Lab 2 (computer simulation) from Student Handbook
  • Set up whole leaf Plant Transpiration; ADD INQUIRY; Prepare for Transformation lab (part 1)
  • Teachers build respirometers for conventional Respiration lab
  • TEACHERS - choose your day to share your best practice
Morning Afternoon
  • Course audit introduction/review Syllabus Development Guide; planning the course for a year
  • Basic Syllabus; Review samples in CB workbook and teachers share
  • Lab 4: Water Potential parts 1 & 2 or DIFFUSION/OSMOSIS
  • Lab 7: Cell Division; then Chi Square Activity with M & Ms
  • NEW EXAM (Activity - Analyzing Sample Exam); NEW PRACTICE EXAM Analyzing Practice Exam
  • Biology Essays: Essay Writing Skills - read 2015 FRQs and discuss answers.
  • Test your skills on writing a Rubric for FRQ # 6 from Flinn, then apply A Meta-Analytical Approach
  • Lab 6: Conventional Respiration Lab
Morning Afternoon
  • Curriculum Framework - Assess Inquiry-Based Labs
  • PASCO Presenter Using Electronic Sensors
  • Lab 5: Photosynthesis
  • Lab 6: Respiration
  • Lab 13: Enzymes PASCO
  • Textbook Selection
  • Lab 8: Transformation (pt. 2)
  • Lab 3: Intro to Cladograms
  • BLAST (computer simulation using NEW Lab 13)
  • Instructional Design/Assessment - Formative & Summative
  • Creating Formative Assessment Activity
Morning Afternoon
  • Modifying Labs for Inquiry-Activity
  • Lab 9: Electrophoresis
  • Lab 12 - Behavior Lab alternative OR Lab 7 - Chi-Square
  • Discuss Lab 1 options
  • Teacher Inquiry Quest (Design your own lab in groups)
  • Lab #?? - from Kits not used - your choice
  • Give-aways and Evaluations

July 17‐20

Whether a teacher is just beginning to teach an AP Biology course or has taught the course for years, there will be something for everyone at this Advanced Placement Summer Institute. This comprehensive institute will provide information and experiences on how to teach both the classroom and laboratory components of an AP Biology course. Activities to support an understanding of the revised structure and design of the AP Biology Curriculum Framework will be a major part of this summer institute. There will be instruction on how to prepare or modify an Audit based on the redesigned curriculum framework. Teachers will be introduced to the new laboratory investigations that are in the revised AP Biology Student Laboratory Manual. In addition, activities and strategies to support inquiry-based instruction will be presented along with how to incorporate these inquiry activities into the coursework. Participants will learn how to organize the course in order to have time to present the material to the students as well as to conduct the laboratory investigations.

The specifics of the redesigned AP Biology Exam and the importance of the grading process will also be presented. A review and discussion of the standards for the Free Response Questions from the 2017 Exam will also be included. Teachers will learn methods to better prepare their students for writing the answers to the Free Response Questions of the AP Exam. Course goals include:


Daily Schedule



Morning Afternoon
  • Welcome, Introductions, APSI Schedule and Notebook, Handbook, Textbooks
  • Equity and Diversity
  • The Curriculum Framework: BI's, EU's, and EK's (Jigsaw/Concept Map)
  • AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach - Assignment
  • Planning an AP Biology Course for the Year (AP Audit and Syllabus)
  • Lab Notebooks, Lab Reports, Laboratory Equipment and Materials
  • Investigation 4: Diffusion and Osmosis ** BI 2
  • Investigation 11: Transpiration ** BI 4 (Whole Plant vs Potometers)

HEY, WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? - About the LO's and the SP's

Morning Afternoon
  • And What About Anatomy and Physiology?
  • The AP Biology Exam for 2016 - Scoring of the FRQ's
  • Writing Multiple Choice Questions Based on Content from the CF
  • Investigation 5: Photosynthesis ** BI 2 and Other Activities Using Plants
  • Investigation 1: Artificial Selection ** BI 1 (Alternatives?)
  • Investigation 10: Energy Dynamics ** BI 4 (Alternatives?)

DNA - From Genes and Chromosomes to Proteins to Traits

Morning Afternoon
  • Investigation 8: Biotechnology: Bacterial Transformation ** BI 3
  • Investigation 9: Biotechnology: Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA ** BI 3
  • Investigation 3: BLAST BI 1 (Alternatives?)
  • Investigation 6: Cellular Respiration ** BI 2 (Pasco Representative)
  • Investigation 13: Enzyme Activity ** BI 4 (Pasco Representative)
  • Investigation 7: Cell Division: Mitosis and Meiosis BI 3

MATHEMATICS: Biology's Next Microscope - Only Better

Morning Afternoon
  • Mathematics and Statistics Review for Biology Students
  • Calculating Transformation Efficiencies from Investigation 8
  • Calculating Sizes of Restriction Fragment Lengths from Investigation 9
  • Investigation 2: Mathematical Modeling: Hardy-Weinberg (Woolly Worms) ** BI 1
  • Investigation 12: Fruit Fly Behavior ** BI 4
  • College Board Evaluations and APSI Certificates and USB Drives
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