Week 3: July 11-15, 2016
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Calculus AB: Revised
AP 507.300 Gail Kaplan
This session will help teachers to effectively teach an AP Calculus AB course and prepare their students for success on the AP exam. Participants will review the content, themes, and structure of the AP Calculus AB curriculum and focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities that will lead to their students' success on the exam. Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students' understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Through the use of the unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling, the course becomes a cohesive whole. With the upcoming changes (2016-2017) in the revised AP Calculus AB curriculum, this course will provide information and strategies that help teachers prepare their students to perform well on the redesigned examination.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Calculus BC: Revised
AP 510.300 Jim Bohan
This session will help teachers design an AP Calculus BC course and prepare their students for the AP exam. Participants will review the content, themes, and structure of the AP Calculus BC curriculum and focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities that will lead to their students' success on the exam. Calculus BC is primarily concerned with developing the students' understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Through the use of the unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling, the course becomes a cohesive whole. Calculus BC is an extension of Calculus AB rather than an enhancement; common topics require a similar depth of understanding. With the upcoming changes (2016-2017) in the revised AP Calculus BC curriculum, this course will be devoted to information and strategies that help teachers prepare their students to perform well on the redesigned examination.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Chemistry
AP 512.300 John Hnatow Jr.
This institute is designed both for new AP Chemistry teachers and for experienced AP Chemistry teachers who have not previously participated in a 2013, 2014, or 2015 summer APSI. It will provide information about new course requirements and will focus[h1] on areas essential to the teaching of the newly revised AP Chemistry course. Participants will be able to apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Chemistry curriculum, perform hands-on, guided, inquiry-based labs, contrast the new AP Chemistry exam design with the former exam, implement strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP exam, and begin to develop or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements. Participants will be engaged in learning about the new AP Chemistry curriculum framework, big ideas and enduring understandings, learning objectives, and science practices. 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 one to two hours of homework daily.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Computer Science Principles (NEW!)
AP 595.300 Reg Hahne
This session will help teachers design an AP Computer Science Principles course to support the preparation of their students to take the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) exam. Participants will review the content, themes, and structure of the AP CSP curriculum and focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities that will lead to their students' exam success. AP CSP introduces students to the essential ideas of computer science with a focus on how computing can impact the world. Along with the fundamentals of computing, students will learn to analyze data, information, or knowledge represented for computational use; create technology that has a practical impact; and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society. The major areas of study in the AP CSP course are organized around seven big ideas-Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, the Internet, and Global Impact-resulting in the creation of software. It also facilitates the creation of computational artifacts, including music, images, and visualizations. Because AP CSP is a new curriculum, this course will be devoted to information and strategies that help teachers to design instruction and prepare their students for the 2017 AP CSP exam.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® English Language and Composition
AP 521.300 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. Particular emphasis will be given to developing feedback mechanisms for student essays. 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 524.300 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. 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® French Language and Culture
AP 533.300 Rita Davis
This course will provide an overview of the structure and content of the thematically organized AP French Language and Culture exam. Relevant materials and specific instructional techniques for teaching the curriculum will be presented, discussed, and evaluated. Participants will develop materials for use in their own classes and will work together to clarify the expected levels of proficiencies in Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational Communication. Drawing from the Curriculum Framework, participants will learn to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately building students' proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standard for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. In addition, participants will explore techniques to transition activities into strategies and exercises that meet the objectives of the new exam. There will be extensive practice through reviewing the rubrics and achievement-level descriptors that will be used by the AP readers in assessing the Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication segments of the AP exam. In addition, considerable time will be devoted to reviewing and interpreting assessment performance from the June 2015 exam's student samples. Assistance in creating a course syllabus that includes resources and strategies for completing the AP Course Audit will be available for those who need to complete their syllabi by January 2017.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Government and Politics: United States
AP 536.300 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, including the resources necessary for implementation. 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/strategy 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 539.300 Pamela Wolfe
This course will provide an overview of the AP Human Geography curriculum and help participants design their own courses. 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 outlines, syllabi, and assessment tools.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® United States History: Revised
AP 590.300 Geri Hastings
This course will provide participants with an overview of the second iteration of the redesigned AP U.S. History course and exam and give them the opportunity to analyze and integrate the course's three major components-Thematic Learning Objectives, Concept Outline, and Historical Thinking Skills-into their syllabi. After examining the Curriculum Framework and identifying the characteristics of, and reasons for, these three components, participants will begin to plan student-centered lessons for some of the key concepts in the Concept Outline. As they design their lessons, participants will determine the connections between the Learning Objectives, Concept Outline, and Historical Thinking Skills, connections that are assessed on every question on the new exam. Woven throughout the course will be opportunities for participants to create and take part in high-interest, student-centered lessons that were developed to support the new course and engage students. In addition, there will be a strong focus on argumentative writing, especially for the Long Essays and Document Based Questions. The new scoring tools will be used to evaluate student responses from 2016 testing to give teachers a better understanding of what students must know and be able to do to be successful in this course. Teachers will discuss audit guidelines, practice writing questions based on redesigned testing models, and evaluate available AP U.S. History resources. This course has been designed to provide both a seamless transition for experienced teachers and an in-depth introduction to AP U.S. History for new teachers.
Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® World History: Revised
AP 596.300 Ane Lintvedt
This course will be devoted to information and strategies that help teachers prepare their students to perform well with the revised AP World History curriculum and exam format in 2016-17. 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 their students' success on the exam. Participants will also learn how to construct the question types on their own assessments to allow their students to practice the requisite skill sets. AP World History will continue to focus on developing students' abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance-focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures-provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions.