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stittNancy Stitt – (retired) Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg, FL

Pre-AP Middle School Science

Nancy Sneed Stitt has worked as an educator in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, Florida, for the past 30 years.  Experiences include working at the high school level as a Science Instructional Coach/Staff Developer, working with the Gifted Science Department, IMAST- Integrated Math and Science with Technology and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program in the middle school environment. She has been the Master Science Content Coach/ Middle Schools for the county and mentored new teachers and teachers pursuing alternative certification (Transition to Teaching) within her school. Nancy earned a B.A. in Biology/Education and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. She became Nationally Board certified in Early Adolescence/Science in 2000. She is a College Board endorsed consultant for Pre-AP® Strategies in Science: AP Vertical Teams, Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom, Inquiry-Based Laboratories, and Pre-AP®: Effective Thinking Strategies for All Students.

Course Description: A positive middle school science experience is important to increasing student access and success in AP science courses and the expectations of career and college. Research-based activities in the workshop will equip participants with ways to help their students organize information so they can independently use the strategies to add to their knowledge and understanding of science. Workshop topics include:  Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning, the Student-Centered Classroom, Conceptual Change and Understanding; Multiple Intelligence Theory (MIT); Habits of Mind (HOM) for Successful Students; Teaching and Learning through the use of Interactive Science Notebooks (ISN); 5E Instructional Model-Traditional to Inquiry Transition, Formative Assessment, Backwards Design Process; Collaborative Group Structures/Team Roles and Relationship Building.

What to Bring:

  • Item of importance to you for group sharing
  • Favorite lab activity on flash drive
  • Positive Perspective!

Participant’s Manual: Pre-AP: Topics for AP Vertical Teams in Science will be provided.


Cheri Blackwood – Edmond Santa Fe High School, Edmond, OK

Pre-AP High School Physical Science

Cheri Blackwood is a National Board Certified teacher who has a passion for teaching and challenging students to stretch their minds. She teaches at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, OK, a large suburban high school that has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon school. This school is fifty percent minority and thirty percent free and reduced lunch. She has taught AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP Chemistry, Algebra I, Algebra II, Chemistry, Physics, and AP Physics C. Cheri has been a College Board consultant for over ten years and has a particular passion for presenting Pre-AP workshops and vertical teaming workshops. Cheri is married and has two grown daughters who are engineers. Her husband also teaches at Edmond High School, and together they coach the FIRST Robotics team.

Course Description: This Pre-AP Physical Science Institute is designed to help teachers infuse their classrooms with rigorous activities that emphasize concepts that are integral to a strong Pre-AP vertical alignment. The institute is designed to provide teachers a chance to actively perform labs and activities that have been designed to challenge students and develop skills needed in AP science courses. Additionally, all the strategies that are discussed will help teachers implement Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. We will also examine the standards of the new AP science courses and perform activities that use the science practices for each. We will address the challenges for implementing strong AP and Pre-AP programs and brainstorm solutions for these challenges. We will also discuss assessment and its part in the learning process. It is my hope that every participant will leave the Institute with new ideas and the inspiration to challenge students and provide them the skills to be successful in AP courses.

What to Bring: Participants should bring a graphing calculator if they have one, a lab coat if they wish and safety glasses. Each participant should also bring copies of one activity or lab that has been successful in their classroom to share with the group.

007Mark Welch – Alpena High School,  Alpena, AR

AP Biology – Teachers New to AP

 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.

Marshall is the proud father of three children Will, Katie, and Ellie. He has enjoyed the children with Jennifer, his lovely bride for the last 25 years, while residing in the beautiful Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas.

Course Description: The 2016 AP Biology APSI will acquaint teachers with the four Big Ideas found in the AP Biology curriculum framework.  Participants will take an in-depth look at the AP Biology curriculum framework and how it is organized into Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge statements, Learning Objectives, and Science Practices.  Each day will address a Big Idea found in the curriculum framework.  Each day will also include an AP Strategy session designed to enhance an AP Biology learning environment by moving from teacher to student-centered instruction. AP Concepts will also be offered in a daily session to help teachers assist students toward skills needed in an AP Biology class.  Select AP Biology labs that correlate to each Big Idea will be included.  Additionally, inquiry investigation will be performed to help the teacher move from guided to more open-inquiry labs for their students.  Participants are asked to bring their current 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 necessary in the AP Biology program of study.

PMotePhotoPat Mote – Georgia Perimeter State College at Georgia State University, Dunwoody, GA

AP Biology – Teachers Experencied in 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 2016.

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 2016 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 2016 AP Biology Exam will be presented.

