Week 2


June 25-29, 2018

AP Seminar

AP 597.201 Kristin Brandt
AP 597.202 Sean Byrne
AP 597.203 Shawn Coughlon

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. 


AP Research

AP 598.201 Kathleen Coghill
AP 598.202 Tracy Lloyd

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Art History: Revised

AP 592.200 John Nici

This program is designed to prepare the teacher for the rigors of the gauntlet known as the Advanced Placement Art History course and exam. The instructor will emphasize the creation of a logical curriculum to meet the needs of students as well as to allow for a teacher’s self-expression in the classroom. Special emphasis will be placed on developing a pacing program so that all the images in the curriculum framework can be covered in a meaningful way. Participants will be encouraged to create their own lessons during the workshop, and leave the course with a series of sample lessons and units already in place. There will be a focus on the Course Redesign, and a thorough exploration of some of the more obscure works now on the art history image list. There will also be a museum visit.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Biology

AP 503.200 Erol Altug

This course is designed both for new course requirements.  This course will focus on three areas essential to the teaching of the revised AP Biology course:  1) the curriculum framework (the four “Big Ideas” and the seven “Science Practices”), 2) the inquiry-based lab approach, and 3) the exam.  Participants will engage in extensive hands-on experiences with the inquiry-based labs and will explore ways to modify existing labs to fit the AP Biology Science Practice Standards.  The new exam design, particularly in contrast with the former exam, will be highlighted.  Other topics or the week include the audit process, textbooks, and resources.  Participants will be expected to read the new AP Biology curriculum before the workshop begins: https://securemedia.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-biology-course-and-exam-description.pdf.  Each participant briefly will share a “best practice” idea during the week. Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet device with them.   All laboratory equipment and other materials will be provided.  Participants new to AP Biology, who are taking this course for graduate credit at Goucher College, will develop a course syllabus based on the new curriculum standards. (Teachers who already have successfully submitted an AP Bio audit syllabus for the new program will develop a unit based around the new curriculum).


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Calculus BC: Revised

AP 510.200 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. Using 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 changes in the revised AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC curricula (2016-2017), this course will be devoted to information and strategies that help teachers prepare their students to perform well on the 2019 Calculus BC examination.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Chemistry: Extended

AP 591.200 John Hnatow, Jr.

This course is designed for experienced AP Chemistry teachers who have previously completed any APSI that has focused on the redesigned AP Chemistry curriculum. Extending learning from a prior AP Chemistry session, the focus of this course will involve Curriculum Framework activities, the new curricular requirements, and introduction of guided inquiry labs and inquiry experiences in the classroom. Additional course experiences will include reflecting/debriefing about classroom and lab activities implemented in the classroom, discussing successful strategies for teaching the new content areas, incorporating successful inquiry labs, converting traditional labs to inquiry labs, and generating “new style” questions. This session also will include analysis of test data. Time and guidance will be provided for collaboration and practice with the above topics. Opportunities will be provided for participants to share strategies for incorporating more inquiry in both the lab and the classroom. Each teacher will bring materials to share for major content or problem areas (i.e., equilibrium, buffers, electrochemistry, IMFs), such as notes, labs, exams, formative assessments, and suggestions for refining and adopting different approaches. The Laboratory assignment for the week will involve the synthesis and analysis of an iron oxalate salt. There will be one to two hours of homework daily.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® Economics

AP 548.200 Bruce Damasio

This course is designed as an institute for current high school teachers of AP Economics, regardless of experience level: new to AP or an experienced teacher. The course will include an overview of content, course organization, selection and use of materials, test development, and a strong emphasis on methodology and teaching strategies. It will not be a week focused solely on content; time is not available to target one area versus another. Participants will focus on ways to connect content to assessments and active learning. Participants will develop lessons and materials with content specific to the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics courses. Participants are encouraged to bring class outlines, textbooks, course syllabi, and sample lessons to share and modify. Participants will be expected to collaborate and help each other learn, listen, share and succeed. In addition, participants will discuss the agenda and expectations of the College Board—topics from equity to expectations for the teacher and students.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® English Language and Composition

