Science

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.

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.

Chemistry

Instructor: Michael Schwaab

The curriculum for the AP chemistry program will appear differently starting in the 2019 – 2020 school year. While the new curriculum will continue to focus on the reasoning and inquiry skills that are essential for success at the college level, the course framework will follow a unit sequence that is more in line with textbook sequence and how most teachers currently teach the course. The curricular components (Learning Objectives, Essential Knowledge, Enduring Understandings and Science Practices) remain largely unchanged, but are realigned to the new sequence. Additionally, there are new resources available to AP teachers such as progress checks and a question bank that are designed to aid both students and teachers. We will examine and discuss what has changed and the new resources with an eye toward determining how each teacher may want to make use of the new curriculum and resources.

This summer’s APSI will continue to focus on the “guided inquiry” approach to learning as well as lab work, completing labs from the AP lab manual as well as other lab sources, and discussing strategies for modifying the lecture portion of the course to incorporate more inquiry and emphasize critical thinking and analysis outside the laboratory setting. We will devote time to evaluating a small bank of practice test question, reviewing a released exam aligned to the new curriculum, and redesigning our own questions to be more in line with conceptual objectives. We will discuss and practice activities that include formative assessment, group discussion, presentation, and prediction. We will continue with a fairly robust lab experience in order to examine challenging content and add to our collection of laboratory experiments. Lastly, and most importantly, we will discuss the topics that are most important and of interest to all participants.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Chemistry

Instructor: Michael Schwaab

The curriculum for the AP chemistry program will appear differently starting in the 2019 – 2020 school year. While the new curriculum will continue to focus on the reasoning and inquiry skills that are essential for success at the college level, the course framework will follow a unit sequence that is more in line with textbook sequence and how most teachers currently teach the course. The curricular components (Learning Objectives, Essential Knowledge, Enduring Understandings and Science Practices) remain largely unchanged, but are realigned to the new sequence. Additionally, there are new resources available to AP teachers such as progress checks and a question bank that are designed to aid both students and teachers. We will examine and discuss what has changed and the new resources with an eye toward determining how each teacher may want to make use of the new curriculum and resources.

This summer’s APSI will continue to focus on the “guided inquiry” approach to learning as well as lab work, completing labs from the AP lab manual as well as other lab sources, and discussing strategies for modifying the lecture portion of the course to incorporate more inquiry and emphasize critical thinking and analysis outside the laboratory setting. We will devote time to evaluating a small bank of practice test question, reviewing a released exam aligned to the new curriculum, and redesigning our own questions to be more in line with conceptual objectives. We will discuss and practice activities that include formative assessment, group discussion, presentation, and prediction. We will continue with a fairly robust lab experience in order to examine challenging content and add to our collection of laboratory experiments. Lastly, and most importantly, we will discuss the topics that are most important and of interest to all participants.

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.

Environmental Science

Instructor: Andrew Milbauer

This workshop will include detail coverage and support for the recent changes announced by the College Board.

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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.

Environmental Science

Instructor: Andrew Milbauer

This workshop will include detail coverage and support for the recent changes announced by the College Board.

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.

Physics C

Instructor: Gardner Friedlander