Online 2020 Workshops | Session 4 | July 19-24

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 Biology Experienced

Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles


This course is designed for experienced teachers who are looking for information about the changes in curriculum and the new resources which are available. The course will focus on the following: 1) the foundation of AP Biology as articulated in the Curriculum Framework (the four Big Ideas, six Science Practices, etc.), 2) alternative laboratories and other activities 3) AP Examination tips and insights from the 2020 read. We shall discuss the College Board-instituted changes regarding student course enrollment, formative and summative assessments, laboratory ideas, and the resources that are available for teachers and their students. Participants will use new kits and equipment (including PCR and CRISPR).


Participants will receive a binder containing the new AP Biology Course and Exam Description (CED), which is also accessible online:

Each participant will briefly share a “best practice” idea during the week of a favorite activity or demonstration. Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet device with them. All laboratory equipment and other materials will be provided.


Teachers who have already successfully submitted an AP Biology audit syllabus for this new program will develop a unit based around the new curriculum.

AP Calculus AB

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 Computer Science Principles

Instructor: Jacqueline Corricelli


This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced teachers to introduce you to College Board’s newest computer science course called AP CS Principles. This course is a broad introduction to computer science designed to improve access for all students. We will focus on the 7 Big Ideas for this course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. We will emphasize specific teaching strategies to accomplish each of these tasks in a diverse learning environment and 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 this week.

AP English Language and Composition

Instructor: Peter Durnan


Over the course of the week we will fully review the AP English Language and Composition curriculum and exam. Participants will review and practice skills of argumentation and rhetorical analysis and share best practices. 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

Instructor: Richard McCarthy


Participants in this workshop will begin with a broad overview of AP English Literature curricula, and will proceed to examine effective strategies for teaching students to read and respond to each of the major literary genres. Examples of both familiar canonical texts and works by emerging writers will provide platforms for discussion and collaboration, as participants experience and develop teaching methods and materials. Rather than focus on teaching “to” the AP examination, the workshop will encourage participants to teach “with” it. Participants will collaborate in creating appropriate assignments and assessments that mirror the AP exam, and will practice applying the standards used by AP readers in evaluating and scoring student writing. Even though the workshop is devoted to Advanced Placement, participants will find that its approaches and materials are readily adaptable to all levels.

Multi-Disciplinary Topic: Information Literacy for the 21st Century Learner with Jennifer Stone

Instructor: Jennifer Stone


In this workshop we will explore topics students need to be successful evaluators of 21st century information. These topics include spread of misinformation and fake news, evaluating information, determining bias, new ways of fact checking, big data, and privacy in the age of social media. You will learn about resources and tools that you can use in your curriculum and you will be given time to develop a lesson that can be integrated into your current curriculum. This workshop is suitable for any 6-12 classroom teacher or library media specialist.


Dear Workshop Participant:


I am very excited that you will be joining us for Information Literacy for the 21st Century Student at St. Johnsbury. I have been a Library & Information Specialist for almost twenty years and believe that it is now more important than ever to teach students ways in which to critically evaluate information. 


This workshop will provide lots of opportunity to discuss issues in information literacy and evaluating information in the digital age as well as coming up with ways to teach these concepts with our students. You will spend time collaborating, sharing ideas, and creating a lesson that you can incorporate into your curriculum.


Please bring a laptop or tablet device to take notes, view online materials, research, as well as collaborate online. Most of the resources I will be providing will be shared with you online.


Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you in just a few weeks!


Best wishes,

Jennifer Stone

AP Physics C

Instructor: Gardner Friedlander


AP Physics C is a year-long calculus-based physics course equivalent to a typical introductory university course for scientists or engineers. The College Board recommends that this course not be a first-year course in physics, but in recognition of differing demands at different schools, the exam is broken into two 90 minute parts—Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism.  Thus if students have had no physics prior to this course, they can take a full year covering just Mechanics (with a full year of Electricity and Magnetism the following year.)  If they have had a good prior exposure to physics, then both halves can be taken in a single year.


This institute is designed to assist teachers using either model.  Participants will have the chance to engage with other teachers who teach courses similar to their own, work on pacing and syllabus development, and design and execute laboratory and demonstration activities for use in their own classrooms, with participants encouraged to share their own ideas for demonstrations and best practices.  The new College Board resources for Physics C will be examined (along with other changes in the Advanced Placement program such as the earlier registration needed.)  Participants will also leave the institute with access to almost 50 years of past exams and solutions (a larger data base than the one used in the College Board new resources.)  Emphasis will be placed on teaching problem solving techniques and approaches to teaching AP Physics C with an emphasis on encouraging higher order thinking skills and remediating student misconceptions.  Participants will often work in small groups to allow them to choose the activities and portions of the course that best fit their needs.  For each course (Mechanics and E&M) as appropriate, the presenter will familiarize participants with the whole framework for the curriculum, with emphasis on the portions that have proved most difficult for students in the past.  

AP US Government and Politics

Instructor: Rachael Ryan


This course is being offered 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. Participants will come away from the workshop with an understanding of the content of the course, how to pace the course and how to design assessments to maximize learning and AP exam preparation. We will have time to work on course syllabi to fulfill the College Board audit. Best practices and assessments will be provided and shared and at the end of the week all participants will be able to return to their classrooms with new skills, content and assessments prepared and ready to implement. I will also weave quite a few technological resources into the course that can be used but both student and teacher.


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 7th and this Google form if you are coming the week of July 14th 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 and have been an AP exam reader since 2006. 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