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Kelcey Burris is currently the Department Chair of Science and teaches AP Biology at Union High School in Camas, Washington. He started his teaching career in Naples, Florida, and has been teaching AP Biology for the past 22 years. As a College Board Endorsed Consultant for AP Biology and Lead Consultant for AP Biology he has presented one-day and week-long workshops throughout the United States and internationally in Guam, Chengdu, China, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Istanbul, Turkey, and Shanghai, China. Kelcey has been a reader for the AP Biology Exam for the past 12 years. He was a member of the AP Daily team producing Topic Videos for the AP Biology Curriculum on AP Classroom. He earned a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, and a Master’s in Education from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. He is the head coach for girls’ soccer at his high school, and enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and daughter in his free time.
Participants in this in-depth training will increase their knowledge of and comfort level with the AP Biology Curriculum, including an in-depth review of the AP Biology Course and Exam Description (CED), and they will learn how to plan their course around the CED. We will perform some of the labs from the new lab manual, conduct some effective and inexpensive labs, perform ShoeBox Investigations (Take-Home Labs), and discuss how to tweak the labs you currently use to make them student-driven and inquiry-based. Various teaching and learning strategies will be introduced in order for participants to fully integrate the science practices into their daily classroom. In addition, time will be spent familiarizing ourselves with the format, sample questions, and grading of the AP Biology exam. We will also look at the scope and sequence of the course with time being dedicated to your own course syllabus and lesson planning.
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