In Person 2022 Workshops | Session 3 | July 18-22
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 Art and Design for Experienced Teachers — In Person
Instructor: Joann Winkler
This AP Art & Design for Experienced Teachers APSI will provide you with some of the tools and techniques for helping students acquire the skills needed to excel in AP Art & Design. You’ll review materials, course outlines, content-related handouts, student samples, and scoring guidelines that focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that you can use in the classroom. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will help ensure that your students can register for AP portfolio submission by the new fall deadlines. After attending this APSI, you’ll be able to align your instruction with the goals of the AP Art and Design course(s); identify the skills and knowledge that the portfolio will assess, and identify the tasks and materials with which students might need more preparation; design a course that meets the curricular requirements; and make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.
AP Art History — In Person
Instructor: Yu Bong Ko
This AP Art History workshop will focus on preparing, sustaining and teaching the redesigned curriculum, while reflecting on the lessons learned and anticipating the road ahead for maximizing student success. Whether you are experienced or new to teaching the course, we will be together in-person, to acquire new and insightful ideas and model best teaching practices to immediately promote active student-centered learning both in and out of the classroom. Your instructor for the AP Art History session is one of the authors of the redesigned curriculum that was implemented in 2015 and updated in 2019. The instructor’s knowledge further includes 11 years of service on the College Board’s Test Development Committee along with 22 consecutive years of scoring the AP Examination in Art History.
- Acquire familiarity with the newly updated Course and Exam Description (CED) that organizes AP Art History into 10 commonly taught units – 1 for each of the 10 content areas.
- Understand the course framework that defines specific Art Historical Thinking Skills, Big Ideas, and Learning Objectives and how they are tied to specific Enduring Understandings and Essential Knowledge statements.
- Develop a fundamental understanding of the standardized free response section of the exam that uses a stable analytic rubric, as well as performance tasks that are defined for students.
- Provide insights into how the AP Examination Readings are conducted, including identifying and explaining how course content and skills are assessed on the exam. Participants will be able to practice applying the scoring guidelines from the recent AP exams to samples of student works.
- Develop a pacing guide by unit/topic to incorporate the full scope of the AP course into school’s academic calendar.
- Walk-away with ready-to-use strategies and pedagogical tools shared by experienced teachers within the AP community.
- Incorporate a wide array of reading, writing and review practices consistent with educational philosophy concerning approaches to teaching of AP Art History.
- Practice “culturally responsive teaching” while making Art History relevant to students as a course in high school. .
- Recognize and obtain the most effective resources materials from texts, readers, online sources and other multi-media platforms.
- Know about AP Audit protocols for the coming year.
In addition, teachers will complete a digital activation process to access AP Art History Classroom Resources provided by the College Board: AP Classroom, Unit Guides, Personal Progress Check, Progress Dashboard, AP Question Bank. Please follow the link to the College Board’s AP Central Art History to learn more:
AP Biology for Experienced Teachers — In Person
Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles
Welcome to St. Johnsbury Academy during a time when biology is constantly in the news! This course is designed for experienced teachers who seek fresh learning opportunities for your students. We will explore new science kits, review statistics and experimental design, and discuss ways to engage your students. Most of all, we will have fun and you depart reinvigorated and prepared with novel strategies for a successful and rewarding AP year.
Each participant will share a “best practice” idea of a favorite activity or demonstration. I look forward to meeting you in July.
AP Calculus AB — In Person
Instructor: Eliel Gonzalez
In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the AP Calculus AB curriculum with emphasis on appropriate use of graphing calculator, content and pacing, and global review for the AP exam. We will also review content and pedagogy in the following topics: related rates, area/volume, differential equations/slope fields, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, implicit differentiation, L’Hopital’s Rule and many other topics. A special focus on assessment and motivation will help participants incorporate new strategies to build a successful AP Calculus program. We will examine changes to the AP Calc AB with emphasis on the new Course Exam Description guide. Participants are asked to bring a graphing calculator.
