Biology 2010The Central Pennsylvania Advanced Placement Academy

Summer Institute

June 23-27, 2014,
Monday-Friday 8:oo a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg , PA 17257

Expand your knowledge of Advanced Placement subjects by attending a one-week summer institute.

Designed for new and "seasoned" AP teachers alike, AP Summer Institutes promote:
  •  innovative teaching methods
  •  current AP exam information
  •  creative ways to educate and encourage advanced students.

$1596 (IN-STATE) and $2289 (OUT-OF-STATE) for Graduate Credit; $975 for Non-Credit. Registration includes workshop materials and t-shirt.

Lodging: $79 a night at Shippen Place Hotel 717-532-4141, mention room block and rate for AP Bio.

Questions please contact:
Dr. Carolyn Callaghan
717-477-4050 (fax) 

Register today to see how you can benefit from the networking and idea sharing of an AP Summer Institute.


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Biology - BIO498-74 - New Frontiers in AP Biology:  Review and Revise Curriculum Framework and Science Practices

Instructor: Cherylann Hollinger
Date: June 23 - 27, 2014 
Time: Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Course Description 

Come to an AP Biology Summer Institute in beautiful southern Pennsylvania on the campus of Shippensburg University. We’ve taught the redesigned AP Biology course and we have our students’ scores on the 2013 AP Biology Exam. So what’s next? It’s time to review and revise. Institute participants will review the AP Biology Curriculum Framework and the 7 Science Practices, but the major focus will be on the Science Practices. We will discuss ways to revise existing classroom activities and labs in order to increase student achievement on the AP Biology Exam. We will explore ways in which we can aid our students in gaining a deeper conceptual understanding of biology through inquiry-based activities like case studies and POGIL activities that give students opportunities to use the Science Practices.

Participants will review free response questions on the 2014 AP Biology exam and examine various reading, writing, and test-taking strategies that can be used to improve student performance on future AP Exams. The instructor will share classroom strategies and tools learned at the 2013 AP Biology Leadership Academy, including but not limited to, developing norms of collaborative work, the I(Identify and Interpret) strategy, evidence-based claims, and writing scientific explanations.

We will perform as many of the suggested labs in the lab manual as possible within our limited timeframe, but discussions on planning how to implement those inquiry-based labs that require extended time will occur throughout the week. All participants are expected to bring a calculator, a notebook, and enough copies of their favorite biology activity or lab to share with others. Come with ideas, questions, and suggestions to share. Graduate credits are available. 

Instructor Information

A consultant with the College Board since 1997, Cherylann Hollinger has conducted workshops for other AP teachers at regional, national, and international AP conferences as well as workshops at state and national science conferences. She has been leading AP Biology Summer Institutes for over a decade. In addition, Cheryl is an AP consultant trainer for the College Board and has been an AP Exam Reader for the past 9 years.

Cheryl has been teaching for 25 years and has taught Biology at the both the high school and college level. She currently teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology and Advanced Placement Biology at Central York High School in York, Pennsylvania. Cheryl belongs to various professional organizations including NSTA, NABT, PSTA, PSEA, and NEA. She is a Key Leader for Building a Presence for Science in Pennsylvania and a reviewer for The American Biology Teacher and The Science Teacher.

Cheryl has been recognized for teaching excellence several times. The awards include the OBTA, PAEMST (state finalist), Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Science. Most recently she was honored to receive the first Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award for her dedication to teaching excellence and willingness to help her colleagues, especially new teachers.