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Emilly Obuya

Dr. Emilly Obuya is a Professor of Chemistry at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York where for the past 10 years, Emilly has been teaching undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry courses, mentoring and supervising student research and taking part in institutional and community service. As a faculty member teaching General Chemistry at the college level for the past ten years, and as an AP Reader for the past four years, Emilly has extensive experience with the teaching, administration, grading and expectations of AP Chemistry and what is needed for students to succeed. As a tutor for many years, Emilly loves working with students on strategies to help them navigate the challenges of Chemistry and to impart them with skills to facilitate their learning.

Course Description

This course explores the AP Chemistry course framework, the exam, and the new AP resources that will help participants plan and focus instruction and give assessment data throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus. Participants will learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give them immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that students can register for AP Exams by the new fall deadlines.

Participants will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP Community. Both new and experienced teachers will learn how to use the new AP Classroom resources (unit guides, personal progress checks, AP teacher community, and the AP question bank) to prepare their course using the key takeaways they have learned. They will also learn about the AP chemistry exam and gain experience on how to prepare students to tackle the multiple choice and free response questions.

Since this 4-day workshop will be offered entirely online, participants will actively take part in performing virtual labs/simulations, at-home labs, and other virtual activities that align with the AP Chemistry curriculum and learning objectives. Additionally, participants will learn how to use open courseware textbooks and instructional materials that will help their students become successful while ensuring equity and access for all students. Participants will also learn how the pandemic has changed the educational landscape and reflect on how this paradigm shift will affect their ability to teach effectively and their students’ ability to learn.


Four Day Course-July 12-15, 2021
Day 1 

Understanding the Course:

  • Lesson 1 – Introductions & Housekeeping
  • Lesson 2 – College Board Announcements
  • Lesson 3 – Previewing the Science Practices – teach for transfer
  • Lesson 4 – Integrating Content and Skills
  • Lesson 5 – Understanding the Framework and Scope of the Course
  • Lesson 6 – Understanding the Big Ideas
  • Lesson 7 – Thinking Ahead Day 1 – Scaffolding the Practices
Day 2

Planning Your Course:

  • Lesson 8 – Exploring the Unit Guides
  • Lesson 9 – Scaffolding and Spiraling the Practices
  • Lesson 10 – Planning Your Course

Teaching the course:

  • Lesson 11 – Reviewing the Instructional Approaches
  • Lesson 12 – Using the Topic Pages
  • Lesson 13 – Thinking Ahead Day 2 – Instructional Strategies for Specific Topics

(AP Classroom)

Day 3

Teaching the Course (continued):

  • Lesson 14 – Science Practices 2, 3, & 6: Guided Inquiry Labs, Graphs, and Kinetics
  • Lesson 15 – Science Practices 1, 3, & 4: Representations and Intermolecular Forces
  • Lesson 16 – Science Practices 5 & 6: Calculations, Argumentation, and Equilibrium
  • Lesson 17 – Thinking Ahead Day 3 – Connecting the AP Exam to the Curriculum
Day 4

Assessing Student Progress and Understanding:

  • Lesson 18 – AP Exam Structure
  • Lesson 19 – Formative vs Summative Assessments
  • Lesson 20 – Assessing Student Understanding: Scoring Free Response Questions
  • Lesson 21 – Thinking Ahead Day 4 – Logging in and Looking Around

Becoming a Member of the AP Community:

  • Lesson 22 – AP Course Audit and Curricular Requirements
  • Lesson 23 – Next Steps: Joining the AP Teacher Community and Finding Additional Resources

This course will be assessed a $35 lab fee