All 2019 Workshops

Session 1 — JULY 7-12

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.

Art and Design

Instructor: Joann Winkler

AP Art and Design (formerly Studio Art)

The objective of this course is to provide both new and experienced AP® Art and Design teachers with an understanding of the requirements of the UPDATED course and portfolios. This course is designed to assist high school teachers of AP® Art and Design in understanding, planning, and teaching the course while assessing student progress. The goal is preparing students to successfully develop their portfolios. The rubrics for each section of the three portfolios will be reviewed and by the end of the session, teachers will be more effective in evaluating their students’ work and assisting them in achieving higher AP® scores.

An emphasis will be placed on ideation and strategies for assisting students in the selection of Sustained Investigation topics that are viable and inventive. Studio sessions will be dedicated to the development of a mini investigation, using action research, inquiry and exploration. Participants will engage in the same kind of creative problem solving that they will ask of their students.

The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. 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 should be prepared to share their innovative approaches with other workshop members. Museum experience will provide curriculum ideas and add strategies to enhancing student artwork.

Daily agenda will include, but is not limited to:

  1. An overview of The College Board UPDATEDportfolio materials and requirement
  2. Training materials from the 2019 Reading
  3. The Reading process

Participants can expect to:

  • Engage in inquiry and investigation through practice, experimentation, revision and reflection,
  • Investigate themes from Contemporary Art to inspire curriculum,
  • Collaborate with studio and seminar sessions structured to address the use of contemporary art practices,
  • Develop ideation for the Sustained Investigation that can support investigative research about an artistic concern,
  • Create art to support the research based inquiry into a mini investigation
  • Develop sketchbook and process strategies,
  • Select art for the Selected Works section,
  • Share strategies for portfolio development with hands-on approaches to work,
  • Review the UPDATED rubrics and use to score portfolios through mock readings
  • Museum or gallery exercises (subject to availability)

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, flash drives, sketchbooks, and favorite media to support art-makingin the 2D, 3D or Drawing portfolio. If possible bring utensils to cut and adhesives of choice in addition to collage making materials.

Calculus AB

Instructor: Eliel Gonzalez

In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the new AP Calculus AB curriculum frameworks 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 other topics. A special focus on assessment and motivation will help participants incorporate new strategies to build a successful AP Calculus program.Participants are asked to bring a graphing calculator.

Biology

Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles

The “test drive” of the new AP Biology curriculum and examination is over, so it is time for a thorough assessment. We will perform the laboratories and alternatives. We’ll review the curriculum – from the Big Ideas to the learning objectives – and discuss new materials (texts, study guides.). We will explore how to make adjustments to the curriculum. Throughout the week, participants have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the course audit. We will discuss the 2017 exam results and best teaching practices to help our students succeed.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, an inquiry-based laboratory or case study to share, and a willingness to exchange effective teaching practices/activities with peers in our group discussions.

Calculus AB Experienced

Instructor: Vic Levine

This course is designed for teachers who have already taught the AB curriculum and are comfortable with the AP program. The AB curriculum will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the topics the participants desire. We will look at proofs of the basic theorems of AB calculus, as well as more in depth explorations of differential and integral calculus applications.
In addition, we will look at first semester college calculus topics that are not part of the AB curriculum. The specific topics will be determined by the group.

These sessions will cover all topics on the Calculus AB syllabus which includes limits and continuity, definition of the derivative, applications of the derivative, rate of change, Mean Value Theorem, Riemann sums, the definite integral by geometric and analytic means, average value, anti-differentiation,, applications of integration, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, slope fields, applications of anti-differentiation and separable differential equations.

This institute will focus on the content knowledge described in the AP syllabus as well as techniques and ideas for developing a successful AP program. We will cover topic content, strategies, and teaching techniques for presenting the material for student understanding will be shared. We will use multiple representations graphical, numerical, analytic, and verbal to foster a more complete understanding of calculus.

Sample problems from previous AP exams will be given and solved together to develop an understanding of the material and the College Board philosophy. Participants will also receive a variety of classroom tested activities and calculator programs to enhance their own teaching. We will discuss ways to prepare students for the AP exam. Participants will also get several current textbooks and resource materials. Instructors will be sharing their extensive files.

Participants should bring a TI 83/84 graphing calculator and a laptop as we will look at many free web-based resources. St. Johnsbury does provide free internet access in the classrooms and dorms.

Chemistry

Instructor: Michael Schaab

Chemistry participants should be prepared for an intensive overview of the Advanced Placement Chemistry course with particular attention being paid to laboratory work, the structure and content of the AP examination and a number of key curricular areas. We will begin with a brief discussion of the general issues that all AP teachers grapple with including timetable variations, course outlines, resources and the development of a syllabus suitable for the College Board’s Course Audit. The development of the examination rubric, the setting of standards and the process of applying them to the AP examination will be explained by an experienced exam reader. Curricular areas unique to AP Chemistry will be linked to a large variety of previous examination questions. A series of one dozen different laboratory activities will be performed and discussed. Participants can expect an institute focused largely on the inquiry-based approach that is central to the AP Chemistry course. A collaborative approach will be used so come prepared to share favorite demonstrations, lab exercises and other best practices. Teachers will leave with a wealth of knowledge, a stack of textbooks and access to a load of internet-based resources.

