Topic Sessions

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.

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

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.

Math Topics Course: Pre-Calculus for Middle School and High School Teachers

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.

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.

History Topic Course: Teaching with Digital History

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

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

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

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.