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Virtual Pre-AP Science: Building Conceptual Understanding using Analytical Reading and Writing

Pre-AP shared principles and science areas of focus work together to allow students to gain, retain, and apply scientific knowledge. In this workshop, participants actively engage in a Pre-AP model lesson with an emphasis on analytical reading and writing. They will practice using the Pre-AP shared principles to promote understanding of content area text and scientific reasoning and justification. Participants will then consider how they can apply new learning within their own classroom context, to support students as they become discerning citizens and consumers of scientific information.

Outcome:

Participants will:

  • Connect the Pre-AP shared principles and science areas of focus to student engagement in gaining, retaining, and applying scientific knowledge
  • Collaboratively plan to support student conceptual understanding through the use of Pre-AP shared principles and science areas of focus

Participants meet 2 times for 2.5 hours each class. Virtual workshops are facilitated by Pre-AP National Faculty and have a maximum of 20 participants. Virtual workshops are available for private purchase by a school, district, or state. To schedule a virtual workshop, email [email protected]. Include the name of the workshop you are interested in, along with the requested dates of delivery.

Due to covid-19, College Board is not currently scheduling in-person professional learning.

In-Person Pre-AP Science: Developing Inquiry Mindsets in the Science Classroom

Developing inquiry mindsets is a focus of the Pre-AP science classroom. In this workshop, participants examine an effective, collaborative science classroom through the Pre-AP Biology framework, areas of focus, and shared instructional principles. Teachers actively engage in modeling a safe, student-focused science classroom environment in which students develop inquiry skills while accessing critical content. Students will do this through close observation and analysis, higher-order questioning, evidence-based writing, and academic conversation. Participants create a plan for incorporating close observation and analysis, collaborative group structures, and academic conversations into their daily instruction. 

Outcome:

  • Educators will examine the characteristics of a safe, inquiry-focused science classroom and develop a plan to implement Pre-AP shared principles in their daily classroom practice.

Due to covid-19, College Board is not currently scheduling in-person professional learning.

In-Person Pre-AP Science: Using Analytical Reading and Writing to Promote Conceptual Understanding

In this workshop, participants analyze how the Pre-AP science classroom emphasizes analytical reading and writing in support of students gaining, retaining, and applying scientific knowledge. Educators will experience science instructional models and performance tasks that leverage the Pre-AP shared principles of close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher-order questions, and academic conversation. They will then consider how to apply these principles and strategies in their own classrooms to better prepare students to be discerning citizens and consumers of scientific information.

Outcome:

  • Educators will explore how focusing on analytical reading and writing enables students to gain, retain, and apply scientific knowledge.

Due to covid-19, College Board is not currently scheduling in-person professional learning.