Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Saint Joseph's College, in cooperation with The College Board, invites you to attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute.

Teacher Training Courses for AP Instructors Institute
July 17 - July 21, 2017

New and experienced participants will receive training from College Board certified AP consultants. Everyone will enjoy an invigorating week of learning at our beautiful lakeside campus in Southern Maine.Mark your calendar now and plan to attend an exciting AP Institute at Saint Joseph's College! 

Schedule (check back often for updates)

Deadline for registration & payments   Friday, July 14
Check-in for resident participants 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16
Welcome party (optional
 but we'd love to see you there!) 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16
Welcome Reception & Orientation
4:15 p.m. Monday, July 17
Classes meet 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 
July 17 - 20
Last class meets 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 21

Check out the full calendar of events.

Classes that are offered:

Biology | Calculus AB/BC | Computer Science | English Language | English Literature | French Language & Culture | Latin | Statistics | U.S. Government & Politics | U.S. History


  • Tuition: $925  (includes payment for course materials, lunch and lobster bake).
  • Chemistry Lab Fee: $50
  • Biology Lab Fee: $50
  • On-campus housing 4 options: 
        Room & Board $350
        Room & Board with Transportation: $375

        Room & Board with 1 Guest in Room: $525
        Room & Board with 1 Guest in Room plus Transportation: $550

    Be sure to indicate your selection on your registration form. If you prefer to stay elsewhere on your own, early planning is essential (see the Maine Info section below). Participants living off-campus must provide their own transportation to and from the College and make their own reservations.
  • Graduate Credit Fee: $300. To receive graduate credit (2 credits awarded by Saint Joseph's College), you must indicate this election on your registration form, and pay this fee.


Deadline for registration and payment is Friday, July 7.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by July 14 will receive a complete refund. Any cancellations received after July 17 will receive a 50% refund.

For those staying on campus, reserve housing please. All participants should submit this form to let us know your travel plans.

Contact Information:

Fax: 207-893-7707
Saint Joseph's College
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, ME  04084

Attn: AP Summer Institute


The College overlooks Sebago Lake, one of Maine's most beautiful spots and a popular four-season recreation area.

  • Only 20 miles northwest of coastal Portland, Maine's largest city, an hour north of Portsmouth and just two hours from Boston.
  • The campus is easily navigated on foot: scenic paths connect campus buildings, and a brisk five-minute walk will take you anywhere you need to be.
  • A hilly descent to our own private sandy beach opens on a panoramic view of the lake with the White Mountains as a backdrop on the horizon.
  • When you pack, be prepared for a full range of weather conditions. The weather can change with typical New England style, so during your stay you may experience cool summer nights, and 90-degree days with high humidity.
  • Casual dress is the rule. And remember to bring good, comfortable walking shoes.

Learn more about Maine as well directions and a map.

How to Get Here
  • If you arrive by bus, plane, or train, we'll be waiting to greet you at the terminal and bring you to our campus. (When you arrive, just look for the Saint Joseph's College T-shirts our staff will be wearing.) Please remember that you will be responsible for your own luggage. Please request this service by filling in the Housing and Travel form.
  • The drive from Portland to the College takes about 35 minutes (free to participants staying on campus), so you can sit back and enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way.
  • If you are staying off campus, you are responsible for your own transportation.

Accommodations and Dining Services

Housing is provided on-campus in our student residence halls.

  • Rooms are single occupancy, in either a four-bedroom suite with semi-private baths or a traditional modern hall with one large, single-sex, shared bathroom per floor.
  • Rooms are basic and include single beds, desks, bureaus, wardrobes and overhead lighting. Your Housing Fee includes one set of linens, telephone service for all incoming and local outgoing calls, and a high-speed Internet connection.
  • All meals are provided by Saint Joseph's food service, Pearson’s Café. Their offerings are healthy, delicious, and unlike typical college fare. Meal service is cafeteria style and includes soups, hot entrees, deli selections, a salad bar that includes prepared cold salads, and a dessert and fruit bar. Lunch and the lobster bake are included in the tuition for all students. Breakfast and dinner are included as part of the housing fee.
  • You may want to pack extra towels, a small desk lamp and other amenities.

Off-campus accommodations near Saint Joseph's are limited, due to its location in the heart of one of Maine's most enjoyable recreation areas at the height of the busy summer season. If you prefer to stay on your own, early planning is essential.

  • This region, a favorite four-season vacation spot, has an abundance of clean lakes & rivers, beautiful hiking trails, and quaint New England areas of interest.
  • Popular activities include boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, sunbathing, and golfing.
  • The communities making up the region include Windham, Sebago, Standish, Raymond, Gray, Casco, and Naples. Each has its own attractions.
  • Portland, Maine's business capital and largest city, is just 20 miles from the Saint Joseph's College campus. Here you'll find numerous shopping possibilities, art galleries and beaches, lighthouses, professional sports teams, a wide range of musical and stage venues, and, of course, unforgettable seafood right off the fishing boats.

