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 Art and Design Experienced - In Person

Instructor: Joann Winkler


This workshop will provide you with some of the tools and techniques for helping students acquire the skills needed to excel in AP Art and Design. You will 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.


AP Biology - In Person

Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles


Dear Fellow Biology Educator: Welcome to St. Johnsbury Academy during a time when biology is front page news! This online 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 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) 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 review the many resources available from publishers, science supplies, and research institutions. The new AP Biology Course and Exam Description (CED) is accessible online: and you will receive a packet with the information. Each participant will share a “best practice” idea of a favorite activity or demonstration. Our online labs will describe the laboratory setup and the analysis of data from the exercises. 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 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 - In Person

Instructor: Mike Schaab


We are in the second year of the AP chemistry curriculum reorganization. During our time together at St Johnsbury we will continue to develop our familiarity with this new structure and develop a host of tools and strategies that will make us more effective leaders in our classroom communities. We will look at and discuss the rationale behind the new organization and focus on the resources contained “AP Classroom”. We’ll examine the Progress Checks and Test Bank as well as the information contained in Instructional Planning Reports. We will work on developing a syllabus – especially important to those who are new to (0-3 years) teaching AP chemistry – and preparing for an audit where necessary.  We will emphasize the reasoning and inquiry skills that are essential for success in an AP course and, consequently at the college level, by engaging in activities that include formative assessment, group discussion, presentation, and prediction. We will devote time to evaluating practice test question, reviewing a released exam, redesigning our own questions (both formative and summative), and preparing and using a grading rubric commensurate with College Board assessment.


Throughout the APSI we will focus on a “guided inquiry” approach to teaching and lab work. We will discuss strategies for modifying the lecture portion of the course to incorporate more inquiry and emphasize critical thinking and analysis. We will incorporate a fairly robust lab experience in order to examine challenging content and add to your collection of AP level laboratory experiments. Lastly, and most importantly, we will discuss the topics that are of most importance and interest to each of you.

I look forward to the opportunity of being with you. Bring your enthusiasm, love of learning, a willingness to share your experiences, and readiness to ask questions. This will be a great experience for us all.

AP Chemistry 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 Comparative Government - In Person

Instructor: Karen Waples


AP Comparative Government and Politics is an exciting and challenging course.  Whether you are new to the course or a veteran AP teacher, I hope this institute will provide you with both content and methodology to enrich your teaching. The STJA AP Institute will help teachers build a curriculum and assessments appropriate for the revised course. I will provide materials and ideas as well as serve as a facilitator for discussion about how to build required skills and master content in the five units and six countries studied. The course is designed to give new teachers a place to start and to help experienced teachers expand, refine and improve their courses.

Schedule of Activities  



Morning (8:30-11:30): We will focus on how to develop a successful AP program and review each section of the Course and Exam Description (CED) to understand the required skills and content.


Afternoon (1:00-4:00): We will begin planning instruction by Unit and Topic in an academic calendar year or semester.



Morning (8:30-11:30): Lessons will address the strategies and pedagogical tools useful in teaching about Unit One.  In addition, we will study the presidential system in Mexico, as well as election systems and political parties. 


Afternoon (1:00-4:00: Lessons will address the strategies and pedagogical tools useful in teaching about Unit Two.  We will also examine the parliamentary system in the United Kingdom.



Morning (8:30-11:30): We will discuss examples of how AP Classroom can be utilized to develop each skill/practice using example student data provided by the College Board and develop lesson plans that reinforce topic and skill connections.


Afternoon (1:00-4:00):  Lessons will address the strategies and pedagogical tools useful in teaching about Unit Three.  We will examine the increasingly authoritarian state of Russia.



Morning (8:30-11:30):  We will practice interpreting data within the Instructional Planning Report to identify student strengths and weaknesses and reflect on implications for instruction. Lessons will address the strategies and pedagogical tools useful in teaching about Unit  4.


We will compare the dual rule systems of China and Iran. 


Afternoon (1:00-4:00): Lessons will address the strategies and pedagogical tools useful in teaching about Unit Five. Lessons will focus on the ever-changing landscape of Nigerian politics. 



Morning (8:30-11:30):  Lessons will focus on the free response questions on the AP exam. We will discuss how the questions are scored and how to use the tools available in AP Classroom to assign and assess free response questions.


Afternoon (1:00-4:00):  Lessons will focus on the multiple-choice portion of the AP exam.  We will discuss how to build the skills necessary to tackle various types of questions and how to use the tools available in AP Classroom to assign and score multiple-choice questions.









