AP® Summer Institute Courses

Course Listing

Registration is OPEN for 2019!

Learn more about the courses and instructors this summer.

Please note:

“New Teachers” =1-3 years experience teaching AP

“Experienced Teachers” = 3+ years experience teaching AP​

AP® Biology

Course Code: EDU 669Q
AP* Biology Registration Link

This intensive, four-day course will focus on the AP® Biology curriculum.  Primary topics include the integration of the Four Big Ideas and the seven Science Practices into teachers’ existing curriculum.  The lab component will focus on inquiry and labs from The College Board’s® lab manual.  Additional topics will include the AP® Course Audit, and the integration of biotechnology, experimental design and technology into the AP® Biology course.  Participants will learn how to prep and perform the labs, and how to analyze the results.  A biotechnology lab on gel electrophoresis may be included. 

Additionally, we will examine curriculum issues such as essay grading, testing, the Internet, technology and review techniques. The primary goal of this class is to ensure that all AP® Biology teachers leave with enhanced knowledge of college-level biology in a high school setting. All teachers will experience the inquiry lab components recommended by The College Board®.

Instructor: Melissa Cuellar

Melissa Cuellar has her bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A&M International University.  She currently teaches at JB Alexander High School in Laredo, Texas and has over 21 years of teaching experience in AP®, general and honors biology courses. At the district level, she has worked on the biology curriculum and assessment writing committee, STARR benchmark-test writing committee and as a TAMIU master teacher. She is currently an AP® Summer Institute Biology consultant and AP® Biology reader. She has also served on The College Board’s® development committees for SAT® and AP® Biology for the last five years. 

AP® Calculus AB

Course Code: EDU 669Z
AP* Calculus AB Registration Link

This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP® Calculus AB course. During this training, teachers will explore the mathematical practices for AP® Calculus (MPACs) and the components of the curriculum framework. Participants will learn how to use activities to better develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. Calculus content review will be embedded within the course. 

Topics Covered

  • The content and skills for success on the AP® Calculus AB Exam
  • The characteristics of a “calculus-based” justification in a variety of free response questions
  • Other resources to support teaching AP® Calculus AB
  • Exam scoring rubrics and the process of scoring the AP® Calculus AB exams

Required Materials

  • A TI-83+ or TI-84+ graphing calculator
Instructor: David Platt

David Platt has been a full-time community college mathematics faculty member since 1990, previously at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ and Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO, and currently at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.  He holds master’s degrees in mathematics and computer science and a doctorate in mathematics education. He served as an AP® Calculus exam reader or table leader from 2000 to 2014 and has served as a certified College Board® consultant since 2002.  He has presented AP® Calculus AB summer institutes and/or workshops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.

AP® Chemistry

Course Code: EDU 669S
AP* Chemistry Registration Link

This workshop will provide beginning and experienced AP Chemistry teachers with a basic understanding of the current AP Chemistry curriculum and test, and assist them with organizing their course for the first time and/or making modifications to an existing framework.  Participants will participate in hands-on lab activities as well as group work sessions to learn about the curriculum and its application to the AP test, and expand problem-solving strategies for AP-style questions. 

Participants will learn about the current outline of the AP Curriculum, and the format of the current exam.  The course will allow for discussion of the current exam format, recent released exams & legacy test questions.  Time will be provided for participants to work on re-formatting traditional labs to fit the inquiry model, and to discuss challenges of adapting to the new curriculum/test.

Topics will include the following:

  • Hands-on labs and demos for classroom use
  • For new teachers: establishing and AP-level lab program; introduction to the AP Chem Curriculum and exam; planning out an AP Chem calendar (& sticking to it!)
  • Questions and answers from new and experienced teachers
  • Discussion of recent curriculum revisions, review of sample exam questions and released/sample exams(s), and a survey of legacy exam questions
  • Inquiry; revising current labs to fit the inquiry model
  • Collaboration time for new and experienced teachers
  • One major topic from the AP curriculum addressed each day, with 2-3 relevant labs/demos
  • Helpful hints for preparing students for the AP Chem test
  • A thorough review of the 2019 AP Chem Exam

Required Materials

  • Scientific calculator
  • 2019 AP Chem Exam, with all questions attempted!
  • Safety glasses, lab coat and lab-appropriate attire (long pants, closed-toe shoes)
  • AP® Chemistry textbook
  • Laptop
  • E-copies or hard copies of a favorite AP Chem lab or demo to share/discuss
  • Copies of a traditional lab or activity which you would like to level up to AP standards to modify into an inquiry exercise
Instructor: Ken Porush

