AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 8 July 15 July 22

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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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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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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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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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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