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Physics C- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

The AP Physics Institute is designed to help teachers build the foundation for a successful AP Physics program. Emphasis will be placed on how to prepare students for the level of problem solving and critical thinking needed to be successful on the AP Physics C exams. Some time will be spent on the specific math topics embedded in the AP Physics C courses. A special focus will be addressing how AP Physics is an adjustment in not just what we teach, but how we teach. Laboratory investigations will be incorporated throughout the workshop, with special emphasis on transitioning your laboratory into a guided-inquiry based program. We will also focus on how to dissect the exam to best prepare your students. We will review the requirements for the course audit and explore the new Course and Exam Descriptions (CEDs) and Science Practices assessed. Time will be allotted for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group. I am excited to both share my ideas and learn from you!


consultant: dee dee messer

Dee Dee Messer, Physics C consultant

I have been teaching science for over 25 years at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. I have experience teaching chemistry, physical science, physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C Mechanics, and AP Physics C Electricity & Magnetism. I have been a part of the AP Physics Reading for over 13 years as a reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader for all four AP Physics exams. I was an AP Daily instructor for both the Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism courses and created online instructional videos for the College Board to support AP teachers and students. I am a member of the AP Physics C Development Committee tasked with creating questions for the AP exams and updating the Course and Exam Description (CED) for both C courses. I am currently a College Board endorsed consultant for AP Physics C.  I collaborated on writing a Pre-AP summer course to help high school students prepare for success in AP Physics 1 for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). Outside of teaching, I enjoy my other two full-time jobs as a wife and mom of three kids (and dog).

Chemistry- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

Course Description:

The AP Summer Institute in Chemistry will focus on assisting AP teachers in building the foundations for success in teaching the AP Chemistry curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on the new Course and Exam Description and its implementation in your classroom. 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
  • Engage as a Member of the AP Community

In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP Classroom resources:

  • unit guides and the AP Daily video collection
  • AP question bank and Unit assessments
  • Unit based Personal Progress Checks
  • Joining the AP teacher community and other groups

Content that has been introduced and updated (photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), hybridization, molecular orbital theory) as well as content that has been reduced in scope or eliminated will be noted and explained. Laboratory investigations will be introduced with the discussion of the theory, with special emphasis on student-inquiry labs. Participants will perform virtual laboratory exercises with various levels of inquiry.

The “new format” exams (2014 – 2019, 2021) will be analyzed and the grading rubrics will be explored in detail. Participants will practice grading free response questions using the rubrics and opportunities to practice writing assessment questions that will incorporate the new inquiry style of assessment will be provided. We will review the requirements of the course audit and the syllabus requirements and time will be allotted for participants to prepare their own audit document, if that is necessary. Time will also be allotted for sharing best practices and ideas as a group.

Teachers will also prepare an AP level activity or unit plan in small groups during the week and present them virtually.


consultant: william cumming

Bill Cumming- AP Chemistry Consultant


Bill Cumming has taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry in independent schools for over 40 years including 15 years at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts where he was the holder of the Helen Childs Boyden Chair in the Teaching of Science. He began his career in Okotoks, AB Canada where he started the AP Program. In Alberta, he served as an item writer and head marker for the Provincial Diploma Exams. He has been an item writer for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) for inclusion on AP and SAT exams, and he assisted in authoring one of the labs in the AP Chemistry Inquiry-Based Lab Manual. Bill, along with his wife, Lisa, authored the AP Edition of a McGraw Hill college textbook and several units for the web-based resource, AP Insight. He has worked as a College Board consultant, AP Reader and Table Leader since 1999. He is also a consultant with the National Math Science Initiative (NMSI). An avid cyclist and hiker, Bill is also a retired NCAA/USILA Lacrosse official, having officiated in the National Championships series in 2013.


