APSI Course Descriptions

Art & Design

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

  • An overview of The College Board materials provided – the course and exam description (CED)
  • The evaluation process and rubric
  • An overview of the 2021 Reading 
  • Engagement in inquiry and investigation through practice, experimentation, revision and reflection
  • Understanding the writing component

The online format will provide daily synchronous sessions through video conferencing, digital presentations and break out collaborative work. Exercises will demonstrate how the synthesis of materials, processes and ideas can be conveyed through both images and words. During the synchronous sessions, participants will be encouraged to share strategies, ideas and best practices. There will be daily opportunities for questions or clarification of the AP Course and Exam Description. (CED) and rubrics. The participants’ studio work generated during the asynchronous sessions will be discussed in terms of the prompt and whether inquiry and investigation leads to experimentation, revision and reflection during days 1 through 5. Afternoon asynchronous time will be devoted to studio investigations with an emphasis on ideation and strategies for assisting AP students to select sustained investigation topics that are viable and inventive. Prompts will be provided as a starting point for each studio session. Participants will develop a mini sustained investigation, using process research, investigation and exploration with materials of their choice. Participants will engage in the same kind of creative problem solving and exploration that they will ask of their students. Studio work will be presented in a synchronous session Friday.

Biology

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, and
  • 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.

Calculus AB

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 & 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 & 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.

Chemistry

This summer course is designed to be helpful to both beginner teachers looking to hit the ground running and experienced teachers hoping to improve their materials, lab work, and student success.  We will review difficult concepts that have been problematic for student understanding.  We will explore some of the best methods to present and to evaluate these difficult topics.  Emphases will be placed on time management and laboratory planning to fulfill the inquiry lab requirements of the AP curriculum. Though being online will make lab work near impossible, there will be plenty of discussion about lab protocols, strategies, and techniques.

Time will be spent on developing an understanding of the AP exam, grading methods, strategies to ensure student success and raising scores.  Digital materials for both class and lab as well as teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately to enhance your course will be provided.  There will be time for sharing of ideas and discussion of strategies for remote teaching with ideas for solutions to challenges faced.  Participants that have not already done so, will be assisted in completing their AP audit

English Language and Composition

The AP English Language and Composition course is centered on argumentation and rhetorical analysis-setting, the groundwork for students to be informed citizens in our democracy. The recent changes to the course framework as well as to the exam has resulted in substantial shifts and exciting opportunities for both instructors and their students. Instructors will leave with an understanding of the course fundamentals as well as instructional resources to prepare for the upcoming audit. We will also cover changes to the May 2020 exam as well as practice with the new 6 point rubric scoring guide. Participants will be given a guided opportunity to design units in preparation for fall instruction and for their course audit syllabus.

English Literature and Composition

Welcome! This workshop will help teachers develop a program of study that aligns instruction with the goals of the AP English Literature and Composition course.  We will explore how to structure and pace the AP course and review the particular features of the AP exam.  Teachers will have a full analysis of the exam and the new rubrics.  Each day will be devoted to a genre and a portion of the exam and participants will have the opportunity to score and discuss sample essays from prompts of the current exam.  By attending this workshop, participants will: *Have access to a College Board-endorsed AP workshop facilitator. Although the workshop will take place online, it will not be pre-recorded and will be mainly synchronous.  You will have access to your facilitator for the full workshop and you will be provided with direct and instant feedback and strategies for success. *Explore each section of the course and exam description, including the unit guides, while making connections to the course curricular requirements *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 * Engage as a Member of the AP Community: AP teachers are part of a community with many opportunities to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and more.

Physics 1

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.

Psychology

This course will provide a comprehensive exploration of the structure and content of the AP Psychology curriculum. The course is designed to benefit both new and experienced teachers of AP Psychology. Each of the 14 content areas of the course 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.

Spanish Language and Culture

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:

  • 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 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.

U.S. Government and Politics

This course is designed for educators who are new to US Government and Politics as well as for experienced teachers in search of new materials and strategies. Detailed information about the frameworks and the testing format will be covered in depth. We will closely examine each of the 5 units. The course highlights interactive lessons that span units and call on the same type of knowledge and skills used in all 4 types of Free Response Questions. We will also share approaches for this course that are effective with students from different academic backgrounds. Participants will gain expertise in: • The 20 Enduring Understandings at the heart of the course • The 15 required landmark Supreme Court Cases • The 9 required Foundational Documents • How to use current events to enrich the course and connect to key points in the frameworks • Creating a supportive and non-judgmental classroom while encouraging an exchange of political ideas and experiences • How to design a dynamic student centered political science course Although the nation’s founding documents remain unchanged, policy, legislation, court decisions and political trends are constantly evolving. Updated curriculum will be made available for all sub-topics. This course will examine our political landscape from multiple perspectives, ranging in time from the founding of the Republic to the 2020 elections and beyond.

U.S. History

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:

Instructional strategies to develop student mastery in course content and themes, historical reasoning processes and thinking skills.

  • Strategies to maintain rigor while allowing for differentiation.
  • Creating annual pacing guides/syllabi and unit/lesson plans.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the exams and rubrics.
  • Assessment practice using 2020 DBQ/LEQ/SAQ samples among others.
  • Analyzing historical evidence through writing strategies.
  • Opportunities for sharing best practices and developing units and lessons.

Participants will explore the course and exam description in detail and throughout the week we will develop resources to guide instruction. Therefore teachers are asked to bring materials including readings, texts and lessons to facilitate and share in the development of their syllabi and lessons/units.

World History

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will incorporate recent changes to the AP World 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 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.  We will also share strategies for helping students to succeed in a hybrid or remote setting.

I have taught the workshop in the online format and can assure you that you will receive the same information, strategies, and guidance as an in person workshop.

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.

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