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Pre-AP Science

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Pre-AP Middle School Science: Preparing for the New Pre-AP High School Courses

As high school Pre-Advanced Placement Courses frameworks include shared principles and areas of focus. Reflect on current practices, share ideas, and learn new strategies around the shared principles, areas of focus and AP Science Practices. Shared principles include close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher order questions, and academic conversations. Areas of focus include analytical reading and writing, applying mathematics, and attention to modeling. Join us to learn, share, collaborate and reflect on the next steps to prepare our students for future success.

Instructor Bio: Tony has been in public education for 25 years. He currently serves as the Director of Science and Instructional Technology in Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, a suburban district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In this position his focus has been on providing professional growth opportunities to help educators lead students to a deep conceptual understanding of science as well as instructional technology. Tony has taught middle school students in grades 6-8 in several suburban Dallas-Fort Worth school districts. As a teacher leader, Tony has participated in action research, developed multiple curriculum models, and provided numerous professional development sessions. Tony is a leader in science at the state level. He served as Vice President for the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) in 2010-2011. He is also a member of the Metroplex Area Science Supervisors, National Science Teachers Association, Texas Computer Educators Association, the International Society for Technology in Education and the Texas Science Education Leadership Association. Previously, Tony has served as an Advanced Academics Coordinator at the district level. In this capacity he focused on meeting the needs of gifted, pre-AP and AP students. He has influenced the creation of gifted science programs in several districts. At the university level, Tony has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the area of literacy studies as well as an adjunct professor teaching a science methods course for pre-service teachers. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He has served as a College Board consultant since 2005. He has presented week-long summer pre-AP institutes, Topics in Vertical Teams and several conference-style sessions. He has served on vertical teams as a teacher, department chair, and administrator. He has been a member of both well-established and burgeoning teams. Tony and his wife of 29 years live in Hurst, Texas.

Number of Seat(s) Available: There are 27 openings remaining at this time.

Dates:February 16, 2019
Meets:Sa from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Instructor:Tony Zahn
Fee: $175.00Fee Breakdown