Week 1: Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26, 2020

Week 2: Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3, 2020

A variety of remote workshops are offered in both weeks for your convenience. View your workshop description for date(s) offered.

Both registration and payment are required for enrollment into a workshop, and enrollments will be capped at 30 participants per workshop.


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 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 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 are designed to benefit both new and experienced teachers.

Art and Design – Combined – APSI.5103

Week 1: June 22 – 26, 2020 — FULL

The objective of this course is intended to provide both new and experienced Advanced Placement Art and Design teachers with an understanding of the requirements of the Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design portfolios. Participants will learn about the standard setting and grading rubric for each of the three portfolios. A detailed explanation of the AP® Art and Design reading will be provided.

The first section of the exam is the Sustained Investigation. Time in class will be spent on how to help your students find personal questions that will help them guide their inquiry. Students will be required to submit 15 digital slides which show their ideas, processes, and revision in their Sustained Investigation. Students will also be required to write about each of these works, what materials they used, how they used these materials and the ideas behind the work. The Sustained investigation will account for 60% of the exam grade and their written component will be part of that grade.

The other section in the redo of the AP® Art and Design course is the Selected Works. Each student will be asked to submit their actual best 5 works in both Drawing and 2D Design portfolios. In the 3D Design portfolio students will be required to send two digital slide views of their five best works. The five works students submit in Selected Works can be from their Sustained Investigation, but they do not have to be. Students will also be required to write about the work they submit in this section. The Selected works section will account for 40% of the final exam grade. The written component will be part of that grade.

Time will be spent helping teachers understand what is necessary to be accredited to teach AP® classes. Emphasis will be placed making sure teachers understand the importance of equity and access for all students. Participants will discuss how to guide students into the higher level thinking skills required to successfully complete an Art and Design portfolio. 

Registration is closed for this 2020 online workshop

About the Instructor

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.

Music Theory – Combined – APSI.5133

Week 2: June 29 – July 3, 2020

The AP® Summer Institute Workshop in Music Theory will address the issues of pedagogy in music theory for high-school teachers, and will highlight the new materials provided by the College Board® which will lead to your students’ success on the AP® Music Theory exam. 

In this course, you will be presented with the four “takeaways” as presented in the new Course and Exam Description provided by the College Board this year: 1) Understanding the Course; 2) Planning the Course; 3) Teaching the Course;) and 4) Assessing Student Progress and Understanding of the course. We will focus on “Teaching by Design,” where we analyze and synthesize the content of the AP® exam and build a sequential, scaffolded curriculum for an AP® course. We will include examples of course content as seen in the exam, but will also plan curriculum for various approaches to teaching musical fundamentals, harmony, counterpoint, sight-singing and ear training, and analysis. 

The course is designed for all high school teachers who wish to implement music theory into their existing curriculum, and is especially useful to those who are/will be teaching music theory courses leading up to the administration of the Advanced Placement Music exam.

Registration is closed for the 2020 Carleton Online APSI: WEEK 2

About the Instructor

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.