World History- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

World History APSI is designed to meet the needs of high school AP teachers. This will be accomplished through a survey that will be sent out in advance for the participants to help set the exact agenda. During the course of the week, we will address the new requirements for APWH by College Board, including the syllabus, new changes to what the students must know, and things they do not need to know. Session time will be spent working on all the required essays, both how to teach the students how to write them, as well as scoring the essays. Examples for practice scoring will be available and used during the week. All teachers prefer having help making assignments, and we will work on creating those as a class for all to use in their own classroom. Each participant is encouraged to bring one they have used in their class, have thought of but need help finishing, need to adapt to the AP curriculum, or just like it a great deal and wish to share. Ideas for outside readings, ways to use peer review, assignments, resources, and fun activities will also be given time in the sessions.

Participants will: 1. Apply the CED and adjust the time frames given to their school schedule; 2. Understand the scoring with the rubric and how to teach it to the students; 3. Write MC, SAQ’s, and FRQ’s for each time period, creating a common set to share; and 4. Promote understanding of and how to use AP Classroom and provided resources in a variety of ways to enhance student understanding.



Consultant: joseph paddenburg

Joseph Paddenburg, World History consultant

I graduated from Clemson University in 1993 with a BA in Secondary Education – History. After a semester of substitute work, I was hired to teach in the Opportunity School in Danville, Va. It was a program of last resort for many students, and I was the social studies department, teaching every subject offered. After a few years, I transferred over to the main school, George Washington High School where I taught mostly World History, Geography, and Government. In 2001, my wife and I moved to Greenville, SC and I began teaching at Southside High School, focusing on Government/Economics, World Geography, and World History. AP World was added to my resume in 2006 and I have been teaching it to mainly freshmen ever since. Upon reading that College Board needed readers to score exams, I put in my application and was hired for the 2010 read in Ft. Collins, Colorado and have been to it every year since then. In the spring of 2015, I was part of the piloting of AP Insight for World History and was invited to become a consultant. That fall, I was asked to be part of the consultant team for all of AP World History, and I have led sessions in Hawaii, Houston, Raleigh, Atlanta, Winthrop University, TCU, NSU, and UTC. I have been happily married to Michelle for 26 years, and we have 3 kids- 18, 17, and 12 – and 1 spoiled rescue pup.


European History- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

Our AP European History Summer Institute will focus on helping new and experienced teachers align their instruction to reflect updates in the course.  We will explore and make connections between the course framework, historical thinking skills, daily lessons / structure of the class, and exam.  There will be a continual focus on sharing approaches and activities that can be implemented in the classroom immediately, and broadening the equity and access of the course.  A particular focus will be on scaffolding instruction of writing the SAQs, LEQs and DBQs.  With the emphasis on primary and secondary source analysis throughout the exam, we will also learn strategies to help students approach and understand the complex texts they’ll encounter.  Finally, attendees needing assistance in submitting a syllabus will receive it.  We’ll develop an approach for your instructional pacing and we’ll practice and gain confidence with AP Classroom.

My goal is for everyone to walk away from our time together understanding the course, aware of the resources that are available to help teach it, and feeling supported and excited about heading into the classroom with activities and approaches that can be used immediately.  Last year our online APSI had attendees from around the world and across the US.  In our online APSI we’ll have some flexibility with scheduling, so attendees can rest assured that independent work/student sample reading time will be earmarked.  Additionally, throughout the week there will be “office hours” daily for attendees to drop-in-as-needed & work through specific needs or teaching situations they could use individual support on.


consultant: christopher mcbride

Chris McBride, European History consultant

I’ve been an AP European History Exam Reader for the past 14 years and have worked to bring insights from the reading directly to my students and peers. A few summers ago I worked with a group of fellow AP Euro teachers to help revise our LEQ rubric to its current form. I am currently serving as the AP European History Lead Consultant. I’m an AVID  teacher (program that works to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities) and have worked to expand access to my AP European History class by implementing structures and supports that have helped both AVID students and their peers succeed. I’ve received recognition as a Teacher of the Year at my school through the Student Council ‘05, at the district level ‘15, and Graduating Class of ‘17. Those were nice bits of recognition, though I continually strive to improve as a teacher and really enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with peers at workshops. My goal is for everyone to walk away from our time together feeling supported and excited about heading to the classroom with activities and approaches that can be used immediately.

