Calculus AB

AP 507.100 | Online | Jim Bohan


This AP Calculus online course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. 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.  We will examine effective ways to engage students in both virtual and in-person settings, including how to effectively use break out groups in both settings.  The course will provide information and strategies to help teachers prepare their students to gain in-depth understanding of theoretical ideas from discovery type projects and, hopefully, to perform well on the AP Calculus exam.


Jim Bohan

Jim Bohan

Dr. Jim Bohan is a retired assessment specialist and member of the core team of the Pennsylvania Value-added Assessment System (PVAAS). Jim also has served as the chair of the core team of the Pennsylvania Standards-Aligned System in Mathematics. He is a veteran of 38 years of high school mathematics teaching and has served as a K-12 mathematics coordinator in two school systems. Jim has been an adjunct instructor of mathematics and statistics at several colleges and universities in Illinois and his present home of Pennsylvania. Jim is a consultant to the College Board for AP Calculus and AP Statistics. He has served as a reader for both Calculus and Statistics and as a table leader for Statistics. In addition, he has served on the AP Statistics Test Development Committee. He continues to be a frequent presenter at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics annual meetings. Jim has published numerous manuscripts dealing with issues of mathematics and statistics education, data-informed decision making, assessment and other topics. In addition, he has published his syllabus in the AP Statistics Teachers’ Guide, an AP Statistics Review through Amsco School Publishing, and the Mathematics Chapter for the ASCD Curriculum Handbook. Jim has earned an M.A. in mathematics from Loyola University in Chicago and an M.S. in applied statistics at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. He also has successfully completed a doctoral program in educational leadership from Immaculata University, PA.