Below is information from AP Summer Institute workshops that were held in August 2014. Please stay tuned for next year's lineup.
Workshop DescriptionThe Pre-AP Biology workshop was designed to provide teachers with instructional teaching strategies and laboratory skills necessary to successfully implement a challenging school program. Pre-AP is a ninth or tenth grade foundation course that will prepare students for continuation into Advanced Placement Biology. Participants were provided time to plan for classroom instruction that increases academic rigor in a thinking curriculum for student success. Best practices for curriculum implementation were emphasized while also allowing time for teachers to share their ideas and design strategies for more rigorous classroom lessons.
- Understand teaching techniques for challenging biology concepts.
- Understand laboratory procedures necessary to reinforce student retention of biology concepts.
- Understand how to prepare tests to challenge student thinking.
- Understand student engagement practices that lead to more time on task for classroom lessons.
Sharon Williams teaches Advanced Placement Biology in Dallas, Texas. She has taught both Pre-AP and AP Biology for twenty seven years. She became a College Board consultant in 2004 and has served as a reader for the AP Biology exam. She has presented one and two day conferences in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and week-long AP Summer Institute s in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. In previous years, she worked as a Science Coach for the district focusing on elementary, middle, and high school teacher development and now serves as district AP Biology Lead teacher. She has a Master’s of Science in Science Education degree from Texas Woman’s University and has continued learning the most recent advances in biology by participating in university summer research programs.
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.