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Spanish Language & Culture- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize teachers with the format of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam.  This institute is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP Spanish Language and Culture.  We will cover and review the format of the exam, the scoring guidelines and resources related to the course and exam, including AP Classroom.  Participants will feel able to begin teaching their own sections of AP Spanish Language and Culture and adapt and develop their own strategies to be used in their own classrooms.  Participants will be able to develop and share a lesson plan and projects to be used during the school year.  An emphasis will be placed on adapting strategies and lessons for both in-person and Remote Learning.

Goals for the Institute

  • To become familiar with all aspects of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course and exam.
  • How to build your AP program starting at levels 1 and 2
  • To learn and review the materials and lessons available through AP Central and AP Classroom.
  • To be able to learn, evaluate and implement the three modes of communication in the AP Spanish Language and Culture course.
  • To learn and review the scoring of the AP Spanish Language and Exam.
  • To learn and share best strategies for teaching the course.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON SPANISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOP          


Consultant: jorge zamora

Jorge Zamora, Spanish Language consultant

Jorge began his teaching career in 2002 at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL (suburb of Chicago), where he has been ever since.  He has taught most levels of Spanish, from Spanish I to AP.  He has taught AP Language and Culture for the last 13 years and has served as an AP Reader since 2016, both as a Reader, Table Leader and as an Early Table Leader for the last 4 years, helping to select benchmarks and training sets, among other tasks.  Jorge has been a presenter on numerous occasions on the subject of AP Spanish and on the uses of technology in the World Language classroom at the local, national, and international levels.  He has made several contributions to Spanish textbooks and other publications.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Northern Illinois University and his master’s degree in Educational Technology from Concordia University in Chicago.  Jorge is also a soccer coach for both boys’ and girls’ teams and has coached volleyball and track and field as well.  He enjoys reading books in both Spanish and English, working out, playing videogames and spending time with his family.

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Environmental Science- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

The Augsburg University AP Environmental Science workshop will be an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the course curriculum with fellow educators. Participants will unpack the College Board Course and Exam Description (CED) and develop a clear understanding of how to plan, teach and assess the AP Environmental Science course. The structure of the workshop will incorporate a variety of field and lab experiences to demonstrate how to develop lessons that model the course framework~ integrating science practices and course content. It will be an action packed week that will allow you to take ideas and instructional strategies back to the classroom to increase equity and student engagement. Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, the workshop offers a clear path for what students need to know and demonstrate to be successful on the AP Exam and engaged environmental scientists.

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WORKSHOP


Consultant: Amy Fassler

Amy Fassler, Environmental Science consultant

Amy Fassler has been teaching AP Environmental Science in Marshfield WI for 16 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. She has been integrating project based learning into her APES course with great success. In addition to classroom teaching, Amy coaches Science Olympiad and mentors a student research group. Amy is active in a variety of outdoor pursuits and enjoys cooking and reading. Her passion for travel and the experiences she is able to share with her students has enhanced many aspects of her teaching.

Amy is involved in science education leadership at the state and national level. She has served in various capacities in the AP Environmental Science community from exam development to question leader at the AP reading. She was a part of the team that developed the new CED resources and continues to provide insight into new resource development. 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. In addition to college board work Amy serves as an HHMI Biointeractive Ambassador, creating content presenting workshops for science educations nationally.

Chemistry- In Person

course description:

This APSI is designed for the AP Chemistry teachers with all levels of experience. Perhaps you have taught chemistry for many years but AP Chemistry is a new to you. Or you want to make time to richly explore challenging topics. We will discuss how to best teach material conceptually so that students don’t rely on equations and can link the myriad topics in the Curriculum Framework. We will utilize the lab effectively to provdie students with a rich experience. With two-decades of experience teaching the course and 15 years in reading and test development with College Board and ETS, I have created a broad range of materials that will engage both the new and seasoned teacher. I am excited to work with you this summer to help build the best experience for your students!

