Science

Session 1 — June 28-JULY 3

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.

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

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: 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 5-10

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

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 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).


Dear colleague:

I look forward to working with you at the AP Summer Institute in Computer Science A in St. Johnsbury Academy this summer. Our goals of the APSI include learning topics of the AP Computer Science A, based on the new course and exam description (CED updated by the College Board for the academic year 2019-20, and sharing and exploring innovative teaching practices. Whether you are new to Java or someone who taught AP CSA before, you will find our discussions and labs useful while challenging and fun.

Our APSI will involve a great deal of hands-on lab work and classroom discussion.

We will use Oracle’s Java 10 or Java 12 on the computers in the lab: oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html,

together with Eclipse IDE on the Windows computers (the software is free). If you plan to use your own Mac or Windows laptop, please bring it with the Java software installed (download the latest versions of Java SE and Eclipse IDE). Instead of Eclipse, you may use any Java IDE of your choice. Information about getting started with Java and which software to download and install is at: skylit.com/javamethods/faqs/index.html.

In addition, please “Download student files” (studentdisk.zip) for

Java Methods: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures from: skylit.com/javamethods/index.html (a CD icon is in the shaded right column).

Our textbook is Java Methods: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures, 3nd AP Edition, by Maria Litvin & Gary Litvin, Skylight Publishing, 2015. You will receive a copy of this book at the workshop.

To practice writing Java code, do a few exercises suggested at codingbat.com, Practice It Javapracticeit.cs.washington.edu/, and https://codestepbystep.com/.

College Board’s AP Central website for the AP Computer Science A course is apcentral.collegeboard.com/compscia. Links to many useful materials are collected at skylit.com/cblinks.html.

If you have technical questions or concerns, please e-mail me at mlitvin@andover.edu.

See you in July,

Maria

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.

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.

Session 3 — JULY 12-17

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.

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.

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.

Session 4 — JULY 19-24

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.

Chemistry

Instructor: Cheri Smith

Biology Experienced

Instructor: Elizabeth Cowles

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.

Physics C

Instructor: Gardner Friedlander