Comparative Government

Instructor: Betsy Heckman

AP Comparative Government and Politics prepares students to become citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. It focuses upon important themes and concepts, including globalization and democratization. Specific case studies include the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, the People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Iran, and Nigeria. Cross-country comparisons are made throughout the course. Perhaps more than any other AP course, AP Comparative Government and Politics enables students to analyze world events and broaden their perspectives.

Computer Science A

Instructor: Maria Litvin

The course accommodates participants with different levels of familiarity with Java and OOP. We will study classes and objects, constructors and methods, interfaces and inheritance, strings, arrays and ArrayList, and other topics specified in the AP CS Course Description. We will also review the College Board’s AP materials, work with the “Magpie,” “Pictures,” and “Elevens” labs, recommended by the Development Committee, review the free-response questions from the latest AP CS Exam, and discuss techniques for teaching Java in high school (role play, team projects).

Economics (Micro/Macro Combined)

Instructor: Patty Brazill

Throughout our short four and a half days together, the goal is for each participant to come away better prepared to teach AP Economics. This objective will be achieved through an intensive review of specific content, as listed in the Acorn Book, published by the College Board. Lessons on more difficult concepts will be modeled. Participants will study the design of the currently available part two questions and learn the use of rubrics in the grading process. A session will be dedicated to setting up the course, either for a single semester or for a year, with a focus on the redesigned course coming in 2020. Various texts and ancillary materials will be available for evaluation. I will establish a network of support for teachers seeking help in any content area.

I plan a dual approach, providing participants the opportunity to focus on their needs, based on their course design: macro only, micro only, or combined, in order to prepare teachers for teaching AP Economics through an intensive review of curriculum content, textbook evaluations and time management. Teacher will be able to choose which course topics to focus on as I plan a module approach focusing on the difficult topics in each course.

I will model for participant’s lessons on challenging economic concepts, including: graphing of market models, externalities, Aggregate Demand and Supply, Monetary policy, loanable funds market, MRP and others.
The goal is to clearly identify for teachers the need to know concepts and models, as well as provide guidelines for those concepts which will enrich the AP classroom.
We plan a dual approach with two presenters, providing participants the opportunity to focus on their needs, based on their course design: macro only, micro only, or combined, in order to prepare teachers for teaching AP Economics through an intensive review of curriculum content, textbook evaluations and time management. Teacher will be able to choose which course topics to focus on as we plan a module approach focusing on the difficult topics in each course.

We will model for participant’s lessons on challenging economic concepts, including: graphing of market models, externalities, Aggregate Demand and Supply, Monetary policy, loanable funds market, MRP and others.
Our goal is to clearly identify for teachers the need to know concepts and models, as well as provide guidelines for those concepts which will enrich the AP classroom.

English Language

Instructor: Peter Durnan

Over the course of the week we will fully review the AP English Language and Composition curriculum and exam. Participants will review and practice skills of argumentation and rhetorical analysis and share best practices. 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.

English Literature

Instructor: Marilee Eyre

Participants will learn and share strategies and best practices to help students enjoy learning and performing well in their advanced English classes and on the AP English Literature exam. We will explore a variety of works and share assignments. Bring copies of your favorite unit, lesson plan, or activity to share. If you do not feel comfortable sharing your ideas, you do not need to. But we would love to hear from you.

The proposed outline may change according to the wants and needs of the participants.

Monday

Introductions, overview, and planning AP course.
Examine the AP English Literature and Composition Exam Question 1.
View, grade, and discuss exam samples and rubrics.
Discuss point of view, structure, and literary terms used in analyzing poetry.
Look at various reading strategies and literary technique practices.
Share units, lesson plans, and activities.

Tuesday

Read and discuss the AP Literature and Composition Exam Question 2.
View, grade, and discuss exam samples and rubrics.
Discuss prose devices such as syntax, diction, and narrative pace.
Look at various ways to practice prose devices, vocabulary, and revision.
Share units, lesson plans, and activities.

Wednesday

Focus on the AP English Literature and Composition open-ended question.
View, grade, and discuss exam samples and rubrics.
Discuss novels, plays, and activities including reading strategies. Make and share syntax examples.
Analyze best practices for Question 3.
Share units, lesson plans, and activities.

Thursday

Analyze multiple-choice strategies.
Discuss reading and poetry explication methods and activities.
Focus on tone and an array of writing assignments for drama, poetry, and prose.
Visit the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

Friday

Integrating Art.
Wrap up.
Evaluations.

English Literature Experienced

Instructor: Robert Brown

Participants in this advanced workshop for experienced AP English Literature teachers will explore literature from the inside, from the perspective of “teacher as writer.” Under the guidance of guest artists – successful authors of “AP worthy” texts – participants will work on short creative writing prompts in the genres of fiction and poetry, receiving guidance and feedback as they share their work. Participants will work with novelist Maria Hummel, author of Motherland (2014) and Still Lives, which is due out this summer. (www.mariahummel.com), and with poet Kerrin McCadden, associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at the Frost Place, in Franconia NH. (www.kerrinmccadden.com) Concurrently, participants will examine and discuss selected texts with an eye toward enriching their own AP English Literature courses. AP consultant and workshop leader Rob Brown will cover current developments in the AP English Literature program, along with practice in applying AP standards in the assessment of student work.

