AP Summer Institute 2018 Workshops

AP Biology

Dr. Jeff Smith

July 16-19, 2018 (Registration Closed)

AP Biology now has five years under the new Curriculum Framework, Labs, Audit, and Exam. This APSI session will focus on methods to apply the Curriculum Framework with its Four Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Learning Objectives and Science Practices in your classroom. This APSI will heavily emphasize the lab experience and will instruct participants on how to conduct labs using Inquiry (low tech and high tech) and how to adapt existing labs to Inquiry methods. Discussions and examples of statistics drawing from the new Quantitative Skills in Biology workshop will be presented. The course audit will be covered and tips will be shared on the audit application process. Any materials available on the 2017 Exam will be discussed and sessions will be conducted on exam preparation and improving exam success. While the APSI sessions are for any level of AP Biology teaching experience, breakout sessions will be held for new teachers as well as experienced teachers.

AP Calculus AB

Ms. Kim Foltz

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

The AP Calculus program introduced a new Curriculum Framework for 2016-2017. This APSI will focus on how to apply the Curriculum Framework with its Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Learning Objectives, and Mathematical Practices. In the course of these discussions, the sessions will provide opportunities to review calculus concepts in order to prepare participants to handle the content of the AP syllabus. The APSI is designed both for those teachers who will be teaching an AP class for the first time and for those who seek to improve their effectiveness as veteran AP teachers.

In keeping with the philosophy of AP Calculus, topics will be considered graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Additionally, the use of the graphing calculator will also be a regular theme throughout the institute as the calculator is a powerful tool for demonstrating various calculus concepts in ways that traditional chalk methods do not allow. The sessions will include discussions on the selection of students for an AP course, resources that are available for AP instructors, the AP exam format, how to prepare students for the AP exam, the scoring of the AP exam, and other issues that are relevant to implementing an AP curriculum.

Participants will receive the most recently released AP Calculus exam and curriculum materials from the College Board. They will also be provided with other AP Calculus course materials including PowerPoint slides, course schedule, sample handouts, and a variety of other “goodies.” Additionally, we hope to have sample textbooks available.

Upon completion of this institute, participants will be well prepared to teach an AP Calculus course using the current AB syllabus and to take a leadership role in affecting curriculum changes necessary to support such a course at their home high schools.

AP Chemistry

Mr. Bill Cumming

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

The AP Summer Institute in Chemistry will focus on assisting AP teachers in building the foundations for success in teaching the redesigned AP Chemistry curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on the curriculum framework and its implementation in your classroom. The updated AP Chemistry curriculum framework will be examined, with emphasis on the Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, Science Practices, and the Learning Objectives that constitute the new course. The week will involve a morning session that focuses on both the exam and content and afternoon sessions that will be spent in the lab.

Content that has been introduced and updated (photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), coulombic attractions) as well as content that has been reduced in scope (hybridization) or eliminated (molecular orbital theory, Nernst Equatio1n calculations, Colligative Properties) will be noted and explained. Laboratory investigations will be incorporated with the discussion of the theory, with special emphasis on student inquiry labs. Participants will perform laboratory exercises with various levels of inquiry. Several of these will be taken from the new AP Chemistry Inquiry Based Laboratory Lab Manual. In addition, participants will practice converting some of their current favorite experiments from standard laboratory format to both guided and open inquiry styles.

Throughout the course of the week, the following topics/content will be addressed: the 2014 – 2017 exams, an explanation of the grading rubrics, free response questions, writing assessment questions, the course audit, syllabus requirements, sharing of best practices, and more. Teachers who need to prepare their 2017 – 2018 Course Audit will be given time and resources to do so. Additionally, all teachers will prepare an AP level activity or unit plan in small groups during the week and present their work on Thursday morning as the final culmination of the APSI experience.

AP Computer Science A

Ms. Susie Cunningham

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

New to Java? Old to Java? The AP Computer Science A workshop is designed to meet your needs!

Class discussions will include topics on how to present AP Computer Science A topics in a classroom setting, teacher resources, receiving feedback from other class participants using best practices, how the AP test is graded, and how to better prepare your students for the AP test.

Labs will be presented! The AP Computer Science A course curriculum has been updated! This year’s workshop will include hands-on activities for the three labs! Teacher and student materials will be provided.

Participants will use and learn the object-oriented JAVA programming language. Topics will include using basic variables, loops, if/else statements, strings, arrays, arrayLists, methods, inheritance, abstract classes, interfaces, recursion, sorting and basic input/output files.

AP English Language

Mr. Mike Knoedler

July 16-19, 2018 (Registration Closed)

The workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced teachers in AP Language with some attention devoted to discussing strategies for teaching pre-AP English as well. Key areas to be covered include: preparing students for the AP examination and using the features of the AP exam to enhance curricula; discussing ways to approach the challenging subject of rhetorical analysis and practicing these strategies with readings during the week; working with research and the synthesis process in student writing; creating argument responses using personal knowledge and experience; incorporating fiction into a course that, theoretically, focuses on non-fiction; and developing a baseline of current events and history within the course.

AP English Literature

Mr. Tom Reynolds

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

This Institute is designed as a workshop for high school English teachers who are currently teaching or who are preparing to teach the Advanced Placement Literature & Composition course. Participants will focus on the College Board’s expectations for the Literature & Composition course, preparing students for the AP Literature & Composition Exam, and preparing for success in college-level courses. Teachers meet in a collegial setting to share their experiences, ideas and their desire to give students the very best education in reading and writing about the literature of the English-speaking world.

