AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Courses

Registration Is Open!!!

The workshop sessions are small, averaging fewer than 15 participants. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual participants to ensure that each teacher returns to the classroom with increased confidence and strategies for success.

The leaders are experienced AP teachers with outstanding reputations in public and private schools. All serve as readers at their respective AP readings and are endorsed by the College Board to lead AP workshops. Many of our consultants are table leaders and members of their respective course’s test development committee.

Workshop Tuition:

  • All inclusive pricing: workshop, on-campus housing, and all meals is $1395
  • All inclusive, single-occupancy room pricing: workshop, on-campus housing (single room), and all meals is $1595
  • Tuition for commuters (includes Sunday dinner and lunch each day)  is $1095

Graduate Credit Available:

You also have the opportunity to receive 3 graduate credits from SNHU (Southern New Hampshire University) for an additional fee of $350.00.

Click on a course name below to read more. Green icons show available sessions, while red icons in the title indicate filled sessions. If the session icon is grey the course is not offered during that session.

*Topic Sessions are not offered in partnership with the College Board

2018 Sessions

  • July 8 - 13
  • July 15 - 20
  • July 22 - 27
Visible Sessions:    July 7/8 July 7/15 July 7/22

Art History

July 22
Yu Bong Ko

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Yu Bong Ko

Throughout the week, we will place special focus on topics of immediate concern related to preparing and teaching the redesigned AP Art History curriculum, while reflecting on the lessons learned and the road ahead for maximizing student success. Topics include: how to better pace the teaching of the course; balancing depth of knowledge and breadth in content coverage; improving student’s critical thinking, reading, writing, and note-taking skills; demystifying the AP exam scoring and accessing practice questions; strategies for creating a learner active and fun classroom; resources for teaching individual works of art in the 10 course content areas; incorporating digital technology infused and multimedia classroom; revising the course syllabus (and submitting a syllabus for the AP Audit).

Participants will have ample opportunities to acquire and share best teaching practices and walk away with practical materials and strategies to immediately promote active student-centered learning in the classroom, including ways to enhance visual literacy: how to help students develop skills in looking at, thinking about and communicating ideas about works of art. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to receive and work with valuable handouts that are in electronic format, such as on a flash drive.

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Art Studio

Session 1: Joann Winkler

Session 2: Joann Winkler

Session 3: Not Offered

This course provides an overview of the content of the AP Studio Art portfolios in Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Three-Dimensional Design. A variety of course structures will be considered and issues in drawing, 2D and 3D design, color, sculpture, and painting will be addressed in depth. Participants will work toward a course outline for their own AP Program* courses and will, through simulated grading of sample portfolios, become familiar with grading standards and procedures. Attention will also be given to the preparation of artwork as well as the digital submission of the portfolio. Participants will leave with several textbooks and cloud access to all the handouts and generated materials. There will be homework each night culminating in an exhibit of participant artwork. Bring cameras to document the process and the exhibit.

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Biology

Session 1: Elizabeth Cowles

Session 2: Elizabeth Cowles

Session 3: Not Offered

The “test drive” of the new AP Biology curriculum and examination is over, so it is time for a thorough assessment. We will perform the laboratories and alternatives. We’ll review the curriculum – from the Big Ideas to the learning objectives – and discuss new materials (texts, study guides.). We will explore how to make adjustments to the curriculum. Throughout the week, participants have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the course audit. We will discuss the 2017 exam results and best teaching practices to help our students succeed.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, an inquiry-based laboratory or case study to share, and a willingness to exchange effective teaching practices/activities with peers in our group discussions.

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Biology Experienced

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Elizabeth Cowles

This course is designed for experienced teachers. We’ll do new experiments and techniques which cover the learning objectives and explore some of best instructional tools. We shall learn the differences between a prediction and a hypothesis and how to choose the most appropriate statistical test. We will review the AP® Biology labs and how statistics are used in each. We will discuss the 2018 exam results and its “take home” lessons. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, a favorite case study or an inquiry-based laboratory to share, and a desire to learn (and to have fun!)