European History

Instructor: James Kirkcaldy

This will be an intensive five-day workshop for new and experienced teachers of AP European History. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities that are especially designed for use in a tightly paced AP course. We will concentrate on pacing, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading rubric for the A.P. exam. Participants will also receive a 300 page AP European History Workbook prepared by the instructor, plus over 200 powerpoint presentations (each with a worksheet) that have been especially created for students to use at home in order to give teachers the option to “flip” their classroom allowing for more student centered learning in the class. Participants will also receive hundreds of activities, supplementary readings and visuals suitable for AP instruction. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to share lessons and activities with their colleagues. The workshop is designed to be an enjoyable sharing experience that will give participants the confidence and ability to affectively teach a great course.

French

Instructor: Mona Mulhair

Session outline for the French Test
Goals & Objectives
1. To provide the participants with ideas and techniques (Vertical Team Concept) – To prepare the students from the basic level to the AP French Language and Culture.
2. To familiarize participants with the content and the structure of the different components of the AP French test.
3. To present the three modes of written and spoken communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language learning in the 21st Century.
4. To familiarize the participants with the Presentational, the Interpersonal and the interpretive modes of Communication in Speaking and Writing.
5. To share materials and techniques that will assist the participants to understand the new approach and will help their students to succeed on their AP test.
6. To present the cultural approach and material to be incorporated at all levels of instruction.
7. To present the websites available and how to integrate the authentic material in their daily teaching.
8. To present the six essential themes and the sub-topics recommended to be integrated in the daily instruction.
9. To provide the participants with time and opportunity for collegial interaction and exchange of successful strategies.

Human Geography

Instructor: Lili Monk

Advanced Placement Human Geography is a high school course equivalent to a one semester introductory college course in Human Geography. Course topics include the nature and perspectives of geography, population, cultural geography, industrialization and economic geography, agriculture and rural land use, urban geography, and political geography.The workshop will focus on the new course articulation for AP Human Geography developed in 2013. During the workshop, participants will be exposed to content information and will be expected to develop lessons, activities, and testing items. Suggested teaching materials and techniques will be reviewed. This includes syllabi, texts, videos/DVDs, computer software, web sites, and other resources. Participants will also be instructed in how the AP® Human Geography exam is prepared and scored. An additional goal for the week will be to develop meaningful field trips (even in urban areas!) to enhance the curriculum. Teachers should bring their 2018-19 school calendars, and are encouraged (but not required) to read either Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution by Parag Khanna, or Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall.

US Government and Politics

Instructor: Rachel Ryan

This course is designed to prepare you to teach the new AP US Government & Politics curriculum launching in the fall of 2018. The course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP U.S. Government and Politics. The class focuses on development of AP Government content knowledge, pedagogy, and strategies to reach diverse learners. The instructor will teach content and demonstrate how to implement student centered lessons including socratic seminars and project based learning models. We will review and discuss textbooks an useful multimedia resources to support teaching the AP course. We will look at past examinations and sample student responses, and work collaboratively to create and develop effective new lesson plans for use in the AP classroom. All teachers will have time to prepare and submit syllabi required for the AP Audit of 2018. A laptop or tablet is strongly recommended for use in class.

Physics I

Instructor: Barry Panas

In this week-long institute we will be covering all of the essentials needed to teach AP Physics 1 including the Curriculum Frameworks, Course Audits, and Exams.

A significant portion of the week will focus on Inquiry Based Learning and establishing an AP Physics experience that maximizes student learning. Numerous practical tips will be provided throughout the week on teaching strategies, demonstrations, audiovisuals, computer-based learning opportunities and teaching resources. Participants will have opportunities throughout the week to ask questions and to share their own strategies and approaches with other participants.

The week will also include significant content reinforcement. Topics addressed will include content that is new to the AP program, selected traditional areas that are especially problematic, as well as any other topics requested by participants. A number of experiments will be discussed and a selection of labs will be conducted by participants.

Participants are asked to bring the following to the institute:

— a calculator and laptop

— one or two Physics demonstrations to perform for the group during the week

— a written summary of a lab suitable for use in AP physics. This lab will not be conducted during the institute, but each participant will briefly present it to the group. If the lab has handouts, they should also be provided.

Psychology

Instructor: Lori Hodin

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an overview of the structure and content of an AP Psychology course. Participants will analyze past AP exams and participate in a simulated AP reading to evaluate student writing. Interactive demonstrations, online resources and discussions will provide participants with opportunities to learn about how to integrate new research in psychology into their teaching. Participants will leave the workshop with a course outline and engaging curriculum to cover the 14 topics and learning objectives in the AP Psychology exam. This session is open to teachers with all levels of experience.

Spanish Language and Culture

Instructor: Patricia Smith

In May of 2014, the AP Spanish Language Exam was adapted to include culture. This course will address the redesign of the exam, and train experienced and new AP teachers to prepare their students for the exam. Teachers are encouraged to go to this web site to read more about the new course; http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org. All AP Spanish Language and Culture teachers need to submit a syllabus directed to this exam. Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit.

