Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI)

Week 1: July 11 - 15, 2022 I Week 2: July 18 - 22, 2022
Students working with professor in a classroom

Our Institute runs Monday -Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Advanced Placement Summer Institutes are designed to support all aspects of AP courses, including methodology, curriculum, class assignments and examinations, as well as providing strategies for teaching AP.

Please consider attending if you are a high school teacher who:

  • will be teaching an AP course for the first time
  • has limited experience with AP courses
  • is adopting or revising AP courses

Participants should be knowledgeable in the content area, even if they are teaching an AP course for the first time. The institutes are not appropriate for inexperienced teachers.

Faculty and Staff

The Institutes are taught by expert AP instructors, readers, test designers, and university faculty with experience in AP, who have been endorsed by The College Board. Our dedicated instructors come back year after year. Our administrative staff who organize and run this event are available and present to help with any questions that may arise.


Fitchburg State University is ideally located in North Central MA, and is easily accessible by car, bus, or train from all areas of New England.
There are endless options to explore further while you are here. Whether you are looking for an evening fun or a full day adventure. This area is full of art and cultural experiences, as well as wonderful hiking trails and nature- focused activities.

Schedule - Week 1: July 11 - 15, 2022

This year we are offering the following Institutes:

PDEV 6300, CRN: 63603, 3 Graduate credits, $1235
PDEV 6300P, CRN: 63604, 30 PDPs, $940

*Includes the $40 Lab Fee for Lab Courses

This AP Summer Institute is designed with the new AP Biology Instructor in mind but that will also benefit experienced AP Biology instructors. By attending this course you will:

  • Begin to develop a course plan by unit and topic that incorporates the full scope of your AP course into your school’s academic calendar
  • Examine formative and summative assessment items to identify content and skill pairings that are the targets of these assessments and create lesson plans to reinforce content and skill connections
  • 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,
  • Explore ready-to-use strategies, instructional materials, and pedagogical tools pertinent to the content and skills required for success in your AP course
  • Develop meaningful connections within the AP community

We will accomplish this by digging deep into the AP Biology Course and Exam Description (CED) that will become our go- to resource for all questions about the course, and the online AP Biology resources available in AP Classroom. We will discuss the laboratory component of the course and learn how to identify labs that fulfill its requirement as well and how to use the data to understand data analysis skills required in the course. We will also, of course, discuss the most recent AP Biology exam and how to help students prepare for the exam next May.

Irene Mahoney picture

Irene Mahoney has been teaching biology for over 20 years, and is currently teaching at Everett High School, in Everett MA, where she teaches AP and Honors biology and AP Environmental. This year will be the seventh year Irene is a reader for the National exam. Since 2016, Irene has been qualified as a College Board Consultant to teach other AP Biology teachers. Currently Irene is a biology presenter for Mass Insight. Irene was awarded the 2013 National Math, Science Initiative AP Teacher of the Year, and also the Yale University Educator Recognition Award for “inspiring and supporting students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence”. In 2014 she was selected as the Mass Insight Education Partners in Excellence Science Teacher of the Year. Irene holds a B.A. in Biology from the UMASS Amherst, and a Masters in teaching Biology from Salem State College.

PDEV 6301, CRN: 63609, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6301P, CRN: 63610, 30 PDPs, $900

This session will familiarize participants with the AP Calculus Course and Exam Description, the AP Exam, and the online AP Calculus resources through AP Classroom, this includes thorough coverage of the concepts/content of Calculus AB. By attending this session, you will:

  • Examine strategies for successfully teaching the major topics using multiple representations (graphical, numerical, algebraic, verbal). Inspect resources, activities and supplemental material that promote student understanding
  • Have hands-on experience with AP Free Response and AP Multiple Choice questions with attention to assessment of student written responses
  • Practice applying the scoring guidelines. Discuss methods for using TI84 and TI-Nspire graphing calculators and demonstrations using Desmos
  • 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/summative assessment item types to identify/explain how pairings of content/skills are the focus of instruction and the target of these assessments
  • Identify student strengths and weaknesses using data available through AP Classroom and Instructional Planning Reports

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. Please bring a graphing calculator and laptop computer. In addition, any favorite lessons, handouts, techniques of instruction, or other items of interest.

Dennis Donovan picture

Dennis Donovan has been teaching AP Calculus AB and BC since 1997 and AP Statistics since 2002 at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. He is a College Board consultant for AP Calculus and has presented at numerous one-day and two-day workshops and AP Summer Institutes. Dennis has been an AP Calculus reader from 2005-2014, his roles have included: table leader and question leader. He became a co-author on the Barron’s AP Calculus Review Book beginning with the 13th edition. He has presented at many Saturday study sessions for student review in both AP Calculus and AP Statistics for NMSI and the Massachusetts Math Science Initiative. Dennis is also a T3 Regional Instructor concentrating on the TI-Nspire. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a Masters of Mathematics for Educators from WPI.

