Virtual 2023 Workshops | Session 1 | June 26-30
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.
Calculus AB — Virtual
Instructor: Brendan Murphy
This session is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced AP Calculus teachers and will focus on the three major themes in calculus: Limits, Derivatives, and Integration. Strategies and pedagogy to effectively present the calculus concepts covered under the AB curriculum will be discussed. Using numerous Free Response and Multiple-Choice questions throughout the week we will discuss the scoring rubrics and how the AB exam is scored/read. We will also discuss in detail the AP Calculus Exam and how these calculus topics are “tested” as well as recent “trends” in the AB Exam and how best to prepare your students for this exam. During the week we will discuss important College Board resources including: AP Classroom, AP Daily, AP Central, and other valuable resources.
English Language & Composition — Virtual
Instructor: John Williamson
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.
Statistics — Virtual
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), review AP Classroom, discuss the course expectations, discuss equity and access, 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 talking through 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.
This week will be virtual. There will be breaks and many opportunities to be in break out rooms with one another to collaborate. I will assign some homework each night and will use the TI-84 calculator for demonstration. We will work hard over the course of the week, but you will leave feeling so much better prepared to teach this class and along the way we will have some fun and a few laughs. Hope to see you!
US History — Virtual
Instructor: Susan Pingel
This online 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. It will be conducted through synchronous and asynchronous components. These include exploration of the course framework, the exam structure and preparation practices, and AP digital resources — including those providing yearlong class and individual student feedback. This session is relevant for teachers beginning their AP® United States History course and experienced AP® United States History teachers. Strategies to help create, and rethink or reorganize your APUSH class will be demonstrated and shared throughout the week. 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).