Courses and Consultants

Courses offered in 2014

Biology
Calculus AB/BC
Computer Science
Chemistry
Economics
English Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
French Language & Culture
Human Geography
Latin
Psychology
Spanish
Statistics
U.S. Government & Politics
U.S. History

Course Descriptions with Consultant Information

BIOLOGY

Designed for both experienced and new AP Biology teachers, this workshop will provide an introduction to the most important aspects of the newly revised AP Biology curriculum with a particular emphasis on moving toward guided, student-designed, inquiry-based labs.  Participants will engage in an extensive hands-on lab experience, including lab prep and data analysis, with labs that fall under the “Four Big Ideas” including many alternatives to labs in the AP Lab Manual.  Discussions will include ways to modify and adapt your existing labs to fit the new AP Biology Science Practice Standards.  During the week, time will be set aside for discussions on teaching strategies and activities, course design, how to develop a syllabus with the new framework, and the new exam.  Participants are asked to bring their 2013/14 school calendar, a calculator, their own laptop (if possible), and a favorite lab, project, activity or other assignment to share with others.

Pam Bryer, the Director of Laboratories and Lab Instructor for the Bowdoin College Biology Department, is a College Board certified consultant. She teaches introductory biology, is a science instructor in the Upward Bound program for high school students, and in addition to being an instructor in AP Biology Summer Institutes, has also conducted a variety of other workshops for High School teachers.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

The course accommodates participants with different levels of familiarity with Java and OOP.  We will study classes and objects, constructors and methods, interfaces and inheritance, strings, arrays and ArrayList, and other topics specified in the AP CS Course Description.  We will also review the College Board's AP materials, work with the "Magpie," "Pictures," and "Elevens" labs, recommended by the Development Committee, review the free-response questions from the 2014 AP CS Exam, and discuss techniques for teaching Java in high school (role play, team projects).

Maria Litvin has taught computer science and mathematics at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, since 1987.  She is an AP Computer Science exam reader since 1996 and provides AP training for high school computer science teachers.  Maria is a recipient of the 1999 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement for Mathematics, Science, and Technology for New England and of the 2003 RadioShack National Teacher Award.  Prior to joining Phillips Academy, Maria taught computer science at Boston University.

Maria is a co-author (with Gary Litvin) of Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java, now in its fourth edition.  Maria and Gary also co-wrote C++ for You++, and more recent Java Methods: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures, the textbook used for AP CS courses in hundreds of schools.  Since 1999, Maria and Gary co-wrote questions for the Continental Mathematics League contests in computer science; this collection is now available in the book 250 Multiple-Choice Computer Science Questions in Java (Skylight Publishing, 2008).  Their latest book is Mathematics for the Digital Age and Programming in Python (Skylight Publishing, 2008), now in its second edition (2010).

CALCULUS AB/BC

This session will provide thorough coverage of the concepts and content of both Calculus AB and BC, with emphasis on both teaching and assessment strategies.  The format and student performance expectations for the AP exam will be explored with a focus on both multiple choice and free response questions, as well as calculator active portions of the test. The content covered will span both AB and BC topics, including: the derivative and its applications; the integral and its applications; polar, parametric and vector valued functions; differential equations, slope fields and Euler’s Method; and sequences and series.  Special attention will be given to a review of the 2014 AB and BC exams.

It is recommended that participants bring a graphing calculator. The TI-84 will be used by the instructor. In addition, any favorite lessons, handouts, techniques of instruction, or other items of interest will be welcome, and time will be provided for the sharing of ideas during the week.

John Jensen is currently Faculty Chair in Mathematics at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona. He taught high school mathematics for 30 years in Phoenix, Arizona, 25 in Advanced Placement Calculus. John has been an AP Calculus reader, table leader and question leader during the past 24 years and has conducted over 250 workshops and institutes in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics in 1987; the first Siemens Advanced Placement Award in 1998; Distinguished Service Award (1998) and Exemplar Award (2001) from the College Board; and the Tandy Technology (Radio Shack) Award in 1997. He has contributed to several curricular resources published by the College Board.                                         

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry participants can expect an extensive comparison of the current AP Chemistry course (which completed this year – 2012/13) and the course to be implemented in 2013/14 according to the brand new AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework. Our comparison will consolidate the topics that have been excluded from the former course and detail a couple of topics that have been added to the new curriculum framework. In addition, we will prepare for the emphasis on inquiry learning that pervades not only the new curriculum framework, but, particularly, the laboratory portion of the new course. Participants can expect exposure to resources such as POGIL, the Science Writing Heuristic and the 5 and 7 E models and their use in planning to teach and prepare laboratory and classroom experiences using various levels of inquiry. Additionally, the previous examination format will be compared to the format that is to be applied to the new curriculum framework.  Sample questions representative of the new exam style will be studied as well. We will also practice writing assessment questions that will elicit students’ inquiry skills and we will convert former multi-topic AP examination questions into inquiry style questions.

