We have selected some of the AP® courses most frequently offered in high schools and are currently offering combined, new teachers, and experienced teachers workshops. All workshop options present unique challenges and opportunities for teachers with varying levels of subject area experience.

New Teachers Workshops

New teachers workshops are designed for educators who have taught their AP® course for three or fewer years, regardless of their level of teaching experience and/or subject area experience. These workshops focus on effectively planning, organizing, and implementing AP® curriculum and will also include discussion of the AP® Exam itself, focusing on strategies for preparing students.

Experienced Teachers Workshops

Experienced teachers workshops are designed for educators who have taught their AP® course for four or more years. These workshops focus on specific curriculum topics and increasing content knowledge. The content of Experienced Teachers workshops are partially guided by the participants’ needs and tend to spend less time discussing the specifics of the AP® Exam.

Combined Workshops

Combined workshops are designed to benefit both new and experienced teachers.

Both registration and payment are required for enrollment into a workshop, and enrollments will be capped at 25 participants per workshop.


Carleton APSI 2021 Online Workshops

Arts

Side by side photos of APSI Consultants Alison Youlikis and Ron Rodman teaching

Art and Design – APSI.5103

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

The objective of this course is intended to provide both new and experienced Advanced Placement Studio Art teachers with an understanding of the requirements of the Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design portfolios. Participants will understand the standard setting and grading rubric for each of the three portfolios. Sessions will include slide examples of AP® students work covering the Sustained Investigation and Selected Works sections of each of the three portfolios. A detailed explanation of the portfolio evaluation at the AP® Art and Design reading will be provided. Teachers will be given strategies for how to structure their AP® class and help their students with big ideas, experimentation, materials and processes.

Also covered will be the audit requirement for teachers to be accredited as AP® Art and Design teachers and details for how to submit student portfolios digitally. Emphasis will be placed making sure that teachers understand the importance of equity and access for students enrolling in AP® Art and Design.

Teachers will be asked to create a mini sustained investigation based on subject and media of their choice. Participants will also be writing essays about their investigations and answering the prompts required by the College Board in order to practice scribing what they will ask their students to write. Critiques will be held for these projects. For participants pursuing graduate credit, these art works will be graded. For non-credit participants, the artwork is required but not graded.

Traditional grading employs the following scale:

  • 95-100% = 4.0 (A)
  • 90-94% = 3.5 (A-/B+)
  • 85-89% = 3.0 (B)
  • 80-84% = 2.5 (B-/C+) Below 80% receives no credit or a 0.0 grade

Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Alison Youkilis
Alison Youkilis

Alison Youkilis is an Adjunct Professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before moving on to the university level, Alison was the department chair at Wyoming High School where the art program received the Rockefeller Brothers Award for Excellence as well as the Presidential Commission of the Arts National Recognition Award for Humanities. Her AP® Studio Art students had a 100% passage rate. For the past fifteen years, Alison has been a reader and a table leader for the AP® Studio Art exam. Her consulting work for both the College Board® and International Baccalaureate has taken her throughout the United States and internationally to China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Dubai.

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Music Theory – APSI.5133

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

This year, team taught by two seasoned consultants! See below for details.

The AP® Music Theory summer institute will present instruction on the new AP® resources available to all teachers and students in 2019-20. The new AP® classroom resources will help teachers plan and focus instruction and give them feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus.  Participants will develop specific understandings by the end of the professional development experience, which will include the following categories:

  • Understanding the Course
  • Planning the Course
  • Teaching the Course
  • Assessing Student Progress and Understanding
  • Becoming a member of the AP Teacher Community

This workshop will help participants understand what instructional resources will be available to them, and how they can use these new resources to focus their instruction, give meaningful and actionable feedback, and make the most of the limited time they have with their students.


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructors:

Consultant and Carleton Professor Ron Rodman
Ron Rodman

Ron Rodman is Dye Family Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He teaches courses in music theory and media studies, conducts, and teaches in the low brass studio. He has been associated with the AP® Music Theory program since 1998, where he has served as an AP® Reader, Table Leader, Question Leader, and College Board® Representative. He is the author of several articles in the AP® Vertical Teams Guide and various curriculum modules published by The College Board®. He is currently the Chief Reader for AP® Music Theory, and a member of the Test Development Committee.

APSI Consultant Terry Eder
Terry Eder

Terry Eder is a retired choral conductor and music teacher with over 40 years of experience at both the college and secondary levels. He remains active as a teacher and currently teaches AP® music theory classes at Lovejoy High School.  He is a College Board® Consultant and has presented at many AP® summer institutes and one and two-day workshops and has served as a reader and question leader in the reading of the AP® Music Theory exam for the past seventeen summers. He has also developed a one-day workshop on vertical teams in music theory for the College Board®, has written an article on strategies for dealing with the sight-singing portion of the AP® exam, and has presented an online professional development session entitled, “Sight Singing and Its Influence on Melodic and Harmonic Dictation.” He is past co-chair of the College Board AP® Music Theory development committee and served as a member of the Music Writing Team for the 2014 National Standards in the Arts.  Before his retirement from full time teaching, he was named Plano Senior High School Teacher of the Year.  He is also the primary author along with Akira Sato of the AP Instructor’s Manual published in 2018 to accompany the third edition of The Musician’s Guide by W. W. Norton and is currently revising and updating the manual for the upcoming fourth edition.  During the spring of 2020 he served as one of two AP® Music Theory teachers with the College Board AP® Live project to help students prepare for the AP® Exam.  Currently he serves as lead teacher for AP® Daily, a College Board® project which enlists the talents of experienced AP® Music Theory teachers to create short videos for each of the topics in the Course and Exam Description.  He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Texas Christian University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma.

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English

APSI English participants in a lecture

English LANGUAGE – New Teachers – APSI.5200

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Understand the crucial skills students need to be successful in the AP® course
  • Learn, design, and share instructional approaches to help students succeed
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for how the AP® exam is scored, using that understanding to inform instruction.
  • Develop units based on newly articulated course frameworks
  • Consider how to make equitable access a guiding principle of the course

General Description:

This online workshop will provide an overview of the AP® English Language and Composition course with particular emphasis on the enduring understandings and essential skills that should serve as the foundation for everything we do in the classroom. We will work through the central elements of the course articulation outlined in the Course and Exam Description binder, and we will unpack what the course specifically asks of our students. Together, we will determine how best to help the students meet the objectives of the course.  We will devote time to teaching the main areas of the exam (multiple choice, rhetorical analysis, argument, and synthesis), but we will do so with an eye on the larger goal, which is helping students prepare for—and be successful in—college writing situations. As we work through the central elements of the course, we will also give attention to such crucial related topics as equity and access, targeted reading strategies, embedding major works (fiction and nonfiction) into the course, scoring student work, and helping students see the presence of rhetoric in the world.

We will meet these goals through a blending of daily video conferencing with at-home, on-your- own activities.  We will meet each morning and each afternoon with a synchronous presentation of information, so do not worry that you will be in any way “on your own” as we navigate the course.  The ratio of synchronous to asynchronous work will actually be approximately 1:1. I will also schedule time for small group and individual conferencing with me over the course of our five days collaborating in order to make sure the online workshop is meeting your specific needs.

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Introductions, Course and Materials Overview, Equity and Access, Multiple Choice Strategies
  • Day 2: Rhetorical Analysis Strategies, Reading Older Prose, Humor, Incorporating Major Works
  • Day 3: Argument Strategies, Seeing Rhetoric at Work in the World, Syllabus Design
  • Day 4: Synthesis Strategies, Unit Design
  • Day 5: Unit Design, Test Preparation, Using electronic resources, Q and A


About the Instructor:

Jeff Blair: Consultant for English Language and Composition First Time
Jeff Blair

Jeff Blair has been a teacher since 1993.  He currently teaches at Grandview High School in the Cherry Creek School District, and he is also on the adjunct faculty for Community College of Aurora, instructing for concurrent enrollment courses.  He has been an AP® teacher (Language and Literature) for over twenty years, and has worked with the AP® reading for eighteen.  Over that time, he has served as a reader, table leader, and, most recently, question leader for the AP® English Language exam.  He has worked as an AP® mentor and has presented at the AP® National Conference. He also works for College Board as an AP® consultant. Outside of his AP® work, Jeff has had work published by NCTE and presented at the NCTE national conference.  However, he is most proud of his contributions in his home, spending as much time with his wife and children as their busy lives allow.  You can contact Jeff directly at jeffreyjblair@gmail.com.

