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 physics 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. She’s the author of the “Conservation Concepts” and the “Rotational Motion” Curriculum Modules and co-author of “Electrostatics” and “The Laboratory Guide”. Her name appears in the acknowledgements as a developer of all four AP Physics course curriculum guides. 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. Connie is developing extensive experience in the presentation of online courses, having taught online college courses and labs at the college level, starting in spring 2020, and online AP teacher institutes in summer 2020 on a variety of platforms.
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, 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 packet, tests and solutions from past years, sample course syllabi, and the solutions to the 2022 free response exams. The College Board has developed an extensive array of training materials for AP Classroom, so these will be discussed extensively. 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. Materials for Physics C Mechanics will be provided, allowing teachers to select from activities that are most needed for their classrooms. Everyone will develop a course syllabus—either using their existing audit syllabus or starting the framework of a new syllabus. In advance of the institute, please do the following: (1) Ask your school AP Coordinator or other official to authorize your permissions to your AP course for 2022-23 so you can gain access to AP Classroom. (2) Download copies of the Course and Exam Descriptions for both AP Physics C courses. Bring a few tools (optional), such as scissors, screwdrivers, wire strippers, and a small hacksaw or PVC cutters.