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**Due to COVID-19 summer workshops for 2020 have been canceled. Please see the Online Interactive Workshops page for professional development options via remote learning.**
Summer Workshops are 5-day events that take place in Asheville, NC each year. These workshops meet at 8 am-1 pm daily and allow teachers to perform activities that cover the course material for the featured topic as if they were the students exploring and becoming familiar with these concepts firsthand. Teachers actively practice ‘process of science’ skills using data-generating models, simulations of phenomena, evidence-based debates, student-designed experimentation, and other applied methods that are relevant to the topic for that week.
Training in the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, Advanced Placement® College Board, and International Baccalaureate® science course standards is achieved by clarifying and modeling the implementation of these requirements. After an activity, or sometimes in the middle of an activity, we may break out of the student mode to discuss teaching challenges such as grading, classroom management, pacing, note-taking, and other tasks that make the implementation of a flipped classroom successful. If you are looking for professional development that will sharpen your skills and widen your repertoire of techniques that can be used to differentiate learning, identify and dispel misconceptions, and increase student involvement and critical thinking, this is the professional development for you. An agenda that details the topics we will cover in each session can be found below.
Note: New curriculum requirements for all AP science courses began in the fall of 2019. Although the bulk of the content for most courses has not changed, the instructional approach has. Teachers are expected to deliver the course content in a manner that develops stronger scientific practices and increases the depth of data analysis. Specific instructional strategies are suggested with the demand that teachers utilize a student-centered approach for a larger portion of class time. If you need training on how to use instructional strategies that increase scientific skills and place the student at the center of the learning process, please join me for a Summer Workshop–scroll down for 2020 topics and dates. For detailed information about the changes in the AP sciences for 2019-20 please download the Course and Exam Descriptions (CED): AP Biology CED 2019-20, APES CED 2019-20