AP 521.200 Barbara Murphy

This session will address the primary goals of the AP Language and Composition course, providing an introduction to and an in-depth examination of the curriculum and exam. The deconstruction of the exam and its requirements will lead participants to an examination of the goals of the AP English Language and Composition course, its objectives, and development - with particular attention paid to rhetorical analysis and argumentation. Participants will work with the 2018 essay questions: text + rubric + samples. Time will be allotted for individual rating of essays, plus small and large group discussions about the rating of samples. Also, participants will take a close look at the multiple-choice section of the exam. There will be numerous activities that demand active engagement in the process of choosing various types of texts (i.e., memoirs, speeches, documentaries, commercials, political cartoons, editorials, graphs, charts, biographies, film clips, social media, scientific writing) on which to base AP-level writing prompts and associated assignments as well as selecting close reading texts and creating related activities- including multiple choice, and discussion questions based on those readings. Working as individuals and in small groups, participants will construct classroom activities and processes to introduce, develop and reinforce AP-level skills, create essay prompts with rubrics, and construct objective questions based on prose texts. These activities will be presented and evaluated by the entire group. Participants also will be given the opportunity to closely examine, develop and evaluate syllabi. There also will be ample time to share best practices. Participants can expect both class work and homework as part of their rigorous and productive experience.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® English Literature and Composition

AP 524.200 Frazier O’Leary

This course will combine the examination of methodology and content with sharing ideas, developing strategies, and reviewing samples from the 2018 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

AP 527.200 Anne Soos

This course is designed both for new AP Environmental Science teachers and for experienced AP Environmental Science teachers who have not recently participated in a summer APSI. This intensive one-week course will provide an overview of the entire AP Environmental Science (APES) curriculum. Each day, important concepts will be discussed and related specifically to APES free-response questions, and laboratories associated with these concepts will be performed by participants. The major goal is to expose participants to both content and hands-on activities important to teaching a successful APES course. Homework for participants will consist of working up lab data, and, for new teachers, preparing a course syllabus or outline that correlates to the APES course description. Experienced teachers will be asked to write and share possible FRQ’s or MC questions. Participants are urged to bring electronic materials/favorite web sites to share as some class time will be reserved for sharing and question/answer sessions. Participants should bring a copy of their school calendar for the coming year, clothing that would allow visiting a garbage incinerator (shoes with closed toes are required!), items for doing water-testing (shoes that can get wet or a pair of boots), a scientific calculator of some type, a laptop computer or iPad with internet access, pencils, a ruler, and a three-ring binder for hard copies of handouts. Students will be expected to have read and answered the 2018 Free Response Questions before the Institute begins.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® French Language and Culture

AP 533.200 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 how 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 past 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 2018 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 syllabus by January 2019.


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® United States History: Revised

AP 590.200 Geri Hastings

This course will provide participants with an overview of the AP U.S. History course and exam and give them the opportunity to analyze and integrate the course’s three major component parts – the Thematic Learning Objectives, the Concept Outline, and the AP historical reasoning skills and disciplinary practices into their syllabi. After examining the Curriculum Framework and identifying the characteristics of, and reasons for, these three component parts, 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 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 updated scoring tools will be used to evaluate student responses from the 2018 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 best practices, practice writing questions based on testing models, evaluate available AP U.S. History resources, and design new and stimulating student-centered lessons. This course has been designed to provide both new and effective activities for experienced teachers and an in-depth introduction to AP U.S. History for new teachers. Instructor support for teachers will continue long after the course ends!


Preparing Students for Advanced Placement® World History: Revised

AP 596.200 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 framework and exam format in 2018-19.  Participants will work on integrating the teaching and learning of historical thinking skills, key historical themes, and the specific content of the course into their syllabi.  Teachers will have the opportunity to work with specifically-designed, student-centered activities.  Teachers will look at document sources and methods of teaching document analysis, since the importance of learning analysis of historical documents is increased in the new exam format with the multiple-choice questions and the short-answer questions (SAQ), as well as the traditional document-based question (DBQ).  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 the 2018 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 World History resources.