We will discuss how to teach for improvement in interpretive communication, and will spend considerable time reviewing strategies for interpersonal writing and speaking, and presentational writing and speaking. Much practice in the workshop will be directed towards the teaching of cultural comparisons, and in activities to strengthen the students’ awareness of cultural diversity.

Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit. Patricia Smith is an experienced Spanish Language Consultant who will guide you throughout the week as you prepare this syllabus. Topics to be discussed during the week will include:

Course Description, Planning and Pacing Guide for Course
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
AP Spanish Language and Culture Practice Exam
Three modes of communication
Emphasis on cultures of Spanish-speaking world
Analysis of the six themes on which the course is based
Curriculum framework and learning objectives
Strategies of teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Cooperative learning
Becoming an AP Reader
AP Equity and Access
Differentiated instruction

Statistics

Instructor: Laura Marshall

The objectives of this weeklong workshop are straightforward: to help our participants do a better job teaching AP Statistics and to improve their students’ scores on the AP Exam.

We will examine the College Board’s outline of topics and course philosophy, 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 also explore pedagogy, looking at sample lessons, classroom activities, effective demos, and possibilities for projects. Finally, we’ll look at a variety of resources, including textbooks, calculators, videos, software, and other materials.

Whether you are new to AP Statistics or a veteran educator, you’ll come away with lots of valuable insights (and have fun, too)!

US History

Instructor: Tracey Wilson

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

World History

Instructor: Lenore Schneider

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for sixeen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. Participants will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Short Answer Questions, the Document Based Essay and the Long Essay Question in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. They will examine the College Board scoring rubrics and will utilize them to analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies. Most of the strategies are also applicable in regular section world history classes.

Session 2 — JULY 14-19

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.

Art and Design

Instructor: Joann Winkler

AP Art and Design (formerly Studio Art)

The objective of this course is to provide both new and experienced AP® Art and Design teachers with an understanding of the requirements of the UPDATED course and portfolios. This course is designed to assist high school teachers of AP® Art and Design in understanding, planning, and teaching the course while assessing student progress. The goal is preparing students to successfully develop their portfolios. The rubrics for each section of the three portfolios will be reviewed and by the end of the session, teachers will be more effective in evaluating their students’ work and assisting them in achieving higher AP® scores.

An emphasis will be placed on ideation and strategies for assisting students in the selection of Sustained Investigation topics that are viable and inventive. Studio sessions will be dedicated to the development of a mini investigation, using action research, inquiry and exploration. Participants will engage in the same kind of creative problem solving that they will ask of their students.

The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. 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 should be prepared to share their innovative approaches with other workshop members. Museum experience will provide curriculum ideas and add strategies to enhancing student artwork.

Daily agenda will include, but is not limited to:

  1. An overview of The College Board UPDATEDportfolio materials and requirement
  2. Training materials from the 2019 Reading
  3. The Reading process

Participants can expect to:

  • Engage in inquiry and investigation through practice, experimentation, revision and reflection,
  • Investigate themes from Contemporary Art to inspire curriculum,
  • Collaborate with studio and seminar sessions structured to address the use of contemporary art practices,
  • Develop ideation for the Sustained Investigation that can support investigative research about an artistic concern,
  • Create art to support the research based inquiry into a mini investigation
  • Develop sketchbook and process strategies,
  • Select art for the Selected Works section,
  • Share strategies for portfolio development with hands-on approaches to work,
  • Review the UPDATED rubrics and use to score portfolios through mock readings
  • Museum or gallery exercises (subject to availability)

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, flash drives, sketchbooks, and favorite media to support art-makingin the 2D, 3D or Drawing portfolio. If possible bring utensils to cut and adhesives of choice in addition to collage making materials.

Biology

Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles

The “test drive” of the new AP Biology curriculum and examination is over, so it is time for a thorough assessment. We will perform the laboratories and alternatives. We’ll review the curriculum – from the Big Ideas to the learning objectives – and discuss new materials (texts, study guides.). We will explore how to make adjustments to the curriculum. Throughout the week, participants have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the course audit. We will discuss the 2017 exam results and best teaching practices to help our students succeed.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, an inquiry-based laboratory or case study to share, and a willingness to exchange effective teaching practices/activities with peers in our group discussions.

Calculus AB

Instructor: Brendan Murphy

In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the new AP Calculus AB curriculum frameworks 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 other topics. A special focus on assessment and motivation will help participants incorporate new strategies to build a successful AP Calculus program.Participants are asked to bring a graphing calculator.

Calculus BC

Instructor: Vic Levine

This workshop will cover all of the BC curriculum, with an emphasis on infinite series, approximations, parametric relationships and concepts dealing with infinity. Participants will be solving AP free response and multiple choice questions, as well as learning how the free response questions are scored. We will discuss teaching strategies and investigate resources found on the Web. The recent curriculum re-write will be addressed, as well as any other issues that the participants want discussed.

