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Cheryl Ann Hollinger has been a College Board consultant since 1997, leading regional, national, and international AP workshops on 4 continents. She has led AP Biology Summer Institutes for over a decade. Cheryl has served as an AP consultant trainer and has also served as a mentor to 6 new consultants. She is an experienced AP Exam Reader, PRAXIS Exam item writer, and member of the Subject Matter Expert team for AP Biology Insight, and is currently an AP Insight consultant. Cheryl served as a member of the College Board Science Academic Advisory Committee. She is also a NMSI consultant, an HHMI Ambassador, and a member of the NABT/BSCS/HHMI Region IX AP Biology Teacher Academy leadership team. In addition, Cheryl leads workshops at state, regional, and national science conferences and at AP Annual Conferences.
Cheryl taught high school biology in Pennsylvania for 26 years, teaching AP Biology and Human Anatomy & Physiology for over 20 years. She also taught these courses at the college level for 7 years. She is a member of several professional organizations including NSTA and NABT. Cheryl serves as a reviewer for The American Biology Teacher and The Science Teacher journals. At the present time, she is adjunct faculty member for 2 universities, serving as a student teacher supervisor.
Cheryl has been recognized for teaching excellence a number of times, including the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Pennsylvania, Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (state finalist), Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the Siemens Award for Excellence in Advanced Placement Science Teaching. Most recently she was honored to be the first recipient of the Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award. Cheryl loves teaching and mentoring teachers. Traveling, reading, hiking, and camping are some of her favorite things to do in her spare time.
Whether a teacher is a new AP Biology teacher or is someone who has taught the course for years, there will be something for everyone at this Advanced Placement Summer Institute. The AP Biology Curriculum Framework has been the “new” standard for several years and has already undergone one revision.
Participants will review the Framework from the Big Ideas to the Learning Objectives and use the Science Practices. We will discuss the AP Biology labs in the Lab Manual and learn how to prepare and conduct at least two 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 curriculum framework and labs into their course on a variety of budgets. Alternative and supplemental lab activities will be shared. CER (Claims, Evidence, Reasoning) activities and resources will be highlighted each day.
Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the course audit. Discussions on the 2017 exam results and best teaching practices to help students succeed will be included each day, including participation in mini “mock readings” of sample Free Response Questions. We will also review pacing guides, sample syllabi, textbooks, and how to navigate the AP Central website, including the course audit portal.
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.