Please note: participants living off-campus must make their own reservations and provide their own transportation to and from the College. You are advised to secure your lodging and transportation as soon as possible, since both are at a premium during the summer months in Maine.

Maine Info

The following resources have additional information:

Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of Greater Portland

Maine Office of Tourism

Maine Today
Maine Resource Guide

Official Maine State Website

Other Activities

In addition to networking with other AP teachers from around the country, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • A real Down East "Lobstah Bake," complete with steamed clams, corn-on-the-cob, and strawberry shortcake. It takes place Thursday evening and is included in the Tuition/Board Fee. (Non-seafood meal options are available upon request.)
  • The Alfond Recreation Center offers a wide variety of sport and exercise options, including: a swimming pool, indoor track, Nautilus weight machines, free weights, cardiovascular machines, a climbing wall, and basketball courts. The Center also houses lounges and public areas suitable for studying and socializing.
  • The College campus has a small beach on Sebago Lake with walking trails, a fire pit, organic farm and animals, paddle boards and kayaks.


Course Descriptions with Consultant Information


The AP Biology Summer Institute is designed for both experienced and new AP Biology teachers.  We will focus on techniques to introduce and reinforce all aspects of the AP Biology curriculum framework (the four “Big Ideas”, the seven Science Practices, the Learning Objectives, etc) with a particular emphasis on moving your lab program toward guided, student-designed, inquiry-based labs.  Participants will engage in an extensive hands-on lab experience, which will include lab prep, experimental design, data analysis, and presentation.  Labs will include those found in the AP Biology Lab Manual, as well as many alternatives. During the week time will also be devoted to teaching strategies (including using case studies and POGIL), course design, how to develop a syllabus with the new framework, the AP exam, textbook selection, and lab equipment requirements and ordering information.  Participants are asked to bring their 2016/17 academic year calendars, a calculator, their own laptop (if possible), and a favorite lab or other activity to share.  

Pam Bryer is an Introductory Biology Instructor and the Director of Laboratories for the Bowdoin College Biology Department.  As a College Board consultant for over 15 years, she has conducted AP Biology workshops and summer institutes around the country. She has taught microbiology, marine biology, and/or general biology to Upward Bound high school students every summer for thirty years, conducted Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) sponsored summer workshops for high school teachers, published articles on simplified lab techniques for introductory/AP biology, and presents at local, regional, and national conferences.  Pam is currently the Maine representative to the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).


This workshop will concentrate on AB topics and will cover BC topics as requested by the participants.This session will familiarize participants with the Redesigned AP Calculus Framework that goes into effect in the Fall of 2016, as well as thorough coverage of the concepts and content of both Calculus AB and BC. Strategies for successfully teaching all the major topics in the AB/BC Framework using multiple representations (graphical, numerical, algebraic and verbal) will be emphasized. Resources, activities and supplemental material that promote student understanding will be provided. Participants will have hands on experience with AP Free Response and Multiple Choice questions with attention given to assessment of student written responses. Methods for using both the TI84 and TI-Nspire graphing calculators will be utilized as well as demonstrations using Desmos. Emphasis on topics will be guided by the needs of the participants.

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. It is recommended that participants bring a graphing calculator and a laptop computer. 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.

Dennis Donovan has been teaching AP Calculus AB and BC since 1997 and AP Statistics since 2002 at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. He is a College Board consultant for AP Calculus and has presented at numerous one-day and two-day workshops and AP Summer Institutes. Dennis has been an AP Calculus reader from 2005-2014, his roles have included: table leader and question leader. He became a co-author on the Barron’s AP Calculus Review Book for the 13th edition. He has presented at many Saturday study sessions for student review in both AP Calculus and AP Statistics for NMSI and the Massachusetts Math Science Initiative. Dennis is also a T3 Regional Instructor concentrating on the TI-Nspire. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Mathematics for Educators from WPI.


The course accommodates participants with different levels of familiarity with Java and OOP.  We will study classes and objects, constructors and methods, abstract classes and interfaces, inheritance and polymorphism, strings, 1D and 2D arrays and ArrayList, and other topics specified in the AP CS A Course Description.  We will discuss the College Board’s course audit process, work with the College Board's exemplar labs (Magpie, Picture Lab, Elevens) and other materials, including the multiple choice and free-response questions from past exams, and share techniques for teaching Java in high school.

Maria Litvin has taught computer science and mathematics at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, since 1987.  She is an Advanced Placement Computer Science exam reader and Table Leader and, as a consultant for The College Board, provides AP training for high school computer science teachers. Prior to joining Phillips Academy, Maria taught computer science at Boston University.  She is a co‑author of several leading AP Computer Science textbooks, including C++ for You++ and Java Methods: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures.  She is also a co-author of Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java (since 1999) and Mathematics for the Digital Age and Programming in Python.  Since 2014, as a facilitator, Maria has trained over three hundred New England elementary school teachers in introducing computer science to children in grades K-5.  She is the faculty advisor of the Coding Circle community service program at the local Boys & Girls Club and a co-author of the Continental Mathematics League computer science contests for elementary and middle school students.


