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AP Biology for new teachers

Below is information from AP Summer Institute workshops that were held in August 2014. Please stay tuned for next year's lineup.

Workshop Description

The workshop was intended for new AP Biology teachers and covered the material necessary to successful teach AP Biology and promote student achievement.   Topics covered included the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, exam, recommended labs, content updates, course syllabus, inquiry labs, free response questions and materials for the course.  Participants were given the opportunity to develop their syllabus and their course during the workshop.

Learning Outcomes

  • Share hints for improving student achievement
  • Participate in content updates
  • Discuss the AP Biology Curriculum Framework
  • Explore the AP Biology exam
  • Learn how to incorporate inquiry into the AP Biology curriculum
  • Perform selected Lab investigations and share ideas for implementing these labs
  • Receive suggestions on how to develop and/or revise an AP Biology course
  • Network and develop a support system with other workshop participants

Consultant Bio

Shamone Minzenmayer teaches Biology 1, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, AP Environmental Science and AP Biology at Central High School in San Angelo, Texas.  She has taught for a total of 22 years with most of those years being in a public school.  She has taught Biology 1 (grade level and Pre-AP) for 18 years, AP/DC Biology for 13 years, AP/DC Environmental Science for 4 years and various classes at Angelo State University and Texas A&M University for 4 years.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Biology from Angelo State University as well as additional graduate hours from Texas A&M University.  She has been a reader and/or table leader at the AP Biology reading for the past 12 years.  She is currently a co-PI on a grant project with several faculty members of Angelo State University that are working to provide middle school and high school teachers in the local area opportunities to incorporate field work into their science classrooms.  Shamone has also been a member of the curriculum development team for San Angelo ISD and has served on several review committees with TEA.  She has been married for 29 years and has a 19 year old son that attends Texas A&M University and a 16 year old daughter that attends Central High School.


Important Registration Details & Directions

The next AP Summer Institute will be June 23-26 at the downtown campus for Pre-AP courses, and August 4-7 at the main campus for AP courses. Please use the sign-up below to receive an email alert when registration opens.

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