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Pre-AP: Strategies in Science—Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom

Expand your science teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

Teachers learn how to create an interactive classroom that focuses on inquiry-based learning, encourages higher levels of thinking, and orchestrates discourse through speaking, writing, and graphic representation. They also learn strategies for:

  • inductive thinking
  • discrepant events
  • brainstorming
  • group work
  • graphic organizers

The workshop focuses on ways to design and use investigations, write dynamic problems, and enhance current classroom activities. Participants learn how to develop learning skills for all students, build assessments that monitor progress, and foster scientific thinking without interrupting instruction.

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards; the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Benchmarks for Science Literacy; and to AP science courses standards and skills.


  • Understand AP standards and the role of Pre-AP in developing them
  • Learn what students need for AP science courses
  • Increase scientific literacy and communication
  • Appreciate issues and strategies critical to AP Vertical Teams in science


Day One

Day Two

Workshop authors

Roni Alfaro teaches chemistry at Alice High School in Alice, Texas.

Jo Ann Brown taught seventh- and eighth-grade science for 13 years at Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg, Texas, before working with the Region IV Education Service Center in Houston. For 10 years she worked with teachers in 56 school districts in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She also was an AP Exam Reader for the College Board's Southwest region. Although officially retired, Ms. Brown continues to work with science teachers in refining their curriculum, learning new instructional strategies, and aligning assessment methods to state curriculum and tests 

Carol Gordon Keitt is a teacher at Samuel Jackman Middle School in Sacramento, California, where she has served as the campus MESA coordinator since 1996. Voted Teacher of the Year on several occasions by both her peers and her students, she was also selected AP Vertical Team site representative.

Darrel James is a biology teacher and department chair at Fred Beyer High School in Modesto, California. He teaches many AP Biology institutes and serves as an AP Reader, Table Leader, and a Pre-AP workshop leader. In 2001, Mr. James received the National Association of Biology Teachers' Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. 

Doug Llewellyn is a director of science at the Rochester City School District in Rochester, New York. Previously, he was a junior high school principal and a middle school science teacher in upstate New York. He teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. He has also been involved with several National Science Foundation grants on systematic reform.

Anna McClane is a project director at the Texas Science Center for Professional Development, Region IV Education Service Center, in Houston. 

Ben Smith teaches AP Environmental Science at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, California.

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