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Calculus AB

Session 1: Eliel Gonzalez

Session 2: Eliel Gonzalez

Session 3: Eliel Gonzalez

In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the new AP Calculus AB curriculum frameworks with emphasis on appropriate use of graphing calculator, content and pacing, and global review for the AP exam. We will also review content and pedagogy in the following topics: related rates, area/volume, differential equations/slope fields, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, implicit differentiation, L’Hopital’s Rule and other topics. A special focus on assessment and motivation will help participants incorporate new strategies to build a successful AP Calculus program.Participants are asked to bring a graphing calculator.

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Calculus AB Experienced

Session 1: Vic Levine

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

This course is designed for teachers who have already taught the AB curriculum and are comfortable with the AP program. The AB curriculum will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the topics the participants desire. We will look at proofs of the basic theorems of AB calculus, as well as more in depth explorations of differential and integral calculus applications.
In addition, we will look at first semester college calculus topics that are not part of the AB curriculum. The specific topics will be determined by the group.

These sessions will cover all topics on the Calculus AB syllabus which includes limits and continuity, definition of the derivative, applications of the derivative, rate of change, Mean Value Theorem, Riemann sums, the definite integral by geometric and analytic means, average value, anti-differentiation,, applications of integration, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, slope fields, applications of anti-differentiation and separable differential equations.

This institute will focus on the content knowledge described in the AP syllabus as well as techniques and ideas for developing a successful AP program. We will cover topic content, strategies, and teaching techniques for presenting the material for student understanding will be shared. We will use multiple representations graphical, numerical, analytic, and verbal to foster a more complete understanding of calculus.

Sample problems from previous AP exams will be given and solved together to develop an understanding of the material and the College Board philosophy. Participants will also receive a variety of classroom tested activities and calculator programs to enhance their own teaching. We will discuss ways to prepare students for the AP exam. Participants will also get several current textbooks and resource materials. Instructors will be sharing their extensive files.

Participants should bring a TI 83/84 graphing calculator and a laptop as we will look at many free web-based resources. St. Johnsbury does provide free internet access in the classrooms and dorms.

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Calculus BC

July 15
Vic Levine

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Vic Levine

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop will cover all of the BC curriculum, with an emphasis on infinite series, approximations, parametric relationships and concepts dealing with infinity. Participants will be solving AP free response and multiple choice questions, as well as learning how the free response questions are scored. We will discuss teaching strategies and investigate resources found on the Web. The recent curriculum re-write will be addressed, as well as any other issues that the participants want discussed.

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Chemistry

Session 1: Cheri Smith

Session 2: Michael Schaab

Session 3: Marian DeWane

SESSION 1 – CHERI SMITH

Chemistry participants should be prepared for an intensive overview of the Advanced Placement Chemistry course with particular attention being paid to laboratory work, the structure and content of the AP examination and a number of key curricular areas. We will begin with a brief discussion of the general issues that all AP teachers grapple with including timetable variations, course outlines, resources and the development of a syllabus suitable for the College Board’s Course Audit. The development of the examination rubric, the setting of standards and the process of applying them to the AP examination will be explained by an experienced exam reader. Curricular areas unique to AP Chemistry will be linked to a large variety of previous examination questions. A series of one dozen different laboratory activities will be performed and discussed. Participants can expect an institute focused largely on the inquiry-based approach that is central to the AP Chemistry course. A collaborative approach will be used so come prepared to share favorite demonstrations, lab exercises and other best practices. Teachers will leave with a wealth of knowledge, a stack of textbooks and access to a load of internet-based resources.

SESSION 2 – MICHAEL SCHAAB

The redesigned AP chemistry program has been in effect since the 2013-2014 school year. The new curriculum focuses on reasoning and inquiry skills that are essential for success at the college level. To this end, the revised course emphasizes inquiry as a learning tool that is more student-directed. It centers on a conceptual, qualitative understanding of chemistry that has less breadth and more depth. The APSI at St. Johnsbury is dedicated to supporting teachers in their transition to this redesigned course as well as enhancing the use of the new curriculum for those who have already made the transition.

