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Environmental Science

Course Description: 

The four days will assist you in what should and could be covered in your AP Environmental Science course. What resources and activities are available? What do labs look like?  Participants will complete and be exposed to a plethora of activities and labs in the classroom and out in the field. The institute will also give you a variety of ideas for covering the course on any budget. We will also share tools and strategies for preparing students for the May exam.

Items Participants Should Bring:

Participants should bring shoes appropriate for a light walk to sample a nearby pond.

Course Schedule: 

Available as institute nears 


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184
Email: profdev@plu.edu

Instructor Biography:

Susan Berrend graduated with a degree in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State in 1981 and pursued graduate wok in limnology at Uppsala University, Sweden. This was interrupted when she accidentally fell into teaching and joyfully stayed, working in private and public high schools in San Francisco Bay Area and Utah. She completed her Master’s degree in Science Education from Montana State University where her studies focused on the role of student affect in science course success. She is currently the science department chair at Alma Heights Christian School where she teaches a wide variety of science courses, including AP* Environmental Science.

Susan spends her summers exploring the wide variety of workshops and opportunities available to science teachers. In recent years, this included the American Chemical Society’s program on green chemistry, and participating in Earthwatch Institute’s teacher-in-the-field program. Susan has spent time as an AP* Environmental Science exam reader and table leader since 2000, and a College Board* consultant since 2005.