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English LANGUAGE – New Teachers – APSI.5200

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

During this AP English Language and Composition for New Teachers APSI, you’ll explore the course framework, the exam, and the AP® resources that will help you plan and focus instruction—and give you feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP® Exams by the new fall deadlines. By attending this APSI, you’ll gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP® Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP® Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP® teacher community, and the AP® question bank.


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Timm Freitas
Timothy Freitas

Timothy Freitas, a College-Board-endorsed AP(R) English Language and Composition consultant, has been teaching AP(R) English Language and Composition for more than a decade and AP(R) English Literature and Composition for almost as long. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth) with a BA in Writing, Communication and Rhetoric and an MAT in Secondary English Education.  Timothy has presented at the AP(R) Annual Conference (APAC), he has been an AP(R) Reader and sample-selection Table Leader, he was a member of the College Board’s Instructional Design Team for the new AP(R) English Language and Composition framework, and he recently co-authored an English Language and Composition textbook for Perfection Learning.  Over the years, Timothy has been a consultant and professional development facilitator for both the Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative (now Mass Insight Education) and the National Math and Science Initiative–typically working in Urban environments. Timothy teaches in Massachusetts, currently at Whitinsville Christian School, where he instructs English and Theology.  Before moving to work in a private school, he was formerly teaching at Blackstone Valley Tech.  In his free time, Timothy also oversees The Garden of English–a website and Youtube channel–meant to assist both students and teachers with planning and instruction, and he does all of this while being a husband and father of five.  

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English LANGUAGE – Experienced Teachers – APSI.5206

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

This course is designed to benefit both newer and more experienced AP® English Language and Composition teachers.  Over the course participants identify the skills assessed by the College Board on the AP® Language and Composition exam and discuss and craft a variety of classroom approaches to strengthen those skills.  Through the use of varied texts, participants design lessons, have discussions, and create conceptual outlines for units and course plans.  Through collaboration with other participants, we collect and create resources to employ in the year to come.  This energizing professional community helps teachers plan and problem solve for a successful start of term.  During the course we review the design of comprehensive course outlines, discuss the most recent and past AP® exams, read and analyze nonfiction and fiction focusing on rhetorical approach, and work to create assessments that scaffold toward mastery of the skills assessed by state and AP® measures. This course provides time to create a group of supportive colleagues for ongoing work and help in the year to come. 


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

Greg Jones: Consultant for English Language and Composition: Advanced Topics
Greg Jones

Greg Jones has taught for over twenty years at the high school level.  He teaches both AP® English Language and AP® English Literature courses while coaching competitive speech and directing theater.  He is a College Board consultant and worked on the creation of the College Board workshop A Day With An AP® Reader and was a contributing teacher in the AP® Classroom video lessons.  He has served as a reader, table leader or question leader each year since 2001.  He has also served as a committee member for the sample selection process a number of times for the AP® reading. Greg has a Doctor of Law degree (J.D.), and that coursework informs his work with rhetoric and argumentation.  He has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth instructing courses in literature and observing pre-service teachers in various content areas.  In his district he coordinates teacher development and has led the creation of their comprehensive teacher develop and evaluation program which includes peer coaching and mentorship.  He has also served as the district English/Language Arts curriculum specialist.

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English LITERATURE – New Teachers – APSI.5210

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

This AP® English Literature and Composition session for teachers new to AP® is designed to help teachers understand, plan, and teach effective AP® Lit courses.  Beginning with overall philosophy and moving to pragmatic details, we will explore the elements of the in-depth teaching of literature, including College Board expectations for instruction and desired outcomes for students. We will engage numerous past AP® Lit essay prompts, mock scoring sessions of sample student essays, and strategies for approaching the AP® multiple choice. And we will also examine the day-to-day workings of the class, including lessons, strategies, and activities.  My goal is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the major 2019/2020 revisions of the AP® Lit course, the new 6-point Analytical Scoring Guide, to provide new ideas and strategies, and validate the fine work they are already doing.

By attending this workshop, participants will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP® Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP® classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP® teacher community, and the AP® question bank.

While we have an agenda packed full of activities and materials, the very nature of bringing together a group of teachers suggests a collegial atmosphere conducive to the exchange of ideas.

Additional topics covered:

  • Reading literature in the era of technology and screens
  • Teaching the modern student
  • Strategies for increased student participation
  • Moving the paper load efficiently


About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Ryan Hoague
J. Ryan Hoague

J. Ryan Hoague, MA, has been teaching English at Temple City High School in California for 26 years, including 22 years of AP English Literature instruction.  In his teaching and 16 years as a College Board Consultant, he has refined his ideas about the elements of an effective AP Lit course. Mr. Hoague has also served as Chairperson of the English department and on numerous committees focused on curriculum and composition. He has additionally been an adjunct college instructor at Pasadena City College.  

A seasoned scorer, Mr. Hoague has been an AP exam reader for English Literature since 2001, serving as Table Leader for Question 3 in recent years. He also has read the essay portion of the SAT and placement essays for the Cal State University system. Mr. Hoague has reflected in depth on the elements of effective timed essay writing; he would like to share his insights about reader expectations and keys to student success. 

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English LITERATURE – New Teachers – APSI.5210

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

The AP® English Literature and Composition course for New Teachers focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

AP Consultant Nikki Wilson
Nikki Wilson

Nichole Wilson teaches Advanced Placement English Literature and English 4 at Mason High School. She is the Grade 12 ELA Teacher Leader, and a Teacher Leader Liaison with the Ohio Department of Education. She is an AP® English Literature Exam Reader, Mentor, and Consultant. She has spoken about best practices at a number of conferences, including the Advanced Placement Annual Conference (2017, 2018, 2019) and the College Board’s National Forum (2013, 2015, 2017). She was an organizer and speaker for Mosaic 2020, a free virtual “slow” conference for AP® English Literature and Language Teachers which took place during the summer of 2020.  A member of the Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit planning committee (2020), she facilitated two sessions and two round tables. Through the J. William Fulbright program, Ms. Wilson taught Literature, Language, and Media Studies at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in England. She has also worked as a journalist for a daily newspaper, and as a Public Relations Director and adjunct instructor at a university. Ms. Wilson has an M.A. in Education and an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction.  

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English LITERATURE – Experienced Teachers – APSI.5216

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

The AP® English Literature course and exam ask students to engage meaningfully with a variety of literature, spanning centuries, genres, and voices.  To that end, our workshop will tackle both creating a vibrant class and preparing your students for the test.  Participants can expect hands-on and relevant work that will enhance what they already are doing.  Participants will share texts, lesson plans, assignments, and prompts that have worked in the past with an eye to strengthen course syllabi and tweak the day-to-day activities.  The daily grind may be of particular interest to participants given the demands and logistics of school this past year.  Our course will also strive to strike a balance between giving the canon its due, but also bringing in newer, fresher material to engage students. We will also examine the role of supplementary texts and the possibilities with literary theory, when appropriate. When we look at the AP® Lit exam, we will review multiple choice teaching strategies, essay prompt analysis, and strong writing criteria and rubric creation.  With recent changes to the AP® exam and course description, we will review the new writing rubrics and discuss syllabus suggestions.  Participants will leave having reflected on their students, school, and class, and having worked to bring exciting and challenging material to school in the fall.