Ken Porush has taught regular and AP® Chemistry at Los Gatos High School near San José, CA, since 2000.  Mr. Porush earned his bachelor’s degree in psychobiology and his master’s degree in secondary education, both from UCLA. He has served as a reader for the AP® Chemistry exam, and as a workshop consultant for The College Board® since 2002.  Mr. Porush has also been a reader for the Praxis exam, worked on the 2003 ACS HS Test Development Committee, and has been included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  

AP® English Language – New Teachers

Course Code: EDU 669U SECTION 01
AP* English Language- New Teachers Registration Link

This workshop is designed for teachers of AP English Language and Composition. We will focus on motivating students by demonstrating ways rhetoric can prepare them not only for the AP Language exam, but for success in all upper-level academic courses. Beginning with rhetorical reading strategies and activities, we will explore contemporary units and lessons proven to effectively teach the three main skills required for success in the course: argument, rhetorical analysis, and research (synthesis).

Participants will receive several model writing exercises and assessments, including a highly accessible model for analyzing the common arguments we encounter in our daily lives. Because AP English Language students need many opportunities to discuss complex texts in multiple genres, participants will gain hands-on experience with rhetorical-reading approaches to non-fiction, literary, and informational texts. We will conduct a simulated reading of recent Free-Response exam questions, and participants will receive full sets of sample student papers along with strategies for using those samples to inform teaching and learning. Please bring a laptop or tablet for immediate access to multiple digital resources.

Topics Covered

  • Applying AP® exam standards to classroom practices
  • Exploring and developing effective AP® English Language units, lessons and syllabi
  • Expanding participants’ repertoire of successful instructional strategies
  • Print and electronic resources
  • How to develop a network of AP® teachers

Required Materials

  • Please bring a laptop or tablet, as we will have access to the Internet and multiple digital resources.
Instructor: Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan has taught AP® English Language and Composition at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco for 18 years, during which time he served as English Department chair, cross-curricular writing coordinator and school-wide AP® instructional cohort leader. A certified consultant for The College Board®, Jim has served as a reader and table leader for the AP® English Language exam since 2007, and consulted on the newly designed curriculum framework for the course in 2015. In addition, he has made presentations at state and national conferences, including The College Board’s® National Forum and the AP® Annual Convention. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in private school leadership along with his teaching credential from the University of San Francisco.

AP® English Language – Experienced Teachers

Course Code: EDU 669U SECTION 02
AP* English Language- Experienced Teachers Registration Link

This workshop is designed for experienced AP® English Language and Composition teachers. The workshop will focus on methods for teaching synthesis, argument, and analysis of texts and visuals. Participants will work individually and in groups with AP® multiple-choice questions, free response essays, rhetorical analysis and non-fiction texts. Participants will be able to create or enhance an AP® English Language syllabus using skills from the session. We will also discuss the relationship of our AP® course with Common Core State Standards and to AP® English Literature.

Required Materials

  • Please read and bring The Lost City of the Monkey God and two editorials by your favorite journalist
  • AP Language syllabus

If you have a computer or tablet, please bring it. Although it is not required, past participants have stated that it is helpful.  You will have access to a computer lab, and our class will have one session in the lab exploring electronic resources on a provided flash drive.

Instructor: Sharon Johnston

Sharon Johnston taught high school and college English for more than 30 years and taught AP® English Literature and Language for over 20 years. While working for virtual schools, she created student-centric AP® courses. Her research on the effectiveness of AP® online was published in American Journal of Distance Learning in 2012. She has participated in The College Board’s AP® programs as an exam reader, table leader and as an AP® consultant for 25 years.

Dr. Johnston, a National Board Certified Teacher, earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a master’s degree in English, and bachelor’s degree in English & history education. She received the Florida Council of Teachers of English Honor Award for outstanding service to advance the teaching of the language arts. 

AP® English Literature– New Teachers

Course Code: EDU 669X SECTION 01
AP* English Literature- New Teachers Registration Link

Experienced teachers of AP® English Literature will hold in-depth discussions on novels, plays, and poetry that expose students to the best in American and world literature. This four-day workshop will be interactive with an emphasis on poetry (old and new) and test prep.  We will also study and discuss novels, plays, mythology, the Bible, composition, time management, articulation and other topics of interest. 

Topics Covered

  • Syllabus approval
  • Equity and access
  • Vertical articulation
  • Time management for instructors
  • Effective use of projects and group work

Required Materials

  • Please read and bring a copy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment
Instructor: David Sullivan

David Sullivan is a veteran teacher with over 30 years of experience at the high school and college levels.  He has taught every English course from remedial ninth grade to AP® Literature and Language, IB English, and college composition and literature.  Mr. Sullivan also taught math and history including AP® U.S. History and IB History of the Americas.  In addition, he was a reader for AP® English Literature and for IB English and has been an AP® presenter for over 10 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and his master’s degree from California State University, Hayward.