This summer’s APSI will focus on the “guided inquiry” approach to learning as well as lab work, completing labs from the AP lab manual as well as other lab sources, and discussing strategies for modifying the lecture portion of the course to incorporate more inquiry and emphasize critical thinking and analysis outside the laboratory setting. We will devote time to evaluating a small bank of practice tests, reviewing the released 2018 exam, and redesigning our own questions to be more in line with conceptual objectives. We will discuss and practice activities that include formative assessment, group discussion, presentation, and prediction. We may devote time to creating a syllabus that reflects the requirements of the new course and reviewing the syllabi of teachers who have already redesigned their curriculum if that is of interest to the participants. We will consider the new revisions and points of emphasis introduced since the release of the new curriculum. Lastly, and most importantly, we will discuss any topics that are of interest and importance to you. As in past St. Johnsbury APSI’s, the week will serve as a springboard for the development of a network of collaborating AP Chemistry teachers. Come for a week of work, fun, and collaboration with colleagues from the entire region.

SESSION 3 – MARIAN DEWANE
Chemistry participants should be prepared for an intensive overview of the Advanced Placement Chemistry course with particular attention being paid to laboratory work, the structure and content of the AP examination and a number of key curricular areas. We will begin with a brief discussion of the general issues that all AP teachers grapple with including timetable variations, course outlines, resources and the development of a syllabus suitable for the College Board’s Course Audit. The development of the examination rubric, the setting of standards and the process of applying them to the AP examination will be explained by an experienced exam reader. Curricular areas unique to AP Chemistry will be linked to a large variety of previous examination questions. A series of one dozen different laboratory activities will be performed and discussed. Participants can expect an institute focused largely on the inquiry-based approach that is central to the AP Chemistry course. A collaborative approach will be used so come prepared to share favorite demonstrations, lab exercises and other best practices. Teachers will leave with a wealth of knowledge, a stack of textbooks and access to a load of internet-based resources.

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Chemistry for Experienced Teachers (Advanced Labs - AP Chemistry Laboratory Program)

Session 1: Michael Schaab

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

This year’s institute, designed for both new and experienced AP teachers, will provide an intensive five-day program that focuses on the experimental portion of our AP chemistry course. The institute will use guided-inquiry as well as traditional labs to explore a variety of experiments covering each of the six Big Ideas. We will also work out strategies for modifying traditional labs to make them more inquiry-based. The use of three major lab kit suppliers will allow you to evaluate the new guided inquiry lab kits and instructions from Flinn, Carolina, and Wards. Additionally, we will perform experiments from the new laboratory manual developed by the College Board. Some labs will be computer-based using a variety of probes such as pH, colorimetry, and temperature. Participants will work in small groups to perform the labs and then compare results, troubleshoot problems for students, and develop plans to integrate labs into your curriculum. Many of the lab experiments will be followed by in-depth analysis and conclusion discussions. This will allow us to develop and model critical-thinking skills that can be used in the classroom so that inquiry becomes an integrated component of our entire course. Using a dynamic approach in the classroom, participants will experience firsthand how to create a community of scientists, vastly decrease the amount of time, and increase the effectiveness of, their lab grading. The institute will look at how the new curriculum affects the laboratory program. We will examine lab problems from recent AP Exams as well as develop laboratory questions for our own exams. We will also discuss strategies that help prepare students for success on the exam.

Additionally, we will examine the College Board’s access and equity initiatives and the extensive supporting resources available to AP teachers. Most importantly, the institute will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and teaching practices where you will be able to add to and gain from the success and experience of other AP teachers. Many, if not all, of this year’s labs will be different from labs covered in the previous two years so everyone will leave the institute with a list of new labs and ideas that you will want to use in your classrooms and laboratories. As in past St. Johnsbury APSI’s, the week will serve as a springboard for the development of a network of collaborating AP Chemistry teachers. Come for a week of experimentation and collaboration with colleagues from the entire region.

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Comparative Government and Politics

Session 1: Karen Waples

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

AP Comparative Government and Politics prepares students to become citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. It focuses upon important themes and concepts, including globalization and democratization. Specific case studies include the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, the People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Iran, and Nigeria. Cross-country comparisons are made throughout the course. Perhaps more than any other AP course, AP Comparative Government and Politics enables students to analyze world events and broaden their perspectives.

