Preparing Students for Advanced Placement Biology
AP 503.300 Erol Altug
This course is designed for both teachers who are new to teaching AP Biology as well
as experienced teachers, who are looking for information about the changes in curriculum
and the wealth of new resources that unfolded in 2019-2020. The course will focus
on the following: 1) the foundation of AP Biology as articulated in the Curriculum
Framework (the four Big Ideas, six Science Practices, etc.), 2) Inquiry-based lab
instruction, 3) helping students be more successful on the AP Biology Exam. Throughout
the course, participants will learn about the exciting changes The College Board have
made available in student course enrollment, formative and summative assessments,
laboratory ideas, and the plethora of resources that are now available for teachers
and their students. In addition, participants will be exposed to many of the resources
available to you from publishers, science supplies, research institutions, and online.
Participants will receive a binder containing the new AP Biology Course and Exam Description
(CED), which is also accessible online: http://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-biology-course-and-exam-description-0.pdf. Each participant will briefly share a “best practice” idea during the week of a
favorite activity or demonstration. Participants should bring a laptop computer or
tablet device with them. All laboratory equipment and other materials will be provided.
Participants new to AP Biology, who are taking this course for graduate credit at
Goucher College, will develop a course syllabus based on the new curriculum standards. Those
teachers who have already successfully submitted an AP Biology audit syllabus for
the new program will develop a unit based around the new curriculum.
Erol Altug has both a B.A. in Biology, Secondary Education and an M.Div. Following two years of part-time teaching at Trinity College, Erol worked for 20 years at the elite Robert College of Istanbul (RC, the oldest American school abroad, is a highly academic co-educational prep school for Turkish youth), where he introduced and coordinated the first Advanced Placement (AP) program in Turkey. In 2001, he and his family moved to The Stony Brook School on Long Island, NY (a private, co-educational prep school), where he currently teaches AP Biology and AP Psychology. Erol is actively involved with the AP program nationally and internationally. During the grading of the AP Biology exam, he has served as a Reader, Table Leader, and as a Question Leader. He is a consultant for The College Board and has presented at one-day teacher workshops, multi-day events, and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes both in the USA and abroad.