Chemistry

Instructor: Michael Schwaab

Chemistry participants should be prepared for an intensive overview of the Advanced Placement Chemistry course with particular attention being paid to laboratory work, the structure and content of the AP examination and a number of key curricular areas. We will begin with a brief discussion of the general issues that all AP teachers grapple with including timetable variations, course outlines, resources and the development of a syllabus suitable for the College Board’s Course Audit. The development of the examination rubric, the setting of standards and the process of applying them to the AP examination will be explained by an experienced exam reader. Curricular areas unique to AP Chemistry will be linked to a large variety of previous examination questions. A series of one dozen different laboratory activities will be performed and discussed. Participants can expect an institute focused largely on the inquiry-based approach that is central to the AP Chemistry course. A collaborative approach will be used so come prepared to share favorite demonstrations, lab exercises and other best practices. Teachers will leave with a wealth of knowledge, a stack of textbooks and access to a load of internet-based resources.

Chemistry Experienced Labs

Instructor: Marian DeWane

This year’s institute, designed for both new and experienced AP teachers, will provide an intensive five-day program that focuses on the experimental portion of our AP chemistry course. The institute will use guided-inquiry as well as traditional labs to explore a variety of experiments covering each of the six Big Ideas. We will also work out strategies for modifying traditional labs to make them more inquiry-based. The use of three major lab kit suppliers will allow you to evaluate the new guided inquiry lab kits and instructions from Flinn, Carolina, and Wards. Additionally, we will perform experiments from the new laboratory manual developed by the College Board. Some labs will be computer-based using a variety of probes such as pH, colorimetry, and temperature. Participants will work in small groups to perform the labs and then compare results, troubleshoot problems for students, and develop plans to integrate labs into your curriculum. Many of the lab experiments will be followed by in-depth analysis and conclusion discussions. This will allow us to develop and model critical-thinking skills that can be used in the classroom so that inquiry becomes an integrated component of our entire course. Using a dynamic approach in the classroom, participants will experience firsthand how to create a community of scientists, vastly decrease the amount of time, and increase the effectiveness of, their lab grading. The institute will look at how the new curriculum affects the laboratory program. We will examine lab problems from recent AP Exams as well as develop laboratory questions for our own exams. We will also discuss strategies that help prepare students for success on the exam.

Additionally, we will examine the College Board’s access and equity initiatives and the extensive supporting resources available to AP teachers. Most importantly, the institute will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and teaching practices where you will be able to add to and gain from the success and experience of other AP teachers. Many, if not all, of this year’s labs will be different from labs covered in the previous two years so everyone will leave the institute with a list of new labs and ideas that you will want to use in your classrooms and laboratories. As in past St. Johnsbury APSI’s, the week will serve as a springboard for the development of a network of collaborating AP Chemistry teachers. Come for a week of experimentation and collaboration with colleagues from the entire region.

English Topic Course: Critical Reading and Excellent Writing with David Jolliffe

Instructor: David Jolliffe

Critical Reading and Excellent Writing: Developing English Courses that Challenge Students

This four-day workshop will engage participants in active, hands-on, classroom-oriented work focusing on the following goals:

  • Teaching students a template they can use to do close, critical readings of all types of texts: literary, “ordinary,” and visual
  • Fostering forceful and effective writing, with an emphasis on clarity and detail
  • Developing practices of “conversing” with source materials in documented argumentative texts
  • Articulating English instruction with two activities that good students are often interested in: the performing arts and athletics

Participants will leave the workshop equipped with a rich array of lessons, units, and activities that will effectively and appropriately challenge students throughout all the years of secondary school.

English Language

Instructor: Peter Durnan

Over the course of the week we will fully review the AP English Language and Composition curriculum and exam. Participants will review and practice skills of argumentation and rhetorical analysis and share best practices. 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.

English Literature

Instructor: Robert Brown

Participants in this workshop will begin with a broad overview of AP English Literature curricula, and will proceed to examine effective strategies for teaching students to read and respond to each of the major literary genres. Examples of both familiar canonical texts and works by emerging writers will provide platforms for discussion and collaboration, as participants experience and develop teaching methods and materials.

Rather than focus on teaching “to” the AP examination, the workshop will encourage participants to teach “with” it. Participants will collaborate in creating appropriate assignments and assessments that mirror the AP exam, and will practice applying the standards used by AP readers in evaluating and scoring student writing.

Even though the workshop is devoted to Advanced Placement, participants will find that its approaches and materials are readily adaptable to all levels.

Environmental Science

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. Additional emphasis will explore diverse perspectives on complex issues. Finally, instruction offers insight in ways to increase student self reflection while reducing the workload for AP teachers.

European History

Instructor: James Kirkcaldy

This will be an intensive five-day workshop for new and experienced teachers of AP European History. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities that are especially designed for use in a tightly paced AP course. We will concentrate on pacing, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading rubric for the A.P. exam. Participants will also receive a 300 page AP European History Workbook prepared by the instructor, plus over 200 powerpoint presentations (each with a worksheet) that have been especially created for students to use at home in order to give teachers the option to “flip” their classroom allowing for more student centered learning in the class. Participants will also receive hundreds of activities, supplementary readings and visuals suitable for AP instruction. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to share lessons and activities with their colleagues. The workshop is designed to be an enjoyable sharing experience that will give participants the confidence and ability to affectively teach a great course.

Math Topic Course: Pre-Calculus for Middle School and High School Teachers with Eliel Gonzalez

Instructor: Eliel Gonzalez

Audience: Teachers in grades 6 - 12. Others with the permission of the instructor.

