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Connie Wells has a Master of Science Degree in Physics from The University of Kansas. After teaching Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C and AP Physics 2 at the high school level for over twenty five years, Connie is now an adjunct instructor of physics at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been active in test scoring and development for The College Board since 1995, serving on the AP Physics B and C Test Development Committee from 1997-2001 and as Co-chair of the AP Physics 1 and 2 Curriculum Development Committee and Co-chair AP Physics 2 Development Committee from its inception to 2015. In November 2003, Connie was a Regional Winner of the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching sponsored by The College Board and The Siemens Foundation and was awarded the Rockers Award for Greater Kansas City Area Outstanding Teacher in Science in 2008. As a workshop leader and College Board institute consultant, she has presented teacher training institutes throughout the United States and abroad—including Edmonton (AB, Canada), Hawaii, Saipan (Northern Marianas Islands), Barranquilla (Colombia), Bangkok, Skopje (Macedonia), Shanghai, Tokyo, Harbin (China), Taipei (Taiwan), Hangzhou (China), and Beijing. She is the author of several physics review guides produced by major publishers and of documents and focus booklets for AP Physics published by The College Board, as well as a recently published review guide for the MCAT Exam from McGraw Hill. Connie has been Chair of the Committee on Teacher Preparation for the American Association of Physics Teachers. In August, 2015, she was named Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society. She was appointed to the College Board Science Advisory Panel in 2016 and currently works on contract projects for The College Board related to AP Physics and SAT.
Participants in this summer institute will have the opportunity to meet and learn from others who are developing Advanced Placement Physics programs in their schools. Current and aspiring AP Physics C teachers will strengthen their knowledge of the subject, become familiar with the AP Physics program and its changing scope and sequence, discuss the use of the AP Classroom platform, and develop laboratory and demonstration materials for use in their own classrooms. They will come away from the institute with many materials, including the College Board AP Physics C packets, tests and solutions from past years, sample course syllabi, and the solutions to the 2020 free response exams. Time will be spent working on problem solving techniques and discussing approaches to teaching AP Physics —including the role of vertical teaming, development of a course syllabus, and designing labs and assessments that address higher order thinking skills. Participants will be given the opportunity to work in small groups to model inquiry-based laboratory design increasingly emphasized by the AP Physics courses, selecting the lab work from a variety of options that best fit the teacher’s course needs. As time permits, new AP teachers will be given guidance in preparing a course syllabus. Participants should bring a calculator, notebook and a few optional items such as a laptop or ipad, handout or favorite demonstration to share, and simple tools (scissors, pliers, screwdrivers).