Sciences

The 2019 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: Mark Little

Syllabus: AP Bio New

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.

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.

Instructor: Joy Killough

Syllabus: AP Bio Exp

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.

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

AP Chemistry

Instructor: Dale Jensen

Syllabus: AP Chemistry- New

AP Chemistry- 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.

In 1977 Dale Jensen received his degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Oregon. He taught Chemistry and Physics in Oregon at North Medford High School for 33 years. But teachers must teach, so Dale came out of retirement and took a job teaching Chemistry and Physics at Syracuse High School in Utah. When his father-in-law's health brought him back to Oregon, Dale was offered a position at a private school in Medford - St. Mary’s High School.

For the past twenty-two years Dale has worked as a consultant for the College Board conducting weekend and week-long workshops; has been an active Reader/Table Leader/Question Leader for the AP Chemistry exam; and served on the SAT Test Development Committee for the Chemistry specific test. In 2014 and 2016, the College Board asked Dale to present two-day AP Chemistry workshops in China.

Dale's final years in education will be teaching AP Science courses at St. Mary's High School and traveling abroad sharing with educators what he has learned about teaching science.

Instructor: David Wentz

Syllabus: AP Chemistry- Exp

AP Chemistry -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.

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: Daniel Hyke

Syllabus: AP Env Science

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.

Daniel Hyke received his BA degree in Environmental Studies within the Department of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine in 1981. His Masters degree was completed at California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught regular Environmental Science, and AP Environmental Science at Alhambra High School in Southern California for twenty-one years.

Daniel Hyke has been involved with the AP Environmental Science program since its inception twenty-three years ago. He has participated in a majority of the readings held so far, where he has served both as a reader and a table leader. In addition to this, he has taught the AP Environmental Science course at Alhambra High School for 19 of the 22 years that it has been offered.

Daniel Hyke has been a presenter for the College Board for over twenty-three years leading one-day, two-day and one-week AP Environmental Science workshops. He has presented throughout the United States and Canada helping teachers with their AP Environmental Science programs.

Several of Daniel’s AP Environmental Science labs are now appearing in the laboratory manual and resource guide that accompanies the leading AP Environmental Science textbook: Miller’s Living in the Environment.

Daniel has served as a reviewer for several Environmental Science textbooks including Environment- the Science Behind the Stories by Brennan and Withgott He has created and edited several AP Environmental Science multiple choice tests found in the ancillary materials of leading AP Environmental Science textbooks. He was a major contributor to McGraw-Hill’s On Board for AP Environmental Science’s website designed to help prepare students for taking the AP Environmental Science class.

He has been named one of the top twenty AP Instructors by the Western Region of the College Board and was voted “Teacher of the Year” by the students at Alhambra High School.

AP Physics

Instructor: Michelle Strand

Syllabus: AP Physics 1

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.

Michelle Strand has been teaching science for 26 years in Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota. She has 20+ years of experience teaching college-level introductory physics (including AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2 and Introductory algebra-based physics at a community college). She presently teaches at West Fargo High School in West Fargo, ND. Michelle serves as Senior Reviewer for the AP Physics C: Mechanics audit and Curriculum Advisor for all AP Physics subjects for the AP Audit. She is a member of the AP Audit Development Committee for Physics 1 & 2. Michelle has been a part of the AP Physics reading for 20 years as a reader, a table leader and Exam Leader for the B exam, C exams and P1 & P2 exams. Michelle is currently the high school co-chair for the AP Physics C Test Development Committee.

Instructor: Marc Reif

Syllabus: AP Physics C

AP Physics C

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.

Marc Reif teaches science at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has been teaching AP Physics since 1998 and has presented more than 40 AP and Pre-AP Science workshops in the United States and abroad. Mr. Reif is a member of the AP Physics 2 Outside Working Group, the Pre-AP National Faculty, and is an Outside Item Writer for AP Physics C. He authored the AP Physics 2 Curriculum Module on Capacitance and has contributed to other AP Physics publications. He is a past chair of the SAT Physics Subject Test Development Committee and a past member of the College Board Science Academic Advisory Committee. Mr. Reif was a reader for the AP Physics exam from 2002 through 2007. In 2002-2003 he worked with Physics Professors at the University of Arkansas reforming physics and education courses as PhysTEC Physics Teacher in Residence. He served as PhysTEC Visiting Master Teacher from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Reif has presented at national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Teachers Teaching with Technology. In 2016 he was named the recipient of the College Board Southwest Region AP Award. He holds an MAT in science from the University of North Carolina and renewed his National Board Certification in Teaching Science in 2015.