PDEV 6302, CRN: 63599, 3 Graduate credits, $1235
PDEV 6302P, CRN: 63600, 30 PDPs, $940

*Includes the $40 Lab Fee for Lab Courses

Is your AP lab program an afterthought? Or something to just fit in?  

This workshop will show you how to integrate experimentation into your AP instruction.  You will perform many labs for all nine AP units which are all inquiry based and focused on student understanding.  These labs are constructed to offer students the opportunity to learn content through the lab experience.  Students will complete lab calculations, look at lab error analysis, and explain AP concepts.  Participants will leave with over a dozen labs with sample data, answer keys, and teacher versions.  Your lab program will be transformed utilizing these labs which can be modified to fit any high school schedule.

Susan Biggs picture

Susan Biggs has been teaching chemistry since 1981, currently teaching at Westborough High School, in Westborough MA, where she teaches AP and Honors chemistry. Susan became a reader for the first time in 2012, and has enjoyed going ever since. Since 2013, Susan has been teaching both one and two day workshops for the College Board, and various summer institutes. Currently Susan is the chemistry consultant for Mass Insight. Susan was awarded the 2009 Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2012 she and was selected as the Mass Math Science Initiative Science Teacher of the Year and the Connecticut Valley Section of ACS High School Teacher of the Year. Susan holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, and a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Saint Josephs. 

PDEV 6304, CRN: 63613, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6304P, CRN: 63614, 30 PDPs, $900

In this APSI, the week will offer teachers a wide range of highly effective strategies for inspiring students to develop their voice as writers and critical thinkers.  Because students have an array of experiences and understandings, it is critical to take them “from what they know to what they don’t know” in a way that will help them create insightful understandings of literature.  By grounding their literary experiences with some deep, universal tensions, the students can engage with complex poetry, drama, and fiction 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 writing 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 direction, we will work with strategies for both the FRQ and MC questions that are direct and profitable for the students. Furthermore, we will explore how to best utilize 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 fiction.  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.

Headshot of Richard McCarthy AP Instructor

Richard McCarthy has been teaching AP Literature and Composition for 15 years and has served as a College Board Consultant for nine. He has presented poetry strategies at the AP Annual Conference and has served on the APAC Steering Committee. While Richard’s specialty is working with teachers who are new to AP instruction, he loves facilitating positive, productive pedagogical conversations between new and experienced educators. An expert in curriculum and instructional strategies, Richard puts a premium on offering teachers methods that will increase student engagement while also affording teachers some degree of work/life balance. He currently teaches and serves as the Dean of Faculty at an independent high school in northern Vermont. 

PDEV 6313, CRN: 63611, 3 Graduate credits, $1235
PDEV 6313P, CRN: 63612, 30 PDPs, $940

*Includes the $40 Lab Fee for Lab Courses

The course is designed to engage AP Environmental Science teachers with a range of experience and backgrounds. Teachers looking to build a baseline and develop their first year syllabus will be fully supported as will more experienced teachers endeavoring to make their courses more robust, efficient, student-directed, and hands-on. Participants in this class will strengthen their foundation in instructional methodology while also considering a range of new ways to deliver course material. Teachers will practice and develop formative and summative assessments alongside targeted lesson planning as they gain comfort and familiarity with AP Classroom and a range of available resources from the College Board and beyond. Students will evaluate how different projects and activities fit into their larger curriculum and their school calendar. Teachers will examine a range of resources as they work cooperatively with peers to develop new modules and find important ways to make their courses accessible and engaging for students.

Portrait of Brian Palm

Brian Palm is Assistant Head of School, Head of the Middle School and Director of Operations at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, MA. In addition to overseeing campus master planning and construction projects on campus, Brian has served as Science Department Chair and has taught AP Environmental Science for 20 years. Brian is an AP grader and presenter for the College Board and he is an editor of Barrons' Environmental AP Review book. Prior to his time at Catholic Memorial, Brian taught science for 12 years and served as the Director of Environmental Stewardship at Brooks School in North Andover, MA. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from Oxford University and he was a geography and environmental biology major at Dartmouth College. 

PDEV 6309, CRN: 63605, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6309P, CRN: 63606, 30 PDPs, $900

This year’s workshop will allow both new and experienced teachers to develop a deep understanding of the most up-to-date requirements of the AP US History Course and Exam. With a goal of developing apprentice historians through the study of America’s past from Settlement through the early 21st Century, our focus will include:

  • Strategies to maintain rigor while allowing for differentiation
  • Creating annual pacing guides/syllabi and unit/lesson plans
  • Comprehensive understanding of exams and rubrics
  • Assessment practice using 2021 DBQ/LEQ/SAQ samples among others
  • Analyzing historical evidence utilizing various writing strategies
  • Opportunities for sharing best practices
  • Incorporating AP Classroom and Score Reports to improve student learning

By the end of the week, participants will have a solid understanding of the elements required to develop student mastery in course content and themes, historical reasoning processes and thinking skills. Participants will explore the course and exam description (CED)  in detail and develop resources for classroom use while creating a pacing guide and syllabus for the school year. Our daily meetings will offer hands-on individual and group learning addressing the many challenging components of teaching APUSH.  Additionally you will gain familiarity with all the resources available in the AP Classroom and from the AP teacher community. I consider it my role to ensure that participants leave our week together ready to begin the first day of school prepared and confident. Throughout the week, we will build lasting collegial relationships and continue to share and support each other in the future. Participants are asked to bring any materials required for this process including texts, readings, lesson plans, syllabi and access to on-line resources.

Portrait of Anna Keegan

Anna Keegan has 15+ years experience teaching AP US History at Lunenburg High School in Lunenburg Massachusetts. She has presented at various one day and weeklong summer institutes for the College Board and has participated at the AP readings grading US History exams since 2009. Additional teaching roles included CP US History, Modern World History, Psychology as well as introducing the economics elective at LHS. She also served as the Social Studies Department Chair and was active in the Midwach Social Studies Directors Community (central Mass) addressing common concerns including MCAS and the adoption of new Social Studies Standards. As District Curriculum Coordinator, Anna headed the three year curriculum task force, curriculum mapping workshops, and led district wide professional development workshops.

Anna and her husband recently relocated to Vermont after raising their family in Lunenburg. There she continues to teach and tutor APUSH students in a remote setting as well as providing educational consulting services and beginning a side gig as a free-lance writer. Her most recent writing appeared in the on-line magazine She earned a B.A. in US History from Middlebury College (VT) and a M.ED. from Fairfield University.

PDEV 6318, CRN: 63607, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6318P, CRN: 63608, 30 PDPs, $900

The AP World History workshop is designed to help teachers new to AP World History to understand the course requirements and help their students to succeed. If you have experience with other courses, you can transfer ideas to AP World.  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 World 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, PowerPoint presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies.  

During the Institute, participants will:

  • Adapt or develop a course pacing guide by unit/topic to incorporate the full scope of your AP course into your school’s academic calendar and tailored for your teaching style
  • 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 from a wide variety of sources, including the improved AP Classroom resources

Portrait of Lenore Schneider

Dr. Lenore Schneider earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Duke University and her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon. She has taught AP World History for fifteen years at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, and has served as Reader and Table Leader for the AP Exam essays. She has taught AP workshops and institutes at over twenty sites, including several institutes in Europe, Japan, and China, and has traveled to fifty-three countries. She has also taught AP European History for many years, has served on the AP European History Test Development Committee, and in 2016, the AP European History Standards Setting Committee. She has also mentored AP teachers and College Board consultants and and served on the College Board Advisory Board. Her specialties include writing skills to help students to succeed on the essays, performance assessments, and student centered activities such as simulations and role play. 

Schedule - Week 2: July 18 - 22, 2022

This year we are offering the following Institutes:

PDEV 6307, CRN: 63621, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6307P, CRN: 63622, 30 PDPs, $900

The AP Art and Design Summer Institute for new and experienced teachers of AP will explore the 3D Art and Design, 2D Art and Design and Drawing portfolios. Studio sessions will facilitate the creation of valuable curricula through corresponding art making. 
The requirements of the portfolio will be examined in depth through digital presentations and discussions geared to generate curriculum development through collaborative work and studio practice. Topics addressed during the week, will include:

  • An overview of The College Board materials provided
  • Unpacking and understanding the portfolio requirements
  • The evaluation process and rubric
  • An overview of the training materials from the 2022 Reading
  • Engagement in inquiry and investigation through practice, experimentation, revision and reflection
  • Understanding the writing component 
  • Developing sketchbook strategies
  • Selecting art for the Selected Works section
  • Generating ideas for the Sustained Investigation that can support investigative research
  • Investigating themes from Contemporary Art to inspire curriculum

Our work will be collaborative and learner centered with an emphasis on ideation and strategies for assisting AP students to select sustained investigation topics that are viable and inventive. Studio sessions will be dedicated to the development of a mini concentration, using process research, investigation and exploration. 

Exercises will demonstrate how the synthesis of materials, processes and ideas can be conveyed through both images and words. Written responses to the portfolio prompts are linked to student understanding of the portfolio goals. Participants will engage in the same kind of creative problem solving and exploration that they will ask of their students. The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations, group collaboration and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share strategies, ideas and best practices. 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 will be asked to bring some studio supplies for their own art making. Please bring a Laptop or tablet and flash drive for sharing of teaching materials.  Some materials will be provided and announced at a later date.

Claudia Michael has been a College Board endorsed AP Studio Art Consultant and exam reader for over fifteen years. In addition to grading portfolio submissions, and serving on the leadership team during portfolio evaluations, she has written published commentary for the College Board, providing rationale for the scores students received. Claudia has been an art educator for more than thirty-five years. Her experience includes teaching K-12 in private and public schools. As district mentor for the Manchester School District, she worked with new and experienced teachers across disciplines. She has taught studio art and teacher preparation classes in several New Hampshire institutions of higher education.  In recent years, she has focused on using Contemporary Art to inspire K-12 curriculum. Claudia has created two courses that reflect her research for the NH Institute of Art, now the Institute of Art and Design at New England College, MAT degree program. She holds the title of senior lecturer in Studio with Granite State College. She has received two distinguished faculty awards and was Secondary School Teacher of the Year.  

An award winning artist and art educator, Claudia is the recipient of three Fulbright fellowships, a Freeman Foundation Grant, two Granite State College Faculty Development Grants and a University of NH Academic Technology Grant. She has painted in several countries including Canada, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, China, Morocco and the U.S. Claudia was recently an artist in residence in Assisi, Italy. She exhibits her work widely in New England and her paintings have won numerous awards. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections. 

Check out her blog post Why Keep a Sketchbook? Updated Pro-tips for Advanced Placement Studio Art Instructors 

PDEV 6312, CRN: 63619, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6312P, CRN: 63620, 30 PDPs, $900

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the components of the course requirements. The focus will be developing pedagogical strategies for student skill development as well as preparing for success on the exam. During the week we will:

  • Explore each section of the course and exam description, including the unit guides
  • Begin to develop a ( or deepen an existing) course plan by unit/topic that incorporates the full scope of your AP course in your school’s academic calendar
  • Examine formative and summative assessment to identify student understanding
  • Practice applying the scoring rubric from the most recent AP Exam to samples of student work.
  • Using data to identify strengths and weaknesses through AP Classroom and Instructional Planning Reports
  • Understand the availability of the AP Community’s wide resources
  • Leave with authentic strategies and materials to begin the school year

Participants are asked to bring:

  • A laptop/pad
  • Materials including readings, texts and lessons to facilitate and share in the development/expansion of their syllabi and unit lessons
  • A willingness to collaborate to make our workshop vibrant, relevant and successful

Patricia Fox bio picture AP

Patricia Fox taught high school students for 40 years and retired at the end of the school year. She instructed students from freshmen to seniors, spanning all ability levels in the English classroom. Additionally, in coordination with the University of Southern Maine, she mentored several secondary education interns. Her interest in the study of film and image led to designing a Language of Film Studies course, and continues to be a component of her AP Language workshops. As a result of her accomplishments in the AP English Language and Composition course, she was hired as a mentor for all AP instructors in the Fryeburg, Maine school district.

Her M.A. is in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on critical thinking. In 2010 she earned National Board Certification in Secondary Education Language Arts. Additionally, she has presented at the annual AP Conference, NCTE and at its local affiliate, the Maine Council of English Language Arts, where she serves on the executive board. Since 2009, she has been either Reader or Table Leader for the College Board AP exam. As an AP Consultant, Patricia has presented at many one and two day workshops, as well as numerous Summer Institutes throughout the United States and looks forward to returning to the classroom.

PDEV 6319, CRN: 63623, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6319P, CRN: 63624, 30 PDPs, $900

This course will provide a comprehensive exploration of the structure and content of the AP Psychology curriculum. The course is designed to benefit new teachers of AP Psychology. Each of the 9 units in the Course and Exam Description (CED) will be addressed and participants will be exposed to the classic findings as well as recent discoveries in the field. We will address, in detail, any new changes to the content of the curriculum. A significant emphasis will be placed on bringing difficult content to life for students. Participants will leave with interactive demonstrations, activities and many new teaching strategies that they can implement immediately to enhance their course. We will explore various text and online resources that will help further the content knowledge of participants. 

Another focus of the institute will be on the AP Exam. Participants will be exposed to previously released multiple-choice exams and past free response questions. We will spend time exploring how the FRQ is graded at the reading and participants will engage in applying the rubric to samples of the most recent pair of FRQs. We will also evaluate strategies for preparing students for success on the exam.

Participants will leave with many new resources to enhance their teaching of AP Psychology. The tools provided in this course will help participants create an exciting course that equips their students with the skills needed to excel in the AP Psychology course.

Portrait of Mike Hamilton

Mike Hamilton has taught high school psychology for more than 20 years. He began his teaching career in Iowa before moving to Massachusetts where he currently resides and has taught at Hopkinton High School since 2005. Mike served on the AP Psychology Test Development Committee for six year and was Co-chair from 2016-2020.  He has also been involved in the AP Psychology Reading since 2011; starting first as a Reader, progressing to a Table Leader, Question Leader, and now is currently serving as an Exam Leader. Mike was hired as an AP Psychology College Board consultant in 2014 and has presented at various regional and national workshops on the teaching of high school psychology. 

Mike has been involved in various American Psychological Association (APA) initiatives first as a Member at Large for the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) and then in 2013 he was elected Chair. In 2010, Mike co-led the APA/Clark University workshop for high school teachers funded by the American Psychological Foundation, Clark University and the APA. 

Mike has been recognized for exceptional teaching as the 2019 recipient of the APA’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award. He was also the recipient of the APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. Mike has long been dedicated to creating professional development opportunities for high school psychology teachers. One of his proudest accomplishments is founding the New England Teachers of Psychology (NETOP) workshop, which brings teachers together every year in August to share best practices and learn from regional university professors. In addition, Mike is the coauthor of the third edition of AP Psychology, an exam preparation book (D and S Marketing, May, 2011). Mike lives with his wife and two adorable sons outside Boston, Massachusetts.

PDMT 6888, CRN: 63625, 3 Graduate credits, $1235
PDMT 6888P, CRN: 63626, 30 PDPs, $940

*Includes the $40 Lab Fee for Lab Courses

Whether you are a new or an experienced AP physics teacher, this workshop will provide an opportunity for you to become familiar with the College Board's newly redesigned algebra/trigonometry-based AP Physics 1 course.

You will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with colleagues who are teaching or planning to teach the course. Topics may include:

  • an introduction to the Physics 1 course description
  • a close-look at the recent years' Physics 1 exam questions
  • instructional strategies for selected topics
  • preparing your own syllabus for the course audit
  • ideas of labs and other projects.

Throughout the week, sample test questions and practice exam questions will be used to help you gain the knowledge and understanding of the new curriculum and its instructional requirements. You will be expected to take active roles in the workshop including familiarizing yourself with the course framework, answering sample test questions, sharing teaching strategies, designing labs, and developing your own syllabi for the audit as well as for your students.

Jiang Yu picture

Jiang Yu, Ph.D., is a professor of physics at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Jiang’s involvement with the AP Physics programs began in 1997 when she first led a College Board authorized AP Physics Summer Institute for high school teachers at Fitchburg State University. Since then, she has led many AP Physics workshops and institutes in the United States and abroad. Jiang has participated in the AP Physics exam grading since 2000 and has served various leadership roles including the Chief Reader from 2009 to 2013 and a Chief Reader Associate from 2013 to the present. As a CR/CRA, she has worked with the AP Physics Exam Development Committees, set the grading rubric standards, and led the Reading operations. Currently, Jiang also serves as a senior reviewer and curriculum adviser for the AP Physics course audit program.

PDEV 6306, CRN: 63617, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6306P, CRN: 63618, 30 PDPs, $900

In this institute, we will delve into all of the aspects of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course. In our session we are going to do the following:

  • Review the goals of the AP course and exam 
  • Become familiar with the 2019 CED (Course and Exam Description) for AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • Become familiar with the AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum framework
  • Become familiar with the themes and contexts recommended by the College Board
  • Become familiar with the scoring guidelines for World Languages and Cultures and evaluate student samples according to these guidelines 
  • Share pedagogical strategies that reinforce and improve interpretive, interpersonal and presentational communication of our students 
  • Discuss the teaching of culture at all levels of Spanish and how to approach the task of making cultural comparisons
  • Create questions that align with the 8 skills that serve as the foundation for the course
  • Develop a curriculum unit suitable for an AP course
  • Analyze the resources for AP Spanish Language and Culture that are found in AP Central, especially AP Classroom
  • Discuss the use of technology and the arts to support curricular goals. 
  • Finally, we will examine and share authentic materials and online resources to make our AP program vibrant, relevant, and successful

