Environmental Science

Course Description
This course will prepare teachers to effectively plan and teach an AP Environmental Science course at their school. Teachers will learn about the course format, AP test, content, labs, activities, textbooks, instructional materials and instructional strategies to help them and their students be successful. Equity and access strategies for all types of schools and students are presented and discussed to help teachers plan effectively for their individual schools and students. Teachers will leave with essential materials, labs and lessons to have a great year teaching AP Environmental Science.

Items Participants Should Bring
Participants should bring a laptop or tablet that can access the internet, their chosen textbook (if they have one), a school calendar for the upcoming year, and closed toed shoes for labs and field studies.

Course Agenda
1. AP Environmental Science topic outline
2. AP Exam format and test prep
3. Textbooks and materials
4. Pacing
5. Equity and Access
6. AP Science Practices
7. Essential Labs
8. Activities
9. Math
10. Instructional strategies
11. Online resources
12. Difficult content
13. AP Syllabus
14. College Board materials
15. Formative and summative assessments
16. Creating and using practice tests and free response questions
17. Grading tests and free response questions
18. AP Community


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

Instructor Biography:

Kristi Schertz is an experienced professional development leader and coach for science, AP courses, literacy and technology. She has taught AP Environmental Science for 13 years and is a veteran science teacher with over 20 years in the classroom. She is an AP reader (grades national AP exams) as well as mentoring new science and AP teachers. In addition, she is a published author of AP practice tests and environmental science test-prep guides. She writes the blog site for teachers: teachingapscience.com