Online 2020 Workshops | Session 1 | June 29 – July 8

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 - Online

Instructor: Joann Winkler


AP Art and Design (formerly Studio Art)


The objective of this course is to provide both new and experienced AP® Art and Design teachers with an understanding of the requirements of the UPDATED course and portfolios. This course is designed to assist high school teachers of AP® Art and Design in understanding, planning, and teaching the course while assessing student progress. The goal is preparing students to successfully develop their portfolios. The rubrics for each section of the three portfolios will be reviewed and by the end of the session, teachers will be more effective in evaluating their students’ work and assisting them in achieving higher AP® scores.


An emphasis will be placed on ideation and strategies for assisting students in the selection of Sustained Investigation topics that are viable and inventive. Studio sessions will be dedicated to the development of a mini investigation, using action research, inquiry and exploration. Participants will engage in the same kind of creative problem solving that they will ask of their students.


The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. Group critiques and activities will be conducted with an emphasis on process and the development of a theme or idea that can generate continued investigation. Participants should be prepared to share their innovative approaches with other workshop members. Museum experience will provide curriculum ideas and add strategies to enhancing student artwork.


Daily agenda will include, but is not limited to:

  1. An overview of The College Board UPDATEDportfolio materials and requirement
  2. Training materials from the 2019 Reading
  3. The Reading process


Participants can expect to:

  • Engage in inquiry and investigation through practice, experimentation, revision and reflection,
  • Investigate themes from Contemporary Art to inspire curriculum,
  • Collaborate with studio and seminar sessions structured to address the use of contemporary art practices,
  • Develop ideation for the Sustained Investigation that can support investigative research about an artistic concern,
  • Create art to support the research based inquiry into a mini investigation
  • Develop sketchbook and process strategies,
  • Select art for the Selected Works section,
  • Share strategies for portfolio development with hands-on approaches to work,
  • Review the UPDATED rubrics and use to score portfolios through mock readings
  • Museum or gallery exercises (subject to availability)


Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, flash drives, sketchbooks, and favorite media to support art-making in the 2D, 3D or Drawing portfolio. If possible bring utensils to cut and adhesives of choice in addition to collage making materials.

AP Computer Science Principles - Online

Instructor: Jacqueline Corricelli


This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced teachers planning to teach AP CS Principles next school year. AP CS Principles is a broad introduction to computer science designed to improve access for all students. We will focus on the 5 Big Ideas for this course: Creative Development, Data, Algorithms & Programming, Computer Systems & Networks, and Impact of Computing. We will emphasize specific teaching strategies to accomplish each of these tasks in a diverse learning environment. In addition, we will strategize about how to recruit students to ensure diversity. We will discuss in detail the structure of the AP CS Principles Assessment including the Create Performance Task (administered during the school year) and the Multiple Choice Exam. Scoring rubrics will be utilized. We will use various sites to explore computer science, organize workshop materials, and to collaborate throughout our time together.

AP English Language and Composition - Online

Instructor: John Williamson


The 2019-2020 school year will see some changes to the Lang and Comp course. Participants will be provided with a binder of resources and support, including nine unit templates. The primary objective will be to develop units with activities that help students become critical readers and effective writers. The course addresses multi-modal literacy focusing on analysis, comparison/contrast, argumentation, and synthesis of a variety of texts. Through the use of graphic organizers, mnemonic devices, and other tools, participants will share methods to teach rhetorical devices, modes, annotations, documentation, and citation. Participants will review the free-response questions, rubrics, and sample essays from the 2019 Reading. 

AP English Literature and Composition - Online

Instructor: Robert Brown


Like a traditional APSI English Literature workshop, this online session of the St. Johnsbury Academy APSI will review the College Board framework for the course and explore ways to leverage College Board and other resources for success in the classroom and beyond. We’ll look at ways to create or revise a syllabus, and to employ effective activities and assignments for teaching fiction, drama and poetry. We’ll take up works by both canonical and emerging writers, and suggest activities and tools that mirror the skills called for in the Course and Exam Description. The session will also provide practice in assessment of student work according to AP standards.


Format: This online workshop will balance things you’ll do asynchronously – things to download, read, write, and so forth, with synchronous activities – live, on-screen sessions. Along with downloadable materials and other “virtual paper,” I will try to record some of the more “lecture-y” parts of the workshop for you to view and review at your convenience. As for the synchronous part, we’ll establish a more precise timetable as the roster fills, to take into account things like geography. (Any APSI involves about a week of full-time commitment, but we have room to wiggle if half the class comes from, say, Utah, or if a majority suffers from Covid-related chronic insomnia.) Generally, I expect that we’ll have a short live “morning meeting” to lay out the day’s agenda and identify emerging questions and needs, followed by a longer early-afternoon session for things requiring discussion and interaction. These live sessions will be recorded, and you’ll be able to access the recordings along with other materials and handouts for a year after the workshop concludes.


