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Advanced Placement Institute Pre-AP Science for New and Experienced 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 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Consultant Bio

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.

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