Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


July 14-18

Instructor: Mary Wuerth

In this workshop, participants will learn about the new revisions to the AP* Biology curriculum that make it more inquiry and application based.

Participants will discuss the revised AP* Biology lab procedures and learn how to implement more inquiry based labs into their course, on a variety of budgets.

Participants will learn how to use their existing resources most effectively in implementing the curriculum framework and labs. Resources for preparing class activities and lectures, many of which are available on the internet, will be presented.

The workshop will review pacing guides, sample syllabi, textbook correlations, and how to navigate the course audit.

The workshop will also discuss methods of assessment. Participants will review the grading of the 2014 AP* Biology exam, participate in a mini “mock reading” of sample AP* Biology essays, and share successful strategies they can use with their students.

About the Instructor

Mary Wuerth teaches AP* Biology and Integrated Science at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA.

Mary earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, then did neurobiology research at UCLA before beginning her teaching career in south Los Angeles. Mary did graduate work in cell and molecular biology at San Francisco State University.  She served as a mentor teacher for her district, taught biology at College of Marin, and was the life science subject matter expert for student teachers in the education program at Dominican College.

Mary was selected as one of 25 Lead Teachers for WGBH-TV’s Evolution Project and was awarded a RadioShack National Teacher Award for the use of technology in the classroom. Mary received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Mary is a workshop consultant for the College Board, and has served as a reader and a table leader for the AP* Biology exam.

As a lead teacher and board member for the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium, Mary teachers to implement biotech labs in their classrooms . She participated in College Board training for AP* Biology consultants on the new curriculum framework, and will share her insights in this summer workshops.

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