Economics- July Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

This workshop will focus on the major principles taught in introductory college-level Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses, as well as best practices for teaching an AP Economics 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 and market failure. Introductory macroeconomics includes economic measurement, fluctuations of business cycles, macroeconomic models and the role of stabilization policies, both fiscal and monetary.

In our week together, you will participate in many simulations and other learning activities, designed to make teaching AP Econ fun and engaging, and you’ll also have the opportunity to practice and analyze using released AP materials, including free-response questions. Our time will be divided between synchronous and asynchronous activities, and materials will include both online and face-to-face teaching materials.


consultant: TBD


World History- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

Course Description:

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.



Consultant: chad smith

Chad Smith, World History consultant

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.


Government & Politics: Comparative- In Person



The AP Comparative Government workshop is designed to give new and experienced teachers the tools necessary to maintain their course.  It is designed to review and help revise participant’s curriculum for the redesigned curriculum that launched in the 2020-21 school year.  The workshop will focus on the development of instructional strategies and curriculum enrichments to facilitate the teaching of the AP Comparative Government course.  The workshop will provide a wide variety of resources, lesson plans/ideas, technologies, and pedagogical approaches to help teachers engage their diverse learners.  Workshop participants will work collaboratively with each other to create and develop effective lesson plans for use in their classrooms.  The workshop will provide instructional strategies to more effectively teach the multiple choice and free response questions found on the AP Comparative Government exam.  The workshop will also help participants access and utilize the new AP resources available including effectively using AP Classroom.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet for use during the workshop.


consultant: dan hoppe

Dan Hoppe- consultant for Government & Politics: US

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.

English Language- In Person



Welcome to Augsburg APSI, 2022! This institute is designed for experienced teachers of AP English Language & Composition. Over the course of the week we will engage in lots of hands-on activities that focus on preparing students for success on the AP English Language exam and, more generally, for all upper-level academic courses. We will examine various instructional strategies for close reading, rhetorical analysis, and composition–with an emphasis on Classical Oration Arrangement and on the Toulmin Model of Analysis. We will explore various writing-instruction heuristics and examine strategies for assigning and assessing multi-draft essays in a manageable way. Since AP English Language students need many opportunities to wrestle with and discuss challenging texts, we will devote time to a variety of rhetorical-reading activities and small-group discussion techniques. Participants will learn how to navigate through resources in AP Classroom and gain insights into various scope-and-sequencing plans for teaching the course, including the 9-unit course-at-a-glance outlined in the CED. And finally, to provide participants with full sets of sample student papers along with strategies for using those samples as instructional resources, we’ll simulate an AP Reading of the 2022 exam’s Free-Response Questions. I sure hope you are able to join us and look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis.

Items to Bring

  • Please bring a laptop to class every day. Our presentation and many supplementary materials will be delivered electronically–Google Classroom and Padlet.
  • While participants will receive several complimentary textbooks, they should also bring texts with them that they already use or plan to use in their AP class, so they can use them to develop lessons, units, and year-long plans that align to the curricular requirements and the AP* English Language Course and Exam Description (CED).