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Paul Cunningham
Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham has been a teacher at Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair NJ for 19 years where he primarily teaches 9th grade English, a Satire elective, an interdisciplinary New York City class, and AP® English Lit. for 12 of those years. He has been an AP® Reader since 2012.  Paul received his BA from College of the Holy Cross in 1999 and his MA in English (with a Writing Concentration) from Rutgers University in 2008. He also completed work at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in its MFA Creative Writing program.  Paul has been an AP® consultant since 2017 and has presented at the annual conference in both Anaheim and Orlando.

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History & Social Science

APSI Consultant Talking with participant with a "wealth and poverty" bubble diagram in the background

Economics – APSI.5303

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2020

This summer institute will give you the knowledge, pedagogy and confidence to teach both AP® Macroeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics. You will learn the classroom practices to help your students score well on both AP® exams, including a solid foundation of economics theory, the latest teaching resources (including the AP® Classroom resources) and active lessons. You will also take away from this workshop electronic resources to get you up and running, including fully polished lectures for every topic, class-ready graphics of the economic models and their use, and student activities.  You will also learn how to complete the AP® course audit to ensure that you are approved by the College Board to teach the class.

This course is primarily designed for teachers new to AP® Macroeconomics, AP® Microeconomics, or both, as well as teachers who would like to grow their confidence teaching the theory underlying the economic models.  Because this course will cover both AP® Micro and AP® Macro, we will introduce all the theory and graphs of AP® economics, and then delve more deeply into the most important models. You will also learn techniques for how best to bring the topics of economics to life for adolescents.

Topics common to both courses will include: production possibilities; comparative advantage, and supply and demand. For Macro, we will go into greatest depth with aggregate demand and supply, the money market, the foreign exchange market, and other topics as time and interest allow. For Micro, we will go into greatest depth with advanced supply and demand, the costs of the firm, perfect competition, monopoly, and other topics as time and interest allow. You will also learn the ins and outs of writing excellent free-response answers for the AP® test.

You are invited to bring any best practice ideas and activities to share with the group. Bring a flash drive to share electronic resources.  Mr. Trinkner will share digital copies of nearly twenty years’ worth of lesson plans, lectures, graphics, and activities.


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Richard Trinkner
Richard Trinkner

Richard Trinkner loves teaching AP® economics and has shared his enthusiasm with students for over 25 years in six countries. He has taught at Boulder High School, in Boulder, Colorado, since 2005.

Richard graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Pomona College.  He received a Masters of Arts degree from Stanford University.  He holds graduate certificates from the University of Colorado in both economics and finance.  He is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Secondary Social Studies education.

Richard is currently a Table Leader at the AP® Macroeconomics Reading and has been an exam reader since 2012.

In 2008 he received the Economics Teacher of the Year award from the Colorado Council for Economics.  In 2012, he received Boulder High’s Mary Taylor Award, awarded by students and parents to the school’s most outstanding teacher. He was named the 2013 Colorado Stock Market Experience teacher of the year. He twice coached state-champion Fed Challenge teams and his 2008 team finished in the top seven nationally. His students have won the Colorado Stock Market Experience competition several times and were twice state champions in the NCEE’s Econ Challenge in the AP® division, finishing 13th in the nation.

While away from teaching between 1997 and 2003, he worked as a technical writer, software engineer, and business strategy consultant. He served as Research Director for Gartner, Inc, the world’s largest IT research and consulting company, where he worked with leaders of several Fortune 500 companies to improve their business practices.

Richard lives in Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys birding, mountaineering, scuba diving, homebrewing, road cycling, jazz, cooking and reading.

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European History – APSI.5333

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

Designed to accommodate both new and experienced teachers of European history, this  workshop includes synchronous and asynchronous discussions specific to European history as well as extensive discussions of teaching Advanced Placement® curriculum.  We will address the redesigned European history course and exam with particular attention to literacy and inquiry-based pedagogy.  There will also be opportunities to share best practices and thoughtful discussion of materials and strategies to engage the Advanced Placement® student.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Todd Beach
Todd Beach

Todd Beach is the Lead Teacher in the Social Studies for District 196 where he teaches AP® European History and AP® World History Modern at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  He is also a Senior Lecturer of Social Studies Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota.  Todd is a veteran Reader and Exam Leader of the AP® European History exam as well as a long-time workshop, and summer teaching institute consultant for the College Board.  From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Beach was a member of the AP® European History Test Development Committee, and in 2010, Todd was recognized by the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies as high school Teacher of the Year.

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Human Geography – APSI.5363

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2020

My goal for the APSI is to make it a practical and teacher-centered event.  There are three specific objectives:

  • Cover the key changes in the 2019 Course and Exam Description (CED), including the essential knowledge (concepts, theories, and models) and skills students need to obtain from the course;
  • Share the resources for teaching the content and preparing students for the exam.  We will spend the bulk of our time to cover a variety of resources that teachers can use in their classroom, including what is available in the AP Classroom.
  • Provide a forum for participants to share ideas and teaching strategies.  

Given the online nature of the institute, we will combine both synchronous and asynchronous activities every day.  Nothing beats an in-person workshop and the dynamics and interaction we would have, but with the experience we had last year, a virtual institute can work well too.  One thing we were able to do last year was to invite an ETS test developer for a Q&A session via Zoom!  I welcome ideas and suggestions about how we can make the APSI more productive and beneficial to teachers.


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Max Lu
Max Lu

I work at a university but have been heavily involved in AP® Human Geography in the last 18 years!  I started AP® Human Geography reading in Clemson, South Carolina in 2003, the third year after the course was created.  Since then I have read the APHG exam every year except for one and have been a reader, table leader, and in recent years a question leader.  From 2007 to 2015, I served on the Test Development Committee, first as a member then a co-chair for three years.  In addition to being a College Board-certified consultant, I am also a senior reviewer for College Board’s AP® course auditing.  I have taught AP® Human Geography workshops and summer institutes around the country since 2007.  I went to a “Big Ten” school (Indiana University, Bloomington) for my PhD and have worked at a “Big 12” school (K-State) for 24 years! As a college professor, I have done research on population change and migration, economic development, and urbanization, among others.  I recently co-authored a textbook titled Human Geography for the AP Course, published by Bedford, Freeman & Worth in January 2021.

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MACROeconomics – APSI.5313

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

This summer institute will give you the knowledge, pedagogy and confidence to teach AP® Macroeconomics like a veteran. You will learn the classroom practices to help your students score well on the AP® exam, including a solid foundation of macroeconomics theory, the latest teaching resources (including the AP® Classroom resources) and active lessons. You will also take away from this workshop electronic resources to get you up and running, including fully polished lectures for every topic, class-ready graphics of the economic models and their use, and student activities.  You will also learn how to complete the AP® course audit to ensure that you are approved by the College Board to teach the class.

This course is primarily designed for teachers new to AP® Macroeconomics or teachers who would like to grow their confidence teaching the theory underlying the economic models.  Unlike AP® Economics courses that teach both AP® Macro and AP® Micro, this course will have time to cover virtually all the theory and graphs of AP® Macroeconomics in depth, and we will have time to answer all your questions. We will focus on how best to bring the topics of Macroeconomics to life for adolescents. Graphing concepts will include: production possibilities; supply and demand; aggregate demand and supply; money market; bond market; loanable funds; T-accounts; Phillips curve; and foreign exchange.  Non-graphing concepts will include: comparative advantage; money and money supply; CPI and price level; Federal Reserve and monetary policy; fiscal policy; money multiplier; spending and tax multipliers; and current and capital accounts.

You will also learn the ins and outs of writing excellent free-response answers for the AP® test.

You are invited to bring any best practice ideas and activities to share with the group. Bring a flash drive to share electronic resources.  Mr. Trinkner will share digital copies of nearly twenty years’ worth of lesson plans, lectures, graphics, and activities.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Richard Trinkner
Richard Trinkner

Richard Trinkner loves teaching AP® economics and has shared his enthusiasm with students for over 25 years in six countries. He has taught at Boulder High School, in Boulder, Colorado, since 2005.