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Computer Science A

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Maria Litvin

The course accommodates participants with different levels of familiarity with Java and OOP. We will study classes and objects, constructors and methods, interfaces and inheritance, strings, arrays and ArrayList, and other topics specified in the AP CS Course Description. We will also review the College Board’s AP materials, work with the “Magpie,” “Pictures,” and “Elevens” labs, recommended by the Development Committee, review the free-response questions from the latest AP CS Exam, and discuss techniques for teaching Java in high school (role play, team projects).

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Computer Science Principles

Session 1: Jacqueline Corricelli

Session 2: Sandy Czajka

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced teachers to introduce you to College Board’s newest computer science course called AP CS Principles. This course is a broad introduction to computer science designed to improve access for all students. We will focus on the 7 Big Ideas for this course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. We will emphasize specific teaching strategies to accomplish each of these tasks in a diverse learning environment and how to recruit students to ensure diversity. We will discuss in detail the structure of the AP CS Principles Assessment including the two Performance Tasks (administered throughout the school year) and the Multiple Choice exam. Scoring rubrics will be utilized. We will use various sites to explore computer science, organize workshop materials, and to collaborate throughout this week.

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Economics (Micro and Macro Combined)

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Patty Brazill

Session 3: Not Offered

Throughout our short four and a half days together, the goal is for each participant to come away better prepared to teach AP Economics. This objective will be achieved through an intensive review of specific content, as listed in the Acorn Book, published by the College Board. Lessons on more difficult concepts will be modeled. Participants will study the design of the currently available part two questions and learn the use of rubrics in the grading process. A session will be dedicated to setting up the course, either for a single semester or for a year, with a focus on the redesigned course coming in 2020. Various texts and ancillary materials will be available for evaluation. I will establish a network of support for teachers seeking help in any content area.

I plan a dual approach, providing participants the opportunity to focus on their needs, based on their course design: macro only, micro only, or combined, in order to prepare teachers for teaching AP Economics through an intensive review of curriculum content, textbook evaluations and time management. Teacher will be able to choose which course topics to focus on as I plan a module approach focusing on the difficult topics in each course.

I will model for participant’s lessons on challenging economic concepts, including: graphing of market models, externalities, Aggregate Demand and Supply, Monetary policy, loanable funds market, MRP and others.
The goal is to clearly identify for teachers the need to know concepts and models, as well as provide guidelines for those concepts which will enrich the AP classroom.
We plan a dual approach with two presenters, providing participants the opportunity to focus on their needs, based on their course design: macro only, micro only, or combined, in order to prepare teachers for teaching AP Economics through an intensive review of curriculum content, textbook evaluations and time management. Teacher will be able to choose which course topics to focus on as we plan a module approach focusing on the difficult topics in each course.

We will model for participant’s lessons on challenging economic concepts, including: graphing of market models, externalities, Aggregate Demand and Supply, Monetary policy, loanable funds market, MRP and others.
Our goal is to clearly identify for teachers the need to know concepts and models, as well as provide guidelines for those concepts which will enrich the AP classroom.

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English Language

Session 1: Peter Durnan

Session 2: Peter Durnan

Session 3: Peter Durnan

Over the course of the week we will fully review the AP English Language and Composition curriculum and exam. Participants will review and practice skills of argumentation and rhetorical analysis and share best practices. We will be visited by a guest writer and take advantage of local art to augment the experience. The week is intended to address the practice of inexperienced and experienced teachers.

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English Literature

Session 1: Marilee Eyre

Session 2: Richard McCarthy

Session 3: Robert Brown

SESSION 1 – MARILEE EYRE – AP ENGLISH LITERATURE

Participants will learn and share strategies and best practices to help students enjoy learning and performing well in their advanced English classes and on the AP English Literature exam. We will explore a variety of works and share assignments. Bring copies of your favorite unit, lesson plan, or activity to share. If you do not feel comfortable sharing your ideas, you do not need to. But we would love to hear from you.

