Lisa Tobias, St. Peter Prince of the Apostle School, San Antonio, TX
Pre-AP Middle School Science
Lisa Tobias currently teaches Middle School science and the Elementary Science lab at St. Peter Prince of the Apostle School in San Antonio, TX. Mrs. Tobias started at St. Peter Prince in 2014. Prior to that, Chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry, and AP Chemistry at Central Catholic High School; Pre-AP Physics, Pre-AP Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics 1 at John Paul II Catholic High School in New Braunfels, TX; Pre-AP eighth grade physical science and sixth grade robotics. She has been teaching science since 2000. Mrs. Tobias holds a BS in biology and history from Bates College and an MA in education from Barry University. She has been consulting for the College Board since 2007 in Pre-AP Science and inquiry-based laboratories, as well as science vertical teams, and is currently a consultant mentor.
Course Description: The Pre-AP Science APSI is designed to take participants through each of the major components of a Pre-AP curriculum and then show participants how to incorporate the components into their own classrooms. The week opens by defining what Pre-AP Science is and how it can facilitate a student’s future success in science. Specific ideas such as what language to use in general questioning, what basic skills to incorporate and when, as well as how to integrate both components into assessment will be looked at during these early days. As we move farther into the week, we will begin looking at the different types of inquiry-based classrooms and how a class can be inquiry-based and still move forward through the necessary material at a reasonable pace. Teachers will also learn how to present inquiry in a way that makes even open ended inquiry approachable to students who are new to the process, saving time, frustration, and resources. In the last main component, we will assess different labs and evaluate how student vs teacher based (inquiry vs cookbook) they are. Once that is completed, we will begin to modify them in a constructive manner, making sure to incorporate other aspects of a successful Pre-AP classroom into the final products. If teachers bring their own labs, we will work on modifying their material and labs, rather than the stock labs provided. Throughout the whole week, we will be looking at and doing a variety of labs, activities, and projects that illustrate some aspect of the wide spectrum that makes up Pre-AP Science.
Participant’s Manual: Pre-AP: Topics for AP Vertical Teams in Science will be provided.
Mark Welch – Alpena High School, Alpena, AR
Marshall Welch has been a high school science educator for 28 years with the last 19 of those at Alpena High School in northwest Arkansas. He works also as a part time faculty member at North Arkansas College where he is a physical science, astronomy, and biology instructor. While at Alpena, he has taught AP Biology for 12 years. He has instructed the Pre-AP Biology classes for 23 years. He adheres to a curriculum framework driven instruction philosophy that has resulted in recognition of his students as a top 20 high school in his state for most improved end of course biology exam performance over a period from 2007-2013 by the Office of Educational Performance (OEP) at the University of Arkansas. His students were ranked as the 11th best performing school in Arkansas on the 2013 end of course biology exam by the OEP. Marshall initiated a competitive high school science research program that has witnessed 1,375 regional, state, and international science fair awards won by students. He has had the privilege of mentoring 22 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists. The most memorable his son Will and daughter Katie who earned finalist honors in the 2014 Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, California where their work received special recognition by the Organization of American States. He has also collaborated with the Alpena FFA chapter to produce over 100 National FFA Agriscience Fair Finalists. 15 of those were national award winners earning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place honors. The most memorable of these are the 2nd and two 3rd place awards won by his daughter Katie and a 2nd place award won by his son Will among the 5 National Champion projects won by other students that he mentored.
Marshall was selected among a small group of high school science educators to be trained as a College Board Professional Development Consultant in April 2013. He was trained in Chicago and has presented professional development events for the New York Stem Initiative, Texas Gear Up, Oklahoma Department of Education, AP New Mexico, and the Los Angeles Unified School District, along with several events in Arkansas since then. He finds the move to a framework driven and inquiry-based curriculum in the AP sciences most exciting and enjoys helping teachers transition to this new direction of AP Science education.
