In this session, participants will learn about the development and grading of the AP test, discuss and evaluate teaching resources, and experience several different kinds of lessons and student-centered experiences. Participants will ultimately draft a comprehensive syllabus for a year-long AP Environmental Science course. Much of the week will be spent in the field and in the lab, so that participants leave with a multitude of hands-on activities meant to facilitate student learning and develop critical analysis and problem solving abilities, fundamental skills necessary for this course. Through designing experiments, engaging in inquiry-based activities, and collecting data in the field, students will understand how the process of science works. Hands-on activities rather than lecture are the focus, and workshop activities will focus on resources available in every community; cemeteries, power plants, fields, forests, ponds, and school campuses are all rich resources of inquiry-based projects. This course is appropriate for both new and experienced AP teachers.
Instructor: Jeanne Kaidy received her bachelor's degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Brockport and her master's degree in Secondary Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. She currently teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY, where she also serves as Chair of the Science Department. Besides teaching at McQuaid, Jeanne is also an adjunct instructor of Environmental Science at Monroe Community College in Rochester. She has participated as a reader for the College Board, scoring the AP Environmental Science exam for the past seven years, and has also been an AP Consultant for the past five years, as well as a member of the College Board Mentor/Coaching Initiative.
Jeanne is co-author of the test bank and instructor's manual that accompanies the 14th edition of the AP textbook, Living in the Environment, by G. Tyler Miller, and is a contributing author to the AP Lab Manual for Environmental Science, an inquiry-based lab manual that accompanies the text. She also co-authored the Instructor's manual and test bank that accompanies Miller's seventh edition of Sustaining the Environment and is a reviewer of the most recent edition of the Barron's test prep book, How to Prepare for the AP Environmental Science Exam. Jeanne is a mentor with New Teacher Center, a national organization that pairs up novice teachers with experienced mentors. In 2009 Jeanne received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
Jeanne can be contacted at: email@example.com
Course Number: EDU 524 section:TBA
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
July 14-17; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rockville Centre Campus, 1000 Hempstead Ave, RVC
Tuition and Fees: Graduate $900 or In-Service: $795
Application & Registration Instructions
The AP* Summer Institutes may either be taken for 3 graduate credits for $900 (no additional fees) or on a non-credit basis for in-service credits for $795 (no additional fees). You tuition includes: complimentary continental breakfast and lunch each day, approved College Board materials, complimentary textbooks (depending upon the institute) and a binder of handouts from the instructor.
You must attend each day to receive in-service credit. If you are taking the course for graduate credit, in addition to attending the institute each day, there is a project that is due within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the institute.
The registration deadline is three weeks prior to the start date of each institute. Late registration may be possible if space and materials are still available.
The application and registration process differs depending upon the type of credit that you would like to receive. Please click here for either graduate or non-credit (in-service) application and registration procedures.
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