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AP® Biology for Experienced Teachers

Workshop Description

Participants of the summer institute will be exploring the AP Biology curriculum with foundation in the 4 Big Ideas and science practices. They will also participate in inquiry labs and alternative lab protocols, and will review the 2017 AP Biology Exam using the standards used at the 2017 AP Biology Reading. Opportunities for participant sharing of best-practices concerning content, lab equipment and procedures and use of technology will be included. Discussion will include equity, access and preparation needed for students and teachers in the AP Biology course.


Learning Outcomes

Participants will:


  • Examine Free-Response Question prompts in light of the course re-design.

  • Delve into the rubrics for the AP exam scoring guidelines.

  • Evaluate inquiry lab protocols and develop experiments that fit into individual participant’s courses and budgets.

  • Determine methods for student recruitment and retention

What Participants Should Bring:

  • Flash drive

  • Laptop or tablet if possible

  • Pencil & paper

  • Calculator

  • Goggles if possible

Consultant Bio

Karen Davis has been an AP Biology teacher for 20 of her 31 years in education. She currently teaches at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. She taught in El Paso for 20 years and worked for a year at Region 19 in El Paso with the Mathematics and Science Partnership. She collaborated with the rural school science teachers around El Paso to provide professional development opportunities within the context of the classroom. She has been a member of her current school district’s Teacher Leadership Collaborative, helping to provide quality professional development to the teachers in the district. She has been an AP Biology Reader for the past 6 years.


Karen is also a Consultant for National Math and Science and travels to various parts of the United States to present Student Study Sessions for AP Biology students. She is also at Texas AP Advocate, communicating with the Texas Legislature on behalf of AP Biology students and teachers. Karen has been a member of the STAT CAST committee in both El Paso and San Antonio and has been a presenter at NSTA. She has had the honor of being selected as her campus Teacher of the Year, District Finalist for Teacher of the Year, Coach of the Year and Walmart Teacher of the Year!


Registration for this course is now closed. Please use the form below to receive notification when new course dates are available. We hope to see you next year!


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