Participants will perform ten laboratory exercises with various levels of inquiry. Several of these will be taken from the brand new AP Chemistry Inquiry Based Laboratory Lab Manual. In addition, participants will practice converting some of their current favorite experiments from standard laboratory format to both guided and open inquiry styles.         

Cheri Smith is the Head of Science at Yale Secondary, a medium sized secondary school near Vancouver British Columbia where she has been teaching AP Chemistry since 1988. She has worked for the College Board as a consultant in Pre-AP Science and AP Chemistry for two decades. Cheri has edited and authored Special Focus materials for the College Board’s AP Chemistry workshops and has contributed and reviewed materials for the AP Central website. Recently, she was one of the writers of the College Board’s soon to be released AP Chemistry Inquiry Based Laboratory Manual. In the fall of 2012, the BC Chemistry Twelve Work Text that Cheri helped author was released as an addition to the 2011 BC Chemistry Eleven Text in her home province of British Columbia. These brand new work texts are already the primary resources for senior chemistry classes in nearly one-half of the secondary schools in the province. Cheri has been an AP chemistry exam reader, table leader and question leader since 1998. In January of 2013, Cheri joins the College Board’s Science Academic Advisory Committee. Cheri is the recipient of several provincial and national teaching awards including the 1995 National Award for Teaching in Science and Technology presented by then Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien. In addition to her love of science education, Cheri enjoys reading, cycling, swimming and paddling canoes, kayaks and team paddling dragon boats.  

ECONOMICS

The workshop will cover the major topics of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Each of the major topics areas that present difficulty to students will be examined and discussed. Course organization will be examined as well.  All participants will receive a handbook and CD that covers all of the content, planning, activities, correlated test questions, etc. It is recommended that teachers bring a copy of the text that they intent to use if it is already selected, school calendar for next year; and a notebook computer, if possible.

Dick Brunelle is the Executive Director of the Economic Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting high school economic programs by providing professional development and support to high school teachers. He also teaches economic courses at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. Dick taught AP Economics at Ashland High School, where he also was the chair of the Social Studies Department before retiring from that position. Dick has been conducting economic institutes throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than ten years, and he served for 5 years on the Test Development Committee for AP Economics.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

Essays, speeches, letters and memoirs are central to instruction in this session. However, important changes are coming to the examination which will affect the character and content of AP English Language courses. New and experienced teachers of AP English will be able to establish or revise their AP practice around nonfiction, focusing on activities that accompany close reading and rhetorical analysis. The session also will address ways to help students write effective arguments and synthesis essays. Participants will bring new approaches and materials into their courses by designing model units. Recent AP examination questions and scoring practices will be reviewed.

John Brassil is a college composition instructor at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine. Recently of John Bapst Memorial High School of Bangor, Maine, he taught AP English Language and Composition for over 30 years. He has been a member of the AP English Language and Composition Development Committee and served in AP Exam leadership as a Question Leader and Table Leader. He conducts AP summer institute sessions and professional development workshops throughout the United States and has done so internationally in India, China, Singapore, and Canada. With Carl Glover and Sandra Coker he is the co-author of several books associated with rhetoric and argument, including Analysis, Argument and Synthesis and Writing the Synthesis Essay. His writings have also appeared in AP publications for the College Board.

ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

This course will focus on methods for guiding students to acquire knowledge and skills essential to a deeper understanding of poetry, drama, and fiction.  We will consider such topics as close reading, means of gauging a work’s tone, and application of key literary terms, as well as possible choices in designing an AP literature syllabus and in using flexible approaches for teaching diverse groups of students.  Other goals will be to familiarize participants with the structure and content of the AP exam and to consider sample questions from both the multiple choice and the free response sections of past exams.  Since AP English is different in intensity but not in kind from other literature courses, both new and experienced AP teachers will also share sample lessons from their own classes that might serve as models and inspirations for the rest of us.

Sharon Hamilton has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois.  She taught English at several colleges, at Phillips Exeter Academy, and at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, where she taught AP English for twenty-six years and, for twenty-one years, also headed the English Department.  She served as a Reader for the English Language and English Literature Advanced Placement Exams for eight years (2000-2007).  A College Board Consultant since 2001, she has taught several day-long workshops for AP teachers and summer workshops at the Taft Educational Center and Saint Joseph’s College.  She has presented at several educational conferences, including the AP Annual Conference in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.  She is the author of five books, including Shakespeare’s Daughters (McFarland, 2003) and Essential Literary Terms (Peoples and Norton, 2007).

