Over the course of this 4-day workshop, new and experienced teachers alike will become familiar with the recently updated Course and Exam Description (CED) in AP Biology (2020). The updated CED organizes the course into eight commonly taught units:
1: Chemistry of Life
2: Cell Structure and Function
3: Cellular Energetics
4: Cell Cycle
6: Gene Expression and Regulation
7: Natural Selection
The major focus of this Advanced Placement Summer Institute will be on the changes to the CED, lab investigations, and the new resources available to teachers. The updated course framework clearly connects each learning objective to specific essential knowledge and includes biology – specific science practices that build skills to help students learn to think and act like biologists. Particularly important will be the time and skill set necessary to support teachers in implementing more inquiry-based investigations and participants will be given tools and strategies for modifying traditional experiments into inquiry-based models. Participants will become familiar with hands-on lab investigations in the updated lab manual AP Biology Lab Investigations: An Inquiry-Based Approach (2020) as well as explore creative alternatives to these labs. We will also examine the new AP Biology exam design and essay grading. There will be time carved out for teachers to begin working on their AP Biology syllabus specific to their school’s daily schedule and calendar so the AP Course Audit process will be made easier.
Participants will need to bring a calculator, camera (phone or digital), laptop computer, and a favorite Investigation activity to share on our Google folder (invitations emailed the first day of the workshop).
AP Central AP Biology Updates:
Cheryl Gray Mitchell
M.s. Degree, University of California
The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.
Classes run from 7:30-400 – Instructors will send you an agenda with their class times. Class times may vary depending on the instructor.
Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledge and skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.
Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the “Ask a Question” button. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes AP* Summer Institute office at 302-567-1400.
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