The unique focus for the week will be the investigation of the multidisciplinary nature of the AP environmental science curriculum focusing on urban systems, urban design and the trend towards sustainable urban living. Using the vast resources of the downtown San Antonio metropolitan area, participants will investigate urban ecology, the local food movement, and issues surrounding brownfield renovations.
Although our base of operations will be newly completed facilities at the UTSA Downtown campus, our classroom will be all of downtown San Antonio. Potential field excursions will extend north to the Museum Reach and south to the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk Hike and Bike Trail System.
This course is specifically designed for experienced APES instructors; those who have previously attended an APES APSI or are fully comfortable with the APES curriculum. This invigorating experience will provide opportunities for instructors to enhance their current APES programs.
Participants will complete a variety of field activities, including an array of useful techniques for analyzing plant and animal populations in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Methods will incorporate both traditional techniques and calculator-based labs.
This institute will incorporate significant lab activities and fieldwork. Participants should be prepared for daily light hiking over short to medium distances with, if you know San Antonio, very little vertical adjustment.
Comfortable clothing is encouraged throughout the week. A refillable water bottle is a must. The instructor will provide insect repellent and sunscreen as needed, but participants should bring comfortable walking shoes and hat for fieldwork. Participants should have one pair of shoes that they do not mind getting wet and/or muddy.
Brian 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 33 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 B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Management, Brian also serves with the College Board as an Advanced Placement consultant and as a table leader at the AP®ES reading. He is also the moderator for the College Board AP®ES Community Forum. A veteran of both public (PA) and private (NY, TX) schools, Brian is in his thirty-seventh year teaching and coaching soccer.