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Pre-AP® Middle School Science

Workshop Description

The Pre-AP® Science APSI is designed to take participants through each of the major components of a Pre-AP® curriculum and then show participants how to incorporate the components into their own classrooms. Participants will be doing a variety of labs, activities, and projects that illustrate some aspect of the wide spectrum that makes up Pre-AP® Science. Topics include the following:

  • Defining what Pre-AP® Science is and how it can facilitate to a student's future success in science

  • Incorporating Pre-AP® skills into instruction

  • Different types of inquiry-based classrooms

  • Making open-ended inquiry more approachable to students who are new to the process

  • Assess labs based on how student vs teacher driven they are and work on modifications for a successful Pre-AP® classroom

Teachers are encouraged to bring their own classroom materials to work with and to share with the group.

Learning Outcomes

To become more:

  • Identifying the skills and concepts necessary for success in AP® Science.

  • Understanding what these skills and concepts are and how they can be applied at a Pre-AP® level to achieve student success.

  • Developing realistic and practical Pre-AP® strategies to prepare their students for long-term academic success.

What Participants Should Bring:

  • Curriculum requirements and/or standards

  • A successful lesson plan including several labs

  • Colored Pencils

  • Post-it notes

  • Computer

Tentative Agenda

Day 1

Identifying skills necessary for success in an AP® setting

Vertically aligning the Pre-AP® class to the AP®

Pre-AP® curriculum and strategies

Day 2

Focus on the Pre-AP® approach and reasoning

Pre-AP® curriculum and strategies

Day 3

Strategy focus: inquiry in the Pre-AP® classroom

Application of strategies to teacher’s curriculum

Day 4

Sharing ideas and strategies

Pre-AP® curriculum and strategies

Consultant Bio

Lisa Tobias currently teaches Middle School science and the Elementary Science lab at St. Peter Prince of the Apostle School in San Antonio, TX. Mrs. Tobias started at St. Peter Prince in 2014. Prior to that, Chemistry, Pre-AP® Chemistry, and AP® Chemistry at Central Catholic High School; Pre-AP® Physics, Pre-AP® Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics 1 at John Paul II Catholic High School in New Braunfels, TX; Pre-AP® eighth grade physical science and sixth grade robotics. She has been teaching science since 2000.

Mrs. Tobias holds a BS in biology and history from Bates College and an MA in education from Barry University. She has been consulting for the College Board since 2007 in Pre-AP® Science and inquiry-based laboratories, as well as science vertical teams, and is currently a consultant mentor.


Course Information:

July 30 - August 2, 2019

Tuesday - Friday

8:00AM - 5:00PM

UTSA Main Campus

Pre-AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the development and delivery of this professional development. This workshop is not associated with official Pre-AP® program and courses.

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