A sampling of the topics covered:

  • Review of AP Questions Integrating Content and Skills.
  • Understanding science practices and scoring the exam
  • How to truly explain periodic trends and intermolecular forces using concepts of atomic and molecular structure
  • Kinetics and equilibrium, buffers and titrations
  • Building assessment to maximize student understanding (including utilization of AP classroom)

We will discuss what content is most important for our group. My goal is for you to leave as informed and well-prepared as possible. Each participant will receive a mini laboratory manual that covers the experiments needed to be successful. Activities are designed to be completed in a 45-50 minute period with common chemicals.

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consultant: paul Price

Paul Price, Chemistry consultant

Paul D. Price is the Science Department Chairman at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he has taught chemistry, AP Chemistry, physics, and AP Physics since 1998.  He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Rumor has it that Paul’s courses are difficult because he is a stickler for understanding “the why” in chemistry.  Fortunately, students say his classes are always entertaining.  In 2004 the Dallas-Fort Worth Section of the American Chemical Society honored Paul with the Werner Schulz Award for Outstanding High School Chemistry Teaching.  He has also been awarded the ACS Southwest Region Teacher of the Year in 2005 and was named one of the top teachers in Fort Worth by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine in 2014.  Paul is a co-author of two chemistry laboratory manuals, an author and reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education, and a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, often discussing techniques to improve molecular-level problem solving skills and ways to further the innovative use of technology in chemistry and physics. Paul is also a question leader at the annual AP Chemistry reading and served as a member of the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee for 10 years. Currently, he continues to help develop the Pre-AP Chemistry course for the College Board.  Away from school, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, Lenore, and seeing the world through the eyes of his two children, Micah and Kiersten

 

Biology- In Person

course description:

The focus of this Institute will be on the following topics:

  • Review the Course and Exam Description (CED) in AP Biology (2019).
  • Familiarizing teachers with the exam format
  • Revising traditional labs into inquiry based lab investigations and extensions to labs most of us already do
  • Effective use of AP Classroom in developing formative and summative assessments.
  • Instructional strategies that improve student success in AP Biology
  • Development/revision of a syllabus for Course Audit submission, if needed.

The CED connects each learning objective to science practices that build skills and the  specific essential knowledge needed to help students learn to think and act like biologists. Participants will practice modifying traditional experiments into inquiry-based models and explore alternatives/extensions to these investigations that meet the same learning objectives and integrate the same science practices.

We will spend time analyzing the 2022 AP Biology exam and look at trends and patterns noticed in student responses from previous years. We will spend time analyzing recently released FRQ’s so teachers can guide students in what they need to know and demonstrate to be more successful on the AP exam. We will discuss strategies for improving student performance through strategies such as phenomenon anchored learning, modeling, activity before content, I2 and CER which help to build student success. The facilitator will create a supportive and welcoming learning environment that encourages participants to share best practices, to take risks, and fosters a sense of community.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON BIOLOGY WORKSHOP

 


consultant: kathy van hoeck

Kathy Van Hoeck, Biology consultant

I worked for 15 years as Medical Technologist before going into education.  After getting a master’s degree in Biology, I taught Anatomy and Physiology at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL for 5 years and then high school biology in the Chicago suburbs for 25 years where I taught AP Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Medical Careers and freshman honors biology.  I am now an adjunct professor of Biology at St. Xavier University in Chicago. I’m a College Board Consultant and have been an AP Biology Reader since 2011. I have served as Table Leader and Early Table Leader. I love to travel and spend time with my 6 grandkids.

Statistics- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

This course will create understanding of, and instill confidence in AP Statistics in a collaborative, judgement-free environment. Big ideas include exploring and visualizing one and two variable data, sampling and experimentation, probability, random variables, sampling distributions, and statistical inference via confidence intervals and significance tests. Simulation is used throughout to increase understanding. We will explore and
engage the content through activities that can be implemented immediately in the classroom. During the week we will examine the four major content areas of the AP course, with discussions and explorations tailored to the experience, comfort level, interests, and needs of participants. In addition, we will discuss teaching strategies and classroom details such as student projects, homework, quizzes, AP Daily, AP Classroom, online AP
Question Bank and grading. A good bit of time will be devoted to the AP exam, including its structure, how it is written, and how it is graded. We will examine the grading of the 2021 exam in depth. Learning is supported with an introduction to graphing calculators. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a graphing calculator and laptop.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON STATISTICS WORKSHOP