This week long course offers an intensive and fast-paced review of all content in the standard Pre-Calculus high school curriculum with emphasis on lesson planning, appropriate materials, graphing calculators, effective instructional methods and SAT/ACT connections. This course is designed specifically for teachers who desire direct instruction in all Pre-Calculus concepts and topics from a mathematical, curriculum, and instructional perspective. Topics include functions and their graphs; polynomial and rational functions; conics; trigonometry, and sequences and series. Each participant needs to bring a graphing calculator to class each day. A TI-83/TI-84 is suggested.

TEXTBOOK: (provided): Larson, Precalculus, 7th Ed.

Physics I

Instructor: Joe Mancino

In this week-long institute we will be covering all of the essentials needed to teach AP Physics 1 including the Curriculum Frameworks, Course Audits, and Exams.

A significant portion of the week will focus on Inquiry Based Learning and establishing an AP Physics experience that maximizes student learning. Numerous practical tips will be provided throughout the week on teaching strategies, demonstrations, audiovisuals, computer-based learning opportunities and teaching resources. Participants will have opportunities throughout the week to ask questions and to share their own strategies and approaches with other participants.

The week will also include significant content reinforcement. Topics addressed will include content that is new to the AP program, selected traditional areas that are especially problematic, as well as any other topics requested by participants. A number of experiments will be discussed and a selection of labs will be conducted by participants.

Participants are asked to bring the following to the institute:

— a calculator and laptop

— one or two Physics demonstrations to perform for the group during the week

— a written summary of a lab suitable for use in AP physics. This lab will not be conducted during the institute, but each participant will briefly present it to the group. If the lab has handouts, they should also be provided.

Physics II

Instructor: Barry Panas

This workshop will focus on physics topics to be tested in the Physics 2 which include more on electric circuits including capacitors, electrostatics, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics, fluids, thermodynamics with kinetic theory, PV diagrams and probability, and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

Psychology

Instructor: Lori Hodin

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an overview of the structure and content of an AP Psychology course. Participants will analyze past AP exams and participate in a simulated AP reading to evaluate student writing. Interactive demonstrations, online resources and discussions will provide participants with opportunities to learn about how to integrate new research in psychology into their teaching. Participants will leave the workshop with a course outline and engaging curriculum to cover the 14 topics and learning objectives in the AP Psychology exam. This session is open to teachers with all levels of experience.

Spanish Literature

Instructor: Patricia Smith

In May of 2014, the AP Spanish Language Exam was adapted to include culture. This course will address the redesign of the exam, and train experienced and new AP teachers to prepare their students for the exam. Teachers are encouraged to go to this web site to read more about the new course; http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org. All AP Spanish Language and Culture teachers need to submit a syllabus directed to this exam. Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit.

We will discuss how to teach for improvement in interpretive communication, and will spend considerable time reviewing strategies for interpersonal writing and speaking, and presentational writing and speaking. Much practice in the workshop will be directed towards the teaching of cultural comparisons, and in activities to strengthen the students’ awareness of cultural diversity.

Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit. Patricia Smith is an experienced Spanish Language Consultant who will guide you throughout the week as you prepare this syllabus. Topics to be discussed during the week will include:

Course Description, Planning and Pacing Guide for Course
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
AP Spanish Language and Culture Practice Exam
Three modes of communication
Emphasis on cultures of Spanish-speaking world
Analysis of the six themes on which the course is based
Curriculum framework and learning objectives
Strategies of teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Cooperative learning
Becoming an AP Reader
AP Equity and Access
Differentiated instruction

Statistics

Instructor: Laura Marshall

The objectives of this weeklong workshop are straightforward: to help our participants do a better job teaching AP Statistics and to improve their students’ scores on the AP Exam.

We will examine the College Board’s outline of topics and course philosophy, 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 also explore pedagogy, looking at sample lessons, classroom activities, effective demos, and possibilities for projects. Finally, we’ll look at a variety of resources, including textbooks, calculators, videos, software, and other materials.

Whether you are new to AP Statistics or a veteran educator, you’ll come away with lots of valuable insights (and have fun, too)!

US Government and Politics

Instructor: Rachel Ryan

This course is designed to prepare you to teach the new AP US Government & Politics curriculum launching in the fall of 2018. The course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP U.S. Government and Politics. The class focuses on development of AP Government content knowledge, pedagogy, and strategies to reach diverse learners. The instructor will teach content and demonstrate how to implement student centered lessons including socratic seminars and project based learning models. We will review and discuss textbooks an useful multimedia resources to support teaching the AP course. We will look at past examinations and sample student responses, and work collaboratively to create and develop effective new lesson plans for use in the AP classroom. All teachers will have time to prepare and submit syllabi required for the AP Audit of 2018. A laptop or tablet is strongly recommended for use in class.

US History

Instructor: Tracey Wilson

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

World History

Instructor: Lenore Schneider

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for sixeen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. Participants will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Short Answer Questions, the Document Based Essay and the Long Essay Question in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. They will examine the College Board scoring rubrics and will utilize them to analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies. Most of the strategies are also applicable in regular section world history classes.

Session 3 — JULY 21-26

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.

