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AP® Physics

Workshop Description

This institute offers a professional development opportunity aligned with the AP Physics 1 curriculum. It presents the AP Physics 1 Curriculum Framework and models how science practices and inquiry-based learning can be integrated into the classroom.


This institute prepares participants to design instruction and teach the AP Physics 1 course. Through pedagogy, readings, hands-on activities and review of sample exams questions the participants will explore the structure of the course and appropriate instructional strategies to use while teaching.


Topics include: aligning instruction with the curriculum framework, identifying what skills and knowledge the exams assess, strategies for developing inquiry-based lessons, developing and incorporating reasoning tasks to develop students’ conceptual understanding of physics principles, and exploring the AP Course Audit curricular requirements. The participants will gain and strengthen the ability to adapt their current classroom curriculum to help students meet the goals of the redesigned AP Physics 1.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the philosophy of the AP Physics 1 and 2 redesign

  • Techniques to establish a student-centered learning environment

  • Examine past multiple-choice and free-response questions to help prepare students for the AP Physics 1 exam

  • Understand the scoring guidelines to help students optimize their AP score

What Particpants Should Bring

  • Laptop

  • Flashdrive

  • Calculator

  • Note paper and writing utensils

  • One favorite lab or writing activity to share with the group

Consultant Bio

Dr. Ann Tilak began her career as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL followed by a research fellow at UMDNJ, Piscataway NJ. She developed an interest in teaching and has taught Honors and AP Physics at Parsippany Hills High School, Parsippany, NJ. She maintained her passion for research by working part-time at the US Army Research Labs in Fort Monmouth, NJ and Adelphi, MD.


She retired from Parsippany Hills in July, 2011 and now serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg NJ. Dr. Tilak continues to serve the physics community by being an AP Reader, writing questions for the AP Physics exams and the AP Physics redesign exams and as a past member of the SAT2 committee for Physics. She is a College Board endorsed consultant for AP Physics and a member of the planning committee for the AP Annual Conferences.


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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