consultant: sarah johnson

Sarah Johnson, Statistics consultant

Proud professional educator, Sarah M. Johnson, teaches Mathematics & Statistics at Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She has been teaching AP Statistics for more than 15 years and currently serves as an AP Consultant for the Midwest Region of the College Board. Sarah has also worked as an AP Statistics Table Leader, AP Rubric Team Member, AP Reader, AP Multiple Choice Item Writer, a National Delegate to the Academic Assembly of the College Board, College Board Diversity Initiatives Advisory Panel, NCTM Proposal Reviewer, and as both a Consultant & Mentor with the National Mathematics & Science Initiative. Once upon a time, Sarah raised her hand in a department meeting and asked the question: “Why don’t we have this AP Stats class I heard about?”  This is the last time she has raised her hand in a meeting to date.  Since that day, she has been educating the masses about fighting our two enemies: bias & variability, and maintaining focus on the #1 job of any statistician– translating statistics into English for common folk. Sarah uses simulation-based activities to ensure her students are good consumers of data (and also to keep them from sleeping in class).  Her passion is helping teachers love statistics as much as she does, and she especially enjoys learning from the experiences of workshop participants! Sarah is married to her marine engineer / program manager husband, and they are attempting to herd cats—err raise 4 beautiful daughters (a.k.a. “Those Johnson Girls” ages 22, 14, 10, and 5).

 

Calculus BC- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

This AP Calculus BC workshop will cover the curriculum of AP Calculus BC, 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 AP Framework that was enhanced for 2019.  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, assessments and College Board student resources, including AP Classroom, will also be discussed.

Graphing calculators and on-line applications will be used to present ideas from graphical, numerical, and analytic approaches.  A small unit on creating math videos and implementing a flipped classroom in the math class will also be presented.  Participants will be actively engaged and sharing of ideas and information is expected, including a personal assignment that will enhance their own classroom. The emphasis on specific topics will be guided in part by the needs of the participants, but also expect at least 40%-50% of the workshop will be on getting more familiar with BC only topics.

A Laptop or tablet is highly recommended for a full experience and for ease of sharing of materials.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON CALCULUS BC WORKSHOP


Consultant: tim zitur

Tim Zitur, Calculus BC consultant

Tim Zitur has been a high school math teacher for over 35 years.  He has taught AP Calculus for 27 years; 3 years in Minnesota and 24 years in Singapore.  He is a teacher and soccer coach at Singapore American School, one of the largest AP international schools in the world. Presently, Zitur teaches AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra.  He has been an AP reader or table leader since 2004 and an AP College Board consultant since 2007.  Zitur has taught AP Calculus with the “flipped” classroom approach for the last 11 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.

Calculus AB- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

This workshop is designed to dive into the AB Calculus curriculum.  We will use the fantastic resources in AP Classroom and the CED as well as conversations with each other to develop the first unit and a year-long plan for the course.  We will collaborate, sharing pedagogies as well as ideas on sequencing, student and textbook selection, and the use of the graphing calculator.  Throughout the course, we will explore online and paper and pencil resources and solve many, many problems, digging into those students find most challenging. By week’s end we will practice evaluation with the 2022 Free-Response questions.  Participants should bring a graphing calculator to the session.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON CALCULUS AB WORKSHOP

 


consultant: deb costello

Deb Costello, Calculus AB consultant

Deborah Costello has been teaching AP Calculus for more than 25 years, has served as an AP Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader in the past 14 years, and continues as an AP Consultant for the 18th year. She is currently an Assistant Dean of Faculty and AP Calculus Teacher at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. She has presented sessions on calculus, calculators, and technology at FETC, FCIS, and the AP National Convention.  Deb is a St. Olaf graduate, is married with two grown sons, and enjoys photography and travel.