Advanced Art and Design

Instructor: Joann Winkler

Experienced (Advanced) AP Art and Design (formerly Studio Art)

The objective of this course is to provide both experienced AP® Studio Art teachers with an understanding of the requirements of the UPDATED course and portfolios. This course is designed to assist high school teachers of AP® Art and Design in understanding, planning, and teaching the course while assessing student progress. The goal is preparing students to successfully develop their portfolios. The rubrics for each section of the three portfolios will be reviewed and by the end of the session, teachers will be more effective in evaluating their students’ work and assisting them in achieving higher AP® scores.

An emphasis will be placed on ideation and strategies for assisting students in the selection of Sustained Investigation topics that are viable and inventive. Studio sessions will be dedicated to the development of a mini investigation, using action research, inquiry and exploration. Participants will engage in the same kind of creative problem solving that they will ask of their students.

The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. 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 should be prepared to share their innovative approaches with other workshop members.

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 your students register for AP portfolio submission.

Daily agenda will include, but is not limited to:

  1. An overview of The College Board UPDATEDportfolio materials and requirements
  2. Training materials from the 2019 Reading
  3. The Reading process

Participants can expect to:

  • Engage in inquiry and investigation through practice, experimentation, revision and reflection,
  • Investigate themes from Contemporary Art to inspire curriculum,
  • Collaborate with studio and seminar sessions structured to address the use of contemporary art practices,
  • Develop ideation for the Sustained Investigation that can support investigative research about an artistic concern,
  • Create art to support the research based inquiry into a mini investigation
  • Develop sketchbook and process strategies,
  • Select art for the Selected Works section,
  • Share strategies for portfolio development with hands-on approaches to work,
  • Review the UPDATED rubrics and use to score portfolios through mock readings

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, flash drives, sketchbooks, and favorite media to support art-makingin the 2D, 3D or Drawing portfolio. If possible bring utensils to cut and adhesives of choice in addition to collage making materials.

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Align your instruction with the goals of the AP Art and Design course(s).
  2. Identify the skills and knowledge that the portfolio will assess, and identify the tasks and materials with which students might need more preparation.
  3. Design a course that meets the curricular requirements.
  4. Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

Art History

Instructor: Yu Bong Ko

Throughout the week, we will place special focus on topics of immediate concern related to preparing and teaching the redesigned AP Art History curriculum, while reflecting on the lessons learned and the road ahead for maximizing student success. Topics include: how to better pace the teaching of the course; balancing depth of knowledge and breadth in content coverage; improving student’s critical thinking, reading, writing, and note-taking skills; demystifying the AP exam scoring and accessing practice questions; strategies for creating a learner active and fun classroom; resources for teaching individual works of art in the 10 course content areas; incorporating digital technology infused and multimedia classroom; revising the course syllabus (and submitting a syllabus for the AP Audit).

Participants will have ample opportunities to acquire and share best teaching practices and walk away with practical materials and strategies to immediately promote active student-centered learning in the classroom, including ways to enhance visual literacy: how to help students develop skills in looking at, thinking about and communicating ideas about works of art. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to receive and work with valuable handouts that are in electronic format, such as on a flash drive.

Biology Experienced Labs

Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles

This course is designed for experienced teachers. We’ll do new experiments and techniques which cover the learning objectives and explore some of best instructional tools. We shall learn the differences between a prediction and a hypothesis and how to choose the most appropriate statistical test. We will review the AP® Biology labs and how statistics are used in each. We will discuss the 2018 exam results and its “take home” lessons. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, a favorite case study or an inquiry-based laboratory to share, and a desire to learn (and to have fun!)

Calculus AB

Instructor: Eliel Gonzalez

In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the new AP Calculus AB curriculum frameworks 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 other topics. A special focus on assessment and motivation will help participants incorporate new strategies to build a successful AP Calculus program.Participants are asked to bring a graphing calculator.

Chemistry

Instructor: Marian DeWane

Chemistry participants should be prepared for an intensive overview of the Advanced Placement Chemistry course with particular attention being paid to laboratory work, the structure and content of the AP examination and a number of key curricular areas. We will begin with a brief discussion of the general issues that all AP teachers grapple with including timetable variations, course outlines, resources and the development of a syllabus suitable for the College Board’s Course Audit. The development of the examination rubric, the setting of standards and the process of applying them to the AP examination will be explained by an experienced exam reader. Curricular areas unique to AP Chemistry will be linked to a large variety of previous examination questions. A series of one dozen different laboratory activities will be performed and discussed. Participants can expect an institute focused largely on the inquiry-based approach that is central to the AP Chemistry course. A collaborative approach will be used so come prepared to share favorite demonstrations, lab exercises and other best practices. Teachers will leave with a wealth of knowledge, a stack of textbooks and access to a load of internet-based resources

Computer Science Principles

Instructor: Jacqueline Corricelli

This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced teachers to introduce you to College Board’s newest computer science course called AP CS Principles. This course is a broad introduction to computer science designed to improve access for all students. We will focus on the 7 Big Ideas for this course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. We will emphasize specific teaching strategies to accomplish each of these tasks in a diverse learning environment and how to recruit students to ensure diversity. We will discuss in detail the structure of the AP CS Principles Assessment including the two Performance Tasks (administered throughout the school year) and the Multiple Choice exam. Scoring rubrics will be utilized. We will use various sites to explore computer science, organize workshop materials, and to collaborate throughout this week.

