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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.

The focus will be on developing teaching strategies to create a learning environment for student success on concepts required for rigorous science courses. Emphasis will be on the rigor needed to learn what is necessary to be successful on the college-level chemistry exams. Time will be allowed for sharing best practices, for discussion of concepts in the course and for laboratory experiments. Laboratory topics will be limited to virtual labs and to paper labs. The material covered (and the sequence) will be determined by the needs of the group as a whole, based on the results of a survey emailed before the conference.

Topics:

  • Recruitment of students into advanced (Honors) chemistry
  • Differentiation between levels of chemistry courses
  • An overview of the AP program and the AP Chemistry exam
  • Appropriate scope and sequence
  • Multiple-choice strategies
  • Reaction predictions
  • Atomic structure and periodicity
  • Bonding and VSEPR
  • Gas laws
  • Nuclear chemistry (and relationship to kinetics)
  • Stoichiometry

What participants should bring:

  • Calculator
  • Device with a USB port

Lead Consultant Biography:

Todd Abronowitz is coauthor of “Fast Track to a 5: Preparing for the AP Chemistry Examination” and currently teaches all levels of chemistry at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Previously, he was the lead AP Chemistry teacher for Dallas ISD. Prior to this, he taught at John Paul II High School in Plano (and served as the Science Department chair) for five years. He has also taught at Creekview High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for eight years and at South Garland High School (Garland ISD) for six years. He has served as the lead chemistry teacher at Creekview High School. Since starting his teaching career in 1990, he has taught regular chemistry, Honors chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry and AP Chemistry. He has started three AP Chemistry programs, at South Garland High School, Creekview High School and most recently at John Paul II High School. He is involved with several professional organizations: Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas (ACT2) and the American Chemical Society. He has presented workshops at several STAT Conferences for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Southwest Regional Meetings of the American Chemical Society. He has also presented at two-day and one-day conferences for the College Board and been the presenter for APSI in Texas and Arkansas. He served as a state chemistry textbook review member for Texas in 2001. He was cofounder of a traveling science show that performed events across the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. He wrote his own laboratory manual and study materials for use in his AP Chemistry class. Mr. Abronowitz has received numerous awards including NMSI All-American Teacher of the Year 2012, the Shultz Award for Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher from the DFW section of the ACS, RadioShack National Teacher Award, Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas Teacher of the Year in 2000 and Walmart Teacher of the Year 1996.

 

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