US History- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

Are you teaching APUSH for the first time, or, are you a veteran teacher but looking for ways to help your students score better on the exam?  This workshop can help you and your students.  For six years, I served on the Test Development Committee for APUSH, and I am exam/question leader at the AP Reading.  Along with gaining a comprehensive understanding of the curriculum framework, participants will be provided with practical strategies and ideas for teaching the class.  We will analyze the rubrics and learn how to apply them accurately to student essays.  Participants will explore strategies to effectively teach the DBQ, LEQ, and SAQ.   We will delve deeply into the Historical Thinking Skills and look at approaches for scaffolding skills and content for learners at varying levels.  Together we will share ideas, best practices, and resources.  By the end of the class, you will have a toolbox of ideas, strategies, resources, and lessons that you can take with you for next year’s teaching adventure.  Please come and join us at Augsburg.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON US HISTORY WORKSHOP


consultant: billie clemens

Billie Clemens, US History consultant

Billie Clemens is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and has a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MAEd from Western Carolina University. Additionally, she is certified in Gifted Education and Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision.  Ms. Clemens taught APUSH for more than 25 years in a low wealth district in the mountains of North Carolina, thus understands the challenges faced by many teachers.   From 2015 until June of 2021, she served on the APUSH Test Development Committee.  This committee, consisting of four high school teachers and four college professors, is responsible for creating the AP exam, rubrics, and curricular support materials.  Additionally, she served for four years as the College Board liaison to the Teacher Community.   Ms. Clemens is also an exam/question leader at the APUSH Reading.  In this capacity, she leads a team to develop the training materials for the DBQ or LEQ.  The team then uses those materials to train the readers to create a fair and consistent evaluation of student responses. Currently, she works as the Instructional Coach for a K-8 charter school and teaches in the history department at Western Carolina University.

Psychology- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced AP® Psychology instructors and will include review of course content, planning, and a variety of teacher resources, strategies, and assessments. It will assist you in building a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for a high-interest and successful AP© Psychology course in your school’s specific academic schedule and setting. Materials will be presented for the current CED (Course and Examination Description), which will be used for the 2022-2023 AP Psychology Exam.

By attending this institute, you will gain a deeper understanding of the course content, planning the course, teaching the course, assessing student progress, and engaging as a member of the AP Community. Individualized activities will be provided for both new and experienced teachers to navigate through the latest updates in the CED (Course and Examination Description), AP® Audit, and AP® Classroom. There will be opportunities to explore how to use instructional planning reports, unit guides, personal progress checks, and the AP question bank. New teachers will be provided time to review various syllabi for a semester or year-long course, sequence & pacing, and textbook options.

Another focus of the institute will be on helping students acquire the test-taking skills they need to be successful on the AP® Psychology Exam. Instructors will be exposed to previously released exams and we will evaluate strategies for preparing students. Particular attention will be devoted to understanding how the free-response questions are graded and learning simple and effective teaching strategies for writing and scoring these types of questions.  Each of the nine content areas of the course will be addressed and participants will be provided with materials to enhance their course including demonstrations, critical thinking exercises, and assessments. Projects that build content and enhance scientific skills will also be examined. An emphasis will be placed on bringing difficult content to life for students and helping instructors with content assistance in those difficult to teach areas of the course.

This interactive course will assist teachers in gaining the content and skills to allow for both teacher and student success. Instructors will be encouraged to ask questions and share ideas. It will be a week of professional development focused on building meaningful connections within the AP Community and adding to your “tool box” of best practices. You will be provided with activities and strategies that can be implemented in your classroom immediately. Come ready to learn and leave energized to be teaching AP© Psychology!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON PSYCHOLOGY WORKSHOP