The proposed outline may change according to the wants and needs of the participants.

Monday

Introductions, overview, and planning AP course.
Examine the AP English Literature and Composition Exam Question 1.
View, grade, and discuss exam samples and rubrics.
Discuss point of view, structure, and literary terms used in analyzing poetry.
Look at various reading strategies and literary technique practices.
Share units, lesson plans, and activities.

Tuesday

Read and discuss the AP Literature and Composition Exam Question 2.
View, grade, and discuss exam samples and rubrics.
Discuss prose devices such as syntax, diction, and narrative pace.
Look at various ways to practice prose devices, vocabulary, and revision.
Share units, lesson plans, and activities.

Wednesday

Focus on the AP English Literature and Composition open-ended question.
View, grade, and discuss exam samples and rubrics.
Discuss novels, plays, and activities including reading strategies. Make and share syntax examples.
Analyze best practices for Question 3.
Share units, lesson plans, and activities.

Thursday

Analyze multiple-choice strategies.
Discuss reading and poetry explication methods and activities.
Focus on tone and an array of writing assignments for drama, poetry, and prose.
Visit the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

Friday

Integrating Art.
Wrap up.
Evaluations.

SESSION 2 AMD 3 – ROBERT BROWN – AP ENGLISH LITERATURE

Participants in this workshop will begin with a broad overview of AP English Literature curricula, and will proceed to examine effective strategies for teaching students to read and respond to each of the major literary genres. Examples of both familiar canonical texts and works by emerging writers will provide platforms for discussion and collaboration, as participants experience and develop teaching methods and materials.

Rather than focus on teaching “to” the AP examination, the workshop will encourage participants to teach “with” it. Participants will collaborate in creating appropriate assignments and assessments that mirror the AP exam, and will practice applying the standards used by AP readers in evaluating and scoring student writing.

Even though the workshop is devoted to Advanced Placement, participants will find that its approaches and materials are readily adaptable to all levels.

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English Literature Experienced

Session 1: Robert Brown

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

Participants in this advanced workshop for experienced AP English Literature teachers will explore literature from the inside, from the perspective of “teacher as writer.” Under the guidance of guest artists – successful authors of “AP worthy” texts – participants will work on short creative writing prompts in the genres of fiction and poetry, receiving guidance and feedback as they share their work. Participants will work with novelist Maria Hummel, author of Motherland (2014) and Still Lives, which is due out this summer. (www.mariahummel.com), and with poet Kerrin McCadden, associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at the Frost Place, in Franconia NH. (www.kerrinmccadden.com) Concurrently, participants will examine and discuss selected texts with an eye toward enriching their own AP English Literature courses. AP consultant and workshop leader Rob Brown will cover current developments in the AP English Literature program, along with practice in applying AP standards in the assessment of student work.

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Environmental Science

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Marian DeWane

Session 3: Andrew Milbauer

Combining discussion of the AP Environmental Science curriculum and the grading of its AP Exam with work in 
the lab and field, this intensive workshop for rookie and veteran teachers fully prepares you for teaching APES.  St. Johnsbury is an ideal location for this workshop, since there are a number of interesting field trips nearby, including a wood chip electrical generating plant, a wind farm, a state-of-the-art sewer plant, and interesting sites for a soil workshop. We use St. J’s modern computer lab. Importantly, there will also be ample opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices. Additional emphasis will explore diverse perspectives on complex issues. Finally, instruction offers insight in ways to increase student self reflection while reducing the workload for AP teachers.

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European History

Session 1: James Kirkcaldy

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Lenore Schneider

Session 1 – JAMES KIRKCALDY – AP EUROPEAN

For Experienced and New teachers! Major changes in the AP European History exam! The main focus will be on the new changes in the structure of the course as well in the new exam. The workshop will also concentrate on teaching strategies, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading the A.P. exam – all designed to reflect the new changes in the course. The workshop is also designed to share and discuss student centered teaching strategies and activities. Participants will receive numerous PowerPoint’s, and ancillary teaching materials and readings as well the instructor’s 250-page workbook.

