June 17 through June 21, 2013
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Biology**CLOSED**
AP 503.100 Thomas Carroll
This course is designed for teachers who are new to AP Biology and experienced teachers who are looking for information about the new course requirements. This course will focus on three areas essential to the teaching of the newly-revised AP Biology course: 1) The new curriculum framework (the four "Big Ideas" and the seven "Science Practices"), 2) The new inquiry-based lab approach, and 3) The new exam. During the week, participants will develop a course syllabus based on the new curriculum standards and will work cooperatively with other teachers to share teaching strategies and activities. Participants will engage in extensive hands-on experiences with the new inquiry-based labs. Participants also will discuss ways to modify existing labs to fit the new AP Biology Science Practice Standards. The new exam design, particularly in contrast with the former exam, will be highlighted. Other topics for the week include: the audit process, textbooks, networking and a number of biotechnology labs will be conducted. Participants will be expected to read the new AP Biology curriculum before the workshop begins and share a "best practice" lesson during the week. All laboratory equipment and materials will be provided.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Chemistry **CLOSED**
AP 512.100 John Hnatow
This course is designed both for teachers who are new to AP Chemistry and also for experienced AP Chemistry teachers who are looking for information about the new course requirements. The focus of the course will be on areas essential to the teaching of the newly-revised AP Chemistry course. Participants will be engaged in learning about the new AP Chemistry curriculum framework¾the big ideas and enduring understandings, learning objectives, and the science practices. Participants will be provided with extensive hands-on experiences with guided inquiry-based labs. Participants also will discuss ways to modify existing chemistry labs to fit the new Science Practice Standards. In addition to the laboratory program, inquiry strategies in the classroom also will be discussed. The new AP Chemistry exam design will be highlighted, particularly in contrast with the former exam. During the week, participants will begin to develop a course syllabus based on the new curricular requirements, and will work cooperatively with other teachers to share teaching strategies and activities. Participants will be expected to read the new AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework before the workshop begins and share a "best practice" lesson and a website resource during the week. This course ultimately is intended to inspire teachers to motivate their students to achieve at the highest possible levels. There will be approximately two hours of homework daily.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Computer Science A
AP 518.100 Reg Hahne
This course will provide an overview of the content and structure of the AP Computer Science A curricula. Teachers will focus on object-oriented programming methodology, with emphasis on problem solving and algorithm development. Participants will explore how the development and analysis of standard algorithms and the use of fundamental data structures within the AP Computer Science framework can support their classroom instruction in preparing their students for the AP Computer Science exam. Focus also will be placed on both multiple-choice and free-response aspects of the exam, including the introduction of GridWorld, the newest case study that will be testable on the 2014 exam. It is advisable that participants be familiar with Java.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Economics
AP 548.100 Bruce Damasio
This course is designed for high school teachers of AP Economics, regardless of your experience level: new to AP or an experienced teacher. The course will include content coverage, course organization, selection and use of materials, test development, and a strong emphasis on methodology and teaching strategies. Participants will develop lessons and materials with content specifics for micro and macro needs for classroom use. Teachers are encouraged to bring class outlines, textbooks, course syllabi, and sample lessons to share and modify.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® English Language and Composition
AP 521.100 Kevin Howard
This course will focus on the development of an AP English Language course that is based on the analysis of nonfiction texts, with a special focus on argumentation. The course will begin with an overview of the structure, content, and scoring of the AP English Language and Composition exam. Participants will discuss the impact of the various essay and multiple-choice questions on existing curriculum. Other topics include an introduction to rhetorical analysis by examining speeches, memoirs, scientific writing, journalism, essays, documentary films, and visual rhetoric, broadly defined to include advertising, multimedia, and public art. Attention will be given to book-length nonfiction texts as the core of the course. Participants will explore and share practical teaching strategies, including approaches that support the equity agenda of the College Board.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® English Literature and Composition
AP 524.100 Frazier O'Leary
This course will combine the examination of methodology and content with sharing ideas, developing strategies, and reviewing samples from the 2013 AP exam. Hands-on strategies can be introduced immediately into participants' own courses. Participants can expect interactive sessions where they learn and practice the basics that are essential in implementing a successful AP English Literature course with their students. This course uses College Board-developed materials, as well as other resources and guest speakers, to expand the participants' knowledge base and to provide a framework for teachers in developing a curriculum.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Environmental Science-Experienced Teachers
AP 529.100 Anne Soos
This course is recommended for teachers who have at least three years of AP Environmental Science teaching experience. Participants will be sharing best practices as they engage in a variety of laboratory and field investigations. Field trips are planned to at least two locations, including the Baltimore waste-to-energy and sewage treatment plants. Participants will learn how to use a free program to create their own screencasts if they would like to try to "flip" their classes, and each participant will record a short screencast and demonstrate it to the class. Participants also will explore inquiry-based labs and modify a lab they currently use to be more inquiry based. Participants will be asked to work cooperatively in small groups to write one original Free Response Question and grading rubric and will participate in a mock grading activity. Participants should bring electronic copies of their favorite experiments and a list of favorite web sites to class. Participants also should be sure to bring shoes with closed toes, shoes that can get wet or a pair of boots, a scientific calculator of some type, a laptop computer or iPad (computer is better for making a screencast), pencils, a ruler, and a three-ring binder for hard copies of handouts.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Government and Politics: United States
AP 536.100 Maria Schmidt