Consultant: Jessica Flitter

Jessica Flitter, Psychology consultant

Jessica Flitter, MA, teaches AP® Psychology at West Bend East High School in West Bend, Wisconsin.  She has taught the course since 2004 and has participated in the AP® Reading since 2014 as a Reader, Table Leader, Rubric Master, and Question Leader. Ms. Flitter was awarded the 2015 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award for exemplary teaching, the advancement of psychology, and commitment to excellence. She has presented at regional and national conferences for AP Psychology teachers.  Jessica Flitter is also the co-author of two editions of the review book AP Psychology All Access with Nancy Fenton.  She has served on the high school educator content advisory board for the 3rd edition of the Myers-DeWall AP Psychology textbook, worked on several AP Psychology assessment banks, contributed to the iScore5™ Psych app, and writes for Books for Psychology Class, a blog that summarizes psychology-related books and provides class activities for teachers and students. She earned her BA in Psychology and Broad Field Social Studies at St. Norbert College and a MA in Quality Curriculum and Instruction at Marian University. She enjoys working with teachers to increase student interest and success in AP Psychology. Jessica’s passion is all things psychology. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and pug named Sigmund.

Human Geography- In Person

For new and experienced AP teachers

During this four-day APSI, attendees will be presented with unit overviews and best practices to teach each of the seven units in Human Geography. At least one lesson from each unit will be modeled. Participants will analyze the AP Human Geography exam; how it is written, how it is graded, and how to best prepare students for it. Teachers who attend the event will be given access to a cloud drive with ready-to-go lessons and material tied to the Advance Placement Human Geography Learning Objectives.

By attending this AP Summer Institute, you will learn to:

  1. Navigate and effectively align your instruction and assessment with the APHG Course and Exam Description
  2. Develop a course pacing guide by unit/topic to incorporate the full scope of your AP course into your school’s academic calendar
  3. Examine formative and summative assessment item types to identify and explain how pairings of content and skills are the focus of instruction and also the targets of these assessments
  4. Applying the scoring guidelines from the most recent AP exam to samples of student work
  5. Identify student strengths and weakness using data available through AP Classroom and Instructional Planning Reports
  6. Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  7. Employ maps, photographs, GIS, data set, signage, and other real-world geographies in the classroom
  8. Employ local geography to help students critically think and apply abstract academic concepts/models from the curriculum to real & relevant issues
  9. Write rigorous College Board type multiple-choice questions
  10. Utilize case studies to help students analyze information across units and understand interrelationships between geographic phenomena
  11. Sequence and scaffold curricular skills in developmentally appropriate ways so that students master prerequisite skills before being asked to complete more complex tasks
  12. Develop interactive lesson plans for virtual class instruction

You will also walk away with ready-to-use strategies and pedagogical tools, to effectively teach the content and skills of the AP Human Geography course

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IN-PERSON HUMAN GEOGRAPHY WORKSHOP         


Consultant: Amy Stalker

Amy Stalker
Amy Stalker, Human Geography consultant

Amy Stalker is part of the College Board’s leadership team, and has been a Table Leader for the College Board AP Human Geography Reading since 2013 and an Early Table Leader since 2019.  In 2015, she received the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Award.  She was also selected to be a delegate at the AP Human Geography South Korea Trip that was sponsored by the Northeast Asian History Foundation. Amy has published a paper for the South Korea Delegation entitled “APHG Testing Process” and an article entitled “APHG Best Teaching Practices and Resources” for the Florida Geographic Alliance.  Amy writes questions for the College Board’s AP Human Geography National Exam and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Middle School Geography Exam.  She has co-led the National Council for Geographic Education’s Professional Development for teachers and professors to Cuba in 2016 and 2017.  Amy has written questions for the iScore5™ APP, which produces AP exam prep games and materials for AP human geography.  Amy has been active in the Florida Geographic Alliance, and held the positions of Newsletter Editor, Advisory Board Member, and AP Human Geography Liaison.  She has facilitated workshops at the FL State Geography Bee to help middle school teachers vertically integrate curriculum into APHG.  Amy is very active in the Jacksonville World Affairs Council, and is a Great Decisions Teacher.  In 2017, she was selected to attend the Great Decisions Teacher, World Affairs Council, Training Institute in New York City.  Amy is passionate about Human Geography and is an AP Advocate.