George Watson-Lopez picture

George Watson-López taught Spanish at Walpole High School for over 35 years before retiring from public education in 2011. The son of Costa Rican immigrants, he majored in Spanish at Boston University and attained his Master’s degree from Middlebury College. George chaired the Foreign Language Dept. from 1980-2011 where he oversaw five language programs, coordinated an exchange program with Palmares, Costa Rica, and instituted a Global Studies Certification program. In 2009 he was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by The Council of Chief State School Officers and was honored at The White House in President Obama’s first Rose Garden reception. Besides AP* Spanish Language and Culture, George has given Pre-AP* workshops in Strategies for Vertical Teaming, Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication. He has also given numerous workshops in MA on the use of Latin music in the Spanish classroom, a topic he weaves into all his workshops and institutes. For the past 15 years George has been a Table Leader at the AP Reading where he has led his table in the grading of the speaking portion of the AP* Spanish Language and Culture exam. Currently, George is Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. His publications include: EntreCulturas I, a textbook program for teaching Spanish language and Hispanic culture to Novice level learners and “Dream, Vincent, Dream” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales.

George lives in Mansfield, MA with his wife Janet. They both enjoy traveling to their vacation home in Costa Rica and spending time with their sons, Marcus and Michael, their daughters-in-law, Shannon and Jesse, and their granddaughters Sidney and Brynn.

PDEV 6317, CRN: 63627, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6317P, CRN: 63628, 30 PDPs, $900

Welcome to AP Statistics! This workshop is designed for both new(er) and experienced AP Statistics teachers. We will cover the four major content areas covered under the AP Statistics curriculum including:

  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Designing an Experiment/Survey
  • Probability and Simulations
  • Statistical Inference

As we discuss each topic, we will review in detail previously released AP Statistics Free Response and Multiple Choice questions and discuss what students “need to know” for the AP Exam.  We will discuss classroom strategies, pedagogy, and projects that are helpful to students.  We will also review the AP exam in some detail, including format, writing samples, and scoring/grading, as well as recent "trends" in this course/exam.

We will review in some detail all of the new(er) resources designed by the College Board, including AP Classroom, AP Central, AP Daily videos, and the Instructional Planning Report. We will discuss strategies to help grow your AP Stats program to reach more students in your school.

I do assign some homework each evening and you are encouraged to work with your classmates/colleagues. The AP Stats Exam is 100% calculator active, so please bring your TI 83/84 (or other similar calculator model).

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 in July.

Brian Murphy AP Instructor Headshot

Brendan Murphy has taught for the last 30 years at the college, high school, and middle school levels.  He is a former National Leader for the College Board and is an endorsed consultant for AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Statistics.  Brendan was a finalist for the Maine Teacher of the Year Award in 2005 and has been awarded the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (2005), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in ME (2007), the Academic Leadership Award from the College Board (2010) and the Mathematics Teacher of the Year by the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation (2015). He has also served as member of the SAT Math Test Development Committee, the APAC Steering Committee, as the Chair of the College Board SAT Subject Mathematics Test Development Committee, and for three years Brendan was the Chair of the College Board’s Math Academic Advisory Committee. Brendan is currently on the AP Calculus Test Development Committee and helped to re-design the scoring guidelines for all new AP Calculus syllabi that are submitted to the College Board under the AP Audit.

Brendan has run week long summer institutes in AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and Vertical Teams/Pre-AP Math.  He has presented workshops for the College Board throughout the country and the world, and has been a speaker at many state and national conferences. For nine years, Brendan ran a mentoring program for new AP Statistics teachers across Maine for the Maine Dept. of Ed. He is currently an approved Reader/Table Leader for AP Calculus and a former Table Leader and Reader for the AP Statistics Exam. As a leader in distance learning, Brendan was featured in Newsweek magazine in the May 16, 2005 issue,  helped pilot an online virtual AP Calculus class for  for the Maine Dept. of Ed. /FK, and has taught both AB and BC Calculus online for the last 12 years. Currently he has over 180 AP Calculus podcasts uploaded to iTunes University free of charge for anyone to view and use.

Brendan has a BSCE from Tufts University as well as an MBA from Bentley University. He has a house in Orrington, Maine and in his spare time is a licensed whitewater raft guide. He enjoys traveling (51 countries and counting) with his wife and has rafted on 77 rivers in five countries. He currently teaches at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine and is active in the Maine Association of Math Teams.