Expectations: Plan on a busy week. In addition to some outside reading, you should expect to take part in online discussion of topics that would be conducted in small group or full class conversation in a normal workshop. We’ll talk about scoring rubrics and calibration in live sessions, but you’ll be asked to read and score samples off-line. You’ll be asked to complete and submit a couple of assignments – likely a unit outline and a lesson – that we’ll share with the group as a souvenir of the APSI. (At Camp St. J. we make more useful stuff than lanyards and paperclip holders!)


Individual attention: I will plan to “stay after school” for individual or small group conversations as needed. I also welcome emails from past workshop participants throughout the ensuing year.


The St. J Experience: Sadly, an online session can’t deliver it all. We can’t manage paddling at the reservoir, trekking to local hilltops, playing bocce in the twilight or enjoying the barbecue in the courtyard. For these you’ll need to come back for an onsite workshop (see the website for details!) We’ll try to include some of the ambience of Vermont’s spectacular Northeast Kingdom in the online session, though, and we’ll make every effort to make this as personally valuable and enjoyable as we can. I’m looking forward to “seeing” you on June 29. -Rob Brown

AP Environmental Science - Online

Instructor: Andrew Milbauer


This workshop will balance synchronous and a synchronous delivery to prepare you for teaching the AP Environmental Science. There will be daily office hours if you need some targeted support. Time will be provided for planning your course so that by the end of the workshop you will be armed with a pacing guide for next year. We will focus on how to use AP Classroom, the CED, best practices and lab investigations. All labs are done with materials available from hardware stores, grocery stores, and online retailers. They are intentionally affordable. The instruction will be done in a way to prepare you for next year, give you a pile of lab investigations, and support life/work balance by showing students how to self reflect on their answers. Ideally you will have a completed pacing guide by the end of the workshop and can spend the rest of your summer recharging and not worrying about the class.

AP European History - Online

Instructor: Lenore Schneider


This will be an intensive five-day workshop for new and experienced teachers of AP European History. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities that are especially designed for use in a tightly paced AP course. We will concentrate on pacing, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading rubric for the A.P. exam. Participants will also receive a 300 page AP European History Workbook prepared by the instructor, plus over 200 powerpoint presentations (each with a worksheet) that have been especially created for students to use at home in order to give teachers the option to “flip” their classroom allowing for more student centered learning in the class. Participants will also receive hundreds of activities, supplementary readings and visuals suitable for AP instruction. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to share lessons and activities with their colleagues. The workshop is designed to be an enjoyable sharing experience that will give participants the confidence and ability to affectively teach a great course.

AP French - Online

Instructor: Mona Mulhair


Session outline for the French Test
Goals & Objectives

  1. To provide the participants with ideas and techniques (Vertical Team Concept) – To prepare the students from the basic level to the AP French Language and Culture.
  2. To familiarize participants with the content and the structure of the different components of the AP French test.
  3. To present the three modes of written and spoken communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language learning in the 21st Century.
  4. To familiarize the participants with the Presentational, the Interpersonal and the interpretive modes of Communication in Speaking and Writing.
  5. To share materials and techniques that will assist the participants to understand the new approach and will help their students to succeed on their AP test.
  6. To present the cultural approach and material to be incorporated at all levels of instruction.
  7. To present the websites available and how to integrate the authentic material in their daily teaching.
  8. To present the six essential themes and the sub-topics recommended to be integrated in the daily instruction.
  9. To provide the participants with time and opportunity for collegial interaction and exchange of successful strategies.

AP Human Geography - Online

Instructor – Lili Monk


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. APSI at St. Johnsbury Academy, 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

AP Physics I - Online

Instructor: Barry Panas


Greetings fellow AP Physics 1 Teachers! I am looking forward to the new challenges (this is AP Physics – we thrive on challenges) and more importantly, the new opportunities that will come with a move to an online Institute this summer. Whether you are new to AP Physics 1 or have been teaching AP Physics for many years, I will be doing my best to make this a meaningful, engaging, and highly productive professional development experience for you. Sessions will consist of a well-balanced mix of group synchronous meetings, one-on-one synchronous meetings with me, and asynchronous activities for you to complete on your own.