Richard graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Pomona College.  He received a Masters of Arts degree from Stanford University.  He holds graduate certificates from the University of Colorado in both economics and finance.  He is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Secondary Social Studies education.

Richard is currently a Table Leader at the AP® Macroeconomics Reading and has been an exam reader since 2012.

In 2008 he received the Economics Teacher of the Year award from the Colorado Council for Economics.  In 2012, he received Boulder High’s Mary Taylor Award, awarded by students and parents to the school’s most outstanding teacher. He was named the 2013 Colorado Stock Market Experience teacher of the year. He twice coached state-champion Fed Challenge teams and his 2008 team finished in the top seven nationally. His students have won the Colorado Stock Market Experience competition several times and were twice state champions in the NCEE’s Econ Challenge in the AP® division, finishing 13th in the nation.

While away from teaching between 1997 and 2003, he worked as a technical writer, software engineer, and business strategy consultant. He served as Research Director for Gartner, Inc, the world’s largest IT research and consulting company, where he worked with leaders of several Fortune 500 companies to improve their business practices.

Richard lives in Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys birding, mountaineering, scuba diving, homebrewing, road cycling, jazz, cooking and reading.

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MICROeconomics – APSI.5323

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

This workshop will focus on the major principles taught in introductory college-level Microeconomics courses, as well as the structure of an AP® course and strategies for preparing students for the AP® tests. Introductory microeconomics introduces the fundamental economic concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, trade, the role of markets and prices, the theory of the firm, market structures, labor markets and market failure. In this workshop, we’ll combine pedagogy and content, looking at ways to teach each concept (simulations, demonstrations, discussion) as well key conceptual points.



About the Instructor:

Consultant Martha Rush
Martha Rush

Martha Rush is a nationally recognized high school economics and social studies teacher and active teaching advocate. She teaches at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota, and she is the author of Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers (Stenhouse, 2018), and First 50 Days: A Handbook for Young Founders (Quarter Zero, 2020).

Martha has taught AP® Macroeconomics for 15 years and AP® Microeconomics for 10 years, and she has been an AP® reader in both subjects, starting with Macro in 2007. She currently serves on Test Development for the AP® Microeconomics Exam, and she has served on the AP® Microeconomics Curriculum Design and Assessment Committee and the AP® Microeconomics Instructional Design Committee. She has written curriculum for the Council on Economic Education, the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, the Georgia Council on Economic Education, and the Economic Center of Cincinnati, as well as the publishers of the three major AP® Econ textbooks. She is the lead consultant for AP® Microeconomics and the lead AP® Daily instructor for Microeconomics, and she runs AP® Summer Institutes in both Micro and Macro. Martha has led multiple student teams to championships and finalist positions at the National Economics Challenge, the JA Student Leadership Conference, and the Personal Finance Challenge. 

Martha holds a Master’s in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education, a Masters in History from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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Psychology – APSI.5373

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2020

The workshop will address the primary content areas of psychology through both the review of classic findings as well as coverage of recent advances in the various areas. In pursuit of our goal to enhance the teaching of psychology at the AP® level we will examine ways to supplement lecture through demonstration, selection of discussion topics and exercises, and other interactive research components of an introductory psychology course. Time will be spent examining the AP® Psychology Exam, including a discussion of strategies for preparing students for the exam. Special attention will be given to materials participants can take home to use in class and to applications of educational technologies (e.g., power point, video, and computing) supporting the teaching of psychology.


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About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Kent Korek
Kent Korek

Kent Korek currently teaches six sections of AP® Psychology at Germantown High School in Germantown, WI. Since coming to G-Town in 1981, he has taught Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Social Problems, US History and AP® Psychology since its inception in 1992 in addition to chairing the Social Studies Department for twelve years. Prior to working at Germantown, Kent taught in West Allis for 2 years after graduating from Marquette University with a double major in history and psychology.

Kent authored the classroom electronic presentations (PowerPoints) for all four editions of the high school level textbook, Thinking About Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behavior. In 2010, Kent was invited to be part of the Editorial Advisory Board which developed the premier edition of Myers’ Psychology for AP and authored the PowerPoints for the text. For subsequent editions, Kent was a member of the Content Advisory Board, once again composing the PowerPoints, and compiling a listing of Key Contributors in Psychology for the book’s appendix.

Since 2005, Kent has been invited to be part of the AP® Psychology Reading. In 2008 he was promoted to serve a term as a Table Leader. Kent has been endorsed as a College Board Consultant and has attended, facilitated and presented at many summer institutes including a number sponsored by the National Science Foundation. From 2010 to 2014 Kent served on the AP® Psychology Development Committee and continues to write questions for the AP® Psychology Exam.

You can learn more about Kent Korek through his home page, or you can visit his website to find topics covered at a summer institute as well as where Kent is teaching each summer.

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United States Government and Politics – New Teachers – APSI.5350

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

This workshop will feature classroom-tested ways of teaching the redesigned AP Government & Politics course. During our time together, we’ll do our best to answer the following questions: 

  • How do I pace my class so we get through all the content that will be on the exam?
  • How do I help my students master the four types of free-response questions?
  • How do I avoid being buried underneath an avalanche of grading? Spoiler Alert: I’ll share my “They write more…you grade less” philosophy.
  • How do I get my students to actually read…even the Federalist Papers?
  • How do I create ‘new-style’ test items to upgrade my ‘legacy’ exams?
  • Which College Board resources and AP Classroom components will work best in my classroom?  
  • How can I integrate technology into my class?
  • How can I help my students become good citizens?
  • What can I learn about the course from analyzing ‘insider information’ from the AP Exam? 
  • How can I ‘get off the stage’ and put my students more in charge of their own learning? 
  • Can activities and lessons created for distance learning during COVID-19 make my class more responsive to my students’ needs in the future?

You’ll be online with fellow teachers who have the same questions and challenges as you do. Together, we’ll become better teachers and our students will benefit by being more prepared for the AP Exam. The “New” session is intended for teachers who need to spend more time building the basic structure of their class and learning the essential content of AP Gov.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant John Unruh-Friesen
John Unruh-Friesen

John Unruh-Friesen has taught AP® Government & Politics since 1997 and has been at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN since 2001. John is a College Board consultant for both AP® United States Government and  AP® Comparative Government and has served as a national exam reader. John has loved technology ever since he found an Atari 2600 under the Christmas Tree in 1981. In addition to teaching government, he is a digital learning coach at Hopkins High School and is always looking for ways to integrate technology in his classroom.

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United States Government & Politics –Experienced –APSI.5356

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

During this AP® Government and Politics – U.S. for Experienced Teachers APSI, you’ll explore the course framework, the exam, and the AP® resources that will help you plan and focus instruction—and give you feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP® Exams by the new fall deadlines. By attending this APSI, you’ll gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP® Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP® teacher community, and the AP® question bank.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Dan Hoppe
Dan Hoppe

Dan Hoppe has been teaching AP® U.S. Government and Politics and AP® Comparative Government since 2008. He has been a social studies teacher in the Stevens Point (WI) school district since 2002 where he also teaches AP® U.S. History.  Dan has been a test reader and written test questions for the AP® Comparative Government exam and is a College Board national consultant for both AP® Government courses, presenting workshops to teachers across the nation since 2014.  He has also presented workshops on the use of technology within the social studies classroom at the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies annual conference and for education majors at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Dan was awarded the Coca-Cola Distinguished Educator Award in 2015 and was named the 2019 Wisconsin History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  He is also an active leader within his school, serving as the student senate advisor and as a track coach.

