APSI: AP Biology for New Teachers, Week 2

Relevant topics in AP Biology will be discussed, catering to the needs of new teachers.

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Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42293 Richard Hillman On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Hillman
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 25, 2017

Instructor: Richard Hillman

Lead Consultant
Richard Hillman
holds a BS in Natural Science from the University of Arkansas, a MS in Biology from Henderson State University and has completed post graduate work in Gifted and Talented at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has over 40 years of teaching experience on junior high, high school and university levels. He is a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Arkansas Science Teachers Association (ASTA). He has presented professional papers at state, regional and national conventions over the past decade on How to Teach Evolution, Incorporating Original Biological Literature into the Curriculum, the Biochemistry of Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration and the Power of the Geological Time Scale as a Teaching Tool. He is also a lead AP Biology consultant throughout the southwest region.

Term: Spring/Summer 2017

Start Date: July 25, 2017

End Date: July 28, 2017

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

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  • Welcome Aboard!  Introductions & Orientation
  • What is the College Board?  Let’s Look at Our Packet.
  • What is AP Biology?  What is the College Board Philosophy?
  • Discussion: Textbooks, Topics and Time; What to Teach. What to Omit
  • AM Break
  • Presentation: The Nature and Limits of Science 
  • A Handbook of Biological Investigations (Experimental Design, Null Hypothesis, Chi Square Statistical Test)
  • Lunch
  • Investigation 3: BLAST & DNA Sequencing
  • Investigation 12: Animal Behavior (alternative with statistical analysis))
  • PM Break
  • Investigation 11: Whole Plant Transpiration setup (an alternate approach)


  • Investigation 4:  Diffusion, Osmosis and water potential (an old alternate)
  • AM Break
  • Investigation 2:  Genetics and Micro-evolution  (Hardy-Weinberg old and new)
  • Lunch
  • Biochemistry of Cellular Respiration (set up alternate lab)
  • PM Break
  • Investigation 6:  Cellular Respiration
  • Discussion:  Using the National Exam as a Guide to Construct and Grade Your Own Tests


  • Investigation 13:  Enzyme Activity
  • AM Break
  • DNA Fingerprinting – Paper and Scissors Activity
  • Investigation 9: Restriction Enzyme Cleavage and Electrophoresis setup
  • Lunch
  • Investigation 8: Bacterial Transformation setup
  • PM Break
  • Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Investigation 10: Energy Dynamics (+ alternative D.O. and Aquatic 10 Productivity)


  • Conclude investigations 8& 9 – collect data
  • AM Break
  • Conclude investigation 10 – collect data: Discussion & analysis
  • Lunch
  • Biochemistry of Photosynthesis
  • Investigation 5: Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis
  • Break
  • Conclude investigation 11: Transpiration data
  • Participants Sharing Ideas
  • Dismiss
  • Teacher familiarization with College Board philosophy.
  • Understand the math involved in lab activities.
  • Overview of all 13 labs/ work through several labs to collect data
  • Learn to construct rubrics to grade open response/essay questions
  • Overview of resources to help AP teachers
  • Learn to use the technology involved in some of the investigations
  • Opportunity to get your questions answered by teacher with 30 years of experience in AP Biology