Biology – Cheryl Ann Hollinger

A College Board consultant since 1997, Cheryl Ann Hollinger has led AP workshops and Institutes on 4 continents. She was a consultant trainer for the AP Biology course redesign and mentored 7 new consultants. Cheryl is also a NMSI consultant, HHMI Ambassador, NABT/BSCS/HHMI AP Biology Teacher Academy leader, and Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) Associate & Presenter. Cheryl taught high school biology for 26 years, teaching AP Biology and Human Anatomy & Physiology for over 20 years. She also taught biology at York College of Pennsylvania. Cheryl is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Cheryl has been recognized for teaching excellence multiple times. Awards include the NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (Pennsylvania), Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (state finalist), and the Siemens Award for Excellence in Advanced Placement Science Teaching. She was the first recipient of the AP Biology Service Award. Traveling, reading, hiking, and camping are some of her favorite things to do in her spare time.

Course Description

The major focus of this Advanced Placement Summer Institute will be on the changes to the CED and the new resources available to teachers. The revised Course Framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for students to succeed. It also specifies what student must know, be able to do, and understand to qualify for college credit or placement.

Each day will be spent examining the structure and elements of the 8 units and learning how to use both old and new resources to successfully implement the redesigned Course Framework.

We will:

  • Discuss teaching strategies and review the AP Biology labs in the Lab Manual.
  • Prepare and conduct at least 1-2 of the labs for each of the four Big Ideas.

In addition, participants will:

  • Learn how to use their existing resources most effectively in implementing the changes in the Curriculum Framework.
  • Share alternative and supplemental lab activities and CER (Claims, Evidence, Reasoning) activities and resources will be highlighted each day.
  • Work together on preparing a course audit (as needed).
  • Review the 2018 exam results and discuss best teaching practices to help students succeed including participation in mini “mock readings” of sample Free Response Questions each day,
  • Review pacing guides, sample syllabi, textbooks, and how to navigate the AP Central website, including the course audit portal.

Key Takeaways for Participants include the following:

  • Understanding the redesigned Course
  • Planning to teach the Course
  • Teaching the Course
  • How to assess student progress and understanding
  • Becoming a member of the AP Biology Community

Participants are encouraged  to bring a laptop, an inquiry-based laboratory or classroom activity/resource to share (electronic or hard copy – it does not have to be AP-level), a copy of an AP Instructional Planning Report (APIPR) from a previous school year (if you have one), and a willingness to exchange effective teaching practices/activities with your peers.

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