Biology | Advanced Placement Summer Institute

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This course will focus on preparing teachers to teach AP Biology. Each day, one of the four course big Ideas will be presented. To the extent possible, participants will take an in-depth look at the “Big Idea of the Day” and focus on the Course Description for that big idea, activities that relate to that big idea, and AP Exam questions that assess the content of that Big Idea. The AP Course and Exam Description document will be the guide for presenting enduring understandings, essential knowledge, and learning objectives for each big idea. Science practices, common to all of the AP Sciences, will be reviewed as an integral part of instruction. Participants will take a look at approaches to teaching AP Biology that include student-directed, teacher-facilitated instructional activities, including student-directed laboratories. Several guest presenters will attend to share content and activities. It is the goal of the facilitators that participants leave with an understanding of the AP Biology curriculum and examples of instructional activities that can facilitate student learning. In addition, it is a goal that all of the participants will develop a network of communication that will start during the APSI week and continue as they teach AP Biology.

Meet the Facilitators:

Instructor: ​Ed Braddy

Mr. Braddy received an undergraduate Science Education degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa.    He has taught the AP Biology course since 1991, and he is currently teaching at JW Mitchell High in New Port Richey, Florida.  He is a reader for the AP Biology Exam, and he has also served as a consultant for one-day workshops and week-long summer institutes for the past ten years.  More recently, Mr. Braddy wrote one of the four Planning and Pacing Guides for the revised AP Biology course.   The guide can be found on the AP Biology Home Page at AP Central.    Mr. Braddy was named Teacher of the Year at JW Mitchell High School in 2010.  He has twice received the Florida West Coast Engineering Alliance IEEE Lignell Award, an award which recognizes and honors outstanding contributions by teachers of students in mathematics and science pre-college education programs.  He also serves as Science Department Chair at the school. He has attended the International Science and Engineering Fair with his students for a number of years, and he also enjoys working with student leaders as the Student Council and Science National Honor Society advisor at his school.


Presenter: Kevin Niemi, Ph.D.

Kevin Niemi

Dr. Niemi is the Outreach Program Manager III and Director at UW-Madison Institute for Biology Education and UW Office for STEM Outreach. He is the appointed member of WI DPI Superintendent's Science Leadership Team, President of Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, National Assessment Governing Board, and the NAEP Achievement Levels-Setting panelist in 2010. He was awarded the Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in 2007. 


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