Course Description: The 2017 Pre-AP Biology APSI will acquaint teachers with Pre-AP science practices and their correlation to national and local content standards. Participants will take an in-depth look at national and local content standards and how they are organized. Additionally, correlation will be made between national and local content standards and the AP Biology Curriculum Framework to identify “crosswalks” for the teacher to move toward enhancing current curriculum. Each of the four days will address a different standard. Each day will also include a Pre-AP Strategy session designed to enhance a Pre-AP Biology learning environment by moving from teacher to student-centered instruction. Pre-AP Concepts will also be offered in a daily session to help teachers assist students toward skills needed in an AP science class. Select inquiry labs that correlate to national and local standards will be included. Additionally, inquiry investigation will be performed to help the teacher move from guided to more open-inquiry labs for their students. Exam strategies will also be included to help the teacher assist their students toward success by using various test taking practices for future standardized testing including AP exams. Participants are asked to bring their current Pre-AP Biology textbook, a calculator, personal protective equipment for laboratory activities, and a laptop computer if available. Through practice, sharing of ideas, discussions, and modeling, it is the intention that participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in achieving the skills to be successful in the Pre-AP and AP Biology programs of study.
AP Biology – Teachers New to AP
Pat Mote taught biology at the high school level for over thirty years serving as department chair for many of these years. She was also an adjunct instructor at the college level for 16 of these years. She holds degrees in Microbiology, Genetics, and Science Education from the University of Georgia. For over twenty-five years she taught AP Biology. She continues to serve as a consultant for The College Board conducting one-day workshops and summer institutes at various schools and universities all over the country, presenting AP sessions at NABT, and mentoring new consultants for The College Board.
She has been involved with the AP Reading to score the free response questions from the AP Biology Exam since 1992, serving as reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader. She writes multiple-choice, grid-in, and free-response questions for the AP Exams that are based on the curriculum framework.
During her career as a high school teacher she was named High School Teacher of the Year several times and also Teacher of the Year for her school district. In 1995, she was the Georgia Biology Teacher of the Year and a Tandy Technology Scholar. In 2003, she received the Siemens Award in Biology for her work with minority students in the AP program.
She has written and edited various teacher guides for AP Biology and Anatomy and Physiology textbooks. She has had items published in The College Board’s Materials for Professional Workshops. She serves as an editor for articles for The American Biology Teacher and helped edit an earlier edition of the AP Biology Lab Manual for Students published by The College Board. She has edited numerous editions of AP Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology textbooks. Other publications include articles for several microbiology journals from research conducted at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and two instructors’ guides for AP Biology. She has helped develop test banks for several textbooks used in the AP Biology courses. And she has been teaching a summer molecular biology program called Bio @ TECH for the past 16 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Pat resides in Atlanta and is currently a full-time Human Anatomy and Physiology and Majors Biology Lecturer at the Perimeter College Division of Georgia State University.
Course Description: 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 in 2017.
This comprehensive course 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 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 curriculum framework. Teachers will be introduced to the 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.
Also the specifics of the AP Biology Exam and the importance of the grading process will be presented. A review and discussion of the standards for the four free response questions from the 2017 Exam will also be included. Teachers will be given strategies to better prepare their students for writing the answers to the free response portion of the AP Exam. The format for the 2017 AP Biology Exam will be presented.
- College Board Workshop Handbook
- Curriculum Materials and Activities
- Sample Textbooks
- Biology Lab Materials including the Student Laboratory Manual
- Technology Assignment Options
- USB Drive
- Lunch & Snacks
- The AP Biology Curriculum Framework
- The AP Biology Labs (Inquiry-based)
- The AP Biology Exam with Emphasis on the 2016 Exam
- Grading of Free Response Questions
- Incentive-based Learning Strategies
- Sharing of Strategies to Help Students Grow Academically
- Sharing of Best Practices for AP Biology Material Teaching
- Transitioning to Using the Curriculum Framework
What to Bring:
- closed-toed shoes and goggles to wear when doing labs
- plenty of paper and pens for taking notes and/or your laptop/tablet
- a copy of your school’s academic calendar
- a USB drive with items you can share with other participants
- an indelible, positive attitude
Joy Killough – (Retired), Austin, TX
AP Biology – Teachers Experienced in AP
Joy Killough is a career science educator. She has had the privilege of working with students of all ages from elementary through college, including over twenty years teaching AP Biology at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. She has been a consultant to the College Board since 1999 and has served as a reader for the AP Biology exam. Joy has consulted throughout the United States and internationally and she enjoys exchanging stories and lessons with other educators. She is a Past President of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers (TABT) and received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2011. The Texas Academy of Science named her the 2012 Outstanding Texas Educator. Joy earned a BA in Biological Science and a Master of Science in Biology from The University of Houston/ Clear Lake. Joy received a Graduate Merit Fellowship from Texas A&M University in 2014 where she is a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education). Her research interests include science professional development, reforms in science education, and math-science integration.
