This methodology course surveys the basic structure and content necessary for teaching an Advanced Placement Chemistry course. Chemistry topics such as equilibrium, kinetics, and "how to" problem solving are presented.  Class size, student selection, textbooks and labs are also addressed. Special attention is paid to teaching strategies, the AP exam and its grading. Some lab experiments suitable for AP classes are incorporated into the course. Participants receive examples of past AP exams, appropriate tests, worksheets and lab experiments. This  institute will provide an opportunity for high school AP Chemistry teachers to observe significant teaching demonstrations, perform experimental procedures using computer interfaced equipment, and to review with presenters a variety of topics covered in AP Chemistry. Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss the methodology of converting typical cookbook labs into a guided inquiry labs. Participants will have the opportunity to perform several lab exercises that align with the College Board redesign. Best practices will be discussed.  For each of the labs AP published related Labs will be Provided and Reviewed. Information about the requirements for the AP Chemistry Course Audit will be shared. Please note that this course is a methodology class for novice  teachers ( less than six years teaching New AP Chemistry Curriculum) . Content for teaching will be provided for study in the evening. All participants will have access for the workshop to Sequential Course Curriculum, Links to numerous Sequenced Online Applets, Lab Activities and Class Demonstrations Sequenced by Topic ,Links to numerous sequenced curriculum video clips,Class Notes and HW Samples,Various PowerPoint's, Overhead Notes, Handouts Organized by Topic ,Student Study Guidelines and Data Acquisition Software. Day 1 - Focuses on Networking, Distribution of Resources, Equity and Access, Syllabus design, Exam design, Multiple choice design Day 2-Transitioning to Guided Inquiry Experiments, Guided Inquiry Experiments Day 3 -,  Kinetics ,Equilibrium Day 4- Acid Base Chemistry, Released Exam Questions Review, Participant Frees Response Lessons     Goals/Objectives The institute will provide information and materials to participating teachers that will:

  • enhance your classroom presentations in many areas of the AP Chemistry program
  • encourage teachers to use methods in their classrooms that involve new demonstration ideas
  • expand the scope of your laboratory activities using computer interfaced equipment
  • provide a forum for discussion and sharing of their materials and ideas
  • refine your skills in examination preparation

Assignments for the workshop will be the submission of a detailed lab write ups and calculations of problems assigned during the lab activities. Each Participant will be asked to present AP problems to all the participants.  Assignments/Requirements Required Texts/Reading At the workshop, we will distribute to each of participants  a hardcopy of the grading standards for the recent free-response questions as well as a compilation of free-response questions from previous years.  Participants will be assigned AP problems for homework.  Lab data and calculations will be collected and used as part of your assessment. Content Support Participants will receive interactive software and online support material to help build content background throughout the program. Online Reading and Assignments will be provided for the duration of the course.    Attendance Policy-   Attendance at  all sessions Required.  

Instructor: Mark Langella is currently an AP Chemistry instructor at Mahopac High School in New York. He received a BA in Chemistry from Manhattan College, and a  MA in Science Education from Lehman College. He is also a NYS certified chemistry and chemical technology instructor.

Mark Langella has over 27 years of experience teaching AP Chemistry and is a College Board AP Chemistry consultant, as well as, a College Board workshop coordinator. Mark Langella has been an AP chemistry consultant for over 23 years  mentoring new AP Chemistry instructors and has worked for Industry  as a consultant for educational programs since 1990. He is also the founder and director of the Putnam/Westchester Industry and Teacher Alliance and has been a coordinating board member of both the SUNY Purchase Alliance of Chemistry Educators (1990-2000), as well as, the Teaching Center at SUNY Purchase (1999-2002). He is currently the STANYs Westchester/ Bronx Section science area representative.  He is also the author of numerous  published experimental kits and AP chemistry labs for FLINN Scientific. He is also author of Syllabus # 4 in AP College Board Handbook.  

July 16 - July 19, 2018; (Monday-Thursday) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course Number: EDU 524 section: 
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
Rockville Centre Campus, 1000 Hempstead Avenue
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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