Biology | Advanced Placement Summer Institute

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This course will focus on preparing teachers to teach AP Biology. Participants will take an in-depth look at the comprehensive framework to see how it is organized into Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge statements, Learning Objectives, and Science Practices. They will take a look at new approaches to teaching biology that will include student-directed, teacher-facilitated instructional activities, including student-directed laboratories.

Participants will be engaged in extensive open-ended laboratory work that focuses on topics in each of the four big ideas, modeling the science practices that teachers will expect their students to master as they study biology. Participants will also get an overview of how the 2016 AP Biology Exam was graded and will further explore how to maximize student success on the AP Biology Exam. Through practice, sharing, discussions, and modeling, participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in achieving in this rigorous program.

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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