Session 3 – LENORE SCHNEIDER – AP EUROPEAN
AP European History provides a rich interdisciplinary experience for students, and prepares them for most college level humanities courses as well. The workshop is designed to enable both new and experienced teachers to plan an effective and dynamic course. The workshop includes strategies to help students to learn the content, 1500 to the present, and all aspects of the course: politics, economics, social history, intellectual history, art history, and historiography. Participants can learn how to structure the syllabus to include appropriate activities and assessments, as well as content. An explanation of the AP test and scoring will include in depth training of the Document Based Question and guidelines for the Short Answer, free response, and multiple choice questions. Numerous handouts will supplement the explanation of teaching strategies, especially involving the critical thinking skills vital to the course. Participants will also engage in abbreviated simulations, role plays, and student centered activities. Discussion is encouraged, and teachers should bring textbooks, relevant materials, books, films, and strategies to share. The participants will receive a flash drive of hundreds of sample lessons and materials. The instructor will focus on the latest changes to the course and exam, and ways to enable students to succeed, especially in terms of the writing components of the exam.

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French Language and Culture

Session 1: Mona Mulhair

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

French Language and Culture – Mona Mulhair – 2018 Institute
Session outline for the French Test
Goals & Objectives
1. To provide the participants with ideas and techniques (Vertical Team Concept) – To prepare the students from the basic level to the AP French Language and Culture.
2. To familiarize participants with the content and the structure of the different components of the AP French test.
3. To present the three modes of written and spoken communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language learning in the 21st Century.
4. To familiarize the participants with the Presentational, the Interpersonal and the interpretive modes of Communication in Speaking and Writing.
5. To share materials and techniques that will assist the participants to understand the new approach and will help their students to succeed on their AP test.
6. To present the cultural approach and material to be incorporated at all levels of instruction.
7. To present the websites available and how to integrate the authentic material in their daily teaching.
8. To present the six essential themes and the sub-topics recommended to be integrated in the daily instruction.
9. To provide the participants with time and opportunity for collegial interaction and exchange of successful strategies.

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Human Geography

July 8
Lily Monk

Session 1: Lily Monk

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

Advanced Placement Human Geography is a high school course equivalent to a one semester introductory college course in Human Geography. Course topics include the nature and perspectives of geography, population, cultural geography, industrialization and economic geography, agriculture and rural land use, urban geography, and political geography.The workshop will focus on the new course articulation for AP Human Geography developed in 2013. During the workshop, participants will be exposed to content information and will be expected to develop lessons, activities, and testing items. Suggested teaching materials and techniques will be reviewed. This includes syllabi, texts, videos/DVDs, computer software, web sites, and other resources. Participants will also be instructed in how the AP® Human Geography exam is prepared and scored. An additional goal for the week will be to develop meaningful field trips (even in urban areas!) to enhance the curriculum. Teachers should bring their 2018-19 school calendars, and are encouraged (but not required) to read either Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution by Parag Khanna, or Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall.

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Physics C Mechanics and Electricity-Magnetism

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Gardner Friedlander

AP Physics C is a year-long calculus-based physics course equivalent to a typical introductory university course for scientists or engineers. The College Board recommends that this course not be a first-year course in physics, but in recognition of differing demands at different schools, the exam is broken into two 90 minute parts—Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. Thus if students have had no physics prior to this course, they can take a full year covering just Mechanics. If they have had a good prior exposure to physics, then both halves can be taken in a single year.

This institute is designed to assist teachers using either model. Participants will have the chance to engage with other teachers who teach courses similar to their own, work on pacing and syllabus development, and design and execute laboratory and demonstration activities for use in their own classrooms, with participants encouraged to share their own ideas for demonstrations and best practices. They will leave the institute with access to almost 50 years of past exams and solutions. Emphasis will be placed on teaching problem solving techniques and approaches to teaching AP Physics C with an emphasis on encouraging higher order thinking skills and remediating student misconceptions. Participants will often work in small groups to allow them to choose the activities and portions of the course that best fit their needs. For each course (Mechanics and E&M) as appropriate, the presenter will familiarize participants with the whole framework for the curriculum, with emphasis on the portions that have proved most difficult for students in the past.

