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Chemistry

Todd Abronowitz

Todd Abronowitz is co-author of Fast Track to a 5: Preparing for the AP Chemistry exam and co-author of the textbook Chemistry An Atoms-Focused Approach and currently teaches all levels of chemistry at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas.  Previously, he was the lead AP Chemistry teacher for Dallas ISD. Prior to this, he taught at John Paul II High School in Plano (and served as science department chair) for five years. He has also taught at Creekview High School, in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for 8 years, South Garland High School (Garland ISD) for six years. He has served as the lead chemistry teacher at Creekview High School. Since starting his teaching career in 1990, he has taught regulars chemistry, honors chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. He has started three AP chemistry programs, at South Garland HS, Creekview HS, and most recently at John Paul II HS. He is involved with several professional organizations: Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas (ACT2), and the American Chemical Society. He has presented workshops at several STAT Conferences for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. He has presented at two-day conferences and one-day conferences for the College Board and been the presenter for APSI in Texas and Arkansas. He served as a State Chemistry Textbook Review member for Texas in 2001. He was co-founder of a Traveling Science Show that preformed shows across the DFW Metroplex. He wrote his own laboratory manual and study materials for use in his AP chemistry class. Mr. Abronowitz has received numerous awards including NMSI All-American Teacher of the Year 2012, Shultz Award for outstanding high school chemistry teacher from the DFW section of the ACS, Radio Shack National Teacher Award, Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas Teacher of the Year in 2000, and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 1996.

Agenda

The AP Chemistry institute is designed to assist AP teachers in building the foundations for success in teaching AP Chemistry.  Emphasis will be placed on the rigor of the material that students need to be successful on the AP Chemistry exam. Time will be allowed for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group.  Laboratory investigations will be incorporated with the discussion of the theory; but will be limited to virtual labs, at-home labs and to paper labs.  The material covered (and the sequence) will be determined by the needs of the group as a whole, based on the results of a survey emailed before the conference.

Topics may include the following:

  • Equilibrium
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics (non-calculator and calculator approaches)
  • Electrochemistry
  • multiple choice strategies
  • acid-base chemistry
  • atomic structure and periodicity
  • particle level diagrams
  • bonding

What participants will take with them?

  • Access to everything developed for Chemistry and AP Chemistry by the lead consultant.

This course will be assessed a lab fee. All of the science courses are conducted in labs equipped with state regulated safety equipment.