Course Description: This Advanced Placement Summer Institute session is for experienced AP Biology teachers. The workshop is highly collaborative and participants should plan on being engaged and involved in workshop activities as they learn from and share with their peers. The workshop will allow participants to examine some of the more demanding topics found in the course through a mix of content, lab application, and teaching strategy. Workshop participants will get hands-on experience designing labs, collecting data and applying statistics such as standard deviation, standard error, and Chi Square. During the workshop participants will discuss, develop, and apply formative and summative assessment strategies that improve student performance. The group will look at improving free response writing by students as well as developing methods to assess written responses in a manageable way. We will design activities that integrate Big Ideas and work with and refine models that increase student participation and retention through fun, fact filled activities.
What to Bring: Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet, a lab coat or apron, goggles, and a pair of closed toe shoes.
AP Chemistry – Teachers New to AP
Janice Willingham recently retired from Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City where she taught Pre-AP chemistry and AP chemistry and also served as department chair. Janice brings to the workshop 38 years of teaching experience. For the past 35 years Janice has taught chemistry and 22 of which have been Advanced Placement Chemistry. Janice has a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a MS degree in science education also from the University of Central Oklahoma. For seven years Janice worked as a Medical Technologist and Chemistry department head at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City before becoming a teacher for the Moore School District. Janice was runner up to her district’s Teacher of the Year Award. She has been listed in “Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers” for several years and is the recipient of Sigma Xi’s Club “Teacher of the Year” from the University of Central Oklahoma (1994) and from the University of Oklahoma (2001). In 2005 Janice received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement and was again nominated for this award for 2007 and 2008.
Course Description: This workshop is designed for teachers who are beginning their careers as AP Chemistry teachers. Time will be spent during the sessions on the nature of the AP program and on structuring an AP Chemistry course. Many labs will be discussed, and teachers will be given an opportunity to do a number of typical labs appropriate for AP chemistry. Topics that are often covered are teaching and testing techniques, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, kinetics, equilibrium, instrumentation, equations and product prediction, thermodynamics, and eletrochemistry. The workshop makes considerable use of the graphing calculator and the CBL as a data collection device. Typical AP problems and essays are discussed, and strategies for enabling students to perform well on the AP exams will be shared.
What to Bring: Participants are asked to bring 30 copies of their favorite demo and/or experiment to share with fellow participants. Participants are also asked to bring goggles and appropriate shoe attire for lab work. Graphing calculators will be provided.
Todd Abronowitz – Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
AP Chemistry – Teachers Experienced in AP
Todd Abronowitz currently teaches all levels of chemistry at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Previously, he was the lead AP Chemistry teacher for Dallas ISD. Prior to this, he taught at John Paul II High School in Plano (and served as science department chair) for five years. He has also taught at Creekview High School, in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for 8 years, South Garland High School (Garland ISD) for six years. He has served as the lead chemistry teacher at Creekview High School. Since starting his teaching career in 1990, he has taught regulars chemistry, honors chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. He has started three AP chemistry programs, at South Garland HS, Creekview HS, and most recently at John Paul II HS. He is involved with several professional organizations: Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas (ACT2), and the American Chemical Society. He has presented workshops at several STAT Conferences for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. He has presented at two-day conferences and one-day conferences for the College Board and been the presenter for APSI in Texas and Arkansas. He served as a State Chemistry Textbook Review member for Texas in 2001. He was co-founder of a Traveling Science Show that preformed shows across the DFW Metroplex. He wrote his own laboratory manual and study materials for use in his AP chemistry class. Mr. Abronowitz has received numerous awards including NMSI All-American Teacher of the Year 2012, Shultz Award for outstanding high school chemistry teacher from the DFW section of the ACS, Radio Shack National Teacher Award, Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas Teacher of the Year in 2000, and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 1996. He is co-author of the 2017 edition of Fast Track for a Five student preparation book for AP Chemistry.