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 European History - In Person

Instructor: Lenore Schneider


The AP European History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will incorporate recent changes to the AP European History Exam. I have taught the course and have been a leader at the exam essay Reading for many years, as well as trained teachers in many sites.  I will address some of the key challenges of teaching AP European History: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement.   You will examine Multiple Choice questions, Short Answer Questions, Document Based Essay and Free Response Essays in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test, will utilize the College Board scoring rubrics, and will analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that you can replicate the activities in your own classrooms and return with practical lessons and teaching strategies. You are also encouraged to bring some of your best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. I will provide access to hundreds of files, including simulations, Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies.  We will also share strategies for helping students to succeed in a hybrid or remote setting.


During the Institute, participants will:

  • Develop a course pacing guide by unit/topic to incorporate the full scope of your AP course into your school’s academic calendar

  • Examine formative and summative assessment item types to identify and explain how pairings of content and skills are the focus of instruction and also the targets of these assessments

  • Practice applying the scoring guidelines from the most recent AP exam to samples of student work

  • Identify student strengths and weakness using data available through AP Classroom and Instructional Planning Reports

  • Walk away with ready-to-use strategies and pedagogical tools shared by an experienced educator within the AP community


Specific attention will be paid to the following AP resources: Unit Guides, Topic Questions, Personal Progress Checks, Question Bank, Instructional Planning Reports, and the AP Teacher Community.


I look forward to dynamic interaction with participants.

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 - 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 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

AP Physics 1 - In Person

Instructor: Joe Mancino


This AP Physics institute is designed to help teachers build a foundation for a successful AP Physics program. We will focus on teaching the AP Physics 1 course that began in the 2014/2015 school year and on preparing students for the test. With several new changes to the AP test, we’ll all need to reexamine how we plan and pace our class. The first goal involves using the Course and Exam Description which pairs essential knowledge with the fundamental scientific reasoning skills necessary for scientific inquiry. The C.E.D. provides detailed information concerning what a student should know and what they are expected to do on the AP Physics 1 Exam. A significant amount of time will be spent considering how the new course does not just change what we teach but also changes how we teach. Other focus areas of this course include preparing a new syllabus for AP Physics 1 and organizing the inquiry laboratory experiments/questions that comprise 25% of the time to be spent in the new course. Special topics related to the revamped course — especially rotation — will be addressed as well. Copies of the AP Physics 1 Curriculum Framework will be provided in the AP Physics Participants handbook. Copies of the Framework also may be downloaded from the College Board website at any time.


We will be spending significant time exploring the suite of new resources the College Board is making available for all students including the new workbook, the teacher dashboard, the draft lab manual, and the personal progress checks.


There will be nightly homework consisting of a small selection of released exam questions (a few multiple choice and one free response). Your homework will consist of answering these questions and bringing your solutions to class where we will discuss how to best prepare students with the skills and knowledge to be successful on those questions.


Participants are invited to bring their laptop, tablet, or smartphone along with their best activities, lessons, or labs to share with the group. We will all be collaborating in some shared resources, so please bring a device that allows you to easily interact with a Google doc. Please also bring a copy of your syllabus if you have one already so we can plan for the upcoming year of AP Physics.


I look forward to meeting you!



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 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!

History Topics: Digital History - In Person

Instructor: John Rosinbum




Based off his popular series “Teaching w/#DigHist” and his work organizing the American Historical Association’s annual “Teaching with Digital History Workshop,” 2018 AZCSA Teacher of the Year John Rosinbum will discuss the various reasons and ways that K-12 teachers can integrate digital history into the classroom. In the past two decades, historians have entered the digital age, designing a host of exciting projects that use technology to better understand, analyze, and visualize the past. These projects offer outstanding avenues teachers to engage their students in the study of the past while building digital literacy. Leveraging these tools for optimal learning outcomes is more important than ever, as the pandemic has shifted much of our teaching and learning online. Even when things return to “normal,” students will have greater access and familiarity with digital learning spaces, and utilizing them to better explore history is all the more crucial. This workshop will examine a wide range of digital projects on subjects that examine American history from many different perspectives, creating concrete strategies and lesson plans for how they can be used in the classroom.


During the workshop participants will:

  • Create a best practices sheet for teaching with digital history

  • Explore ways to teach the transatlantic slave trade using the Voyages database

  • Devise an activity revolving around Gapminder and Continuities and Changes

  • Build lesson plans centered around digitized copies of 19th century newspapers 

  • Develop strategies to better integrate indigenous history throughout the year using digital sources

  • Collaborate with fellow participants on digital history projects

  • Identify a project of their choice and build a lesson plan


At the conclusion of the workshop participants will:

  • Understand the basics of the digital turn in American history

  • Possess a better knowledge of the types of digital history projects and how to find them

  • Leave with classroom-ready lesson plans, units and activities

  • Obtain 30 Continuing Education Units or 3 graduate credits