Psychology: Experienced Teachers

AP 557E.200 | Online | Alan Feldman


This online AP Psychology: Experienced Teachers—APSI 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 workshop is intended for teachers who have had a minimum of three years’ experience in teaching AP Psychology. It will include an in-depth analysis of all released multiple-choice and essay questions from 2001-2023. Teaching resources and demonstrations will be shown and discussed. All of the nine-unit areas, as per the new College Board curriculum, will be examined and discussed in detail—with an emphasis on research methods and statistics. Use of AP Classroom and the daily videos will be discussed in detail. A variety of instructional strategies will be discussed, especially related to teaching those sections of the course with which students typically have difficulty. The most important terms and most influential psychologists will be examined. A variety of useful web sites and multimedia resources also will be shared and evaluated. Information from the APA Summit on High School Psychology Education will be reviewed in detail. Each participant will receive many handouts involving demonstrations and other materials. This course will be discussion-based, and each participant is expected to contribute daily to the discussions. Participants will be expected to bring their favorite lesson plans to share with class members. Each participant will be asked to describe and then teach a 20-minute, empirically based lesson plan or activity that highlights an important psychological concept or principle. This lesson plan or activity must be based on some type of research and include an assessment. The following activities should be completed (as much as possible) prior to the class. Participants will: 1) Write an essay (constructed response) for each of the 9 sections, including a rubric; 2) Write a minimum of 6 essays that can be used to review constructed response questions for a final exam-3 essays will focus on research methods and the remaining 3 will draw from course content; 3) Write 10 multiple choice questions for each curriculum unit.


Alan Feldman

Alan Feldman

Alan Feldman is a teacher of AP Psychology, History, and Mathematics at Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock, NJ. Since 1993, Alan has taught dozens of one-day, weekly, and month-long AP Psychology workshops for the College Board. He also has instructed or co-instructed psychology workshops at the University of Northern Kentucky, Fordham, Stanford, Texas A&M, Rutgers, and others. Formerly an adjunct professor of psychology at Middlesex County College, Alan currently is an adjunct professor at Bergen Community County College. He has been an AP reader continuously since the exam’s inception in 1992 and a table leader since 2003. He is author of over 50 articles on the teaching of psychology and wrote the AP Psychology teachers’ course perspective for AP Central. He is a former member of the AP psychology test development committee (2001-2005) as well as a recipient of the 1994 Moffet Teaching Award for high school psychology, the 2003 Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award, and the 2015 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award. He has a graduate degree in psychology from Teachers’ College, Columbia University. His hobbies are table tennis, biking, reading, and collecting psychology books, toys, videotapes, and DVDs.