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The Saint Joseph’s College campus offers an outdoor classroom unlike any other for experiencing unique environmental science lessons and activities.  Participants will chemically and biologically analyze a freshwater system at a campus pond, practice forestry in a second-growth woodlot and calculate a carbon offset, design their own experiments, and tour the self-sustaining organic farm that supplies the campus year-round with organic food.  Hands-on activities rather than lecture are the focus, and most of the week will be spent in the field and lab so that participants leave with a multitude of inquiry-based activities meant to facilitate student learning and develop critical analysis and problem solving skills.    Participants will learn about the development and grading of the AP test, discuss and evaluate teaching resources, and experience several different kinds of lessons and student-centered experiences that they can adapt to their own schools and communities.  Special emphasis will be given to math strategies and to developing activities and projects based on released Free Response Questions. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be ready to draft a course syllabus.  This session is appropriate for both new and experienced teachers.

  Jeanne Kaidy currently teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York where she has also served as Chair of the Science Department. Besides teaching at McQuaid, Jeanne is also an adjunct instructor of Environmental Science at Monroe Community College. She has participated as a Reader for the College Board since 2003, and is also an AP Consultant, and Consultant Coach and Mentor. Jeanne isalso co-author of the test bank and Instructor’s manual that accompanies the 15th edition of the AP textbook, Living in the Environment, by G. Tyler Miller, and is a contributing author to the AP Lab Manual for Environmental Science, an inquiry-based lab manual that accompanies the text. She also co-authored the Instructor’s manual and test bank that accompanies Miller’s seventh edition of Sustaining the Environment. Jeanne is a mentor for the New Teacher Center where she works one-on-one with new science teachers around the country.  She also reviewed and consulted on the most recent Barron’s Test Prep book for Environmental Science.  Jeanne received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009.  You can reach Ms. Kaidy at jkaidy@mcquaid.org.

EUROPEAN HISTORY

The AP European History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content, development of critical thinking skills, success on the AP test, and stimulating student engagement. We will also examine the Document Based Essay and Free Response Essays in terms of strategies, the College Board scoring rubric, and the analysis of actual student papers. Participants will be asked to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including assignments, tests, projects, and strategies. We will also review upcoming changes to the AP European History test.

Dr. Lenore Schneider has taught AP European History for 15 years at New Canaan High School, Conn., where she also teaches AP World History. She has served as table leader for ten years at the scoring of the national AP test, been a member of the AP European History Test Development Committee, and taught numerous workshops and institutes in the past years.

FRENCH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

The AP French Language & Literature workshop is designed:

  • To provide the participants with ideas and techniques (Vertical Team Concept) – To prepare the students from the basic level to the New AP French test.
  • To familiarize participants with the content and the structure of the different components of the New AP French Language test.
  • To present the three modes of written and spoken communication defined in the Standards for Foreign Language learning in the 21st Century.
  • To familiarize the participants with the Presentational, the Interpersonal and the interpretive modes of Communication in Speaking and Writing.
  • To share materials and techniques that will assist the participants to understand the new approach and will help their students to succeed on their 2012 AP test.
  • To present the cultural approach and material to be incorporated at all levels of instruction.
  • To present the websites available and how to integrate the authentic material in their daily teaching.
  • To present the six essential themes and the sub-topics recommended to be integrated in the daily instruction.
  • To provide the participants with time and opportunity for collegial interaction and exchange of successful strategies.
  • To help the participants with the preparation of the new syllabus for the College Board Audit.

To Contact Presenter:  mmulhair@aol.com

Mona Mulhair has taught French at Gavilan and Cabrillo Community Colleges and presently teaches AP French language and literature at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. She has been the World language mentor for the District and is presently the department chair at Las Lomas.  She has been appointed as a reader and consultant for the College Board since 1995. She was a member of the test development committee and has been a table leader since 2001.  She has conducted several curriculums and grading workshops nationwide as well as internationally: Paris/France and Montreal/Canada.  She has presented the five-day workshops at Monterey, San Diego, Stanford, Redondo Beach California, Bellevue Washington, Tucson Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, Texas , Montana, Hawaii, and Paris France.  In 2002, Mona presented French AP language and Literature in the First National AP Conference in Chicago and was certified as a National Consultant Leader for the College Board.  She was teacher of the year for the Acalanes District in 1994 and has been the recipient of numerous Awards of Excellence in her field. In 2005, She authored the French Study Guide of Candide, Voltaire.  In 2007, she authored and compiled the French Language Guide for the College Board and the AP workshops. In addition, she was nominated to serve on the National Academic Council of the College Board. In August 2010, she was asked to conduct a special workshop for the French consultants, preparing them for the 2012 new AP French Language and Culture test.