AP Chemistry for Experience Teachers — In Person
Instructor: Cheri Smith
In this Institute, we will examine all aspects of the Advanced Placement Chemistry course. We will pay particular attention to the changes in the course that were introduced in the rearticulated (2019/20) Curriculum Framework. Participants will focus on advanced curriculum topics, past examinations and laboratory work with special attention given to material that is appropriate for an inquiry-based curriculum. Each area of the new exam format will be reviewed and connected to the new 9 Unit/6 Science Practice/4 Big Idea Curriculum. Time will be devoted to the new AP Chemistry Resources to be delivered via the College Board’s new “AP Chemistry Classroom”. Class time will be split between curriculum, exam review and on task laboratory exercises. Opportunities will be provided to perform a dozen different AP labs, including several inquiry-based labs from the College Board’s AP Inquiry Based Lab Manual. Time will also be spent sharing and reviewing participants’ favorite AP Chemistry resources.
Participants are encouraged to bring their current senior Chemistry course curriculum and support materials for use in discussions and in planning implementation strategies. They should also bring a favorite teaching strategy, laboratory or demonstration as sharing ideas will be encouraged. Participants are reminded to bring their own calculators!
AP Computer Science Principles — In Person
Instructor: Jacqueline Corricelli
I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you this summer! The AP Computer Science Principles Workshop will focus on the Big Ideas and Computational Thinking Practices for this course. The main focus will be on helping you to be prepared to teach AP Computer Science Principles this fall.
By the end of the week, you should have answers to the following questions:
How can I design this course structure to differentiate and attract more students to computer science?
How can I help students be prepared for the performance task component of this course?
What resources or strategies are available to help me design and implement this course?
To accomplish this, we will discuss the Big Ideas and Computational Thinking Practices for this course and how these will be evaluated. We will learn from several sample Multiple Choice Exam questions. You will have access to a full length sample exam, specifications and scoring guidelines for the performance task, and several other supporting materials. In addition, we will discuss and see examples for how you can incorporate AP Classroom, an online site for formative and summative assessments, to support your students throughout the school year.
Please bring your laptop or tablet with a keyboard and a charger. We will be in a room with wireless internet access. You will need a Google Email (@gmail.com) account.
Prior to this summer, please look over the AP CS Principles section of AP Central located here: apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-computer-science-principles. Specifically, the AP CS Principles entry video and many of the links on that page will help you understand key details about this exciting course. I look forward to meeting you and working with you this summer!
AP English Language and Composition — In Person
Instructor: Steve Klinge
During our AP Summer Institute, we will work with each of the main areas of the English Language exam—the multiple choice questions (both the reading and the writing questions), synthesis essay, rhetorical analysis essay, and argument essay—and discuss ways to prepare our students with the skills they will need on the AP test. We will examine the Course and Exam Description book and the resources available in AP Classroom. We will also discuss the scoring process for the test and review the current year’s Language exam essay questions.
As a community of peers, we will collaborate on strategies, practice test-taking, analyze readings and share best practices. We will place ourselves in the position of our students and then explore how we, as their teachers, can improve their skills as writers, as thinkers, as close-readers, as test-takers.
Readings will come from a variety of pre-20th century and 20th-century / contemporary sources; although the emphasis will be on non-fiction, we will discuss the use of poetry and other fiction within the Language course. Prior to the course, I will send a list of essays to read so we have a set of common texts to discuss.
AP English Literature and Composition — In Person
Instructor: Richard McCarthy
In this APSI, the week will offer teachers a wide range of highly effective strategies for inspiring students to develop their voice as writers and critical thinkers. Because students have an array of experiences and understandings, it is critical to take them “from what they know to what they don’t know” in a way that will help them create insightful understandings of literature. By grounding their literary experiences with some deep, universal tensions, the students can engage with complex poetry, drama, and ficton 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 direction, we will work with strategies for both the FRQ and MC questions that are direct and profitable for the students. Furthermore, we will explore how to best utilize 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 ficton. 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 Environmental Science — In Person
Instructor: Marian Dewane
This workshop will prepare you for teaching the AP Environmental Science course. There will be evening office hours if you need additional support. Time will be provided for planning your course. Depending on the amount of outside time spent during the week, by the end of the workshop, you will have an overall pacing guide for next year. We will spend time looking through the CED, using the AP Classroom, discussing best practices, and doing lab investigations.