English Language

Instructor: Peter Durnan

Over the course of the week we will fully review the AP English Language and Composition curriculum and exam. Participants will review and practice skills of argumentation and rhetorical analysis and share best practices. 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.

English Literature

Instructor: Richard McCarthy

Participants in this workshop will begin with a broad overview of AP English Literature curricula, and will proceed to examine effective strategies for teaching students to read and respond to each of the major literary genres. Examples of both familiar canonical texts and works by emerging writers will provide platforms for discussion and collaboration, as participants experience and develop teaching methods and materials.

Rather than focus on teaching “to” the AP examination, the workshop will encourage participants to teach “with” it. Participants will collaborate in creating appropriate assignments and assessments that mirror the AP exam, and will practice applying the standards used by AP readers in evaluating and scoring student writing.

Even though the workshop is devoted to Advanced Placement, participants will find that its approaches and materials are readily adaptable to all levels.

Environmental Science

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. Additional emphasis will explore diverse perspectives on complex issues. Finally, instruction offers insight in ways to increase student self reflection while reducing the workload for AP teachers.

History Topic Course: Teaching with Digital History with John Rosinbum

Instructor: John Rosinbum

Teaching with Digital History

Based off his popular series “Teaching w/#DigHist”, high school and college instructor John Rosinbum will discuss the various reasons and ways that high school 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. 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 19thcentury 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 hrs Continuing Education Units

Physics C

Instructor: Gardner Friedlander

Spanish Language and Culture

Instructor: Patricia Smith

In May of 2014, the AP Spanish Language Exam was adapted to include culture. This course will address the redesign of the exam, and train experienced and new AP teachers to prepare their students for the exam. Teachers are encouraged to go to this web site to read more about the new course; http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org. All AP Spanish Language and Culture teachers need to submit a syllabus directed to this exam. Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit.

We will discuss how to teach for improvement in interpretive communication, and will spend considerable time reviewing strategies for interpersonal writing and speaking, and presentational writing and speaking. Much practice in the workshop will be directed towards the teaching of cultural comparisons, and in activities to strengthen the students’ awareness of cultural diversity.

Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit. Patricia Smith is an experienced Spanish Language Consultant who will guide you throughout the week as you prepare this syllabus. Topics to be discussed during the week will include:

Course Description, Planning and Pacing Guide for Course
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
AP Spanish Language and Culture Practice Exam
Three modes of communication
Emphasis on cultures of Spanish-speaking world
Analysis of the six themes on which the course is based
Curriculum framework and learning objectives
Strategies of teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Cooperative learning
Becoming an AP Reader
AP Equity and Access
Differentiated instruction

Statistics

Instructor: Brendan Murphy

The objectives of this weeklong workshop are straightforward: to help our participants do a better job teaching AP Statistics and to improve their students’ scores on the AP Exam.

We will examine the College Board’s outline of topics and course philosophy, 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 also explore pedagogy, looking at sample lessons, classroom activities, effective demos, and possibilities for projects. Finally, we’ll look at a variety of resources, including textbooks, calculators, videos, software, and other materials.

Whether you are new to AP Statistics or a veteran educator, you’ll come away with lots of valuable insights (and have fun, too)!

Topic Course: Library 2.0: Rethinking the School Library Media Center for 21st Century Students with Jen Stone

Instructor: Jennifer Stone

The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today's schools and our information driven society. This workshop will focus on transforming the school library media center to meet the needs of the digital generation as well as explore ways to make your library a vital information center that is the focal point of your school and an indispensable resource for both students and teachers.

Topics that we will discuss include

  • Marketing
  • Advocacy
  • Social media
  • Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • The Virtual Library
  • Apps
  • E-books
  • Technology in the library

Topic Course: Teaching with Technology with Liz Laverty

Instructor: Liz Laverty

This workshop is designed for teachers looking to use technology thoughtfully and intentionally in their classrooms. It provides participants with practical knowledge, engaging strategies, insight into new apps, and time and one-on-one assistance to design their own successful lessons. This small cohort is limited to 10 participants to maximize individual instruction. Participants should bring their own devices, and instruction will include demonstrations using a variety of platforms and devices.

US History

Instructor: Susan Pingel

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

World History

Instructor: Deborah Johnston

The institute will provide participants with an overview of the course including content, skills, and AP strategies. Most of the time will be spent on the 2017 assessment revisions, as well as on work to develop materials on teaching the historical thinking skills using the 2018 samples. Deb believes that AP world history is best taught through interactive strategies so participants will be actively engaged in doing world history during the institute through discussions, simulations and group activities, similar to what teachers might choose to do in their own classrooms. She will share world history content and resources, as well as model lesson plans. Working with AP sample essays, the session will discuss effective teaching techniques for the new AP essay writing and for AP test-taking. Deb will specifically work to ensure that participants(and their students) feel confident with the stimulus based multiple choice questions as well as the use of skills in the free response portion of the test. In addition, Deb will provide tips on how to add new case studies that address less well known topics and challenging subject matter from the required curriculum frameworks to AP World history courses in time efficient ways.