AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 10 July 17 July 24

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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Economics

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Patty Brazill

Session 3: Not Offered

In our short week together we will begin by examining materials essential to development of a successful AP economics course, including websites for both teachers and students. We will then focus on the course outlines for both microeconomics and macroeconomics and examine the essential questions for each course. New teachers will receive assistance in setting up a course and submitting the couse audit. We will practice both teaching strategies and formative assessment. And extensive focus on Free Response Questions will require teachers to develop and present rubrics. Participants will receive numerous class-room ready documents. We will conclude with a close examination of the 2016 questions and scoring. Experienced teachers are asked to bring a lesson to share with fellow participants. New teachers are asked to bring the textbook they will be using in their class. All are asked to bring enthusiasm, energy and bocci skills!

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European History

Session 1: James Kirkcaldy

Session 2: Lenore Schneider

Session 3: Not Offered

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 t 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

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Human Geography

July 17
Lily Monk

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Lily Monk

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 2016-17 school calendars, and 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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Psychology

July 17
Lori Hodin
July 24
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. Session III is open to teachers with all levels of experience.

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