Course Description: The AP Chemistry institute is designed to assist AP teachers in building the foundations for success in teaching AP Chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the rigor of the material that students need to be successful on the AP Chemistry exam. Time will be allowed for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group. Laboratory investigations will be incorporated with the discussion of the theory. Laboratory topics may include kinetics, equilibrium (determination of pKa), determination of molar masses, titrations, etc. The material covered (and the sequence) will be determined by the needs of the group as a whole, based on the results of a survey emailed before the conference.
Topics may include the following:
- Kinetics (non-calculator and calculator approaches)
- multiple choice strategies
- acid-base chemistry
- atomic structure and periodicity
- particle level diagrams
What participants should bring:
- Apron or lab coat
- Closed-toe shoes
- Device with a USB port
What to Bring: Access to everything developed for Pre-AP Chemistry and AP Chemistry by the lead consultant
Marc Reif – Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR
AP Physics 1
Marc Reif teaches science at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has been teaching AP Physics since 1998 and has presented more than 40 AP and Pre-AP Science workshops in the United States and abroad. He authored the AP Physics 2 Curriculum Module on Capacitance. He is the current chair of the SAT Physics Subject Test Development Committee and a member of the College Board Science Academic Advisory Committee. Mr. Reif was a reader for the AP Physics exam from 2002 through 2007. In 2002-2003 he worked with Physics Professors at the University of Arkansas reforming physics and education courses as PhysTEC Physics Teacher in Residence. He served as PhysTEC Visiting Master Teacher from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Reif has presented at national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Teachers Teaching with Technology. In 2016 he was named the recipient of the College Board Southwest Region AP Award. He holds an MAT in science from the University of North Carolina and renewed his National Board Certification in Teaching Science in 2015.
Course Description: This AP Summer Institute is intended to prepare new teachers to teach AP Physics 1 for the first time, while offering additional resources to experienced teachers. We will review materials and practice strategies to promote the deep conceptual understanding that students need to succeed on the AP Physics 1 exam. Textbooks, grading, pacing, test construction, and exam review techniques will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on topics that students struggle with, including rotation and oscillation. The lab component will include challenging lab-based problems, lab write-ups, and teaching experimental design via the Science Practices, an important component of AP Physics exam development. The consultant will share an extensive set of AP problems, quizzes, tests, labs, and other materials. Participants will
- learn content with an emphasis on what is difficult for students
- become familiar with College Board expectations of students and teachers
- author their own AP-style questions and rubrics
- practice a set of guided inquiry labs
- investigate teaching resources developed from Physics Education Research
- work collaboratively to share and practice strategies that maximize student understanding
What participants should bring:
- Laptop (often useful for creating content and viewing AP problems)
- USB or other external drive (may be useful for exchanging files)
- Graphing calculator (optional)
- Labs, demonstrations, or teaching tips to share (optional)
Connie Sergent – Westlake High School, Austin, TX
AP Environmental Science
Connie Sergent has over 26 years of high school science teaching experience. She has a Science Composite certificate so has taught AP Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Geology, Meteorology and Oceanography. Ms. Sergent built a highly successful APES program at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio and now teaches at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. She has been an APES Exam Reader for the last 7 years and an AP Consultant and NMSI/AP Strategies Consultant for the last 4 years. Ms. Sergent has contributed to a number of Environmental Science textbooks’ ancillary materials as well as contributed to Earth and Space Curriculum documents that are used all over the state of Texas. Other endeavors include working with the UT Jackson School of Geosciences on the DIG Texas Blue Print Project which provides an online Earth and Space Science curriculum for any interested educator. Connie received her B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Arkansas and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Integrated Science from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Course Description: Environmental Science is the most multidisciplinary of the AP science subjects. This workshop will incorporate best planning, lab, lecture, and field and outdoor aspects of the course. Designed for both the experienced and novice AP Environmental Science instructor, this course will consider the challenges of beginning or enhancing a successful APES program with an emphasis on the material best providing the students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful on the AP Environmental Science exam.
Participants will also get an overview of previous released exams and how to increase FRQ student scores. Through practice, sharing, discussions, and modeling, it is the intention that participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in achieving in this multifaceted program.
What to Bring: Participants should bring their personal laptop or tablet, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, light clothes to wear when outside, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat if necessary.