This course provides teachers with an overview of the basic structure and content necessary for an AP course in Government and Politics: United States. The instructor will focus on the development of the content for each of the six units included in the course as well as the development of essential questions, course objectives, learning activities, teaching strategies, and the use of multiple resources. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for the AP examination. An analysis of past AP examinations will be included as well as a review of the standards established for the grading of the annual exams. A major portion of the course is devoted to the development of units for an AP U.S. Government and Politics course by participants, including the resources necessary for the implementation of such a course. This course is suitable for teachers new to AP U. S. Government and Politics as well as those experienced in the teaching of the course. The course will include a "best practices" sharing session and participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a favorite lesson/activity they have used in, or that could be adapted to, an AP U.S. Government and Politics course. If participants already are teaching the course, or know the textbook and/or any other books they will be using, they should bring these as well.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Human Geography
AP 539.100 Pamela Wolfe
This course will provide an overview of the AP Human Geography curriculum and help participants design their own course. Participants will review lesson plans, resources, and websites for teaching each of the major course topics, including geography, population, cultural patterns, the political organization of space, rural land use, industrialization, and cities. The course will focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities to prepare for their students' success on the AP exam. Participants will begin to develop their own course outline, syllabus, and assessment tools.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Music Theory
AP 551.100 Robert McMahan
This course is designed for new and experienced AP Music Theory teachers. The course will provide a review of the issues of musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Participants will gain familiarity with creative teaching activities/strategies and will devise their own activities and materials for use in their classroom. With collaborative input from the instructor and others in the class, participants will develop a detailed syllabus for the course and will explore assessment tools and techniques to prepare students for the AP Music Theory exam. Participants should emerge from this course with a clear understanding of the objectives and performance each of their students should attain in the high school AP Music Theory course.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Spanish Literature and Culture
AP 563.100 Rafael Moyano
In this course, participants will engage in a professional exchange of ideas surrounding the revised AP Spanish Literature and Culture course. Participants will examine components of the AP Curriculum Framework including learning objectives, descriptions of expected student performance, the reading list, literary terms, and themes and essential questions. Participants should be familiar with all of these texts prior to the course. For an accurate list, participants should access the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com. Participants will discuss models of instructional design for the course that use themes and essential questions to make comparisons across literary periods and genres. Participants will review various authentic audio texts and artistic representations related to course content. They also will examine sample questions for multiple choice and free response sections of the exam. Participants are encouraged to bring their own texts or anthologies containing the majority of these works. This course will be conducted in Spanish.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Statistics
AP 566.100 Jim Bohan
This course will focus in detail on the philosophy, content, and pedagogies related to creating and implementing a successful course in AP Statistics. The sessions will engage participants in the four main areas of AP Statistics: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. The approach will be one of using actual AP Statistics' problems to guide discussion of content and pedagogy. In addition, the course will provide opportunities for discussion about topics such as AP course goals, objectives, content, resources, bibliographies, and equipment; AP exam development and grading processes; syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments; how to refresh and improve existing AP courses; recent changes in AP course descriptions; strategies for teaching students at beginning or intermediate levels; vertical teaming; and use of technology in AP Statistics.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® United States History
AP 575.100 Geri Hastings
This course will focus on providing participants with student-centered activities that they can use in their classrooms to engage and motivate their students. Participants will participate in actual classroom activities so that they feel at ease and prepared to use these activities prior to actual classroom implementation. In addition, teachers will work on developing or modifying the curriculum for both the legacy and revised courses and exams and examine various methods of teaching AP U.S. History. Participants will learn innovative techniques for incorporating reading and writing into their programs and will work on helping students to develop better writing and multiple-choice test-taking skills. Upcoming changes (2014-2015) in both the revised AP U.S. History curriculum and the revised AP U.S. History examination will be discussed with at least 20% of the week devoted to information and strategies to help teachers to prepare their students to perform well on the redesigned examination. (This time frame has been suggested by The College Board as teachers must still teach the legacy course and prepare students to do well on the legacy exam.) For the revised exam, teachers will focus on historical thinking skills, the Concept Outline of the Curriculum Framework, and the Thematic Learning Objectives. Teachers also will work on learning how to write questions similar to those that will be on the revised AP U.S. History exam and a test bank of questions. If hands-on instruction, preparation for both the legacy and the revised AP U.S. History courses and exams, and application activities are important, this will be the course you will want to take.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® World History-New Teachers
AP 579.100 Ane Lintvedt
This course will engage participants in designing an AP World History course that prepares their students for the AP exam. Participants will review the content, themes, and structure of the AP World History curriculum and focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities that will lead to success on the exam. An analysis of past AP exams will be included, as well as discussion of rubrics and the scoring of the free-response section of the examination. Participants will review the important aspects of the periodization, thematic structure, and key concepts in the curriculum; plan their own course syllabus; understand items required for the audit; and create test questions in alignment with the curriculum and the exam.