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AP® Biology (Experienced Teachers)

June 20-23, 2017

Science and Engineering Complex

Tuscaloosa, AL

Instructor: Mark Little

Registration Information

Course Description

The College Board redesigned the AP Biology curriculum recently (2012-2013), which included the laboratory component of the course being completely revamped, in conjunction with an increased emphasis on inquiry. Teachers have been adapting to new ideas and ways of teaching and learning about the Big Ideas, Science Practices, Essential Knowledge Statements and the L.O.’s or Learning Objectives.  The APSI for Biology at the University of Alabama will offer you the following opportunities:

  • Perform and discuss the numerous labs and alternatives to these labs.
  • Receive the updated curriculum.
  • Ideas on how to develop a new course, or modify an existing course.
  • The opportunity to share and receive hints for improving student achievement.
  • Participate in content updates.
  • Discuss textbooks and other materials, equipment suggestions, and ordering information.
  • Opportunities to network and develop a support system with other members of your class.
  • Sharing ideas for lab reports and on how to make your class more student driven


When you leave, you will have new skills, resources and ideas, along with the confidence that you are ready to teach a top-notch course!

To help you prepare for teaching AP Biology, and to refine and reflect, we will address:

Content and Science Practices

  • Understanding the organization and using the Curriculum Framework
  • What topics will you teach? Discussion on order of topics. How your class flows.
  • How will you incorporate science practices into your daily teaching?
  • Developing a syllabus and preparing for the AP Audit.
  • Using Quantitative Skills


Inquiry as a lab focus and the Science Practices.

  • The lab component for New AP Biology teachers will focus on helping you gain expertise in basic lab procedures, familiarize you with equipment and lab prep,
  • Teach you ways to adapt existing teacher-directed labs to inquiry labs.
  • Identify what skills need to be taught to the students?


Conceptual Exams that incorporate Science Practices

  • Elements of the exam.
  • What experiences should you give your students so they are able to demonstrate conceptual understanding rather than simply factual knowledge?
  • Where to find test items.
  • Exam review ideas.


Special Instructions

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop.

Instructor Bio

Mark Little has been a science teacher at Broomfield High School for about 30 years and has taught AP Biology for over 15 years.  He has been very involved with the AP Biology re-design, including field-testing some of the laboratory investigations.  He has been an AP Reader for ten years and a Table Leader for five 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 7 years ago and continues to teach the class.

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 come back to the University of Alabama APSI this summer.