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Physics I

Session 1: Barry Panas

Session 2: Joe Mancino

Session 3: Not Offered

In this week-long institute we will be covering all of the essentials needed to teach AP Physics 1 including the Curriculum Frameworks, Course Audits, and Exams.

A significant portion of the week will focus on Inquiry Based Learning and establishing an AP Physics experience that maximizes student learning. Numerous practical tips will be provided throughout the week on teaching strategies, demonstrations, audiovisuals, computer-based learning opportunities and teaching resources. Participants will have opportunities throughout the week to ask questions and to share their own strategies and approaches with other participants.

The week will also include significant content reinforcement. Topics addressed will include content that is new to the AP program, selected traditional areas that are especially problematic, as well as any other topics requested by participants. A number of experiments will be discussed and a selection of labs will be conducted by participants.

Participants are asked to bring the following to the institute:

– a calculator and laptop

– one or two Physics demonstrations to perform for the group during the week

– a written summary of a lab suitable for use in AP physics. This lab will not be conducted during the institute, but each participant will briefly present it to the group. If the lab has handouts, they should also be provided.

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Physics II

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Barry Panas

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop will focus on physics topics to be tested in the Physics 2 which include more on electric circuits including capacitors, electrostatics, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics, fluids, thermodynamics with kinetic theory, PV diagrams and probability, and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

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Psychology

July 15
Lori Hodin
July 22
Lori Hodin

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Lori Hodin

Session 3: Lori Hodin

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an overview of the structure and content of an AP Psychology course. Participants will analyze past AP exams and participate in a simulated AP reading to evaluate student writing. Interactive demonstrations, online resources and discussions will provide participants with opportunities to learn about how to integrate new research in psychology into their teaching. Participants will leave the workshop with a course outline and engaging curriculum to cover the 14 topics and learning objectives in the AP Psychology exam. This session is open to teachers with all levels of experience.

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School Libraries for the Digital Generation

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Jennifer Stone

The library and the library media specialist have never been more important to our information-driven society and in today’s schools. In this workshop we will look at how the library media center has changed and develop a strategic vision and plan to create a vital information center that will be an indispensable resource for both your students and teachers. Some of the topics we will focus on include advocacy, marketing, social media, makerspaces, the virtual library, apps, technology and ebooks in the library. Participants will collaborate with colleagues and have opportunities to select topics for in-depth investigation.

This workshop is geared towards the high school library media specialist but middle school library media specialists as well as public librarians could benefit from this workshop.

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Spanish Language and Culture

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Patricia Smith

AP Spanish Language and Culture

In May of 2014, the AP Spanish Language Exam was adapted to include culture. This course will address the redesign of the exam, and train experienced and new AP teachers to prepare their students for the exam. Teachers are encouraged to go to this web site to read more about the new course; http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org. All AP Spanish Language and Culture teachers need to submit a syllabus directed to this exam. Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit.

We will discuss how to teach for improvement in interpretive communication, and will spend considerable time reviewing strategies for interpersonal writing and speaking, and presentational writing and speaking. Much practice in the workshop will be directed towards the teaching of cultural comparisons, and in activities to strengthen the students’ awareness of cultural diversity.

Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit. Patricia Smith is an experienced Spanish Language Consultant who will guide you throughout the week as you prepare this syllabus. Topics to be discussed during the week will include:

Course Description, Planning and Pacing Guide for Course
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
AP Spanish Language and Culture Practice Exam
Three modes of communication
Emphasis on cultures of Spanish-speaking world
Analysis of the six themes on which the course is based
Curriculum framework and learning objectives
Strategies of teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Cooperative learning
Becoming an AP Reader
AP Equity and Access
Differentiated instruction

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Spanish Literature and Culture