Group synchronous meetings will give you the opportunity to get to know the other participants, share your best practices with them (and benefit from theirs) and will ideally lead to newfound friendships and professional networking that will extend well beyond the Institute itself. During group synchronous sessions I will also be able to provide you with essential content reinforcement and share a number of insights and teaching strategies to help maximize your and your students’ success in AP Physics 1, as well as provide participants the opportunity to share demonstrations and ideas with the rest of the group. One-on-one synchronous meetings will give me the opportunity to work more closely with you in order to answer your specific questions and try to meet your individual needs, as well as giving us the chance to get to know each other better! Asynchronous activities will consist of a range of activities selected to complement all of the above, and will give you the opportunity to direct your efforts where you most need to do so.


You can expect to come out of this institute with a deeper comprehension of Physics, a good understanding of the AP Physics 1 course and everything needed to teach it well (including updates such as the NEW course audit process), ideas for labs and demonstrations, and (if you aren’t there yet) confidence and enthusiasm for teaching the course – especially (but not only) if you are new to AP Physics! Oh yeah – I’ll also do my best to make sure that you have fun throughout the week too!

AP Psychology - Online

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.


English/Humanities Topic: Critical Reading and Excellent Writing with David Jolliffe - Online

Instructor: David Jolliffe


Critical Reading and Excellent Writing  


This four-day workshop will engage participants in active, hands-on, classroom-oriented work focusing on the following goals:

  • Teaching students a template they can use to do close, critical readings of all types of texts: literary, “ordinary,” and visual
  • Designing sequenced, inquiry-based, thematic English courses for students at all levels
  • Understanding and implementing a multi-genre approach in assignments and units
  • Fostering forceful and effective writing, with an emphasis on clarity and detail
  • Building effective and efficient assessment practices that directly respond to students’ work and help them improve as readers and writers
  • Articulating English instruction with two activities that good students are often interested in: the performing arts and athletics

Participants will leave the workshop equipped with a rich array of lessons, units, and activities that will appropriately challenge students throughout all the years of secondary school.

AP Spanish Language - Online

Instructor: Patricia Smith


In this workshop, participants will spend a great deal of time getting to know one another, and getting to know Patricia Smith. Although we will be meeting virtually, the Zoom platform will allow us to work in small groups and to share materials. Additionally, Patricia will be available for one hour per day for “office hours”, or individual consultation. This workshop is intended for new AND experienced AP teachers. Please see below for the material which will be covered, and email Patricia if you have any questions:

  • Goals for the year
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture binder, which all will receive
  • Skills and learning objectives
  • Organization of course and syllabus
  • Digital activation and AP Central
  • Unit guides
  • Personal Progress Checks and Question Banks
  • Exam overview
  • Teaching of Culture and Museum Activity
  • ACTFL guidelines and Can-do statements
  • Graphic organizers and the argumentative essay
  • Graphic organizers and presentational communication for cultural comparison
  • Strategies for all parts of exam
  • Explanation of scoring guidelines
  • Evaluation of student responses using guidelines (rubrics)
  • Vertical teams
  • Sharing of final project developed by participants
  • Instructional strategies and jigsaw
  • Cooperative learning


May 20, 2019


Dear Spanish AP Language and Culture Institute Participant:


I am very much looking forward to our week together. We will be talking about how to set up a successful AP Spanish Language and Culture program, and/or how to expand upon an existing one. Please email me in Spanish once you get this letter: Please introduce yourself, describe your school and your classes, and tell me what you hope to get out of this course. By the end of the Institute, you will have a very good understanding of exactly what makes up the AP exam, what is expected of the students, and how the exam is graded. You will be receiving many handouts, as well as a useful manual from the College Board.


We will all be sharing ideas, and I ask that you bring with you the textbooks you are using. Please bring with you any essays or CDs of your own students, with the names removed. You can also bring videos or DVDs of student projects or skits, if you would like to share them and get feedback.


Please read all the materials currently available on AP Central about the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.


See this site:…


Before coming, please go to the website of ACTFL and read about World Readiness Standards and Can Do Statements. Be ready to talk about what skills and themes you deal with in your classes, at all levels. We will discuss Vertical Teaming, and how faculty can cooperate at all levels. Please reflect upon this before coming.

We will be working on the development of syllabus outlines. During the week, each participant will begin to write a unit description, according to one of the six themes. Therefore, please bring a copy of your school calendar. You will give me a preliminary copy of this guide at the end of the week. Whatever you create, the idea is that it will be something you NEED and something you will USE. The wonderful thing about a week-long Institute is the opportunity to work together with colleagues, and get feedback from me and from them. We all know that during the school year there is never time for this!