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United States Government and Politics – Combined – APSI.5353

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2020

This workshop will feature classroom-tested ways of teaching the redesigned AP Government & Politics course. During our time together, we’ll do our best to answer the following questions: 

  • How do I pace my class so we get through all the content that will be on the exam?
  • How do I help my students master the four types of free-response questions?
  • How do I avoid being buried underneath an avalanche of grading? Spoiler Alert: I’ll share my “They write more…you grade less” philosophy.
  • How do I get my students to actually read…even the Federalist Papers?
  • How do I create ‘new-style’ test items to upgrade my ‘legacy’ exams?
  • Which College Board resources and AP Classroom components will work best in my classroom?  
  • How can I integrate technology into my class?
  • How can I help my students become good citizens?
  • What can I learn about the course from analyzing ‘insider information’ from the AP Exam? 
  • How can I ‘get off the stage’ and put my students more in charge of their own learning? 
  • Can activities and lessons created for distance learning during COVID-19 make my class more responsive to my students’ needs in the future?

You’ll be online with fellow teachers who have the same questions and challenges as you do. Together, we’ll become better teachers and our students will benefit by being more prepared for the AP Exam. The “Combo” session will spend less time on course set-up and allow for more collaboration between experienced teachers. I always take away new ways of teaching my existing content!


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant John Unruh-Friesen
John Unruh-Friesen

John Unruh-Friesen has taught AP® Government & Politics since 1997 and has been at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN since 2001. John is a College Board consultant for both AP® United States Government and  AP® Comparative Government and has served as a national exam reader. John has loved technology ever since he found an Atari 2600 under the Christmas Tree in 1981. In addition to teaching government, he is a digital learning coach at Hopkins High School and is always looking for ways to integrate technology in his classroom.

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United States History – APSI.5383

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2020

The AP® US History summer institute provides an opportunity for both new and experienced AP® US History teachers to learn about the structure of the AP® US History course concept outline and the culminating May exam.  Using a scaffolded approach, the institute will break down the course and exam elements into manageable chunks that can be used to make the course more accessible to all students.  Activities throughout the week will emphasize opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants and to develop activities that can be brought back to your classroom for instruction in the fall.  We will take time during the week to examine digital resources that can be utilized with your students from the AP® Classroom website, as well as to explore insights, ideas, and technologies that you may have implemented during our experiences as distance/hybrid instructors.  Our week will have many opportunities for you to get your questions answered and to network with others who really enjoy teaching US History.   I look forward to working with you!


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Jay Hohenstein
Jay Hohenstein

Jay Hohenstein is an AP® US History teacher at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN.  He started teaching in 1998, and has experience teaching both middle and high school social studies.  During his district experience, he has worked to implement vertical teaming strategies between grade levels to help increase student preparedness for their AP® experience.  He has also collaborated with the English department to provide interdisciplinary instruction opportunities to develop reading and writing skills.  He has experience as both a reader and a table leader at the yearly AP® US History reading. 

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World History: Modern – New Teachers – APSI.5390

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

This workshop will have two distinct parts, divided between the nuts and bolts of preparing students for the exam, and scholarship in the field of World History.

These interrelated dimensions are intended to help instructors teaching AP® World History to refine their own historical knowledge of key moments, themes, and developments in world history as well as develop or refine practical approaches and assignments for the classroom. Part of the session will be devoted to the intense discussion, of a specific historical moment, trend, or development using readings form recent scholarship and primary sources. The main focus of the workshop will be practical challenges and methods of teaching an AP® world history course. Intended as an opportunity to collaborate, share, and compare approaches with your colleagues, this forum may cover, among other things: chronology and periodization; cross-cultural comparison; the effective use of primary and secondary sources, fiction, images, and films as historical documents in the classroom; examining and choosing textbooks and primary source readers; concrete work on developing classroom-ready units; teaching students to write essays according to the AP® Rubrics; best practices in the field; and generally preparing students for the exam.

A major area of discussion this year will be the changes in the AP® World History exam implemented in 2019 and what this will mean for our instruction.  Information from the June 2021 AP® reading will be discussed, including hands on experience with the redesigned essays.

We will also discuss ways of providing a distance learning platform for AP® World if the realities of the Pandemic make this necessary.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Branden Schield
Branden Schield

Branden received his BA from Carleton College with an emphasis in Asian history, and went on to earn an MA from the University of New Mexico. He lived and taught in India and the Navajo Nation. He participated in the AP® World History Summer Institute at its inception in 2001-2002, and has taught summer institutes since 2003. He teaches AP® World History, AP® Comparative Government, Pacific/Indian Ocean World, and Comparative Culture and Religion.  He teaches at Irondale High School in the Mounds view school district in Minnesota. He is a College Board® certified consultant and reader for the AP® exam. He helped with the late stages of the redesign of the last Minnesota World History standards.  Prior to the pandemic he has been spending time in Indonesia, exploring the long-term effects of the Indian Ocean Trade.

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World History: Modern – Experienced Teachers – APSI.5396

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2020

This week will consist of a mix of pedagogy and content all focused on the successful implementation of the Advanced Placement World History Modern course.  We will use the Course Exam and Description to pursue understanding of the expectations placed on teachers and students in the course and strategies to achieve the goals of the course. We will focus on analytical skills needed for the course as well as understanding the content described in the curriculum framework.  Together, we will practice and plan lessons that help students improve their Historical Thinking Skills. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop because most resources will be delivered electronically.



About the Instructor:

Consultant Chad Smith
Chad Smith

Chad Smith is the AP® World History teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. As a MacArthur teacher, he has taught on-level, honors, Pre-AP®, and AP® classes in both US and World History. He also coaches several academic teams, including Academic Decathlon and UIL Current Events. Chad is also an official reader, grader of the free response portion of the AP® test, for the College Board and has presented at the AP National Conference. When the Coronavirus forced schools to shutdown in March 2020, Chad worked with the College Board to produce daily videos for students and teachers in a series called AP® Live and you can find Chad in your AP® Classroom by watching the AP® Daily Videos for Units 4 and 5.

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World History: Modern – Combined – APSI.5393

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2020

This workshop will have two distinct parts, divided between the nuts and bolts of preparing students for the exam, and scholarship in the field of World History.

These interrelated dimensions are intended to help instructors teaching AP® World History to refine their own historical knowledge of key moments, themes, and developments in world history as well as develop or refine practical approaches and assignments for the classroom. Part of the session will be devoted to the intense discussion, of a specific historical moment, trend, or development using readings form recent scholarship and primary sources. The main focus of the workshop will be practical challenges and methods of teaching an AP® world history course. Intended as an opportunity to collaborate, share, and compare approaches with your colleagues, this forum may cover, among other things: chronology and periodization; cross-cultural comparison; the effective use of primary and secondary sources, fiction, images, and films as historical documents in the classroom; examining and choosing textbooks and primary source readers; concrete work on developing classroom-ready units; teaching students to write essays according to the AP® Rubrics; best practices in the field; and generally preparing students for the exam.

A major area of discussion this year will be the changes in the AP® World History exam implemented in 2019 and what this will mean for our instruction.  Information from the June 2021 AP® reading will be discussed, including hands on experience with the redesigned essays.

We will also discuss ways of providing a distance learning platform for AP® World if the realities of the Pandemic make this necessary.


Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Branden Schield
Branden Schield

Branden received his BA from Carleton College with an emphasis in Asian history, and went on to earn an MA from the University of New Mexico. He lived and taught in India and the Navajo Nation. He participated in the AP® World History Summer Institute at its inception in 2001-2002, and has taught summer institutes since 2003. He teaches AP® World History, AP® Comparative Government, Pacific/Indian Ocean World, and Comparative Culture and Religion.  He teaches at Irondale High School in the Mounds view school district in Minnesota. He is a College Board® certified consultant and reader for the AP® exam. He helped with the late stages of the redesign of the last Minnesota World History standards.  Prior to the pandemic he has been spending time in Indonesia, exploring the long-term effects of the Indian Ocean Trade.