Participants in this course will consider various approaches to designing and teaching AP English Language and Composition. Course content and activities will address the substance and philosophy of the AP English Language course and its relationship to the comprehensive end-of-course examination. Key AP course elements, including the study of rhetoric, argumentation (including source-based argumentation), image-based texts, and various forms of “the literature of fact” will be the addressed and explored. A major focus will be the development of course units and assignments that occasion rhetorical awareness and the development of student skills involving close reading and purposeful writing. Each participant will review model course syllabi and give shape to a course syllabus of their own that is appropriate for his or her particular teaching situation. Each participant should bring curriculum materials that will be helpful in course development, especially nonfiction texts. As a result of taking this class, participants will be poised to develop course content that helps students build proficiencies associated with the AP English Language and Composition Examination.

Claudette Lachance Brassil taught AP English Language and Composition as well as Pre-AP English courses over 39 years at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine. In her school district and state, she pioneered the College Board's Pre-AP/Vertical Teams concept in English and her practice as a collaborator and mentor served as a model for her faculty colleagues. She has conducted AP English Language and Composition course development workshops as well as Pre-AP English/Vertical Teams sessions in Canada, Illinois, New Mexico, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine and the University of New Hampshire, she is a National Board Certified Teacher and a recipient of an NCTE Teacher of Excellence Award.   


This week long course is designed to benefit the both the inexperienced and experienced AP Literature and Composition teacher. Using contemporary and classic literature, we will explore instructional strategies and assessments tied to the AP Literature and Composition Exam. During the week we will examine seminar approaches, poetry, short works of fiction, major works of fiction (novels and drama), grammar/syntax, and writing.  We share our current syllabi and course design and tweak the areas we want to strengthen. The workshop will be largely hands-on and differentiated to the degree needed. We will combine our collective experience to plan for a productive 2016-17 school year.

Rebecca McFarlan is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught English on both the high school and college levels for 36 years. She has 30 years of experience teaching both the AP English Literature and the AP English Language courses. For the past 14 years she has been a reader and more recently a table leader for the AP English Literature Exam. Currently she teaches at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, OH. In addition to full time teaching duties, she serves as Instructional Leader for grades 9-12 and Program Leader for K-12. She is a College Board Consultant for AP English Literature, AP English Language, and PreAP English. Over the past 18 years she has facilitated workshops both nationally and internationally. Rebecca has conducted several workshops in China focusing on both AP and PreAP English curriculum for Chinese students. For the past six years she has served as a coach and mentor to other College Board consultants. In 2011 she became a College Board consultant trained to work as an English coach with districts on a sustained basis. Rebecca co-authored the article “Bridging the Grammar Gap: An Interdisciplinary Approach” which appeared in The English Journal in January 2003. In 2004 she received the Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher award. She has developed three online workshops for AP Central and has worked on the development of several PreAP workshops.


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:

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.


Caesar's de Bello Gallico, Books 1, 4, 5, and 6 (syllabus readings) will serve as the material for the development of multiple-choice questions.  We will learn to write questions targeting the learning objectives in the Curriculum Framework, by following the specific format of the exam.  In addition to Caesar, the Framework suggests that reading at sight should be integrated into instruction. We will select from these suggested sight authors:  for prose Nepos, Cicero, Livy and for poetry Ovid, Tibullus Catullus and prepare questions. The goal of the workshop is to demystify multiple choice and Section 1 of the AP Exam, look at the SAT Latin Exam format and its types of multiple-choice questions, and help each teacher leave the workshop with 1) a final project lesson (literal translation and scoring grid, an essay question, and/or a short answer question and 2) multiple choice passages to use throughout the coming year. Please bring any texts you may have and a laptop computer. For any and all questions or more information contact .

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 workshops 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.


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. High interest lessons that strive to include students of all ability levels and all levels of political experience will be demonstrated. 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. Although the nation’s founding documents remain unchanged, policy, legislation, court decisions and political trends are constantly evolving. Updated curriculum, both in electronic and hard copy form, will be made available for all sub-topics. This course will examine our political landscape from multiple perspectives, ranging in time from the founding of the Republic to the results of the 2016 election.

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.


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 2017 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


This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to design or revise an effective AP US History course for the redesigned framework and exam. Throughout the week teachers will explore the historical thinking skills and the components of the curriculum framework, including the historical periods, concept outline, and thematic learning objectives. Participants will understand how to use activities that organize the concepts and essential questions to develop students’ proficiency in the historical thinking skills identified by the curriculum framework. Participants will work on a course plan that will help them decide how they will teach the skills and content of the course. In addition, participants will review the redesigned AP US History Exam, including an understanding of the revised scoring guidelines for Long Essay Questions and Document Based Essays. This will include reading sample essay responses from recent Exams. Participants are encouraged to bring books, supplemental readings, lessons, and any other materials they think would be valuable to share with other teachers.   

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.