Offered June 22-25, 2015
For new and experienced AP teachers
Workshop will run from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day
This four day course will benefit both the new and experienced AP English Literature and Composition teacher. It aims to enrich each instructor’s repertoire of lesson planning strategies, thereby refreshing and improving AP pedagogy. Heavily reliant upon best practices developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, the first day will start with a proven foundational approach to helping all students handle in a clear methodological fashion every aspect of the national AP English Literature exam. The second day will feature high interest strategies for teaching students interpretation and analysis of genre, particularly poetry, at an advanced level. The third day will introduce ways of enhancing student reading and writing through implementation of complex critical lenses. It will also demonstrate ways to plan entire units based on some of the works most often taught in the AP classroom: Hamlet, Wuthering Heights and the poetry of Alexander Pope, the Romantics, and T. S. Eliot. A hands on, interactive approach will allow much sharing with one’s colleagues. Together participants will collect and create resources to add even more verve to AP English learning in the year to come.
Consultant: Dr. Robert Staggenborg
Robert “Gerry” Staggenborg has earned a Ph.D. with a concentration in dramatic literature and literary theory. As a Consultant for the College Board, he has conducted national institutes, graduate student seminars and teacher workshops for over a decade. He has scored the national AP English Literature exam for ten years, supervised the College Board’s initial set up of its audit system in English Literature, and helped write their publication which defines what AP English course should be and which contains several exemplary syllabi. Representing the National Math and Science Institute, he travels around the Midwest (under the auspices of Notre Dame University) readying high school students to take AP English exams and mentoring their teachers in the best practices for helping their students achieve to their fullest potential. He has taught AP English literature himself for 26 years.
Currently teaching for New Berlin Eisenhower High School, Gerry has taught at urban, private, high ranking suburban, and rural small town schools as well as continuing a career in higher education. As a recipient of a Fulbright, he has also taught abroad at Kings College, University of London and Central School for Speech and Drama.