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Math & Computer Science

APSI participants working in class

Calculus AB – APSI.5503

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

This combined online workshop will cover the curriculum of AP® Calculus AB, through developing a conceptual understanding of the topics and also teaching practical ways to present materials.  Participants will share and gain new teaching strategies to help prepare students, as well as learn the new AP® Framework that was introduced a couple of years ago for AP® Calculus.  Additionally, participants will be exposed to the AP® exams, not only from the perspective of teaching the standards of the exam, but also grading, preparing students and seeing results of students from previous years’ exams. Textbooks, prerequisites, the new MyAP online resources and assessments will also be discussed.

Graphing calculators and on-line applications will be used extensively to present ideas from graphical, numerical, and analytic approaches.  A small unit on creating math videos (on the iPad or computer) and implementing a flipped classroom in the math class will also be presented.  This course will have synchronous and asynchronous presentations, so you will see some videos in use.  Participants will be actively engaged and sharing of ideas and information is expected. The emphasis on specific topics will be guided in part by the needs of the participants.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Tim Zitur
Tim Zitur

Tim Zitur has been a high school math teacher for 33 years.  He has taught AP® Calculus for 25 years; 3 years in Minnesota at the School of Environmental Studies and 22 years at the Singapore American School, one of the largest AP® international schools in the world. Presently, Zitur teaches AP® Calculus BC, Multi-variable Calculus, and Linear Algebra. He has been an AP® reader or a table leader since 2003, as well as an AP® College Board consultant since 2007.  Zitur has taught AP® Calculus with the “flipped” or “blended” classroom approach for the last 9 years. He likes teaching through applications of math whenever possible.  Zitur has his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota and his B.S. in Mathematics from St. John’s University (MN).  He is married and has three children.

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Calculus BC – APSI.5523

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

The primary goal for the week will be to develop a deeper foundation for the major topics of the BC Calculus course. Whether you’re new to the course or have been teaching it for a while, I will challenge you to look at concepts in new ways. Emphasis will be on understanding the content and the expectations of the AP® Exam. Major AB topics will be covered briefly, but the main emphasis will be on BC-only topics. The new AP® Calculus Course and Exam Description and its expectations will be addressed. In addition, discussions will include curriculum design and methods of instruction, expectations and grading for the AP® exam, technology, and additional resources. Activities and teaching methods will be modeled, and participants are expected to be actively involved in the mathematics during the week, both in and out of class time. The instructor will use a TI-84 calculator during the workshop. Computer software will also be used extensively for demonstrations and graphics. We will meet on Zoom 3 – 4 hours each day, between 9 – 11 am and 1 – 3 pm Central Time.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Ruth Dover
Ruth Dover

Ruth Dover taught mathematics at the IL Math & Science Academy for 27 years, and she taught calculus for even longer! She was a member of the AP® Calculus Test Development Committee and is working with ETS on questions this spring. She has had various roles, including Question Leader, at the AP® Calculus Reading for 21 years. Ruth authored a “CPPG” for calculus on the College Board website for the 2016 course description. She has been a College Board consultant since 1998. She is very interested in the use of technology for visualizing mathematical concepts, and she makes particular use of animations.  Ruth is a National Board Certified Teacher, and she was also a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Computer Science Principles – APSI.5543

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP® Computer Science Principles course. During this training, teachers will explore the computational thinking practices and the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge statements. Special attention will be allocated to the changes in the course for 2020 as well as effective uses of AP® Classroom.  Participants will work to understand how to use activities that organize the course content to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. In addition, participants will become familiar enough with the philosophies of the approved curriculum providers by which they will begin a course plan to teach the skills and content of the AP® Computer Science Principles course in the subsequent year.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Bob Juranitch
Bob Juranitch

Bob Juranitch teaches science and computer science at University School of Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he introduced Computer Science Principles (CSP) in 2013. As a consultant for College Board®, Bob participated in the Phase II Pilot, presented CSP Workshops internationally, acted as a Table Leader for the CSP test, and read the CS A test. Bob is a presenter for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) for both CSP and CS A, served on the executive board of the CSP Reader’s Question Database, represented Wisconsin on the PRAXIS Computer Science Standard Setting Committee, and was a founding officer of CSTA-Dairyland. In the classroom, Bob strives to convey deep content in an everyday context by which his students can gain a clearer understanding of the world. Prior to becoming a teacher more than a decade ago, he worked as an engineer for Raytheon.

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Statistics – APSI.5553

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

As Grizzled Veterans (Grizzlies) know, and Newbies will discover this summer, the packaging of the AP® Statistics course has been radically revised.  The new Course and Exam Description (CED) provides much detail to teachers and goes beyond a mere “Description” of the course.  The CED also offers a veritable torrent of resources for building quality instruction.  A bit of new content has been added to the course.  Fortunately, 95% of the content has not changed; then there is the other 5%.  We will review the Big Ideas and the specific Skills students will need to succeed in AP® Statistics, and provide information about the structure of the AP® Statistics exam and the rubrics used to evaluate student responses.  We will focus on statistics as an active endeavor and present activities that will engage your students and get them “out of their seats.” The use of technology — graphing calculators, and statistical software — will be stressed throughout the week.  Communication – the presentation of an effective argument about interpreting data — is an essential part of doing and teaching statistics; our time together will be in discussion and interpretation, not me pontificating!  The sequence of statistical topics, and approximate allocation of time follows below.  Generally, we will focus more on the content and teaching of the course early in the week, and more on the exam and exam issues as we march through the week.



About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Chris Olsen
Chris Olsen

Chris is a past member (twice) of the AP® Statistics Test Development Committee and recently joined the 17-year club of serving as a table leader and question leader for the AP® Statistics exam. After teaching statistics at George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA, for over 25 years, and AP® Statistics from its inception until 2007, he passed the baton.  He is now an assistant professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Grinnell College, teaching calculus, experimental design, and applied statistics classes.  He spent his undergraduate years at Iowa State University majoring in mathematics and philosophy, and in his graduate work at the University of Iowa concentrated on statistics, computer programming, psychometrics, and test development.

He has been involved nationally and internationally in workshops and conferences mostly relating to statistics for over 40 years.   He has reviewed materials for The Mathematics teacher, The American Statistician, and the Journal of the American Statistical Association; he is a member of the editorial board of the Teaching Statistics journal.   He is a co-author, with Roxy Peck and Tom Short, of the Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis, now in its 6th edition, and Statistics: Learning from Data, now in its 3rd edition.   

Current projects involve moderating the AP® Statistics Teacher Community and maintaining SPLAT (Statistics Package for Learning and Teaching), a computer program to support the teaching of AP® Statistics.

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Science

APSI science participants examining solution in a test tube with goggles on

Biology – New Teachers – APSI.5600

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – WORKSHOP FULL

This Biology New Teachers Summer Institute is designed for teachers with limited experience teaching AP© Biology.  Participants will learn about the AP© Biology Curriculum Framework, how to incorporate inquiry into the AP© Biology curriculum, and perform selected laboratory investigations, and share ideas for implementing these activities in the classroom. Participants will conduct laboratories that will satisfy the requirement for 25% of the AP© Biology course to be laboratory-based. Yes–even in a virtual teaching world, we will do labs! Some lab materials will be mailed to you. In addition, we will review virtual labs, hybrid learning, and share best practices. Planned laboratory activities include: 

  • Big Idea 1: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Modeling and BLAST lab
  • Big Idea 2: Photosynthesis with floating leaf assay with materials from around the house or grocery store, Cell Energy algaeresearchsupply.com materials mailed to you
  • Big Idea 3: PCR and gel electrophoresis with Mini-One systems (loaner equipment will be mailed to you)
  • Big Idea 4: Animal Behavior, Enzyme Catalysis (materials from the grocery store)

Participants will also learn about the changes to AP© that took place in the 2020-2021 school year, including updated formative assessment tools for AP© Biology teachers on AP© Classroom. Teachers will leave this workshop prepared to successfully teach AP© Biology, including audit approval, College Board© curriculum alignment, and how to prepare students for the AP© Biology exam. The course will be composed of both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. 

Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Jennie Edgar
Jennie Edgar

Jennie Edgar teaches high school science. Currently, she is teaching physics, APES, and AP© Bio online at Cherry Creek Elevation High School, and she has experience teaching just about every high school science course. She served as an AP© reader of both AP© Environmental Science and Biology exams.  In addition to serving as a reader, she also works as an item developer for AP© Biology.  Jennie is a National Board-Certified teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Biology.  She also conducts workshops in AP© Biology, AP© Strategies for Success in Science, and Quantitative Skills in Biology through the College Board©.  

Jennie honed her passion for science at the University of Michigan and earned her Master’s in Science Education at Montana State University-Bozeman. She served as a PST fellow for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, a PLT facilitator, and a curriculum consultant. She is an avid skier and enjoys spending time with her family.

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Biology – Experienced Teachers – APSI.5606

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

The focus of the 2021 AP® Biology Teachers’ Advanced Topics workshop will be to augment our teaching repertoires and accordingly, deepen our ability to guide students’ learning. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from and alongside colleagues who share our passion for AP® Bio! We’ll revisit the Curriculum and Exam Description, work to integrate the Science Practices into our learning activities and labs, and consider the AP® Biology Exam through multiple lenses. We’ll identify the strengths and weaknesses of our individual courses and then explore, adapt, and integrate the wealth of resources available to us to make the improvements that will guide our students to success. Teachers will leave the workshop with classroom-ready materials and an invaluable network of AP® Biology colleagues.

Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Lisa Neesemann
Lisa Neesemann

Dr. Lisa Neesemann currently teaches biology at Bay Ridge Preparatory School in Brooklyn NY.  A Seattle native, Lisa arrived in Brooklyn by way of Carleton College in Northfield, MN and Chicago, IL before settling down in NYC to work on her Master’s degree and eventually doctorate in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She has been teaching high school biology for 13 years and currently teaches masters level courses at Teachers College, in addition to working for the College Board and the AP® Program.  She has been a Reader for 10 years, serving as a Reading, Table Leader, Question Leader and Exam Leader.  She has served as an outside item writer, contributor to the newly released Course and Exam Description (CED) for Biology and most recently has begun working with the Test Development Committee on AP® Exam content.  In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old son, running (ultra)marathons and attempting to learn to cook. 

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Chemistry – New Teachers – APSI.5610

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

During this AP® Chemistry APSI, you’ll explore the course framework, the exam, and the resources that will help you plan and focus instruction—and give you feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP® Exams by the new fall deadlines. By attending this APSI, you’ll gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP® Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP® Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP® teacher community, and the AP® question bank.

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant David Hostage
David Hostage

David Hostage taught science at the secondary level 1976-2020, including all levels of chemistry and other sciences as required. An active participant in the AP® Chemistry community, he taught the AP® course 1986-2020 and, as a College Board-endorsed consultant, has led workshops in the subject for teachers since 1988.  He has been a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the grading of the AP® exam since the early 1990s. For four years he was a member of the Test Development Committee for the subject.  Mr. Hostage is the author of a lab manual for AP® Chemistry (Laboratory Investigations: AP® Chemistry, Peoples Education) and a test review book for the subject (Multiple-choice & Free-response Questions in Preparation for the AP® Chemistry Examination, D&S Marketing Systems).

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Chemistry – Experienced Teachers – APSI.5616

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

During this AP® Chemistry APSI, conducted entirely online, we will explore several key areas dealing with the (2019-20) Revision of the new (2014) chemistry curriculum and its assessment: Planning the AP® course; Teaching the AP® course, and Assessing student progress, as well as Engaging as a member of the AP® community, among others. Additionally, we will pay specific attention to the newer unit guides and the AP® Classroom resources such as the new long and short (daily) videos, personal progress checks, AP® teacher community, and the larger AP® question bank, among others. I could not explore EVERYTHING this past year- maybe you could not either. We will do more, and do it together and share our knowledge and individual insights!

 For the experienced teachers who have been through the course at least once, we will be using some of the “downsized,” guided inquiry lab activities, performed as demonstrations, and then emphasizing the refining of our students’ explanations. Refinements in their explanations can lead to higher scores for them. For example, I will be using one of the commercial LeChatlier kits, and we will discuss students explaining at the particle level, why heating or cooling a sample shifted the equilibrium – NOT using a phrase (a predictive guideline for the multiple choice section)  such as “because heating  favors the endothermic reaction,” which earns a student zero points. We will also provide opportunities for interpreting, generating, and sharing more particle-level diagrams to be used in your own classrooms, and focus on improved “error analysis” responses. Something for everyone!

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Patsy Mueller
Patsy Mueller

Ms. Patsy Mueller is a high school chemistry & AP® Chemistry Teacher at Regina Dominican HS, Wilmette, IL.  Patsy was an AP® Reader for 20+ summers including 15 years as a Table Leader, and a member of the AP® Chemistry Test Development Committee (4 years). Previous AP® Summer Workshops include ILL. Wesleyan, Purdue, The Taft School (CT), University of Iowa, West Virginia AP Initiative, St. Mary’s (Notre Dame, IN). Patsy is one of three authors who have written and now revised a new AP® Chemistry Test Prep book to align with the 2019 Revision of the new (2014) curriculum, including new lab questions, and the “long/short” newer testing format, specifically designed for AP® Chemistry.

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Chemistry – Combined – APSI.5613

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

This year, team taught by two seasoned consultants! See below for details.

During this AP® Chemistry APSI, conducted entirely online, you will explore these key areas: Understand the AP® course; Plan the AP® course; Teach the AP® course; Assess student progress; and Engage as a member of the AP® community, among others. Additionally, you will pay specific attention to AP® Classroom resources such as unit guides, personal progress checks, AP® teacher community, and the AP® question bank, among others. You will explore the revised course framework, recent exams, and new AP® resources that will help you plan and target instruction while giving you feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus. You will also learn about completing the digital activation process as the school year commences to give you immediate access to the new resources and helping to ensure that your students register for AP® Exams within the new deadlines. By attending this APSI, you will further develop a laboratory program that can be moved from digital online status to one that emphasizes improving lab skills and measurement techniques. For the experienced teachers who have been through the course at least once, we will be using some of the “downsized” guided inquiry lab activities, performed as demonstrations, to then emphasize the refining of our students’ explanations. For example, we will be using one of the commercial LeChâtelier’s Principle kits to explain at the particle level why heating a sample shifted the equilibrium – NOT using a phrase such as “shifts right, heat favors the endothermic reaction.” We will also provide opportunities for interpreting, generating, and sharing more particle-level diagrams to be used in your own classrooms.

Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructors:

APSI Consultant David Hostage
David Hostage

David Hostage taught science at the secondary level 1976-2020, including all levels of chemistry and other sciences as required. An active participant in the AP® Chemistry community, he taught the AP® course 1986-2020 and, as a College Board-endorsed consultant, has led workshops in the subject for teachers since 1988.  He has been a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the grading of the AP® exam since the early 1990s. For four years he was a member of the Test Development Committee for the subject.  Mr. Hostage is the author of a lab manual for AP® Chemistry (Laboratory Investigations: AP® Chemistry, Peoples Education) and a test review book for the subject (Multiple-choice & Free-response Questions in Preparation for the AP® Chemistry Examination, D&S Marketing Systems).