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

The AP Human Geography workshop is designed to offer teachers an opportunity to become more familiar with, and better prepared to teach the course. Each unit of the Human Geography course will be addressed through a brief analysis of the major topics,  sample lessons, and additional ideas. Other aspects of the workshop include the use and importance of computer technology and field studies in AP Human Geography, a discussion of textbooks and ancillary resources, and a review of the questions, rubrics, and sample answers from previous examinations. The issue of helping the students become as well prepared as possible for the exam, will be an underlying theme of the workshop.

John Trites was one of the original members of the AP Human Geography Test Development Committee, and remained on the committee for 7 years. He has also been a Table Leader/Question Leader at all of the Human Geography Readings. Over the past 12 years John has presented numerous week long institutes and 1 day workshops throughout many parts of the U.S. and Canada.

John studied geography at Mount Allison University and the University of Waterloo. He has been teaching high school geography in N.S.'s Annapolis Valley for the past 33 years and also teaches an Introduction to Human Geography course at Acadia University. He has worked on several provincial curriculum development committees as well as national initiatives. He was one of the founders of the Great Canadian Geography Challenge(Canadian version of the NGS Geography Bee).

In addition to his teaching and Advanced Placement work, John has also co-authored two high school Geography texts during the past few years. In 2000, John was awarded the inaugural Canadian Geography Literacy Award presented by the Canadian Council for Geographic Education for outstanding contribution to Canadian Geographic Education.

LATIN

You have not attended this workshop before.  We will translate large portions of both the Aeneid and De Bello Gallico.  In addition, each participant will bring a passage from a sight author for which he/she will develop questions.  We will write questions for both sight passages and syllabus passages.  The more students work with multiple choice, the less intimidating Part 1 is. Throughout the week teachers will have the opportunity to share what works for them, what areas of the course instruction are problematic, and how they view the resources available on the AP Latin Home Page: ( http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2260.html )

     Initial topics for discussion:  

  • Course and Exam Description Document
  • Reading at Sight (and where to find passages/write questions)
  • Strategies for writing analytical essays (and how to write essay questions)
  • How to integrate visuals, online resources and iTunes U
  • Themes and Essential Questions
  • What is contextualization?
  • Curricular Requirements for the Course Audit
  • Terminology: Grammar & Syntax and their importance in instruction
  • Literal Translation:  how literal is literal?
  • Vocabulary learning and retention
  • The Online Community
  • Equity and Access

Both new and experienced AP Teachers will benefit from the week; the topics are flexible and designed to meet the specific needs of the teachers present.  Participants will leave the week with a wealth of resources.  For further information, contact Jill Crooker, at jmcrooker@aol.com

 Jill Crooker taught Latin, all levels including AP Vergil and AP Latin Literature, for more than 25 years at Pittsford Mendon High School, N.Y. She has served as Reader, Table Leader, and presently Question Leader for samples for more than 10 years. She has conducted numerous AP summer institute sessions and has led professional development work-shops in Maine and New York, as well as at The American Classical League Institutes for many years. She presently serves as the College Board Advisor on the AP Latin Test Development Committee and has responsibility for the professional development needs of teacherx.

PSYCHOLOGY

The AP Psychology workshop will be designed to benefit both new and experienced teacher of Advanced Placement Psychology.  The weeklong institute will focus on providing participants with resources, demonstrations, activities and formative assessments to supplement the course content. Instructors will receive assistance regarding the organization of and format of the exam.  New instructors will have opportunities to clarify understanding of course content and an emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the field of psychology.  Concepts covered will include Social Psychology, History/Careers/Theories, Research, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation/Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Development, Personality and Disorders and Treatment.

Laura Brandt teaches AP Psychology at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.  She also has teaches AP Psychology online through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.  Laura has served as a reader, table leader and question leader at the AP Psychology exam.  Laura has presented at numerous day and weeklong conferences for the past ten years.  Laura has served on the TOPSS executive board, which represents high school psychology instructors within the American Psychological Association as member coordinator and chair. She has served as a reviewer for book chapters, course reviews and test banks.  Laura was a finalist for the Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2008.

