AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 8 July 15 July 22

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 (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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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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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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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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