In Person 2021 Workshops | Session 4 | July 18-23

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 - In Person

Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles


Dear Fellow Biology Educator: Welcome to St. Johnsbury Academy during a time when biology is constantly in the news! This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching AP Biology and experienced teachers who are looking for information about the changes in curriculum and the new resources. 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) Inquiry-based lab instruction, 3) mentoring students be more successful on the AP Biology Exam. 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. We will perform several laboratories and discuss the results.  We will review the many resources available from publishers, science supplies, and research institutions. The new AP Biology Course and Exam Description (CED) is accessible online: Each participant will share a “best practice” idea of a favorite activity or demonstration. I look forward to meeting you in July.

AP Calculus BC - In Person

Instructor: Brendan Murphy


In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the new AP Calculus BC curriculum framework with emphasis on appropriate use of the graphing calculator, content and pacing, and global review for the AP exam. We will also review content and pedagogy in the following topics: Series and Sequences, Polar functions, Parametric functions, Logistic Growth Model, Euler’s Method, Integration by Parts, Partial Fractions and other topics (it is assumed that the participants have taught AB Calculus or are familiar with these concepts so we will not review any of the AB topics). A special focus on assessment and motivation will help participants incorporate new strategies to build a successful AP Calculus BC program at their school. We will review the College Board’s resources available to all teachers including AP Classroom and AP Central. Homework will be given each night and participants are encouraged to work together on these assignments.

AP Chemistry New & Experienced - In Person

Instructor: Marian Dewane


This workshop will focus on advanced topics the group is interested in.  Time will be allotted for each teacher to share their favorite labs or activities. A presurvey will determine the topics everyone is most interested in. Topics will include labs, discussions, and best practices for teaching the topic. There will be evening office hours available.  Included will be discussions and practice with the AP Classroom, the CED, and lab investigations. 

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. z

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 Environmental Science - In Person

Instructor: Andrew Milbauer


Combining discussion of the AP Environmental Science curriculum and the grading of its AP Exam with work in 
the lab and field, this intensive workshop for rookie and veteran teachers fully prepares you for teaching APES. St. Johnsbury is an ideal location for this workshop, since there are a number of interesting field trips nearby, including a wood chip electrical generating plant, a wind farm, a state-of-the-art sewer plant, and interesting sites for a soil workshop. We use St. J’s modern computer lab. Importantly, there will also be ample opportunity to exchange ideas and 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 Government and Politics - U.S. - In Person

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 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

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.

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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!). 

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AP US History - In Person

Instructor: Susan Pingel


This AP® United States History summer institute will explore the structure, content, and practices necessary for creating and executing an effective AP® United States History course.   We will analyze the component parts of the course, provide suggestions for creating or reorganizing your course, and explore strategies to foster success.  


Relevant for teachers beginning their AP® United States History involvement 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 the curriculum and exam, 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.  In addition, instruction on the scoring of Free-Response questions (FRQs) will occur, including short answer questions (SAQs), the document-based question (DBQ), and long essay questions (LEQs). Participants will explore the AP United States History Course Exam and Description (CED), analyze data sets, deconstruct the writing process and other experiences to improve the quality of their APUSH classroom and foster student success.  


Please be ready to share ideas, ask questions, think broadly about your educational practice,work hard and enjoy your experience.  Looking forward to a wonderful week!

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