AP® Summer Institute Courses

Course Listing

**Studio Art and U.S. Government and Politics are now FULL. We are no longer accepting registrations for these workshops.**

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.  We will discuss the current exam format and sample test questions, as well as challenges of the curriculum, test and lab requirements.

Participants will engage in daily labs, demos and group work to learn about lab requirements, curriculum and its application to the AP® test, and expand problem-solving strategies for AP®-style questions. 

Topics Covered 

  • Introduction to AP® Chemistry curriculum and exam
  • Establishing an AP®-level lab program
  • Planning an AP® Chemistry Calendar (and sticking to it)
  • Sample exam questions, released exams and helpful hints for students
  • Inquiry labs from The College Board® manual and others
  • A review of the 2018 AP® Exam, including statistics and reader input

Required Materials

  • Scientific calculator
  • 2018 free-response questions, with all questions attempted!
  • Safety glasses, lab coat and lab-appropriate attire (long pants, closed-toe shoes)
  • AP® Chemistry textbook
  • Laptop
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 new teachers of AP® English Language and Composition. We will focus on motivating and preparing students, not only for the AP® English Language exam, but also for success in all upper-level academic courses. Beginning with rhetorical reading strategies and activities, we will explore effective ways to teach the two main skills required for success in the course: rhetorical analysis (multiple choice and free-response question #2,) and argument (free-response questions #1 and #3). We will also pay particular attention to the research component of the synthesis argument.

Participants will receive several model writing exercises and assessments, including a highly accessible application of the Toulmin model of analysis. Participants will gain some hands-on experience with a variety of close-reading activities and small-group discussion techniques. We will conduct a simulated reading of 2017 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.

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

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® English Literature – Experienced Teachers

Course Code: EDU 669X SECTION 02
AP* English Literature- Experienced 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® European History

Course Code: EDU 669L
AP* Euopean History Registration Link

Attending this AP® summer institute is a great chance to find out more about the redesigned AP® European History course and exam, and to examine new developments and test samples from the 2018 AP® exam.  This workshop will provide many ideas for organizing and teaching the newly designed course and will help you prepare for the curricular, thematic and skill components updated in fall 2017.  This institute will provide many resources to help both experienced and new teachers confidently teach a course in AP® European history and meet The College Board® course and exam requirements. We will ensure that all teachers are ready to prepare their students for success on the curriculum and exam, examining the latest released materials from The College Board®. 

Required Materials

  • Please bring any materials you will be using to plan and teach your course (textbook, supplemental materials, etc.)
  • A laptop may be helpful, as many of the class materials will be available on Google Drive
Instructor: Susan Gerard

Susan Gerard is a social studies coordinator for Spokane Public Schools, and teaches A®P European History classes she designed for Spokane Virtual Learning. She previously taught AP® European History at Lewis and Clark high school for 32 years. She has decades of experience as a reader, question leader, table leader and sample selector of AP European history exams, and is a current member of the AP® European History test development committee. She is endorsed by The College Board® as a presenter, and has taught AP® workshops and summer institutes since 1998. Ms. Gerard received her bachelor’s degree in history from the honors program at Gonzaga University and earned a master’s degree in education and history.

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

The purpose of this Summer Institute is to familiarize participants with the Physics 1 course and to offer guidance, strategies, and resources for successfully teaching this course.  We will explore the AP® Physics 1 curriculum framework with an emphasis on preparing teachers for the audit and inquiry-based pedagogies. Another particular focus will be the developing of classroom material for Physics 1.

Topics Covered

  • AP® course audit process
  • Pedagogy and test taking tips
  • Labs with emphasis on inquiry
  • Data collection and graphing
  • Mock scoring of 2017 Physics 1 items

Required Materials

  • A calculator
  • Notebook
  • Laptop or tablet
  • A favorite demonstration to share
Instructor: Angela Jensvold

Angela Jensvold received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics.  She has been teaching AP® Physics at Diamond Bar High School since 2003, and introductory physics at the college level since 2002.  Ms. Jensvold has participated in the AP® Physics reading since 2005 as a reader, table leader and question leader.  She has been trained by The College Board® and is an endorsed AP® Physics workshop consultant.  She is currently serving on the AP® Physics 2 test development committee.  Ms. Jensvold is committed to helping teachers prepare their students for the AP® exam and college level physics.

AP® Psychology

Course Code: EDU 668C
AP* Psychology Registration Link

This course offers strategies for presenting the main topics of psychology as well as the methods used to study psychology.  Participants will explore techniques geared toward teaching a college-level psychology course to high school students and tips on preparing students for the AP® Psychology exam including multiple-choice and free response questions. Materials published by The College Board® will be part of the course reading.  Participants will have the opportunity to share best practices with other new and continuing AP® Psychology teachers.  We will include tips on textbook selection, source books, audiovisuals and web-based sources, as well as additional resources. Each participant will be expected to design a lesson, activity or unit based on the AP® Psychology curriculum.

Instructor: Amy Jones

Ms. Jones has more than 20 years of teaching experience and taught AP® Psychology at Copper Hills High School in South Jordan, Utah. She has been an AP® consultant for the College Board® and an AP® Psychology exam reader. She was nominated twice for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award.

AP® Spanish Language

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

This Institute will focus on ways to implement a successful program in AP® Spanish Language or help experienced teachers enrich their existing programs. Participants will study the AP® curriculum themes and subthemes, test questions, scoring guidelines and student samples for the new exam. We will discuss student performance focused on three communicative modes:  interpretive, interpersonal and presentational.  Furthermore, we will discuss AP® curriculum and syllabus development in all levels of an AP® and Pre-AP program.

In this course, we will also examine and share teaching strategies, instructional materials, and will explore the integration of skills and the use of authentic materials with a special emphasis on the use of technology and the arts. Participants will be asked to share best practices with the entire group.

Instructor: Carlos A. Gómez

Carlos A. Gómez, a native of Colombia, has taught various levels of Spanish, including AP® Spanish Language and Culture and AP® Spanish Literature and Culture. However, AP® Spanish Language has been his primary focus for the last 15 years. He taught at Trinity Preparatory School for 12 years and has taught at The Canterbury School of Florida for the past 11 years, where he is chair of the World Languages Department. He has been a grader for the AP® Spanish Language exam for 13 years, and table leader for the last nine years. For the past five years, he has worked as an endorsed Spanish consultant to The College Board®, leading numerous Summer Institutes and one day workshops across the southeast region. Mr. Gómez was also the co-author of Fast Track to a 5: Preparing for the AP® Spanish Language and Culture Examination.

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 three major concerns in the teaching of art: quality, concentration and breadth. This course will assist high school teachers of AP® Studio Art in planning their lessons and preparing their students to develop portfolios in 2-D design, 3-D design and drawing. We will review rubrics for each section of the three portfolios, and teachers will become more effective in evaluating their students’ work and assisting them to achieve higher AP® scores by the end of the session. Time will be provided to share information and network. Museum experience will provide curriculum ideas and add strategies to enhancing student artwork.

Required Materials

  • 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 17 years. He has been a consultant for The College Board® for the past five 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.