Maureen Nosal

Event 1 June 21-24 Tuesday through Friday

    • Due to the Junteenth Federal Commemoration on Monday, June 20, the 2022 Online Walton APSI will run Tuesday through Friday, June 21-24, 2022.

Meet your APSI Consultant for AP Biology

Maureen Nosal has been a reader, Table and Question Leader at the AP Reading for over 20 years. Maureen serves as a consultant for College Board presenting AP workshops and Summer Institutes throughout the world as well as a member of the APAC Steering Committee.

She has also been an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey in the Biology and Education Departments.


AP Biology Online APSI Course Description

The course will provide information and experiences on how to teach both the content and laboratory components of the course pairing these with the CED—(Curriculum Exam Design) especially the learning objectives. Activities to support an understanding of the revised structure and redesign of the AP Biology Framework will be a major part of this summer institute. There will be instruction on how to prepare an audit based on the new CED for new teachers to the course. Teachers will do some of the inquiry based laboratory investigations in the AP Biology Student Laboratory Manual or alternatives to these labs. Additional activities and strategies to support inquiry-based learning will be discussed. The importance of the inclusion of math within the AP Biology Course will be emphasized.

The design of the NEW 2020AP Biology Exam and the importance of how to take the test based on experience with the grading process will be presented and discussed. We will review, analyze and discuss some of the restyled multiple choice and free response questions from the 2020 exam. Teachers will learn methods to better prepare their students for writing the free response portion of the exam as well as analyze knowledge and skills involved in the multiple choice section.


Each day will include curriculum, pedagogy, alternative resources, use of math in AP Biology and doing some labs to support good learning of the curriculum. Connections to the AP Exam will be woven throughout the days with specific tips towards taking the multiple choice section as well as writing specifically on the Free Response Questions. Applying the rubrics to reading and writing the FRQ’s will be emphasized and practiced by the participants.  Sharing of “Best Practices” among the participants is encouraged but do not be intimidated if you are a new AP Biology Teacher.  This workshop will kick start your thinking and planning for the upcoming school year.

We will convene and work together from home or school via Zoom.  All documents will be posted on Canvas and/or Google Docs for participants to access, download, and use in their teaching.

My goal is that I conduct and interact with all participants as if we were in person.  That being said, it means we all need to try to be present and interact with each other sharing our knowledge, skills, expertise and experiences freely.  There is “no one right way” to teach AP Biology to insure “success” of your students.  I have a plan as to the best practices I have garnered over the years as an AP teacher, exam reader and consultant.  I have written questions for the exam.  Sit next to and talk with the folks who are on the test development committee and share among higher-ed professors their expectations of the students who take AP Biology before entering college.

The “outline” written of our day-to-day work and the activities will be flexible and shifted according to time, interest, experience and need of the participants.  To be sure “we WILL do it all” but flexibility is the key to effective teaching.  The time slots of our in person/synchronous work will be adhered to so you can plan your work and family time.  Asynchronous/after workshop work can be flexible to the remaining time in your day, but it is important for us to have 7 ½ hrs. of work per day so you meet the certification requirements of 30 hrs. for an APSI.

Being on-line can affect some of the collegiality developed when we are in person.  That being said, hopefully you will meet neighboring district colleagues, new friends and like- minded and experienced teachers who you can network with after the workshop.  We will share pedagogy and best practices throughout each day and participants will end the week with new ideas as how to use their class time effectively, how to encourage thoughtful inquiry by their students during lab and the learning process so all students can “think and act like scientists” as they build the knowledge and skills to actualize their potential on the May exam.

Tentative Agenda

5 ½ synchronous hours and 2 asynchronous hours per day

Day 1: 

9 am start on ZOOM. 9—11:00

Welcome and Introductions

Unpack the CED—Science Practices

8 New Units

11:00-11:15   Break

LAB:  Importance of Lab in the Curriculum–Math and Graphing/Reading a Graph, Error Bars

Lab Notebooks and Inquiry

1:00-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:30  Back together
#12  Whole Plant Transpiration  and Wall Transpiration

#  4   Diffusion/Osmosis

# 13 Enzymes

HW:  Calendar Activity:  and more posted on the Handout Page


Day 2:   9 am start:  Log onto Zoom       9—11:00

Talk about your calendar and We will start looking at the College Board Resources.

10:00-10:45   Using AP Classroom  (Your key to a world of resources open to you July 1st if your school has registered you as the 2020-21 AP Biology Teacher

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-1:00  Tentatively Scheduled:  Live Lab

 Richard Chen from Mini One Live Lab–Foodborne Illness and Electrophoresis/PCR  (We had to fit to his schedule.)

1:00-1:45 pm Lunch and Brain Break

2:00-3:30  Formative and Summative Assessments  And discuss how do more labs.

HW:  #3 BLAST and More posted on Handout Page


Day 3:  9 am:  Morning Session:  Log onto Zoom.   9-11:00

College Board’s Policy on Equity and Access

Reviewing AP Central and CED Resources

Structure of the 2020-2021 Exam   

11:00-11:15  Break

Exam Preparation—Multiple Choice

LAB #8 Restriction Enzyme Analysis and understanding and using semi log paper

#6 Cellular Respiration

Using Fast Plants

Cladograms:  follow up to Blast Lab

Exam Preparation—Multiple Choice

12:45-1:30  Lunch/Brain Break

1:30—3:30  Tentatively Scheduled Live Lab

 Guest Speaker from Bio Rad –#5 Floating Disc Assay–Photosynthesis  and #8  Transformation

HW:  Posted under Homework on the Handout page.


Day 4:  9 am:  Morning Session:  Log onto Zoom.   9-11:00

Inquiry:  Why is it so important when teaching science?

“A Day in the Life of a Reader”  Unpacking the FRQ’s—Free Response Questions

11:00-11:15  Break

The “Audit” requirement

Fall Registration

The “Audit” requirement

Fall Registration

12:45-1:30  Lunch/Brain Break

Finish Labs

MATH in the biology classroom

M & M lab and/or “Indian Corn”—Chi Square

HW:  Readjust Yearly Calendar

 This schedule is tentative and will be adjusted as time allows per day.  We will interweave pedagogy into all of our discussion and work.

Questions are encouraged for clarification.