A little about me: I have a BA in Spanish and French from St. Lawrence University. I taught at the secondary level from 1970-2002, with 14 years teaching AP Spanish Language. Most of the time I was at Braintree High School, south of Boston. I am now teaching at the college level, at Tufts University. My masters is in Spanish Language, from Middlebury. I have an additional M.Ed in Special Education from Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts.


I have been an AP Reader since 1987, of both literature and language exams. I have also served as a Table Leader for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam. I have been conducting workshops for the College Board since 2001.


Currently I am involved in a project researching historical memory in Spain.


One final request: Make a list of all your thoughts and ideas as you peruse the materials on AP Central, and come prepared for a week of immersion in Spanish, with an opportunity for new friendships and sharing.

No veo la hora de conocerles.


Hasta pronto,

Patricia Smith

AP Statistics - Online

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 – even in this online environment. The first goal of the week is to examine the College Board’s Curriculum and Exam Description (CED), 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 this past year with the re-articulation of the curriculum. Most importantly, we will work through the curriculum by doing problems and learning about activities that you can bring directly to your classroom. These activities are designed to improve students’ 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. You may wonder how we will do this online? Much of our communication with one another will be asynchronous. An online environment gives you time to think about ideas and ponder on questions before you reply to a discussion. In many ways, the asynchronous environment allows you more time to contemplate and absorb new ideas. This leads to higher quality questions that enable a richer discussion from which we will all learn together. Although we will not be able to do activities together to introduce ideas, I will demonstrate those activities and you will have access to those demonstrations throughout the next school year. In fact, you will have access to our entire course as a great reference for the following year. And of course, we will spend time online together synchronously – getting to know each other, sharing questions, sharing teaching strategies, sharing challenges and connecting. Whether you are new to AP Statistics or a veteran educator, you will come away with valuable insight.

AP US Government and Politics - Online

Instructor: Rachael Ryan


After attending many professional development workshops and earning a graduate certificate in educational technology, I am excited to offer this course online. This course is for the new and experienced teacher of US Government and Politics, who wants to learn about the redesign of the course that went into effect for the 2018-2019 school year. This workshop will also cover the entire scope and curriculum for the course, and we will spend time getting to know the new Course and Exam Description book. I will introduce AP Classroom and show you how to use the question bank feature and the unit personal progress checks. Participants will leave the workshop with confidence in the course content, how to pace the course, and how to design assessments to maximize learning and AP exam preparation. I will share best practices, assessments, and resources so all participants will be able to return to their classrooms with new skills, content, and assessments prepared and ready to implement. I will teach using pedagogical tools along with online tech tools that will not only help you to learn the course content but that you will also be able to utilize in your classroom. I will also spend time talking about the best way to provide your students with feedback that will lead them to learn more and be successful.


Dear Participant,


I am so pleased that you have signed up to take my workshop on the new AP US Government and Politics exam. This is an exciting year to be teaching the course and taking the workshop as the course and the exam have just completed the first year with the redesign. My goal for this workshop is to help you feel comfortable with and excited about the new curriculum framework.


Please fill out this Google form if you are coming the week of July 6th and this Google form if you are coming the week of July 19th so I can find out more about you and make sure I answer any questions that you have going into the workshop. I took the AP US Government and Politics course and exam the first year it was offered in 1987-88. I have been teaching the course since the mid-1990s, I have been an AP exam reader since 2006, and this year I was invited to be a Table Leader. I have had extensive training in the new curriculum framework and I have a plethora of resources, lessons and assignments and assessments to share with you. You will leave my workshop with a whole series of takeaways that will enable you to successfully teach the new course.


One of the best things about workshops for teachers, is we all learn from each other so be prepared to share your best practices, ask great questions and absorb what everyone else is bringing to the class. Feel free to bring in assessments and activities that work and even don’t work as we can learn from those as well. Bring your textbook and other resources worth sharing. I will set up a shared Google folder that will enable us to share information easily.


Along with your textbook, also bring your school calendar and any curriculum requirements so we can begin to work on our syllabi for the AP Audit. II am looking forward to meeting you this summer.



Rachael A. Ryan


The Taft School

AP US History - Online

Instructor: Tracey Wilson


This online workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers. Teachers will have the chance to wrestle with how to teach their best college level US History survey course by using compelling questions, class discussions and primary sources, while they develop the course syllabus. The workshop, with both synchronous and asynchronous modules, will open up ways to use Historical Thinking Skills to explore content from 1491 to the present. Teachers will learn that they have more freedom in developing their course content than they think!