  • Included:
    • 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
  • Emphasis:
    • 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


 Janice Willingham – Westmore High School, Oklahoma City, OK

AP Chemistry – Teachers New to AP

Janice Willingham teaches Pre-AP and AP Chemistry at Westmore High School in Oklahoma City, where she also serves as department chair.  Janice brings to the workshop 32 years of teaching experience.  For the past 25 years Janice has taught Chemistry, the last 16 years of which have been Advanced Placement Chemistry.  She has a BS degree in Medical Technology and a MS degree in Science Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Janice was runner up in her district’s Teacher of the Year Award.  She has been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” for several years and is the recipient of Sigma Xi’s Club Teacher of the Year from University of Central Oklahoma (1994) and from the University of Oklahoma (2001).  Janice is currently a “Catalyst Mentor” for Louis Educational Concepts.  In 2006 Janice received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement and was again a nominee for 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.


pic-dwentzDavid Wentz, Pea Ridge High School, Pea Ridge, AR
AP Chemistry – Experienced AP Teachers

David Wentz has taught public high school science and math in Arkansas for 21 years, including seventeen years in AP Chemistry and eight years in AP Calculus AB. He holds a BSE in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas.  David was the National Math and Science Initiative’s Science Teacher of the Year for Arkansas in 2012.  He has consulted for NMS as a presenter to AP teachers at summer workshops, to Pre AP teachers at Laying The Foundation workshops, and to AP students in NMS’s Initiative for Military Families.  He has been an AP Chemistry Reader for ETS for each of the past four years.  David has been married for twenty-nine years and has one daughter.

Course Description: Components of the College Board’s redesign will be emphasized: Curriculum frameworks, exam format, guided inquiry labs, course audit. This will include some hands-on work with the 2013 and 2014 Practice Exams, and the 2014-2016 released exams.

Approximately half of the sixteen labs in the College Board’s AP CHEMISTRY Guided-Inquiry Experiments manual will be conducted, dependent upon content needs of the participants.  Discussion will focus on the merits of using kits as well as adding guided inquiry components to existing labs.

Topics covered will be related to the six Big Ideas as outlined in the curriculum frameworks:  atomic structure, properties as they relate to particle structure, stoichiometry and types of reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.

Tentative Institute Schedule

Day 1

  • Atomic structure and spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopy Lab: What’s the concentration of that solution?
  • PES Activity
  • Particulate Models

Day 2

  • Lab: M&M Spectroscopy
  • Stoichiometry review
  • Lab: Percent copper in brass
  • Lab: Green separation of a mixture.

Day 3

  • Kinetics review
  • Lab: What is the rate law?
  • Electrochemistry review
  • Lab: Redox titration

Day 4

  • Equilibrium review
  • Lab: Le Chatlier’s principle and shifting reactions
  • Exam Review

bkread2 Brian Kaestner, Saint Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX

AP Environmental Science – Teachers New to AP

Brian currently teaches AP Environmental Science and AP Human Geography at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, where he has been on the faculty for 33 years. In 1993, Brian received the “Special Recognition Award” from College Board and was a TEA state nominee for the “Presidential Awards for Excellence.”  In 2000, he received the “Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching.” With a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Management, Brian also serves with the College Board as an Advanced Placement consultant and as a table leader at the APES reading.  He is also the moderator for the College Board APES Community Forum.  A veteran of both public (PA) and private (NY, TX) schools, Brian is in his thirty-seventh year teaching and coaching soccer.

 Course Description: The unique focus for the week will be the investigation of multidisciplinary nature of the environmental science curriculum through both terrestrial and aquatic ecology and the unique ecosystems in the Hot Springs area. Environmental Science is the most multidisciplinary of the AP science subjects.  This workshop will incorporate both lecture and laboratory aspects of the course. Designed for both the novice AP Environmental Science instructor, this course will consider the challenges of developing a successful APES program. Participants will complete a variety of field activities, including an array of useful techniques for analyzing plant and animal populations in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  Methods will incorporate both traditional techniques and calculator-based labs. The most useful websites for APES teachers and students will be investigated thoroughly. This institute will incorporate significant fieldwork and participants should be prepared for light hiking over short distances.

What to Bring: The instructor will provide insect repellent and sunscreen as needed, but participants might want to bring a camera, binoculars, notebook, walking boots or shoes, and hat for fieldwork.  Participants should have one pair of shoes that they do not mind getting wet and/or muddy.

ithaca-3180Beatrice Rasmussen – University of Texas, Dallas, TX

AP Physics 1

I just retired as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.  I obtained a BS in Marine Sciences from Texas A&M University of Galveston in 1981.  I obtained a MS in Physics from University of Texas at Dallas in 1996.  I have done research for a PhD, but not actually received the degree at this time.  I worked on three projects in the past:  a study of nuclear waste disposal, a neural network study for prediction of Equatorial Spread-F, and a power spectra study of Equatorial Spread-F.  I also worked on a fourth project dealing with remote sensing data and self organized mapping.

