Environmental Science

Please note: 2 sections of this summer institute will be offered: June 25-28, 2018 and on July 23-26, 2018. Two sections are being offered because of the projected demand for the institute. Please register early to avoid being closed-out! Both sections will be held at the Rockville Centre campus on Long Island.

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 currently teaches biology and AP Environmental Science at McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester NY, and has taught environmental science as an adjunct at Monroe Community College, also in Rochester, NY.   She has taught APES since 1999, and became as an exam reader in 2003.  She has served as a College Board Consultant since 2006, and has also served as a Consultant Coach and Mentor.  Jeanne earned a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Brockport, and an M.S. in science education from Nazareth College.

  Jeanne is the Subject Matter Expert, Consultant, and Contributing Author for Investigating the Environment for AP©, 1st edition (2019), by G. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman, an Advanced Placement high school textbook. Jeanne is also the author of the Teacher's Edition annotated notes and the Teacher Resource Guide to accompany text, containing many original projects and classroom activities that focus on inquiry and the interrelationships found within environmental science.    Jeanne has worked for several years as a mentor for the New Teacher Center, working one-on-one with new science teachers around the country, and has conducted research in her biology classroom for the National Science Foundation.  Jeanne received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009, and served as a review panelist, critiquing nominee's applications and recommending finalists for the award in 2015 and 2016.

Jeanne can be contacted at: jkaidy@mcquaid.org

June 25-28, 2018; (Monday-Thursday) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rockville Centre Campus, 1000 Hempstead Ave, RVC
Course Number: EDU 524 section:
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
Tuition and Fees: Graduate $900 or In-Service: $795


July 23-26, 2018; (Monday-Thursday) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rockville Centre Campus, 1000 Hempstead Ave, RVC
Course Number: EDU 524 section:
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
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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