SPANISH LANGUAGE

This five-day workshop will explore pedagogical possibilities for developing or enhancing programs whose focus is preparation for the current AP Spanish Language Exam and the 2014 newly formatted exam. By way of the communicative approach, participants will concentrate on strategies that facilitate the integration of the basic skills of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Teachers participating in this workshop will share and develop “best practices” through discussion and classroom demonstration. We will discuss the dynamics of the current and future Spanish AP Language formats including the rubrics for grading compositions and speech samples. We will explore how to take advantage of materials now available on the internet and in various textbooks. Participants are asked to bring textbooks, laptops and other materials that they have or could use in their AP Language course.  Examples of classroom quizzes and exams would be particularly pertinent.  The workshop is for the teacher, experienced or novice, who is willing to maintain an open mind about the whys and wherefores of the AP program in Spanish.  It will be conducted primarily in Spanish.

John McMullan, having retired after thirty years at The Hotchkiss School, is currently an instructor in Spanish language and literature at The Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY.  He has taught both the AP Language and AP Literature courses for decades.  In addition, he has worked as a teacher trainer with Educational Testing Service for over twenty years in the correction of the oral portion of the Spanish AP Exam.  He has been involved in writing syllabi and guides for the College Board.  In addition, he has co-authored textbooks for McGraw-Hill and McDougal-Littell and is co-author of Triángulo:  A Propósito, a highly successful preparation book for the AP Spanish language exam.   At this time he is co-writing a multimedia on-line Spanish textbook Aventuras conectadas  and an up-date of Triángulo for Wayside Publishing.  He has given many workshops on AP Spanish materials as a consultant for College

U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITIC

This course is designed for instructors who are new to US Government and Politics as well as for experienced instructors in search of new materials and strategies. In this session, participants can expect a special focus on the inclusion of students of all ability levels and all levels of political experience. Particular attention will be paid to the form and content of the free response questions, and with applying the AP scoring system. A variety unit sequences will be examined, and techniques to integrate main concepts from multiple units in the context of one lesson will also be shared.   Interactive and high interest lessons that span College Board’s Curriculum Outline will be introduced and tested.  The most recent changes in US government policies and decisions that will impact this course will be discussed. Please bring your favorite lessons and plan to work with colleagues to develop others.    bob_baker@needham.k12.ma.us

Bob Baker has taught almost every course offered in the social studies curriculum over the last 33 years, and US Government and Politics is his favorite.  Currently at Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, he is a teacher, an AP Reader and consultant, as well as a self-confessed political junkie. He has led teacher workshops across the US, and has compiled a wide repertoire of approaches to this dynamic course.

STATISTICS

This AP Statistics workshop is an intensive five-day program that will provide an overview ofstatistical ideas and concepts and give valuable resources and instructional strategies for teaching AP Statistics. We will cover the four principal areas of the AP Curriculum: Exploratory Analysis, Data Collection, Probability, and Statistical Inference. Participants will be given instruction on content, classroom activities, teaching strategies, time management, uses of technology, review for the exam, cumulative projects, and exposure to previous AP questions, concentrating on how the 2014 AP exam was graded. There will be a discussion of AP goals, resources, and equity issues, the course audit, and recommended textbooks. This workshop will be valuable not only to teachers planning to teach or already teaching AP Statistics, but also to Pre-AP teachers who through vertical teaming can help prepare and encourage students to take AP Statistics.

 Dr. Martin Sternstein, a Professor of Mathematics at Ithaca College, received his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and his doctorate at Cornell University. He spent two years in West Africa as Fulbright Professor at the University of Liberia. He has strong interests in national educational and social issues concerning equal access to math education for all. He has been a Reader and Table Leader for the AP Statistics exam, has given over 50 college Board Pre-AP and AP workshops, and is the author of the Barron's AP Statistics review book and the Barron's AP Statistics flash cards. You can reach Marty at martys@ithaca.edu.


U.S. HISTORY

The train is finally out of the station so this summer’s workshop will be devoted to the new AP US History curriculum framework and exam which will be implemented in 2014-2015.  As a result of this workshop you should be able to either revise your existing course and/or develop a new one which will allow your students to be successful in the classroom and on the new exam.   We will discuss the rationales behind the course redesign and exam, the differences between the old and new curriculums and exams, how to choose textbooks and supplemental materials which match the new course and where to find professional development support.    In addition, we will work on designing a syllabus for the new course and how to develop the type of investigative lessons the new curriculum encourages, integrating the three pillars of the new framework: historical thinking skills, thematic learning objectives, and the content outline. 

Jim Glinski has over 35 years of experience as a teacher and department chairperson at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA.  He is a Table Leader at the AP US History Exam Reading; a workshop consultant in AP US History and AP European History; and a recipient of the College Board’s New England Region Advanced Placement Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

 

For more information, contact Richard Dennison at 800-343-5498 ext. 7512, or e-mail apsi@sjcme.edu