Physics 1

The Physics AP exam was completely re-designed for the 2014-15 school year and this course will reflect those changes.

Please note:  Only one section is being offered this summer. You should register early to avoid being closed out. 

This Summer Institute is designed for teachers who will be teaching Physics 1.  In this workshop, participants will strengthen their understanding of the content of the AP Physics 1 curricula and familiarize themselves with teaching techniques that have been designed to increase student understanding through inquiry lab practices and problem solving. Topics will include AP Physics 1 course description, content coverage and focuses, pacing and organizational strategies, and hands-on labs that meet the college-level requirement. In addition, this workshop will focus in the incoming AP Physics I course syllabi audit process, AP Physics test development, and exam grading practices.

Throughout the week, sample test questions from past exams will be used with content reviews and compare them with the style sample questions designed for the incoming tests. Participants are expected to take an active role in the institute including discussing teaching strategies, presenting AP labs and demos, solving problems from the free-response section of previously administered AP Physics B exams and from samples of new tests, and setting up rubrics for grading their own work on these free-response questions according to the AP reading processes.

August 8 - 11, 2015
Course Number: EDU 524 section: TBA
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY
Tuition and Fees: Graduate: $900 or in-service: $795



Instructor: Jesus Hernandez has taught physics at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts and at The Manhattan Center for Science and Math HS in New York during the last fourteen years. He is a member of the AP*-Physics C Test Development Committee and an AP* Physics consultant since 2004. He has been an AP* physics reader for seven years. Mr. Hernandez recently authored one of the Course Planning and Pacing Guides for AP Physics 2. The document is available in the College Board AP Physics site.

Mr. Hernandez has been trained to facilitate Pre AP* Science and the Creating a Learner Centered Classroom workshops. He also has been coaching new AP* Consultants and AP* physics teachers. Mr. Hernandez was an advisory board member of the Physics for the 21st Century program produced by the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was a Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science teaching in 2005 and he was selected as the 2011 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award.

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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