AP® English Literature – Experienced Teachers

Course Code: EDU 669X SECTION 02
AP* English Literature- Experienced Teachers Registration Link

This AP® English Literature and Composition session for new teachers is designed to engage all aspects of the course from overall philosophy to pragmatic details.  Beginning with the big picture, we will explore The College Board® expectations for instruction and desired outcomes for students. We will also discuss AP® syllabus design. We will engage numerous past AP® essay prompts, mock scoring sessions of this year’s exam, and strategies for approaching the AP® multiple-choice questions. Perhaps most importantly, we will examine the day-to-day workings of the class, including ready to use lessons and activities.  The goal is to make participants feel well prepared to teach this challenging course and to meet the needs of their students.

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. We will share insights about reader expectations, keys to student success and the elements of effective timed essay writing.

Instructor: J. Ryan Hoague

J. Ryan Hoague has taught English at Temple City High School in California for 24 years, including 19 years of AP® English Literature instruction.  In his experience teaching and 12 years as a consultant for The College Board®, he has refined his ideas about the elements of an effective AP® course. Mr. Hoague has also served as chair of the English Department and on numerous committees focused on curriculum and composition.  A seasoned scorer, Mr. Hoague has been an AP® exam reader for English Literature since 2001, also serving as table leader for Question 3 in recent years.

AP® U.S. Government and Politics

Course Code: EDU 669V
AP* U.S. Government and Politics Registration Link

The redesign is here!  This institute will focus on what is new, as well as how to weave what we have been doing into what is now expected. Each participant will be an active member throughout the week. Both a semester and a yearlong class outline will be constructed, with time to work on a new syllabus and/or lesson plans. Newly released exams from The College Board® will also be included, as well as a correlations guide to past free response questions. Participants will also do a mock scoring from this year’s AP® exam.

Topics Covered

  • ­How to cover material to fit a timeline
  • Strategies to improve student’s ability to read and analyze primary sources
  • How to maximize student scores on AP exam

Required Materials

  • Teachers should bring a sample lesson that has been successful, or a lesson they would like to further develop, with 25 copies to share
  • Participants who would like copies of the workshop’s materials should bring a flash drive
Instructor: Jerry Morris

Jerry Morris graduated from Western Washington University with degrees in political science, history, and social studies. He has taught for 44 years, including courses in AP® American Government and Politics at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, WA.  He has been an AP® reader and table leader. Mr. Morris is also an AP® consultant for one-day workshops and teaches AP® Summer Institutes throughout the western states.  He has presented at two national AP® conferences in recent years.  

AP® Physics 1

Course Code: EDU 669M
AP* Physics 1 Registration Link

This institute is designed for teachers of the AP Physics 1 course. Participants at this summer institute will focus their efforts on understanding the forms of response students are expected to provide on both Free Response questions and Multiple-Choice questions. They will investigate each question from the 2019 AP 1 test. We will used the questions to dive into the curriculum and content. We will spend time developing a comprehensive answer to all questions. We will practice designing a scoring rubric, comparing that rubric to the officially released version, and using the official rubric to score students samples from the 2019 Reading. Additional work will allow participants to develop a sense of the scope of the Physics 1 course and develop and use basic mechanics, simple waves, and electric circuits lab exercises both in the classroom and using simulation websites. A comprehensive set of ancillary resources will be shared with all participants.

Instructor: Becca Howell

Rebecca Howell has been teaching AP physics for eighteen years in the North Atlanta Metro area. She currently teaches AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia. She has worked as Question Leader, Table Leader, and Reader at the annual AP Physics Reading since 2003. Rebecca served is a member of the AP Physics 2 test development committee, serving as the College Board Advisor from 2013-2018. Rebecca has presented several times at the American Association of Physics Teachers National meeting. She has worked with the Georgia Department of Education in presenting one-day workshops since 2007. From 2012 – 2017, Rebecca served as a Master Teaching Fellow through the Noyce I-IMPACT Teaching Fellowship Program at Kennesaw State University mentoring new Physics and AP Physics teachers while earning her Teacher Leader Endorsement.