PDEV 6308, CRN: 63615, 3 Graduate credits, $1195
PDEV 6308P, CRN: 63616, 30 PDPs, $900

This course is being offered for the new and experienced teacher of US Government and Politics who wants to learn how to teach the new course that went into effect for the 2018-2019 school year.  We will also dive deeper into some of the content and skills of the course.  You will learn how to prepare your students for the exam with specific tips and strategies for tackling the multiple-choice questions and FRQs. 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. 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, unit assessments prepared and ready to implement, and a solid understanding of how to prepare your students for the exam. I will also weave quite a few technological resources into the course that can be used by both student and teacher. 

Rachael Ryan AP Instructor Headshot

Rachael Ryan has been teaching AP US Government and Politics for 25 years.  She began reading the AP exams in 2006 and is currently a Table Leader. Rachael received her BA in US Government from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from Harvard University. She helped edit AMSCO’s American Government by David Wofford and edited the test bank for WW Norton’s American Politics Today. Rachael has been teaching at the Taft School in Watertown, CT, since 2000.  She has worked on numerous political campaigns and is currently an elected member of the Watertown Town Council. In 2014, Rachael was awarded The Littlejohn Family Chair 2014, which “is awarded to a faculty member whose commitment to the whole student exemplifies the underlying philosophy of the Taft education, and who demonstrates a passion for his or her academic discipline, a profound caring for the emotional and intellectual life of students, and has made a significant and positive difference in the lives of her students.” She lives in Watertown, CT, with her husband and two children. 

Registration and Information

Registration is a 2-step process. Please read the information below before you click on the registration buttons!

Steps to register

  • Step 1: Fill out the online registration form through Cvent. This step is required by the College Board.
  • Step 2: Complete this form and submit with your payment. This form is VITAL to complete your registration and hold your seat in the course.
    View the schedule to find the corresponding CRN and Course # in the schedule. Download the registration form and submit by mail, fax, or email (scanned and attached).

Online Registration deadlines

  • Week 1 (July 11 - 15, 2022) - June 27, 2022
  • Week 2 (July 18 - 22, 2022)- July 4, 2022

Please Read BEFORE registering

Registrations are NOT confirmed until the 2-step process is completed and payment is received. If your school district is paying with a purchase order, your seat is NOT confirmed until an electronic copy of the purchase order is received by the Center for Professional Studies.

Registrations not accompanied by full payment or copy of purchase order will not be processed until all of the information is received.

*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement Program and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Cost Per Institute:

Registration*(Required) - $900 Includes Institute fee, College Board Materials, Monday continental breakfast,  Lunch Mon-Thurs in the Holmes Dining Common, as well as daily snacks.
Lab Fee - $40 (Required for  AP Biology, Chemistry, Environmental & Physics 1 )
3 Graduate Credits** (Optional) - $295
On-Campus Housing (Optional) - $350 - Includes breakfast and dinner in the Holmes Dining Commons.
*If you choose to take the course WITHOUT graduate credit, you will receive 30 professional development points (pdps) for successfully completing the institute.
**​If you would like to change your choice, (ie, pdp or grad credit), you have until the second day of the institute to do so.

APSI Refund Policy

  • Three weeks prior to the first class meeting - 100% refund 
  • Less than three week prior to the first class meeting - 50% refund
  • After the start day of class - 0% refund

Refunds are not issued after the start of class. To determine the refund amount due, the official date of withdrawal is the date on which our office is contacted. In the event that a class is cancelled by the university, a full refund of tuition and fees is granted. 

APSI Week 1 

  • Withdraw by 6/20/22 receive a 100% refund
  • Withdraw by 7/10/22 receive a 50% refund
  • Withdraw by 7/11/22 receive 0% refund

APSI Week 2

  • Withdraw by 6/13/22 receive a 100% refund
  • Withdraw by 7/17/22 receive a 50% refund
  • Withdraw by 7/18/22 receive 0% refund

$350 per institute for institute participants

On-campus housing includes a room for each participant in the university's newest residence hall as well as breakfast and dinner in the university dining hall. Mara Village 8 (pictured below), opened in 2009, was designed to incorporate sustainable solutions, energy efficiency and a healthy environment for residents of the building. Participants staying in Mara 8 will enjoy a wonderful air-conditioned living space, a large common area and two bathrooms. The building itself is equipped with multiple meeting rooms and a common room off the entrance as well as a centralized kitchen and laundry facility. Pre Registration and payment prior to the start of the institute is required.

