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AP® Biology: Introduction to AP Biology (Online Professional Development)

For new and experienced AP teachers

Workshop description

This course will provide AP Biology teachers with insight into the AP Biology course and concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective curriculum. Participants will explore the AP Biology curriculum framework, summative and formative assessments, inquiry-based teaching practices, practice exams, and tools available for syllabus development. Participants will finish the course with the ability to confidently create a syllabus that incorporates the curriculum framework and inquiry-based teaching practices.

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Workshop goal

Participants will be introduced to the Curriculum Framework that is the foundation of the AP Biology course and exam, and to the importance of incorporating inquiry-based instruction and labs into their AP Biology course.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the components of the Curriculum Framework to their classroom instruction and investigative labs.
  • Lead their students in practicing and preparing for the exam.
  • Design a syllabus that aligns with the redesigned course.
  • Move their instructional practice, labs, and classroom design to reflect a more inquiry-based instructional model.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Introducing the Curriculum Framework
  • Unit 3: Understanding the AP Biology Exam
  • Unit 4: Inquiry-Based Instruction
  • Unit 5: Syllabus Development and Course Conclusion

Course syllabus PDF for Introduction to AP Biology

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To register for summer institutes, visit 
AP Central: Institutes & Workshops.

Biology teachers: To register for online courses, visit
AP Biology Online Professional Development.

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