AP® Spanish Language

Course Code: EDU 669W
AP* Spanish Language Registration Link

To actively participate in the class, participants are asked to bring the following materials:

  1. A photograph of a “good character” person from a magazine or internet, mounted on an 8×11 inches card board for a “picture biography” writing exercise.
  2. A copy of your school calendar for the 2017-18 year.
  3. An example of a successful AP instructional lesson/ exercise/activity to share with the group.  ( 20 copies)
  4. An internet authentic source that can be use for any of the 6 themes, recommended contexts, or to be used to answer one of the thematic essential questions listed in the course description of the AP Spanish Language and culture class. 
  5. A “flash drive”, a package of assorted colors markers, a package of assorted size and color post-notes, 3-ring binder ruled paper.
  6. A copy of the textbook(s) currently used in your AP class or plan to use in the future.
  7. Participants may want to familiarize themselves with the course description for the AP Spanish Language and culture class, by logging into www.apcentral course description home page.
Instructor: Marcela Holland

Marcela received BA degrees in Spanish and Microbiology, her California Secondary teaching credential and post-graduate work all at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a participant and Mentor Teacher in the Science Teaching Program of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab; the Language Teaching Program at Hayward State College; and has been an AP Biology and AP Spanish Language/Literature teacher for over twenty five years.  Marcela has been an AP reader for both the Spanish Language and Literature exams for many years. She is a Spanish Consultant and has presented numerous seminars sponsored by the Western Regional Office of the College Board.  Marcela has been a Summer Institute presenter at the Stanford AP Spanish Seminars for eighteen years and the Bellevue, Washington AP Seminars for more than five years.  In addition she has presented week-long seminars in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Washington, and other regions of Southern California. Marcela has been a presenter at many Foreign Language’s National and State Conferences, including CFLTA,  FLANC, SWCOLT, and ACTFL.  She has taught at the Senior High School level in the Mt.Diablo School District for more than thirty years, serving as Mentor teacher, Department chair, and AP teacher.  Marcela brings a wealth of experience from her years as an AP Teacher. She is currently teaching at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Ca.  By sharing her expertise, she will provide opportunity for you to learn how to build a successful AP program and further enhance your current teaching practices and strategies.

AP® Statistics

Course Code: EDU 669J
AP* Statistics Registration Link

This AP® Statistics course will highlight topics from the four basic content areas for new and less experienced statistics teachers focusing on content. We will explore activities to build statistical thinking and take a careful look at AP® exam questions. There will be discussion of technology, supplemental materials, AP® grading, differentiated instruction and ideas to build your program. This is a great course to help kick-off teaching AP® Statistics, plus opportunities for those looking for new ideas.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding the level of statistical thinking expected from students in this course
  • Activities that help deepen statistical understanding (and make the course fun!)
  • Creating a course structure that will enable a successful year for students

Required Materials

  • Your favorite graphing calculator
  • A thumb drive for extra files and goodies
Instructor: Jared Derksen

Jared Derksen lives with his family in sunny Southern California. He has taught mathematics students from 7th grade through college since 1991. Beginning in 1998, he has focused on teaching AP® Statistics. In the summer of 2000 he co-created a Frequently Asked Questions website for use by the AP® Statistics discussion forum. He became an AP® reader in 2004. As a content creator, he has written material for The College Board’s AP® Central and for Casio Education. He also contributes to the Bock and Velleman series of statistics textbooks — writing and updating exercises and teacher resources.

AP® Studio Art

Course Code: EDU 669I
AP* Studio Art Registration Link

Participants in this workshop will explore the NEW requirements for AP Studio Art which is being implemented in 2019-20 in all 3 portfolios. The areas of Sustained Investigation and Selected Works will be discussed. This course is designed to assist high school teachers of AP® Studio Art in planning their lessons and preparing their students to successfully develop their portfolios in 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing. The rubrics for each section of the three portfolios will be reviewed and by the end of the session, teachers will be more effective in evaluating their students’ work and assisting them to achieve higher AP® scores. Time will be provided to share information and network. Museum experience will provide curriculum ideas and add strategies to enhancing student artwork.

Teachers should bring any art supplies they would like to use (paint sets, markers, etc.)

Instructor: Douglas Allen

Douglas Allen has been teaching AP® Studio Art classes for over 25 years and is currently a studio art instructor at Brigham Young University. At BYU he also teaches professional development for teachers in a university/public school partnership. He has been a fine arts consultant (K-12) for six years at Jordan School District, a district with 78,000 students. He began his career teaching art at a high school in Australia and then taught at a high school in Sandy, Utah. He has been working with The College Board® as an exam reader and consultant for the past 10 years and has led workshops and institutes nationally. Besides being an educator, Mr. Allen is also an accomplished artist and has many commissions for his paintings.

AP® U.S. History – New Teachers

Course Code: EDU 669Y SECTION 01
AP* U.S. History- New Teachers Registration Link

At the end of this workshop, participants will better understand the expectations of AP US History teachers, syllabi and pacing of the course.  We will work on developing activities and projects designed to help students build proficiency in the course and on the exam.