Kenny Moore – LaGrange High School, LaGrange, GA
AP Calculus AB – Teachers Experienced in AP
Kenny Moore was born and raised in Waycross, GA where he attended Ware Co. High School. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Georgia in Athens where he earned a BSED in Math Education. He later added a Masters from UGA and an Educational Specialist degree from The State University of West Georgia. Kenny is the proud father of 2 children, Kanada and Kaleb, and proud grandfather of Abby, Cason, and Cooper.
Kenny began his teaching and coaching career at Jefferson High School in 1976. He later taught and coached at Perry High and for 4 years he was the head football coach and Athletic Director at Charlton Co. High School in Folkston, GA. In 1989, the Moore family moved to LaGrange, GA where Kenny has been teaching and coaching ever since. Kenny has held leadership roles in his school, his community, and his church. Over his 41 year career in education, he has received many awards such as STAR Teacher, Teacher of the Year, Coach of the Year in multiple sports, and Community Visionary Award to name a few.
Kenny has taught AP Calculus (AB and BC) at LHS for 27 years and has been an AP Calculus reader for 9 years. For several years, he led Calculus workshops for the Georgia State Department of Education. For the past 4 years, Kenny has served as a consultant with the College Board and has had the great privilege to lead one day workshops and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in several states.
Course Description: This APSI will focus on the topics covered in the Advanced Placement Calculus AB course. Most of the time will be devoted to the content and teaching strategies that could be used in the classroom that will hopefully better prepare the students for the AP test and their college calculus work. We will look at many actual AP questions and discuss how AP readers score the FRQ’s. Discussions will include evaluation practices; changes to the AP Calculus course, equity and access, and participates best practices.
AP Calculus AB – Teachers New to AP
Deborah Costello has been teaching AP Calculus for more than 25 years, has been an AP reader for 9 years, and an AP consultant for 15 years. She currently serves as the Mathematics Department Chair at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida. She has done presentations on calculus, calculators, and technology at FETC, FCIS, and the AP National Convention. In addition to mathematics, she has also taught Forensic Science, AP Psychology, and a course in Leadership and Service. Deb enjoys snorkeling and photography.
Course Description: Workshop participants will discuss various methods of content presentation and sequencing, student and textbook selection, and teaching strategies. During the week we will develop a curriculum outline focused on elements of the redesign, practice problems from all sections of the AB curriculum, gain insight into the design and grading of the AP Calculus AB Exam by practicing evaluation of the Free-Response Exam, and evaluate and structure the teaching of the AP syllabus to reflect the usage of the graphing calculator.
What to Bring: Participants should bring a graphing calculator and a laptop to the session.
Penny Smeltzer, Austin Peace Academy, Austin, TX
Penny Smeltzer created one of the largest AP Statistics programs in the nation with eleven full classes at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as the Statistics Content Specialist for the national Math & Science Initiative. Her recognition includes 2015 Presidential Award Finalist, 2011 O’Donnell AP Teacher of the Year, 2010 Intel Teacher of Merit, 2009 Texas Exes Outstanding Teacher, the 2008 national winner of the Siemen’s Teacher Award, 2007 District Teacher of the Year, and 2006 Toyota International Teacher Award. Thirteen years experience as an AP Statistics exam grader, grading leader, rubric writer, and current Test Development Committee member keeps her in touch with the focus of the AP Statistics course. Her passion is creating meaningful interdisciplinary lessons with science. Penny presents lively, interactive workshops to teachers in AP Statistics, New Teacher Survival Skills, and Math & Science Integration.
Course Description: This AP Statistics course will highlight topics from the four basic content areas for new teachers as well as provide enrichment activities for experienced teachers. The workshop is designed to be flexible enough to focus on the needs of all registered participants. You can count on fun, information, classroom lessons, and strategies to meet your students’ needs.
Topics of the course include:
- Strategies to build your AP program
- Higher level thinking skills required for students’ success
- Experimental design
- Descriptive statistics
- Course calendars and pacing
- Exam grading and rubrics
- Statistics labs designed to enrich the content and add the fun
- Potential interdisciplinary work with science courses
What to Bring: Participants should bring a TI-84+ or similar calculator, jump drive, and school calendar to gain the maximum benefit from the institute. Experienced teachers should bring a list of topics they wish to enrich or improve in their classrooms. New teachers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the course content and their textbook.