AP Biology Leadership Academy

Currently Accepting Applications for Cohort Two

Application Deadline - April 19, 2013

The NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy is a two-year professional development program designed to develop a new generation of leaders in biology education.

The Academy’s mission is to cultivate a critical mass of leaders and change agents who truly understand the AP Biology Curriculum Framework and are able to design and teach a course that exemplifies the framework. These leaders will also be able to design non-AP courses that emphasize big ideas and unifying concepts of biology and use the practices of science to help students learn these concepts.

Through participation in the Academy, educators have the opportunity to

  • strengthen how they teach AP biology so students learn more meaningful biology and are more interested in studying biology in the future;
  • experience the practices of science as articulated in the new framework;
  • analyze and enhance their current curriculum materials to better reflect the new framework;
  • learn to use formative and summative assessment information to examine what their students understand; and
  • develop and increase their leadership capacity and advocacy skills to expand the AP Biology community.

BSCS Science Educator and Academy Director Brooke Bourdélat-Parks says, “As part of the AP Biology Leadership Academy, teachers attend a one-week institute in Colorado Springs each summer of the two-year program. During this time, we focus on the practices of science, the nature of the curriculum, teaching practices, assessment, and leadership. The teachers also participate in the NABT Professional Development Conference each fall. We continue to work with the teachers through an online component throughout the school year.”

The Four Big Ideas






The College Board AP Biology framework focuses on four “big ideas” in biology.

The framework makes a shift from a content-driven course to an inquiry-based course.





Cohort TwoLearn about Cohort Two

Cohort OneLearn about Cohort One

Please contact Leadership Academy Director Brooke Bourdélat-Parks with any questions.

What Cohort One Participants are Saying:

“I feel much more comfortable with the framework now than I did before I completed this week. I feel I have the skills and tools to continue what we have been doing at home to create my curriculum for next year."

"Thank you for choosing me to attend and for making me feel like an agent of change, a leader.”

“It exceeded my expectations in all ways, especially the knowledge and skill of the PD leaders in so many areas (deep content, AP Bio framework, effective biology teaching and learning, and in leading teachers - wow!”

“This was the best professional development experience I've ever had. I feel like I can be a more efficient manager/director of my student’s opportunities to learn.”

“I liked the idea of working with colleagues to make a prompt for a scientific explanation in the context of something I'm teaching in the upcoming year. “

“Collaborating with these individuals has been a great source of knowledge and inspiration.”

“It is wonderful to be a part of a group who has embraced the change in curriculum as an opportunity to better prepare students in critical analysis and problem-solving skills while also teaching central concepts in Biology.”

“The Academy has been essential to my own understanding, confidence and competence to approach AP Bio in a new way and to pass along willingness to change to other teachers.”