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A P Summer Institute: Chemistry
A P Instructor for Chemistry is William Bill Cumming

Instructor William (Bill) Cumming

Instructor Biography: Bill Cumming currently teaches all levels of chemistry at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, where he has been the last 13 years. Prior to that, he was at Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield Massachusetts, for 15 years where he was Department Chair and the holder of the Helen Childs Boyden Teaching Chair in Science. Since starting his teaching career in 1979 in Okotoks, Alberta, he has taught chemistry, honors chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. He started the AP Program at his school in Alberta back when fewer than 6,000 exams were taken!
He is a 35 year member of the American Chemical Society and served on the 1999, 2001 & 2003 ACS High School Examination Committee. He served as a Test Development Specialist for the diploma exam program in Alberta and is presently an item writer for the AP Chemistry and SAT II Chemistry tests. He has presented workshops for the College Board in Ohio and New York. He has been a reader for the AP Chemistry scoring since 1999 and table leader for the past 9 years.  Currently, he is one of the authors of the College Board’s soon to be released AP Chemistry Inquiry Based Laboratory Manual.

Course Description: The AP Summer Institute in Chemistry will focus on assisting AP teachers in building the foundations for success in teaching the AP Chemistry curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on the new curriculum framework and its implementation in your classroom. The updated AP Chemistry curriculum framework will be examined, with emphasis on the Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, Science Practices, and the Learning Objectives that constitute the new course.

Content that has been introduced and updated (photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), hybridization, molecular orbital theory) as well as content that has been reduced in scope or eliminated will be noted and explained. Laboratory investigations will be incorporated with the discussion of the theory, with special emphasis on student-inquiry labs. Participants will perform laboratory exercises with various levels of inquiry. Several of these will be taken from the new AP Chemistry Inquiry Based Laboratory Lab Manual. In addition, participants will practice converting some of their current favorite experiments from standard laboratory format to both guided and open inquiry styles.

The new exam format will be presented and sample questions representative of the new exam will be studied. A discussion of the grading rubrics and opportunities to practice writing assessment questions that will incorporate the inquiry style of assessment will be provided. We will review the requirements of the course audit and the syllabus requirements and time will be allotted for participants to prepare their own audit document. Time will also be allotted for sharing best practices and ideas as a group.

Topics will include the following:
Introduction to the Curriculum Framework & the new exam format
Examination of new and excluded content
Introduction to inquiry labs
Transforming your AP Chemistry experiments to inquiry labs
Exam Analysis and how to grade AP Chemistry exams
Introduction to the Course Audit requirements
Topics to be presented and sequence followed will be determined by the group as a whole.

What participants should bring:
Apron or lab coat
Closed-toe shoes
A Lab procedure (or 10) they currently use to transform into and Inquiry Based Lab
A flash drive with a capacity of at least 4 GB

What participants will take with them: 
A better understanding of the new AP Chemistry Course and Inquiry Based Labs
Their flash drive full of materials for AP Chemistry
An understanding of the Course Audit Process

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