Summer AP Academies: AP Environmental Science Academy

This new AP Summer Academy will help experienced APES teachers dig deeper into their course content, as we hear from college professors about the latest research developments in environmental science, and from prominent area stakeholders as they discuss the real world challenges of applying science to land-use decision-making.

AP Environmental Science applies concepts from the biological and earth sciences into human land-use contexts, placing the course right on the overlap between Science and Social Studies, and requiring students to make meaningful connections between fields of inquiry that are often compartmentalized in high school curricula. Many APES students are able to memorize individual science concepts, but they often struggle when asked to make meaningful connections to complex real-world scenarios. This course will help teachers find ways to bridge this gap, increasing student’s success on the AP exam while building their real world environmental literacy.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42501 Matt Wells On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
START DATE: June 26, 2018

Instructor: Matt Wells

Matt Wells, M.Ed., is an award-winning teacher and educational consultant based in Houston, TX.  Having an ecological research background working in Madagascar and Guyana, Matt launched his school district’s AP Environmental Science program in 2005, co-writing the curriculum, and has now taught APES for 12yrs in a low-income urban public school setting.  He is a College Board/ETS Reader for APES, an APES consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a regular conference workshop presenter, and has done several Environmental Science workshops for Rice University over the years.  Matt has conducted Summer Institutes, Mock Readings, Student Study Sessions and other trainings across the US, receiving numerous awards for his work, including the Texas Chemical Council’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, the Butler Award for Educational Excellence, and NABT’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award.  He was selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, and has been inducted into his school district’s “Wall of Fame” three times.  As a national consultant and Past-President of both the Science Teacher’s Association of Texas and the Texas Association of Biology Teachers, Matt has seen many different ways to do APES around the country.  Whether urban or rural, rich or poor, large or small, Matt believes that APES can be taught effectively in any school setting, and he is passionate about helping teachers launch and develop their programs, so they can connect their students to the world around them in meaningful ways, and prepare them effectively for the rigors of the exam.  

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: June 26, 2018

End Date: June 29, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by March 26

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 26