  • Understand the curricular requirements outlined in the CED
  • Complete the AP English Language Course Audit (for new AP teachers)
  • Gain expertise with online resources like AP Classroom and AP Daily
  • Apply the standards of the AP English Language exam to classroom practices
  • Understand how to apply the Analytic Rubric to assess student writing for all 3 exam FRQs
  • Expand repertoire of successful instructional strategies for developing reading/analysis and writing skills
  • Explore and develop effective AP Language instructional units
  • Combine instructional units to build semester- and year-long syllabus
  • Deep-dive into the Toulmin Model of analysis to learn ways to foster reading & writing skills
  • Learn innovative ways to build effective small-group learning teams.
  • Better manage the “burden” involved with assigning and assessing multi-draft writing assignments
  • Return to teaching in the Fall with refreshed enthusiasm and a professional network of AP English teacher colleagues to bounce ideas off of.


consultant: daniel o’rourke

Dan O’Rourke, English Language consultant

Dan earned both his BA and MA degrees in English from Villanova University, and over the course of his 31-year career, he has taught a wide variety of English courses at four very different high schools in and around his hometown, Chicago–including Riverside Brookfield High School where he’s been teaching for the last 18. A National Board Certified Teacher and mentor since 2010 and a College Board Consultant for the past 6 years, Dan enjoys working with teachers seeking professional development. As a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader for the College Board’s AP English Language & Composition exam since 2004, Dan has gained valuable insights into assessing and teaching student writing. He also served on the College Board’s AP English Language Instructional Design Team and is an acknowledged contributor to the new Course and Exam Description and online resources. In addition, Dan presents regularly at state and national conferences and webinars–most recently Marco Learning’s November 2020 Pop-Up PD session, “Teaching for Transfer,” and the 2019 College Board National Forum in Washington, DC. Dan’s academic work has been published by Bedford, Freeman and Worth in the Teacher’s Edition of The Language of Composition, 3rd Edition (2018).

Physics 1- June Online

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

This APSI is designed to get new AP teachers ready for the course, and to allow experienced teachers a chance to expand on their skills in the classroom. During the week I will model how my classes are run by using Google Classroom and Zoom. We will aim to have our session be as lively and interactive as possible even in this virtual setting. Through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous sessions we will look at the course description, set a pacing guide for our classroom, learn how exams are graded, find ways for out student to earn the most possible points on FRQ’s, and design practice for our students that can be implemented during the school year. Participants will work with: the AP Classroom page, sample student responses, Instructional Planning Reports and the AP 1 Workbook to gain new resources to bring into their classroom.  Participants will leave this session having: built new connections to other teachers, access to new resources, and new inspiration for teaching AP in the fall.


consultant: Jenny podel

Jenny Podel, Physics 1 consultant

My name is Jenny Podel and I have taught AP Physics since 2014 in Northampton Massachusetts. For several years I have taught all 4 AP Physics courses, and I like to spice up my schedule with a regular level class as well.

I started attending the AP Reading a few years ago and had the honor to lead a virtual table in the creative online grading of 2020 & 2021. Over the past two years I have worked with ETS and The College Board to edit and write AP exam questions. Currently I am part of a working group to review the AP physics redesign for the year 2023/24.  During the creation of AP Classroom I assisted in reviewing and editing questions made for the personal progress checks that debuted on the AP Classroom AP C Electricity and Magnetism web page. I also worked as part of the team that created the AP Physics 1 Workbook. Additionally, I have presented at The College Board’s “Pencils Down Conference” to show employees a model AP classroom experience. I was the lead instructor for Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, AP Daily online instructional videos, which is an initiative from the College Board to support AP teachers and students during this time.

Outside of standard teaching and College board, I work with Mass Insight, a company that provides AP support to teachers and students in public schools throughout the New England region. My work with Mass Insight has included presenting at two day workshops for teachers, but more regularly includes presenting saturday sessions which provide extra AP prep for students.  I also work to help set up and grade mock AP tests for these schools as part of the Mass Insight program.

Additionally I have taught at Smith College during the “Summer Science and Engineering Program.” I am a Smith College graduate, with a Masters Degree focusing in physics education. I have also earned several awards from Smith College and the Five-College consortium for my work in physics and astrophysics. Through this work I have presented at two international conferences. I have also served on a panel at the CUWIP (College undergraduate women in physics) conference here in Massachusetts.

