Sciences

The 2020 Silver State AP* Summer Institute is offering the following AP sessions. Please note some AP sessions are split by participant's years of teaching the specified AP subject; this may be different than years of experience teaching. Please register according to the following requirements:

  • New is designed specifically for teachers with 0-3 years of experience teaching the specified AP subject.

  • Experienced requires the participants have taught the specified AP subject for a minimum of 3 years.

Please understand that years teaching AP may be different than total years of teaching experience.

AP Biology

Instructor: Joy Killough

Syllabus: TBA

AP Biology - New

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Joy Killough is a career science educator. She has had the privilege of working with students of all ages from elementary through college, including over twenty years teaching AP Biology at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. She has been a consultant to the College Board since 1999 and has served as a reader for the AP Biology exam. Joy has consulted throughout the United States and internationally and she enjoys exchanging stories and lessons with other educators. She is a Past President of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers (TABT) and received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2011. The Texas Academy of Science named her the 2012 Outstanding Texas Educator. Joy earned a BA in Biological Science and a Master of Science in Biology from The University of Houston/ Clear Lake. Joy received a Graduate Merit Fellowship from Texas A&M University in 2014 where she is a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education). Her research interests include science professional development, reforms in science education, and math-science integration.

Instructor: Mark Little

Syllabus: TBA

AP Biology - Experienced

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Mark Little has been a science teacher at Broomfield High School for 32 years and has taught AP Biology for over 18 years. He has been very involved with the AP Biology re-design, including and limited to field-testing some of the laboratory investigations. He has been an AP Reader and Table Leader for fifteen years at the reading along with being an item writer for the exam. He saw a need and also started the AP Environmental Science program at his school 9 years ago and continues to teach the class. He also has taught Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology. Mark incorporates the new curriculum framework ideas in his workshop and his focus for his institutes is to help the AP Biology come alive for students. Mark was a member of the first cohort of the BSCS/NABT AP Leadership Academy and he incorporates the information learned in his workshops. He is National Board Certified and has been recognized for his teaching by receiving various awards, including the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the state of Colorado in 2005. He works for National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the Colorado Science Initiative, helping students and teachers prepare for AP science exams. He has been a College Board Consultant since 2014. Mark was President of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) in 2013. I look forward to working with everyone this summer.

AP Chemistry

Instructor: David Wentz

Syllabus: TBA

AP Chemistry

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

David Wentz has taught public high school science and math in Arkansas for 20 years, including sixteen years in AP Chemistry and seven 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 three years. David has been married for twenty-eight years and has one daughter.

AP Environmental Science

Instructor: TBA

Syllabus: TBA

AP Environmental Science

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

AP Physics

Instructor: Jarrod Bradley

Syllabus: TBA

AP Physics 1

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Jarrod Bradley has taught Physics, AP Physics B, 1/2, and C for 21 years in Santa Barbara Unified School District. He has presented several times at the AP Annual Conference and the California Science Teachers Association Annual Conference. He has served as a Reader at the Annual AP Exam Reading for the AP Physics 1, 2, and C exams. He co-developed one of the first Next Generation Science Standards based high school physics courses in California and was awarded the Ellen Dempsey Memorial Grant through the Santa Barbara County of Education for his work. He is the recipient of the 2019 Santa Barbara Unified School District Distinguished Educator Award and the UC Santa Barbara Inspiration Award. He is an avid gardener, car collector, cyclist, tennis player, basketball official, and has a private pilot license.

Instructor: TBA

Syllabus: TBA

AP Physics 2

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.