Kristi Sutton earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After working in the environmental testing field for a short time she returned to school at Syracuse University where she was awarded a Master of Science in Science Teaching. For 20 years Kristi taught AP Biology, Freshman Biology and Leadership in the Bellevue School District and for the last 2 years she has been an instructional coach.   Kristi also ran the Debate Team for 5 years, was a LINK coordinator, served as Science Department Head, was a mentor teacher, and advised more clubs than she can remember.
Kristi Sutton
AP* Seminars Silicon Valley Biology Institute, 2018
Participants in the AP Biology Summer Institute will increase their knowledge of, and comfort level with, the AP Biology Curriculum Framework.  We will perform most of the labs in the new lab manual and discuss how to tweak labs you currently use to make them student driven and inquiry based.  We will share best practices and hints on what works in the AP Biology classroom to improve student achievement.  During the week we will also look at sample syllabi, textbooks, and additional resources.  In addition we will spend time familiarizing ourselves with the format, sample questions and grading of the new exam.  If there is interest, time will also be provided to work on your course syllabus.
Class Prep: I will be sending out a link to access materials we will be using during the Summer Institute as we get closer to July.
In addition, Kristi has developed district-level curriculum in both Biology and AP Biology, as well as working collaboratively to develop a curriculum for teaching AP Biology using a problem-based learning focus. This work was funded through a grant from the Department of Education. She has also helped to create online resources in epigenetics and evolution for the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah. In 2006 Kristi received her National Board Certification, which was renewed in 2015.
Kristi was an AP Biology Reader for 13 years, serving as a Table Leader for seven. In addition, she has been writing and reviewing questions for the new AP Biology exam. She resides in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and two children.
Day 1 (morning)
What do you have in front of you?
Overview of the Curriculum Framework
CollegeBoard Support Materials (Teacher Community)
The Exam
Equity and Access
Lab: Natural Selection Day 1
Discussion: What do you need to remember when you set this up yourself?  What are some alternatives?  More inquiry-based?
Introduction to Inquiry
Overview of the new labs and expectations
My pre-lab form
Day 1 (afternoon)
Overview of Big Idea 1
• In margins, write down what you already do
• Highlight, or put a circle around things that you need to work on adding
Lab: Origins of Life
Lab: Hardy-Weinberg (classic and new)
Activity: Breeding Bunnies
Online Resource: PopGen
Lab: BLAST (alternatives on Google Drive)
Other activities:
• POGIL Phylogenetic Trees
• Evolution in Action: Statistical Analysis
• Other HHMI activities – rock pocket mouse
Best Practices and share out for Big Idea 1
Day 2 (morning)
Course Syllabus and AP Audit
My course introduction and Registration/Life Story
Overview of my PBL course
Using Case Studies in Class – NCCSTS, DNA to Darwin
• Lactose Tolerance
• Case Study Assignment
Creating Peer Study Groups
Lab: Photosynthesis and Respiration using Algae Balls
Lab: Enzymes
Day 2 (afternoon)
Overview of Big Idea 2
• In margins, write down what you already do
• Highlight, or put a circle around things that you need to work on adding
Other Photosynthesis Labs
Other Respiration Labs
Online tutorial: Surface Area to Volume
Lab: Diffusion and Osmosis – Agar, mix-up in the lab, root vegetables
Discussion: Calculating Water Potential
Mass plants for Transpiration lab
Discussion: Urinalysis/Kidney lab
Day 1 of pGLO lab
Activities: Immune Players Interactive, Antibodies
Best Practices and share out for Big Idea 2
Day 3 (morning)
Let’s talk about the details: grading, test corrections, using the textbook, lab books/reports, summer assignments, etc.
Lab: Vampire Murder (Restriction Enzymes)
Activity: Quorum Sensing
Cell Communication resources
Check pGLO results – Day 2
Stain Vampire Murder
Day 3 (afternoon)
Overview of Big Idea 3
• In margins, write down what you already do
• Highlight, or put a circle around things that you need to work on adding
Overview of Mitosis/Meiosis Lab and Sordaria
Activity: Modeling Meiosis and Fertilization
Lab Intro: Mendelian Genetics
Online Resource: Virtual Fly, Geniverse
Demo: Blood Type
Activity: Chi-Square and M&Ms or Skittles
Lesson: Embryo Development
Activity: Case of the three-spined stickleback,
Modeling the Regulatory Switches of the PITX1 Gene in Stickleback Fish
Lab: Taste
Nervous System Resources – GSLC (demos, Mouse Party)
Analyze Vampire Murder Results
Best Practices and share out for Big Idea 3
Day 4 (morning)
More pGLO results – Day 3
Using the Instructional Planning Report
Writing exam questions
2016 FRQs
Where to find former FRQs and rubrics
Lab: Enzymes – floating disks and alternatives
Activity: Toothpickase
Day 4 (afternoon)
Overview of Big Idea 4
•  In margins, write down what you already do
• Highlight, or put a circle around things that you need to work on adding
Discussion: How do you teach Ecology?
Protein folding activities (Foglia and wire)
Lab: Animal Behavior
Lab: Transpiration – collect final data
Online Simulations – pHet, Concord Consortium, McGraw-Hill, etc.
Best Practices and share out for Big Idea 4
Wrap Up – Evaluations and Giveaways