Required Materials

  • A laptop
  • A Google Drive account
  • A best-practice lesson to share with other participants
Instructor: Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly teaches AP® US History, AP® U.S. Government and AP® Macroeconomics at Minarets High School outside Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.  Bob has taught for 20 years in all sorts of social studies content areas and school settings including Palo Alto, Mariposa and the Central Valley.  He is a well-experienced teacher trainer in both history and technology integration and has been an AP® reader for the U.S. History exam as well as a Google Apps for Education Certified Innovator and a PBS Learning Media Local Digital Innovator.  

AP® U.S. History – Experienced Teachers

Course Code: EDU 669Y SECTION 02
AP* U.S. History- Experienced Teachers Registration Link

This Summer Institute will involve active, engaged learning.  As a group, we are more powerful than as individuals, and we will all learn from each other in a collegial, cooperative environment. The main points of this course focus on improving student performance in critical thinking, written expression and the test-taking skills needed to pass the AP® U.S. History exam.  In just four days, you will learn how to mold your students into better writers and critical thinkers, improve your instructional practice and your students’ exam scores.

Topics Covered

  • Making the curriculum framework your best friend
  • How to attack the rubrics so your students become “rubric ninjas”
  • Essay writing made easy
  • Creative lessons and ideas to make learning history fun

Required Materials

  • Bring your phone and whatever device you like best for working collaboratively online
  • Please prepare an outline of one “best practice” in your classroom to share with your fellow participants. Google Docs are best for sharing.
Instructor: Karl Johnson

Karl Johnson has over 30 years of experience in the classroom and has been teaching AP® U.S. History for the last 18 years. He has been a consultant for The College Board® for the past seven years and has been presenting four-day and one-day workshops for participants all over the Southwest.  Mr. Johnson’s workshops focus on integrating technology and teaching to multiple intelligences to make history fun for teachers and students alike.  

AP® World History

Course Code: EDU 669R
AP* World History Registration Link

This course is designed for new and veteran Advance Placement® World History teachers. It will cover the requirements of an AP® class, tips for organizing the course and strategies to positively impact student achievement. We will take an in-depth look at the newly redesigned AP® test as well as the skills and content students will need to master in order to be successful.

Topics Covered

  • Analyzing the new essay rubrics and discussing how to incorporate those skills into the course
  • Understanding how the thematic learning objectives and key concepts come together in the AP® World History curriculum
  • Creating and sharing lesson plans to help students with important historical thinking skills

Required Materials

  • Laptop
  • Course syllabus (if already created)
  • School calendar for 2018-19
  • Lesson plan ideas and resources to share with the group
Instructor: Mason Logerot

Mason Logerot has been teaching middle school and high school history courses in Austin, Texas for the last 16 years and has been teaching AP® history courses for the last 11 years. Since 2015, he has traveled around the country as a World History consultant for The College Board® and as a trainer and curriculum developer for AP® Insight. 

Pre-AP® English

Course Code: AP 603A
Pre-AP* English Registration Link

Pre-AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the development and delivery of this professional development.

For grade levels: High School Grades 9-10 Pre-AP English

This course will acquaint participants with activities and strategies that will help prepare their students for the challenges of upper-level AP® courses.  Attendees will have opportunities to practice reading, rhetoric, writing and discussion strategies that will foster deeper analysis and critical thinking.  In addition, participants will discover ways to modify AP® materials and develop scoring guides and rubrics to cover Pre-AP abilities.  This course is for high school Pre-AP teachers seeking a practical foundation for AP® Language and Literature expectations.

Topics Covered

  • Foundation skills for AP® Literature and Language
  • Approaches to vocabulary and analysis
  • Strategies for reading, analysis, writing and discussion questions
  • Modification of materials and exams for Pre-AP
  • Development of scoring guides and rubrics
  • Practice and activities in grammar, usage and syntax
  • Tone applications

Required Materials

  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes (3” X 3” and 2” X 2”)
  • A piece of literature you will cover in the spring semester (no poetry, please)
Instructor: Pat Conquest

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and additional course work at University of Texas at Austin, Pat Conquest has taught a wide variety of levels and courses in her 35 years in the classroom, the last 13 of which included the sophomore Pre-AP area.  Although retired from Westwood High School in the Round Rock Independent School District, Ms. Conquest remains active as an observer for student teachers and interns, and is a consultant for The College Board in the areas of Pre-AP strategies, and AP® Vertical Teams in English and SAT. She also regularly presents at one and two-day conferences as well as summer institutes.