After one year of being an AP consultant, I am even more excited to introduce new strategies that capture students’ attention and teach pertinent skills and content. I very much value this opportunity to enhance my own pedagogy as well by learning collaboratively from the experiences of those teachers participating in these workshops.


Biology: Experienced- June Online

For experienced AP teachers


The College Board redesigned the AP Biology curriculum recently (2012-2013) and some minor revisions in the fall of 2015, which included the laboratory component of the course being completely revamped, in conjunction with an increased emphasis on inquiry. Teachers have been adapting to new ideas and ways of teaching and learning about the Big Ideas, Science Practices, Essential Knowledge Statements and the L.O.’s or Learning Objectives.  Biology will offer you the following opportunities:

  • Perform and discuss the numerous labs and alternatives to these labs.
  • Receive the updated curriculum and resources from the College Board for the 2019-2020 year and updates and revisions that were done during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Ideas how to modify an existing course for the upcoming new year after going through the new course for the first time.
  • The opportunity to share and receive hints for improving student achievement.
  • Discuss textbooks and other materials, equipment suggestions, and ordering information.
  • Opportunities to network and develop a support system with other members of your class.
  • Sharing ideas for lab reports and on how to make your class more student driven.
  • Reviewing of the scoring of the new FRQ’s and exam
  • Learning to use primary literature in the AP Biology classroom.

When you leave, you will have new skills, resources and ideas, along with the confidence that you are ready to teach a top-notch course!

  • Have access to your course materials. We will have a google drive to share our best practices.
  • Bring your thoughts about the year using the CED and the other resources
  • I will share a google drive with all resources I will share and used in my classroom.

To help you prepare for teaching AP Biology, and to refine and reflect, we will address:

Content and Science Practices:

  • Understanding the organization and using the Curriculum Framework
  • What topics will you teach? Discussion on order of topics. How do you tell your story?
  • How will you incorporate science practices into your daily teaching?
  • Using and incorporating Quantitative Skills in your course on a regular basis.
  • Pedagogical Strategies

Inquiry as a lab focus and the Science Practices.

  • The lab component focuses on utilizing the science practices.
  • Teach you ways to adapt existing teacher-directed labs to inquiry labs.
  • Identify what skills need to be taught to the students?
  • Lab “write up” ideas.
  • Lab Assessment ideas.
  • Other discussions

Conceptual Exams that incorporate Science Practices      

  • Elements of the exam. What do you include? What to focus on?
  • What experiences should you give your students so they are able to demonstrate conceptual understanding rather than simply factual knowledge?
  • Where to find test items and how do you design your tests in your classroom.
  • Grading and Exam review ideas.


consultant: mark little

Mark Little, Biology Consultant
Mark Little, Biology Consultant

Mark Little had been a science teacher at Broomfield High School in Colorado for 32 years and has taught AP Biology for over 18 years and retired at the end of 2018.  He has been very involved with the AP Biology re-design, including and not limited to field-testing some of the laboratory investigations and helping with the new CED.  Mark is currently a member of the AP Biology College Board Instructional Design Team. He has been an AP Reader and Table Leader for over fifteen years at the reading along with being an item writer for the exam. He saw a need and also started the AP Environmental Science program at his school 9 years ago.  He also has taught Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology. Mark received his BS degree from Colorado State University and his Masters from the University of Denver.

Mark incorporates the new curriculum framework ideas in his workshop and his focus for his institutes is to help the AP Biology come alive for students.  Mark was a member of the first cohort of the BSCS/NABT AP Leadership Academy and he incorporates the information learned in his workshops. He is National Board Certified and has been recognized for his teaching by receiving various awards, including the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the state of Colorado in 2005.  He works for National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the Colorado Science Initiative, helping students and teachers prepare for AP science exams. He has been a College Board Consultant since 2014. Mark was President of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) in 2013 and currently still very involved with NABT by holding a couple leadership roles including AP Section chair. I look forward to working with everyone this summer during the Augsburg APSI.