Below is information from AP Summer Institute workshops that were held in August 2014. Please stay tuned for next year's lineup.
The unique focus for the week was the investigation of multidisciplinary nature of the environmental science curriculum through terrestrial ecology, agriculture and food resources. Environmental Science is the most multidisciplinary of the AP science subjects. This workshop incorporated both lecture and laboratory aspects of the course. Designed for the experienced and new AP Environmental Science teacher, this course considered the challenges of starting, continuing and enhancing a successful APES program. Participants completed a variety of field activities, including an array of useful techniques for analyzing plant and animal populations in terrestrial ecosystems. Methods incorporated both traditional techniques and calculator-based labs. The most useful websites for APES teachers and students were be investigated thoroughly. This institute incorporated significant fieldwork and participants should be prepared for light hiking over short distances.
Brian Kaestner currently teaches AP Environmental Science and AP Human Geography at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, where he has been on the faculty for 31 years. In 1993, Brian received the “Special Recognition Award” from College Board and was a TEA state nominee for the “Presidential Awards for Excellence.” In 2000, he received the “Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching.”
With a Bachelor of Science in Biology and an Master of Science in Environmental Management, Brian also serves with the College Board as an Advanced Placement consultant and as a table leader at the APES reading. He is also the moderator for the College Board APES Community Forum. A veteran of both public (PA) and private (NY, TX) schools, Brian is in his 36th year teaching and coaching soccer.
Important Registration Details & Directions
AP Summer Institute 2014 has ended. Please check back next February for an update on the next AP Summer Institute, projected for August 2015.
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