Common space in Mara 8

Mara 8 exterior

We've done our best to anticipate some questions you may have and provided information below. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Which APSI sessions are being offered at Fitchburg State this summer?
We are offering the following APSI Sessions:

  • Week 1 (July 11-15, 2022) -  AP Biology, AP Calculus, Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP US History, and AP World History
  • Week 2 (July 18-22, 2022) - AP Art & Design, AP English Language, AP Psychology, AP Physics I, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, and AP US Government

How do I register for the session?
Registration will open in January 2021. Registration is a 2-step process. Here are the steps to register:

Step 1: Fill out the online registration form through Cvent. This step is required by the College Board.

  • Cvent Form - Week 1 (July 11 - 15, 2022)
  • Cvent Form - Week 2 (July 18 - 22, 2022)

Step 2: Complete this form and submit with your payment. This form is VITAL to complete your registration and hold your seat in the course.

View the schedule to find the corresponding CRN and Course # in the schedule. Download the registration form and submit by mail, fax, or drop off in-person.

What are my payment options?
Registrations are NOT confirmed until the 2-step process is completed and payment is received.

You can pay by:

  • Check, made payable to Fitchburg State University
  • Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
  • Purchase Order

*If your school district is paying with a purchase order, your seat is NOT confirmed until an electronic copy of the purchase order is received by the Center for Professional Studies. If they cannot submit the purchase order until after July 1 (new fiscal year), contact us. 

*Registrations not accompanied by full payment or copy of purchase order will not be processed until all of the information is received.

May I register for more than one session?
You may register for two sessions if one is in Week 1 and the other is in Week 2, meaning that you would be spending two weeks with us. You may not register for more than one session running concurrently. 

What is included in the registration fee?
The course fee will include:

  • Instruction by a College Board endorsed consultant.
  • All course materials (College Board and workshop supplies)
  • College Board Materials will be Electronic and Contain:
  • The Course and Exam Description (CED)
  • The Subject Handbook (if applicable).
  • Monday continental breakfast 
  • Lunch Monday - Thursday in the Holmes Dining Common
  • Twice Daily Snacks
  • On-campus parking
  • Certificate of Completion

When do I need to decide if I want graduate credits?
Graduate credit may be added for an additional fee of $295. You can choose to register for graduate credits when you initially register or you can decide to add them on once you get here. 

If students have not registered for graduate credit and would like to, they must register for the graduate credit section no later than Tuesday (the week of your institute) at 4:30 p.m.  A CPS staff member will be present at check-in and lunch on Monday and lunch on Tuesday to assist students with registering for graduate credits.  

Is there a registration deadline?
The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the institute.  If it is past the deadline and you would still like to register, please contact us! Sometimes we still have available seats and can accept a few more registrations.

What is the refund policy?

  • Three weeks prior to the first class meeting - 100% refund 
  • Less than three week prior to the first class meeting - 50% refund
  • After the start day of class - 0% refund

Refunds are not issued after the start of class. To determine the refund amount due, the official date of withdrawal is the date on which our office is contacted. In the event that a class is cancelled by the university, a full refund of tuition and fees is granted.

What happens if I need to cancel or change my registration?
To cancel or change your registration please contact us at 978.665.3636 or

Are the buildings accessible?
All of the instructional spaces and dining locations that the AP Summer Institute utilizes on our campus are accessible. If you require special accommodations here please contact our office at 978.665.3636 or

What are the hours of the workshop?
Our workshops are Monday -Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Can I stay on-campus? Are linens provided?
Yes!  The cost to stay on campus from Sunday –Thursday is $350 per institute for institute participants. Linens (2 flat Sheets, fleece blanket, pillowcase, pillow, hand towel, washcloth, and bath towel) are included.

On-campus housing includes a room for each participant in the university's newest residence hall as well as breakfast and dinner in the university dining hall. Mara Village 8, opened in 2009, was designed to incorporate sustainable solutions, energy efficiency and a healthy environment for residents of the building. Participants staying in Mara 8 will enjoy a wonderful air-conditioned living space, a large common area and two bathrooms. The building itself is equipped with multiple meeting rooms and a common room off the entrance as well as a centralized kitchen and laundry facility. 

Pre-registration and payment prior to the start of the institute is required.

I have special dietary needs, can you accommodate me?
Our dining hall is buffet style and offers option for many dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.  We do our best to accommodate all of our guests and their dietary needs. We will do our best to provide vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options for our guests. Please be sure to note your dietary needs when you register.

This AP Summer Institute has been endorsed by the CollegeBoard Advanced Placement Program

*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement Program and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Contact Us

Learn more about us on the CPS Blog!