In Person 2022 Workshops | Session 1 | June 27-July 1

The workshop sessions are small, averaging fewer than 15 participants. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual participants to ensure that each teacher returns to the classroom with increased confidence and strategies for success.


The leaders are experienced AP teachers with outstanding reputations in public and private schools. All serve as readers at their respective AP readings and are endorsed by the College Board to lead AP workshops. Many of our consultants are table leaders and members of their respective course’s test development committee.

AP Comparative Government and Politics — In Person

Instructor: Karen Waples 


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, 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. This workshop will:


•review the curriculum and discuss countries and themes

•discuss the importance of vocabulary and how to teach it

•provide sample content lessons on the structure of government in the six comparative countries

•examine interactive lesson plans that can be used throughout the course

•examine interactive lesson plans that are country-specific

•provide strategies for preparing students for multiple-choice and free response questions

•review video and online resources

•pull it all together and provide insight and strategies to get students to make connections between concepts and countries


This workshop is designed for all current AP Comparative Government teachers, teachers who have attended the AP U.S. Government, Human Geography, or Economics sessions in the past, and teachers of International Relations or Global Studies.


AP English Language and Composition — In Person

Instructor: Peter Durnan


Participants will spend the week exploring ways to develop the curriculum of their Advanced Placement Language and Composition courses. A full review of the AP examination itself will serve as a basis for constructing and revising teaching methods suitable to the AP course. Class work will be discussion-based and involve small group activities aimed at sharing our best practices in the English classroom, and content will focus on elements covered on the exam including rhetorical strategies, tone, syntax, and diction. The week will allow teachers a chance to more clearly understand the AP examination and to exchange ideas both formally and informally. We will be visited by a guest writer and take advantage of local art to augment the experience. The week is intended to address the practice of inexperienced and experienced teachers. 

AP English Literature and Composition — In Person

Instructor: Richard McCarthy


In this APSI, the week will offer teachers a wide range of highly effecve strategies for inspiring students to develop their voice as writers and crical thinkers. Because students have an array of experiences and understandings, it is crical to take them “from what they know to what they don’t know” in a way that will help them create insighul understandings of literature. By grounding their literary experiences with some deep, universal tensions, the students can engage with complex poetry, drama, and ficon with a bit more confidence and understanding. In short, offering frames of understanding can help students “accelerate their insight” into meaningful works of literature.


Teachers will be offered an array of approaches for assessing student wring and methods for assuring that students are held accountable for content/skills while also fostering a healthy work culture for both students and instructor. As for exam specific direcon, we will work with strategies for both the FRQ and MC quesons that are direct and profitable for the students. Furthermore, we will explore how to best ulize the CED and AP Classroom so that students can benefit from the content, and the instructors can make targeted adjustments to their lessons.


And finally, Richard will share decades worth of materials for teaching poetry, drama, and ficon. We hope the week will allow teachers to reconnect with the ideas and passions that drove them to be English Majors and inspired them to become teachers.

AP European History — In Person

Instructor: Lenore Schneider


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 PowerPoints, and ancillary teaching materials and readings as well the instructor’s 250-page workbook.

AP Human Geography — In Person

Instructor: Julie Wakefield


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.

AP Project Based Learning: AP US Government and Politics — In Person

This four-day workshop includes whole group work, small group activities, reflection and critique, and individual learning, as well as a number of built-in break times. During the Summer Institute, you will:


  • Learn about Gold Standard PBL Design Elements and Teaching Practices

  • Apply PBL practices to the AP U.S. Government and Politics Knowledge in Action Curriculum

  • Adapt and prepare to implement the first project (Founder’s Intent) with your students


> PBL Course Housing and Meal Plan Registration

AP Project Based Learning: Environmental Science — In Person

This four-day workshop includes whole group work, small group activities, reflection and critique, and individual learning, as well as a number of built-in break times. During the Summer Institute, you will:


  • Learn about Gold Standard PBL Design Elements and Teaching Practices

  • Apply PBL practices to the AP Environmental Science Knowledge in Action Curriculum

  • Adapt and prepare to implement the first project (Eco Footprint) with your students


> PBL Course Housing and Meal Plan Registration

AP Psychology — In Person

Instructor: George Jackson


This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an overview of the Course and Exam Description of the new updated AP Psychology course. Participants will use the college board online resources and participate in a simulated AP reading in order to analyze past AP exams and plan activities to help students develop skills and master content. Interactive demonstrations, online resources and discussions will provide participants with opportunities to learn about how to integrate new research in psychology and best practices in online learning into their teaching. Participants will leave the workshop with a course outline and engaging curriculum to cover the 9 topics and learning objectives in the new AP Psychology exam. This session is open to teachers with all levels of experience.

AP Statistics — In Person

Instructor: Laura Marshall


AP Statistics is an incredibly fun course to teach – if you have the tools and fun activities from which to draw upon.  We will accomplish much together this week.  The first goal of the week is to examine the College Board’s Curriculum and Exam Description (CED), review AP Classroom, 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 review all of the changes that were introduced in the summer of 2019 with the re-articulation of the curriculum.  Most importantly, we will work through the curriculum by doing problems and participating in activities that you can bring directly to your classroom.  These activities are designed to improve the conceptual understanding when introducing a new idea, and also to reinforce concepts throughout the entire curriculum.  You will learn how your students’ responses are scored on the AP exam and how you can use the AP rubrics to score responses of your own students.  Not only will you become more comfortable with the topics in AP Statistics, but you will take away ideas to help enhance the learning of your students and subsequently help them to improve their scores on the AP exam.  Whether you are new to AP Statistics or a veteran educator, you will come away with valuable insight (and have fun too!).