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Marian DeWane & Elizabeth Vallejo

taught AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP Environmental Science and AP Physics at Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho for 30 years. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year and has her National Board Certification in Chemistry. In 2009, Ms DeWane won the Presidential Science Teaching Award from President Obama. Currently, she teaches at the University of California, Irvine. Ms DeWane has been involved with the College Board for 15 years as a consultant. She is involved in the grading of the AP Chemistry Exam and has been a Question Leader for four years, a Table Leader for seven years, a Reader for six years, and a Workshop Leader for five years. She has been a National Leadership Trainer for AP Chemistry and Vertical Teams in Science, a consultant mentor, workshop writer for the new AP curriculum changes, and question writer for the new exam. She authored two chapters in the new AP Lab Manual and also authored one of the labs. She co-edited the Special Topics in Chemistry: Equilibrium, and edited Special Topics in Chemistry: Thermochemistry and Special Topics in Chemistry: Acids and Bases, wrote a chapter in the Curriculum Module on Bonding, and is currently co-writing the new curriculum modules on guided Inquiry. She has also been involved in writing questions for the new AP Chemistry exam, the Georgia State Exit Exams, the ACS Chemistry Olympiad and the ACS Advanced Exam.

ELIZABETH VALLEJO taught AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry and College Preparatory Chemistry for 13 years in a suburban school of Chicago and currently for six years at International Schools Group-Dhahran High School (a NESA member!) in Saudi Arabia, where she is currently the IB Coordinator. She is a National Board Certified Science teacher and has worked as an assessor for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in the US. In her roles as both Science Department Chair and currently IB Coordinator she has worked with many teachers to develop curriculum and utilize best practices of teaching. Ms Vallejo has been involved with The College Board for seven years, grading AP Chemistry exams and recently as a consultant offering AP Chemistry Workshops.

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Two-day Institute, January 25-26

Title Advanced Placement (AP)/Honors Chemistry Institute
Description This two-day workshop will include a comparison of the current AP Chemistry course from the 2012-2013 academic year to the course to be implemented in the 2013-2014 school year. Institute participants will evaluate additions and subtractions to the new curriculum framework and the changes in the lab work. The workshop will emphasize guided inquiry learning, an integral part of the new curriculum and laboratory approach. Participants can expect exposure to resources such as Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH), and the 5 and 7 E inquiry models.

The current exam format will be compared to the format to be applied to the new exam and how to prepare students for the exam. Laboratory exercises involving varying levels of inquiry will be provided for participants to perform, one of which will be from the new AP Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory Lab Manual.

Research Base: This institute is based on research by The College Board, National Research Council on Inquiry in Science Education, 
National Science Foundation, Science Writing Heuristic work done by Keys, Hand, Prain, Rudd and Greenbowe,
 Process Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (POGIL),
 Guided Inquiry by Farrell, Moog and Spencer, and the Learning Cycle Models.

Focus/Essential Questions
  1. What are the changes to the AP Chemistry Curriculum?
  2. Inquiry laboratory experiments are now required -- How can I modify the laboratory program to include inquiry skills and experiments?
  3. What are different ways to incorporate inquiry learning and build students’ skills in inquiry into the chemistry curriculum?
  4. Models are now emphasized in AP Chemistry -- How can chemistry programs teach building models?
Outcomes Participants will understand the new AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework and how to build both their school’s pre-AP Chemistry course and AP Chemistry course. As heavy emphasis is placed on inquiry learning in the new curriculum, participants will practice using different methods of inquiry for in-class and laboratory experiences.
Targeted Audience
High School Honors/AP Chemistry teachers.
General (the basics)
Handouts Materials for this institute will be distributed at the WTI.
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