Preparing Students for Advanced Placement Environmental Science

AP 527.100 Anne Soos

This course is designed both for new AP Environmental Science teachers and for experienced AP Environmental Science teachers who have not recently participated in a summer APSI. This intensive one-week course will provide an overview of the entire AP Environmental Science (APES) curriculum. Each day, important concepts will be discussed and related specifically to APES free-response questions, and participants will perform laboratories associated with these concepts. The major goal is to expose participants to both content and hands-on activities important to teaching a successful APES course. In addition, new AP resources will be discussed. Participants will be expected to spend some time on homework for this institute, which could include working up lab data, reading lab activities, and, for all teachers, preparing a course syllabus or outline that correlates to the APES course description. Experienced teachers may be asked to write and share possible FRQ’s or inquiry-based labs. Participants are urged to bring electronic materials/favorite web sites to share as some class time will be reserved for sharing and question/answer sessions. Participants should bring a copy of their school calendar for the coming year, clothing that would allow visiting a garbage incinerator (shoes with closed toes are required!), items for doing water-testing (shoes that can get wet or a pair of boots), a scientific calculator of some type, a laptop computer or iPad with internet access, pencils, a ruler, and a three-ring binder for hard copies of handouts. Students will be expected to have read and answered the 2020 Free Response Questions before the Institute begins.


Anne Soos

Anne Soos

Anne Soos retired from The Hun School of Princeton in June 2018. While at Hun she taught AP Environmental Science, Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry. She has taught APES since the program was introduced in 1998 and has taught biology and AP Biology. Before joining the Hun faculty, she was Head of the Upper School at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ, and had served as Science Department Chair. Anne’s retirement in 2018 marked the end of a 50-year teaching career. She has been an AP reader for biology and until her retirement was a reader for environmental science. As an AP Consultant, Anne has presented a number of one-day AP workshops and, in addition to Goucher College, has led AP summer institutes at Rensselaerville, NY; Lewes, DE; La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA; Henry Jackson High School in Everett WA, and Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ. Anne has edited several APES texts and review books for various publishers.