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Patricia Smith

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop will emphasize preparation for the AP Spanish Literature exam, which was rewritten in 2013. It will discuss strategies to incorporate more media into the study of Spanish literature, and explore ways to integrate specific literary terms from the Curriculum Framework into the course. The workshop will review each of the course’s six themes, which must be addressed in each teacher’s syllabus. Each participant will receive the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Workshop Handbook, and a Curriculum Module entitled “Las sociedades en contacto: perspectivas del imperialismo.” As we use the module in the workshop, we will explore ideas for teaching four works from the new required reading list: Cortes’ Segunda carta de relación,Miguel León-Portilla’s Visión de los vencidos, José Marti’s Nuestra América, and Rubén Darió’s A Roosevelt. This course will be conducted in Spanish. The course will also focus on activities to foster opportunities to write analytical essays with language appropriate for literary analysis. Activities will be based on the understanding of literary and cultural texts. All AP Spanish Literature teachers are required to submit a Course Audit to the College Board. Time will be spent throughout the week to prepare the new syllabi so that each participant is prepared to submit meet this requirement.

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Statistics

Session 1: Laura Marshall

Session 2: Brendan Murphy

Session 3: Brendan Murphy

The objectives of this weeklong workshop are straightforward: to help our participants do a better job teaching AP Statistics and to improve their students’ scores on the AP Exam.

We will examine the College Board’s outline of topics and course philosophy, discuss the course expectations, and share strategies for success on the AP exam. Additionally, we will review and clarify important concepts in Statistics and provide guidance and answer questions about the subject matter. We will also explore pedagogy, looking at sample lessons, classroom activities, effective demos, and possibilities for projects. Finally, we’ll look at a variety of resources, including textbooks, calculators, videos, software, and other materials.

Whether you are new to AP Statistics or a veteran educator, you’ll come away with lots of valuable insights (and have fun, too)!

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Tech for Teachers

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Liz Laverty

This workshop is designed for teachers looking to use technology thoughtfully and intentionally in their classrooms. It provides participants with practical knowledge, engaging strategies, insight into new apps, and time and one-on-one assistance to design their own successful lessons. This small cohort is limited to 10 participants to maximize individual instruction. Participants should bring their own devices, and instruction will include demonstrations using a variety of platforms and devices.

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US Government and Politics

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Rachael Ryan

Session 3: Erica Bookman

This course is designed to prepare you to teach the new AP US Government & Politics curriculum launching in the fall of 2018. The course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP U.S. Government and Politics. The class focuses on development of AP Government content knowledge, pedagogy, and strategies to reach diverse learners. The instructor will teach content and demonstrate how to implement student centered lessons including socratic seminars and project based learning models. We will review and discuss textbooks an useful multimedia resources to support teaching the AP course. We will look at past examinations and sample student responses, and work collaboratively to create and develop effective new lesson plans for use in the AP classroom. All teachers will have time to prepare and submit syllabi required for the AP Audit of 2018. A laptop or tablet is strongly recommended for use in class.

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US History

Session 1: Anna Keegan

Session 2: Tracey Wilson

Session 3: Tracey Wilson

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

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World History

Session 1: Lenore Schneider

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Deborah Johnston

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SESSION 1 – LENORE SCHNEIDER – AP WORLD HISTORY

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for sixeen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. Participants will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Short Answer Questions, the Document Based Essay and the Long Essay Question in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. They will examine the College Board scoring rubrics and will utilize them to analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies. Most of the strategies are also applicable in regular section world history classes.

SESSION 3 – DEB JOHNSTON – AP WORLD HISTORY

The institute will provide participants with an overview of the course including content, skills, and AP strategies. Most of the time will be spent on the 2017 assessment revisions, as well as on work to develop materials on teaching the historical thinking skills using the 2018 samples. Deb believes that AP world history is best taught through interactive strategies so participants will be actively engaged in doing world history during the institute through discussions, simulations and group activities, similar to what teachers might choose to do in their own classrooms. She will share world history content and resources, as well as model lesson plans. Working with AP sample essays, the session will discuss effective teaching techniques for the new AP essay writing and for AP test-taking. Deb will specifically work to ensure that participants(and their students) feel confident with the stimulus based multiple choice questions as well as the use of skills in the free response portion of the test. In addition, Deb will provide tips on how to add new case studies that address less well known topics and challenging subject matter from the required curriculum frameworks to AP World history courses in time efficient ways.

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