The AP Preparedness Summer Workshops are designed to help teachers increase the rigor of content so students develop the strong foundation necessary for success in secondary advanced academics and post-secondary courses.

Active Learning in Biology is designed for in-service secondary teachers, is designed to engage students and prepare them for AP Biology, and is based on active strategies to engage students in self-thinking and learning. The course will employ laboratory investigations, case studies and mathematics integration to meet the following goals:

  • Enhance teacher biology content knowledge
  • Enhance teacher pedagogical knowledge
  • Employ principles of scientific teaching
  • Establish a professional community among colleagues for support


The course will provide teachers with techniques for engaging their biology students with the following strategies:

  • Modeling
  • Inquiry
  • Interactive lectures
  • Problem-solving
  • Cooperative learning

What participants should bring:

  • Charged laptop/tablet

Lead Consultant Biography:

As associate director for the Science and Engineering Department at the Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM), Christina Crawford (MSEd) leads the Rice Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching (RESST) biology program. In this capacity, she guides Houston-area high school life science teachers in weekly meetings on the Rice campus to explore both biology concepts and the ways in which they can be taught using inquiry methods. Christina also works with the NEWT Center and leads their Nanotechnology Environmental Engineering for Teachers (NEET) and NEWT Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs.


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