AP European History — In Person
Instructor: Lou Gallo
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the AP program and the European history course as well as content, strategies, and skills that increase student interest and knowledge in the course. The emphasis will be on developing a syllabus and pacing guide, choosing resources to use in the class, and incorporating strategies to help students increase reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and effective writing. Free-response questions from previous exams will also be used to help participants learn how to effectively use the AP history rubrics. There will also be time set aside to share best practices.
AP French Language Experienced — In Person
Instructor: Mona Mulhair
AP French Language and Culture Institute – Experienced Teachers
This workshop is to help AP teachers to develop a course in AP French Language and Culture in order to increase the success of their students. This course will provide sample material, classroom activities related to the AP test of 2020. On a daily basis, the participants will be asked to share the best practices with the whole group for all parts of the test.
The participants will
1. develop and integrate the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational
2. practice how to build proficiency across modes of communication
3. share approaches to teaching the AP French Language and Culture across the six themes.
4. strategize ways in which to cover the entire curriculum on time.
5. strategize ways to teach developing culture in the AP French Language and Culture Course (i.e. How do they present the culture related to the different French speaking countries of the world?)
6. Review the course’s Instructional Design and Management
7. explore authentic literature and articles for use in the AP French Language and Culture course.
8. develop ways in which project-based learning is used to integrate and develop language skills.
9. understand how to apply the scoring criteria to student samples.
What Participants Should Bring: A copy of a new idea or activity used last year in their course, their passports (Quebec!!!) Electronic copies are encouraged.
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based — In Person
Instructor: Barry Panas
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. During this week we will use a variety of strategies with recommended sources to further develop student mastery of the underlying concepts. As course requirements for accreditation include 25% lab time, our classtime will use hands-on labs that will develop strategies for inquiry-based learning. We will now have access to the first two Physics 2 test given to students and will use them to plan strategies to help students prepare for the test.
AP Psychology — In Person
Instructor: Lori Hodin
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!).
AP US History — In Person
Instructor: Susan Pingel
This AP® United States History summer institute will focus on key takeaways involving Understanding the Course, Planning the Course, Teaching the Course, Assessing Student Progress and Understanding, and Becoming a Member of the AP Community. This includes exploration of the course framework, the exam, and AP digital resources — including those providing yearlong class and individual student feedback. Strategies to help create or reorganize your APUSH class will be demonstrated and shared throughout the week.
Relevant for teachers beginning their AP® United States History course and experienced AP® United States History teachers, this workshop will give participants an overview of the AP® program in US History (APUSH), concrete information about developing course curriculum, the examination, and best practices to use with your students. This includes insight into the creation and expansion of an APUSH program, selection of text and course materials, development of syllabi, pacing suggestions, lessons, and assessments. Expect instruction on the scoring of Free-Response questions (FRQs), including short answer questions (SAQs), the document-based question (DBQ), and long essay questions (LEQs).
Please be ready to share ideas, ask questions, think broadly about your educational practice, work hard and enjoy your experience. A welcome letter with agenda will available prior to this workshop. Looking forward to a wonderful week!
AP U.S. History for Experienced Teachers — In Person
Instructor: Tracey Wilson
This session will give teachers the chance to develop local history lessons to engage their AP US History students. Teachers will participate in model local history lessons. They will use resources from their town to build lessons that integrate historical thinking skills, reasoning processes, and themes related to the required course content.
Teachers will come to the class with primary sources from their town and develop lessons over the course of the week as they learn how to customize their AP US course to their geographical area. Be ready to ask questions, experiment, make connections and collaborate.