Participants in the AP Biology Summer Institute will increase their knowledge of, and comfort level with, the AP Biology Curriculum Framework. We will perform most of the labs in the new lab manual and discuss how to tweak labs you currently use to make them student driven and inquiry based. We will share best practices and hints on what works in the AP Biology classroom to improve student achievement. During the week we will also look at sample syllabi, textbooks, and additional resources. In addition, we will spend time familiarizing ourselves with the format, sample questions and grading of the new exam. The full course schedule is available here. If there is interest, time will also be provided to work on your own course syllabus.
Class Prep: As the institution nears, I will be sending out a link to access materials we will be using during the Summer Institute.
Items Participants Should Bring:
-An activity to share that addresses one or more of the learning objectives, or just something that you think works really well in you AP Bio class. This can be something you got from another teacher or online.
-Recommended: a USB flash drive
-Optional: a device that allows you to access the internet
Kristi Sutton earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After working in the environmental testing field for a short time she returned to school at Syracuse University where she was awarded a Master of Science in Science Teaching. Kristi has taught AP Biology, Freshman Biology and Leadership in the Bellevue School District for 21 years. In that time she has also coached the Debate Team, been a LINK coordinator, served as Science Department Head, been a mentor teacher and advised more clubs than she can remember.
In addition, Kristi has developed district-level curriculum in both Biology and AP Biology, as well as working collaboratively to develop a curriculum for teaching AP Biology using a problem-based learning focus. This work was funded through a grant from the Department of Education. She has also helped to create online resources in epigenetics and evolution for the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah. In 2006 Kristi received her National Board Certification.
For 13 years, Kristi has been an AP Biology Reader, with the last seven as a Table Leader. In addition, she has been writing and reviewing questions for the new AP Biology exam. She resides in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and two children.