AP Environmental Science

Mr. Mike Mayfield

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

This workshop will focus on the curriculum, resources, labs, projects, and strategies applicable to teaching AP Environmental Science.

AP European History

Dr. Todd Beach

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

Designed to accommodate both new and experienced teachers of European history, this workshop will include topical discussions specific to European history as well as extensive discussions of teaching advanced placement curriculum. We will address the redesigned European history course and exam with particular attention to literacy and inquiry-based pedagogy. There will also be opportunities to share best practices and thoughtful discussion of materials and strategies to engage the Advanced Placement student.

AP Physics I

Mr. Steve Schuh

July 16-19, 2018 (Registration Closed)

As AP Physics 1 & 2 are currently in their third year of being offered by the College Board, there is still a fair amount of consternation among instructors regarding the required rigor and style of the national assessment in May. AP Physics 1, being the “first half” of the new curriculum, brings its own tribulations to the table. This workshop will address the following areas:

  • Topic Familiarization (Linear and Rotational Mechanics, Waves and Oscillations, Circuits, etc.)
  • AP-Style Test Construction (Multiple Choice and Free Response)
  • Laboratory Session Ideas/Construction (both traditional and inquiry)
  • Administrative Issues (AP Audit, course recruitment, appropriate assessment, etc.)
  • Course Structure and Pacing
  • (other topics as requested)

AP Psychology

Mr. Charles Blair-Broeker

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

This workshop is designed to provide AP Psychology teachers with fresh ideas, insights, and pedagogical strategies as related to the AP curriculum. Course structure and sequence, free-response writing, exam preparation, and the College Board’s equity policy will be focal points throughout the week. A heavy emphasis will be placed on lectures and demonstrations within the major subfields that are both “engaging” and “effective.” Teachers will have the opportunity to share ideas and can expect to take home a variety of “tried-and-true” lessons for immediate implementation.

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Mr. Jorge España

July 16-19, 2018 (Registration Closed)

This workshop is designed to familiarize teachers with the AP Spanish Language & Culture Course and Exam. Through our interactive exchange participants will create classroom practices to develop students’ ability to function in the target language in the appropriate cultural context as expected by the curriculum framework. In addition to practice with examples from the current exam (to make clear the knowledge and ability levels expected from AP test takers), discussion topics will include using themes as a basis for language exploration, greater integration of authentic cultural materials into daily teaching, available teaching materials and resources, and use of technology. On a daily basis participants will collaborate in order to design culturally relevant, theme-based activities and units to build student proficiency in the three modes of communication. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will leave with a plethora of ideas and strategies to successfully teach their AP Spanish Language & Culture Course.

Course description subject to change.

AP Statistics

Dr. Chris Olsen

July 16-19, 2018 (Registration Closed)

The AP Statistics workshop covers four major content themes: exploratory data analysis, planning and executing statistical studies, probability and random variables, and statistical inference. Graphical and numeric techniques for exploratory analysis of data will also be featured.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Mr. Brian Stevens

July 9-12, 2018 (Registration Closed)

This workshop for new and experienced AP Government teachers focuses on teaching strategies to help students find success on the AP Government exam. Participants will receive AP reading packets and a CD that is has over one hundred pages of strategies, readings, and handouts. Teachers will also receive successful law-related education lessons.

AP U.S. History

Ms. Mary Lopez

July 16-19, 2018 (Registration Closed)

This workshop is designed for both the new and experienced teacher of AP US History. Coming off of the third assessment year of the Curriculum Redesign and the continuous “tweaks” to the process, to some extent, we are all still new. Throughout the week we will be actively engaged in compiling an assortment of passages, test questions, class and homework activities, and teaching strategies. The central focus of our week together will be to familiarize participants with the “New World Order” that is the realm of Advanced Placement United States History as a result of this course redesign, which commenced with the 2014-2015 exam cycle. The intent of the workshop is to provide participants with an overview of the AP program, irrespective of your degree of experience in Advanced Placement teaching. We will explore the new AP Curriculum Framework in great detail, and familiarize you with the Historical Thinking Skills and Key Concepts at the heart of this new course framework. We will delve into the challenges of student writing and discuss strategies for teaching the Document Based Question the Long-Form Essay (formerly known as Free-Response) Questions, and the new Short Answer component of the exam. Furthermore, we will also study the construction of the new-format Multiple Choice questions used in the AP exam, and discuss student strategies for success on this portion of the test. I do, however, also wish to look at an Advanced Placement United States History course as more than merely a means to an end for the national exam. This will include insights into the creation and expansion of an AP U.S. History program, the selection of texts and course materials, the development of syllabi, daily lessons, and assessments, both objective and written.

Course description subject to change.

AP World History

Mr. Charles Hart

July 16-19, 2018 (Registration Closed)

The intent of this weeklong workshop in AP World History is to introduce the basic strategies, pace, and content of the course to teachers new to the program and to discuss essay evaluative procedures, note-taking suggestions, and recruitment thoughts for the more experienced teachers. Best practices will be available for everyone. Topics discussed will be determined, in part, by the needs of the workshop participants but typically include The New Format, Textbook Selection, The Acorn Book, To Lecture or Not, Note Taking Strategies, Essays, To Review Or Not, Sample Lesson Plans, The Nine Commandments of Teaching AP History, and more. Digital copies of best practices, sample essays and essay responses, multiple choice guidelines, nearly two hundred pages of AP-level multiple choice questions, and much more will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their laptop and a copy of their classroom text.