AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 10 July 17 July 24

Calculus AB

Session 1: Eliel Gonzalez

Session 2: Gregory Timm

Session 3: Eliel Gonzalez

In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the AP Calculus AB curriculum 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. We will examine changes to the AP Calc AB starting in 2016. Participants are asked to bring a graphing calculator.

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Calculus AB Experienced

July 10
Vic Levine

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.

The Curriculum Framework which takes effect in the 2016-17 schoolyear will be fully discussed and investigated.

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Calculus BC

July 17
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 curriculum re-write for 2016-17 will be covered, as well as any other issues that the participants want discussed.

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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: Not Offered

Session 2: Sandy Czajka

Session 3: Jacqueline Corricelli

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. I will use various sites to explore computer science, organize workshop materials, and to collaborate throughout this week.

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Pre-AP Math Strategies

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Brendan Murphy

Session 3: Not Offered

In this session we will review and discuss both the strategies and skills students need to be successful in the different AP Math classes (both AP Statistics and AP Calculus). We will discuss the basic math themes that students can build on to help ensure success at the AP level and future college mathematics classes. Many of these skills are first introduced and developed at the Middle School level and these teachers play an integral role in student’s success at the High School level. We will talk about the Common Core State Standards for Math and how these standards can be incorporated into a successful Pre-AP Math program. The Math SAT’s are being redesigned for March 2016 and we will review what changes are coming and how Pre-AP can again help students succeed on these exams/classes. Pre-AP is not a series of individual math classes but strategies that should be introduced at the Middle School level (or earlier) to all students. All Math teachers from 6th grade through all High School Math classes are welcome to attend and a “team” of teachers from one school would be a wonderful addition to this workshop.

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Statistics

July 10
Dave Bock
July 17
Dave Bock

Session 1: Dave Bock

Session 2: Dave Bock

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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