Courses and Consultants

Courses offered in 2015

Biology
Calculus AB/BC
Computer Science
Chemistry
Economics
English Language
English Literature
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 2015/16 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 past AP CS Exams, 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

The curriculum for the AP English Literature Summer Institute for new teachers is based on the premise that the goals and objectives shared by teachers of Advanced Placement English literature for students include confidence and facility with language; skill in critical reading, writing, and thinking; and success in academic endeavors. The Advanced Placement English Literature Institute will not prescribe works which must or even should be used in all AP English classes, but rather, participants will explore syllabus design, techniques for teaching poetry and prose, and the 2015 AP exam in English literature.

Teaching the Advanced Placement Course in English literature includes techniques for developing skills in the close reading of and writing about poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction. We will concern ourselves with the construction of style analysis covered in the AP English Literature Examination. Discussion of the AP examination will include test materials from current and previous examinations. We will explore the multiple-choice section to determine the teaching of close reading skills and literary terms and techniques.

Sally P. Pfeifer is currently an adjunct teacher with Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, a College Board Faculty Consultant, and a sitting board member for the Educational Service District 101 in Spokane WA.  In her 38 years of teaching secondary students Sally has taught English to grades 7-12, and Advanced Placement* English at Lewis and Clark High School from 1982-2001 as well as developing and teaching an online AP English Literature and Composition Course for 7 years from 2002-2009 . She held the position of English Department Chair from 1981-2001. Sally also directed the Inland Northwest Advanced Placement Summer Institute from 2009-2013.  She received her bachelor's degree from Washington State University and Masters of Arts in Curriculum Emphasis and Development from Whitworth University. Mrs. Pfeifer has been a College Board Faculty Consultant/Reader/Table Leader and Assistant Question Leader, Instructor and Presenter for 25 years. She was a member of the AP* English Literature Test Development Committee 2004-2008; Member of the AP Higher Ed Advisory Committee 2005-2010; Member of the College Board National Academic Council (2004-2007); Member of the College Board Western Region Academic Council (1998-2001); Co-chair of the 2000 National Council of Teachers of English Regional Conference (1995); National Council of Teachers of English Regional Judge for Achievement Awards in Writing (1993-95); Influential High School Instructor, Hamilton College (1998); Most Influential High School Instructor, University of Wyoming Honors Department (2001); and The Washington State Award for Excellence in Education (1997).

EUROPEAN HISTORY

The AP European History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will include an analysis of recent changes to the AP European History Exam.  The instructor, who has taught the course for twenty-five years, has been a Table Leader at the Reading, served on the test development committee, co-authored a review book, and designed the consultant training for the new exam, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, strategies for success on the NEW AP EXAM, and stimulating student engagement.   Participants will examine the new multiple choice questions, new short answer questions, new Document Based Essay and new Long Essay in terms of strategies, the College Board scoring rubrics, and the analysis of actual student papers.   The workshop is interactive and participants will be encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group.  The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies.  The instructor has been training consultants in teaching the new course, and will be able to guide teachers in helping their students to succeed on the newly designed exam.

Dr. Lenore Schneider has taught AP European History for 16 years at New Canaan High School, Conn., where she also teaches AP World History. She has served as table leader for eleven 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 13 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 34 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

Teaching the Aeneid  with an eye toward Caesar:  The intent of this weeklong workshop is to lead teachers through all of Vergil's Aeneid in the AP Latin syllabus.  Attention will be given to teaching strategies for writing analytical essays that integrate the Vergil text with the de Bello Gallico in the syllabus. In this regard we will develop a list of as many themes as possible for the two authors as well as suggestions about integrating essential questions into classroom instruction.  We will score student essay questions from 2013-2015. Although the focus is upon essays, we will develop some short answer questions and look at steps to improve literal translation as well. This is the workshop from which teachers will leave with classroom ready materials. Bring your texts and a laptop computer or a flash drive. For any and all questions or more information contact jmcrooker@aol.com.

Initial topics for discussion:  

  • Strategies for writing analytical essays (and how to write essay questions)
  • How to integrate visuals and online resources
  • Themes and Essential Questions
  • What is contextualization?
  • Terminology: Grammar & Syntax and their importance in instruction
  • Literal Translation:  how literal is literal?
  • Course and Exam Description
  • Equity and Access

 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 15 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 has written extensively about assessment for all levels of Latin.

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  & CULTURE

This five-day workshop will explore pedagogical possibilities for developing or enhancing programs whose focus is preparation for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. By way of a communicative approach, participants will concentrate on strategies that facilitate the integration of cultural themes with the basic skills of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Participants will share and develop “best practices” through discussion and classroom demonstration. We will discuss the dynamics of the Spanish AP Language and Culture format 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 and Culture course. The workshop is for experienced or novice teachers and will be conducted primarily in Spanish.

John McMullan, having retired from The Hotchkiss School, is currently an instructor in Spanish language and literature at Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY.  He has taught both the AP Language and AP Literature courses for many years.  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: Aprobado, a basal textbook for the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.   At this time, he is co-writing a Spanish textbook for intermediate level Spanish students for Wayside Publishing.  He has given many workshops on AP Spanish materials as a consultant for College Board.

U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

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 of 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 34 years, and US Government and Politics is his favorite.  Recently retired from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, he is 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 2015 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