APSI Consultant Patsy Mueller
Patsy Mueller

Ms. Patsy Mueller is a high school chemistry & AP® Chemistry Teacher at Regina Dominican HS, Wilmette, IL.  Patsy was an AP® Reader for 20+ summers including 15 years as a Table Leader, and a member of the AP® Chemistry Test Development Committee (4 years). Previous AP® Summer Workshops include ILL. Wesleyan, Purdue, The Taft School (CT), University of Iowa, West Virginia AP Initiative, St. Mary’s (Notre Dame, IN). Patsy is one of three authors who have written and now revised a new AP® Chemistry Test Prep book to align with the 2019 Revision of the new (2014) curriculum, including new lab questions, and the “long/short” newer testing format, specifically designed for AP® Chemistry.

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Physics 1&2 – APSI.5648

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

Participants in this summer institute will have the opportunity to meet and learn from others who are developing Advanced Placement Physics programs in their schools.  Current and aspiring AP® Physics 1 and/or AP® Physics 2 teachers will strengthen their knowledge of the subject, become familiar with the AP® Physics program and its changing scope and sequence, and develop laboratory and demonstration materials for use in their own classrooms.  They will come away from the institute with many materials, including the College Board AP® Physics packet, tests and solutions from past years, sample course syllabi, and the solutions to the most recently available free response exams. Time will be spent working on problem solving techniques and discussing approaches to teaching AP® Physics —including the role of virtual learning, online labs, vertical teaming, development of a course syllabus, and designing labs and assessments that address higher order thinking skills. Participants will be given the opportunity to work in small groups to model inquiry-based laboratory design increasingly emphasized by the AP® Physics courses, selecting the lab work from a variety of options that best fit the teacher’s course needs.  As time permits, new AP® teachers will be given guidance in preparing a course syllabus and submitting an audit. Participants should have a calculator and online computer (with camera) access to the platform used for this workshop. 

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Connie Wells
Connie Wells

Connie Wells has a Master of Science Degree in Physics from The University of Kansas. After teaching Physics, AP® Physics B, AP® Physics C and AP® Physics 2 at the high school level for over twenty-five years, Connie is now an adjunct instructor of physics at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been active in test scoring and development for The College Board since 1995, serving on the AP® Physics B and C Test Development Committee from 1997-2001 and as Co-chair of the AP® Physics 1 and 2 Curriculum Development Committee and Co-chair AP® Physics 2 Development Committee from its inception to 2015. In November 2003, Connie was a Regional Winner of the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching sponsored by The College Board and The Siemens Foundation and was awarded the Rockers Award for Greater Kansas City Area Outstanding Teacher in Science in 2008. As a workshop leader and College Board institute consultant, she has presented physics teacher training institutes throughout the United States and abroad—including Edmonton (AB, Canada), Hawaii, Saipan (Northern Marianas Islands), Barranquilla (Colombia), Bangkok, Skopje (Macedonia), Shanghai, Tokyo, Harbin (China), Taipei (Taiwan), Hangzhou (China), and Beijing. She is the author of several physics review guides produced by major publishers and of documents and focus booklets for AP® Physics published by The College Board. She’s the author of the “Conservation Concepts” and the “Rotational Motion” Curriculum Modules and co-author of “Electrostatics” and “The Laboratory Guide”. Her name appears in the acknowledgements as a developer of all four AP® Physics course curriculum guides. Connie has been Chair of the Committee on Teacher Preparation for the American Association of Physics Teachers. In August, 2015, she was named Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society. She was appointed to the College Board Science Advisory Panel in 2016 and currently works on contract projects for The College Board related to AP® Physics and SAT. Connie is developing extensive experience in the presentation of online courses, having taught online college courses and labs at the college level, starting in spring 2020, and online AP® teacher institutes in summer 2020 on a variety of platforms.

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Physics C – APSI.5673

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

PHYSICS C, Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism

The goal of the five-day Summer Institute workshop is to help new and experienced teachers develop and refine a successful Physics C course. This institute combines Physics C Mechanics and Physics C Electricity & Magnetism.

The Institute will focus on instructional methodologies, and the selection and planning of appropriate inquiry-based lab experiments. The laboratory segment of the institute enables teachers to implement inexpensive, robust and simple experiments through which the students to engage the material and strengthen both the students’ conceptual understanding and quantitative skills. The C Mechanics potion highlights lab work that explores the three conservation laws of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. The C Electricity and Magnetism portion highlights lab work on electrostatics beyond field mapping, as well as magnetism and electromagnetism. All of the laboratory experiments that the participants undertake are done with equipment that is both straightforward, with a minimum of sensors and computer-based data acquisition and analysis, and capable of providing accurate results.

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Patrick Polley
Patrick Polley

Patrick Polley received the Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Florida in 1985.  He has been associated with AP® Physics since 1987, working as an AP® Physics Reader (1987-1994, 2012-2013), Table Leader (1995-1998), and Chief Reader (1999-2005).  He wrote the first AP® Lab Manual in 2003, and has contributed to the current inquiry-based lab activities manual for Physics 1 and Physics 2.  He has offered one-day AP® workshops since 1993, and week-long AP® Summer Institutes since 2002.  He is the department chair and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Beloit College, WI, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1990.

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Environmental Science – APSI.5623

Week 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021 – Registration Closed

I am excited to present the Virtual AP® Environmental Science Summer Institute sponsored through Carleton College.

Our week together will be action packed! The theme of the week will be implementing the AP® Environmental Science Course Framework developed by the College Board: integrating content with science practices and connecting units through curriculum spiraling. You will understand the course framework, how to plan the course, teach the course and assess student work. The workshop will run off a synchronous/asynchronous model so that our time in live session each day will be maximized. College board consultants have been meeting regularly to develop a plan of what works best in a blended workshop platform. Plan on a variety of labs and activities, modified to meet the challenges of presenting a workshop in an online format. You will receive some simple materials through the mail and I will provide a list of supplies/equipment you can gather on your own. We will explore a variety of instructional strategies to create a more inclusive AP® science classroom. Engaging students by including strategies such as phenomenon anchored learning, modeling, activity before content and I2 allows for increased rigor and student success. Participants will have a clear path for what students need to know and demonstrate to be more successful on the AP® exam and engaged environmental scientists.

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Amy Fassler
Amy Fassler

Amy Fassler has been teaching AP® Environmental Science in Marshfield WI for 15 years. Her passion for, and knowledge of environmental science have made it one of the most popular courses on campus, attracting students from all levels.

She is proud of the success her students achieve on the national exam, but also that they leave her course as inspired, scientifically literate young adults capable of understanding complex environmental issues. In addition to classroom teaching, Amy coaches Science Olympiad and mentors a student research group.

Amy is involved in science education leadership at the state and national level. She has served in various capacities in exam development and reading, and was a part of the team that developed the new CED resources. Students and teachers alike have enjoyed the College Board review videos Amy produced, and she is thrilled to share her passion for AP® Environmental Science with other teachers as a College Board consultant.

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World Languages & Culture

APSI Participants in a classroom during a lecture

Spanish LANGUAGE and Culture – APSI.5863

Week 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021

This course will focus on the development of successful strategies for teaching high-school Advanced Placement® Spanish Language and Culture. For both new and experienced instructors, this course will examine the AP® course and exam in detail, briefly review some aspects of second language acquisition pedagogy—emphasizing their practical application in the classroom—and discuss optimal methods of instruction to prepare students for the AP® Spanish Language and Culture Exam. Time will be allotted to examine the AP® grading criteria and to score sample responses and discuss assessment.  We will examine newly-launched College Board resources, including AP® Classroom, and how to incorporate best use these tools.  The   institute will also allow time for sharing of best practices and designing a unit of instruction that includes authentic sources and classroom-ready materials.

Register here for the 2021 Carleton APSI: Week 2

About the Instructor:

APSI Consultant Jennifer Zachman
Jennifer Zachman

Jennifer Zachman is an Associate Professor of Spanish and the Faculty Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. She holds a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Spanish Literature. She is a certified AP® College Board Consultant and has taught many AP® Spanish Language and Culture Institutes. She has participated in the AP® Exam Reading and regularly teaches the college equivalent of AP® Spanish Language and Culture.

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