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AP Chemistry Summer Workshops 2020 Online (as usual!)

College Board catching-up, bless 'em

Just like you I suspect, in the past couple of weeks I’ve been receiving emails telling me that the official, College Board APSI’s will be switching from in-person events to online events for 2020. As I’ve been reading those emails I’ve been having a hearty chuckle to myself! As I have done for the last 6 years, I’ll be offering my own, ONLINE, AP Chemistry Workshops for teachers in the summer of 2020. The workshops in 2020 will be the 13th and 14th that I have offered online. Nice to see that once again, the College Board are finally catching up with me.


No corporate, billion $ BS here

Why attend my workshop, and not an official College Board workshop? The answer is simple. EVERYTHING that we discuss is with maximizing scores in mind. My workshops put lab work in its proper place, focus on chemistry content & scoring points, and dispense with all of the CB lip-service relating to college-readiness, diversity, inclusion, and access etc. There’s NO fluff, NO peripheral, politically correct content here, it’s chemistry content, and boosting scores only – after all, maximizing scores is the ultimate in leveling the playing field. As a bonus, you won’t have to listen to the hard-sell relating to billion dollar, corporate policy.


Where do I get more information?

The details for the 2020 workshops including dates, prices, logistics, professional development credit, FAQ’s, and much, much more, can be found here. Please take a few minutes to read that page, and then feel free to contact me with any further questions. You’ll get an Amazon gift card with your registration, and have the chance to be in a group that’s concentrated on raising AP Chemistry scores. You’ll see how I transitioned from a 6 UNIT course to a 9 UNIT course for 19-20, how the 91 new LO’s fit the (older) 2014-19 exams, how labwork can be put in its correct place, and much more. I’d love to have you join us this summer.

Updates (04/04/20) on my COVID-19/AP Chemistry response

Free Tutorials

After initially offering four, free AP Chemistry tutorials via Zoom, I have suspended this service. As more details have emerged about the AP ‘exam’ in 2020, I believe that there is no integrity to the exam, and as such I wanted to distance myself as far as possible from the process. Suspending the tutorials is one way to illustrate that, and to register my disapproval.

Online AP Chem Review 2020

For the same reasons that I suspended the free tutorials, I have also canceled the online review course. All fees have been refunded to registrants. This has cost me literally thousands of dollars, but with the integrity of the ‘exam’ in pieces, I believe that this was the right thing to do. AP Chemistry Online Teacher Workshops in 2020 are STILL GOING AHEAD – that work is for 2020-21 academic year, and is currently completely unaffected by COVID-19.

My position on the 'exam' for 2020

I want no part of the ‘exam’ in 2020, and will advise all students that I come into contact with not to take the exam. I will not report any scores of any of my students in 2020. Read my full thoughts.

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