I have been at UTD for several years and taught both algebra and calculus based physics.  I have graded AP Physics exams for eight years.  I have also been a faculty advocate for one of the physics homework websites.  I am also working on developing new elective courses for the undergraduate physics students:  Physics of the Human Body and Fluid Mechanics.  I have also been working on a Peer Lead Team Learning project for physics.

Course description: 

For new and experienced AP teachers

The learning objectives of this course are the following.  After this course the participants will be able to:

  • Develop a syllabus to pass an AP audit.
  • Understand the emphasis on the AP exam and effectively prepare students for the AP exam.
  • Understand the content in the AP Physics 1 curriculum and apply strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Physics 1 curriculum.
  • Understand the different types of laboratory experiments and activities and effectively apply strategies for designing and implementing these activities.
  • Share with other participants ideas for classroom demonstrations, labs and activities.

Included in this course are the following materials.

  • College Board Workshop Handbook
  • Curriculum Materials and Activities

What To Bring:

  • Note taking materials
  • Laptop for electronic curriculum
  • Flash drive


bill3William Compton – Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN

AP Calculus AB – Teachers New to AP

Instructor Bill Compton has been teaching AP calculus, AB or BC, for the past 32 years and AP computer science for the past 26 years at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. 
He has been a reader or table leader at the AP calculus reading for 21 of the past 25 years and has been a College Board endorsed consultant in the Southern Region for the past 15 years. He has presented one day, student review, teaching and learning, and week-long summer workshops. From 2005-07, he conducted the College Board’s online “New AP Teachers Open-Workshop for AP Calculus,” presenting a six-hour introduction for new teachers to AP calculus. He graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. degree in mathematics and from Duke University with a MAT in mathematics.

Course Description: This course will provide a complete overview of the AP® Calculus AB course and is appropriate for teachers who are both new to the course or experienced seeking new strategies and methods to improve their calculus programs. The purpose of the course is to enhance teachers’ understanding of the topics covered in Calculus AB, to help them understand and experience the construction of the Calculus AB exam and scoring rubrics and to understand the process of scoring the Calculus AB exam. The course will focus on instructional strategies for helping students learn calculus concepts and techniques. We will focus on the College Board outline for Calculus AB, with special emphasis on those topics that have given students problems on the exam.  The course will analyze the impact of the new AP®  Calculus AB/BC Curriculum Framework for 2016-2017 school year. Participants will be provided opportunities to share practices and activities that they have found to be successful in their own classrooms. The TI84 will be used as the main graphing calculator for workshop demonstrations, but participants can bring any graphing calculator that they normally use and feel comfortable with.


debDeborah Costello – Trinity Prep School, Winter Park, FL

AP Calculus, Teachers Experienced in 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 all aspects of the AP Calculus AB curriculum.  Specific focus is placed various methods of content presentation and sequencing, student and textbook selection, and teaching strategies.  Participants will develop a curriculum outline, practice problems from all sections of the AB curriculum, and gain insight into the design and grading of the AP Calculus AB Exam by practicing evaluation of the Free-Response Exam.  A thorough review of this year’s exam questions will be included and the new curriculum framework will be discussed extensively.  Participants should bring a graphing calculator to the session, as the uses of the calculator will be included daily.


Europe-659Bob Smidt – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA

AP Statistics

Bob Smidt (Ph.D. Wyoming, M.S. Rutgers, B.S. Manhattan) is professor emeritus and former chair of the Statistics Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he was named a Distinguished Faculty (a teaching award).  He has taught Statistics at four colleges, two junior colleges, an Air Force Base, and a prison (a captive audience).  He has been a question leader, table leader, and reader for the AP Statistics exam and has presented one-day and week-long workshops to AP Statistics high school teachers around the country.  He has broad statistical consulting experience and has contributed articles to a variety of journals.

 Course Description: Participants will gain insights into the essentials of the AP Statistics course as well as techniques for presenting the ideas with which students struggle the most. The workshop structure will be flexible, providing opportunities for participants to request discussion of specific topics.

 Topics will include the following:

  • Important ideas from the four major content areas:
    • Exploratory data analysis
    • Data collection
    • Probability
    • Statistical inference
  • Concepts that are particularly difficult for students
  • Teaching strategies and lecture suggestions
  • Approaches for taking the AP Statistics exam
  • Content of the 2015 AP Statistics exam
  • Interesting and pedagogically useful questions from old exams

 What participants should bring:

  • Questions and topics for discussion

Optional supplies:

  • Calculator
  • A computer memory key if you want electronic copies of mateials