Course Descriptions with Consultant Information

Classes that are offered:

Calculus AB/BC | Chemistry | Computer Science A | FrenchSpanish | U.S. Government & Politics | U.S. History

Advanced Placement Summer Institute class

Calculus AB/BC – ONLINE

This session will familiarize participants with the redesigned AP Calculus Framework and the Online AP Calculus resources through AP Classroom, this includes thorough coverage of the concepts and content of Calculus AB. Strategies for successfully teaching all the major topics in the AB 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 include: the derivative and its applications; the integral and its applications; differential equations, slope fields and volumes of revolution. Particular attention will be given to the various ways questions can be posed via a graphical and tabular presentation. If time permits, we will cover BC topics as requested by the participants.

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.

Computer Science A- ONLINE

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.

Taught by:  Maria Litvin

Chemistry – ONLINE

Chemistry participants should be prepared for an intensive overview of the Advanced Placement Chemistry course with particular attention being paid to laboratory work, the structure and content of the AP examination and a number of key curricular areas, including the re-articulated course structure and new AP Chemistry resources available via “AP Classroom”.  We will begin with a brief discussion of the general issues that all AP teachers grapple with including timetable variations, course outlines, resources and the development of a syllabus suitable for the College Board’s Course Audit.  The development of the examination rubric, the setting of standards and the process of applying them to the AP examination will be explained by an experienced exam reader and question leader.   Curricular areas unique to AP Chemistry will be linked to a large variety of previous examination questions.  A series of one dozen different laboratory activities will be performed and discussed. Participants can expect an institute focused largely on the inquiry-based approach that is central to the AP Chemistry course.  A collaborative approach will be used so come prepared to share favorite demonstrations, lab exercises and other best practices. Teachers will leave with a wealth of knowledge, a stack of textbooks and access to a load of internet-based resources. Taught by Cheri Smith.

Cheri Smith is the science department head at Yale 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 conducting workshops across Canada, the US and the world. Cheri has assisted in editing and writing the Special Focus materials for the College Board’s AP Chemistry workshops and the reviewing of materials for the AP Central website. Currently, she is one of the writers of the College Board’s AP Chemistry Inquiry Based Laboratory Manual. Additionally, she is an author of four chemistry texts, including AP Chemistry 1 (Big Ideas 1, 2 & 3) and AP Chemistry 2 (Big Ideas 4, 5 & 6) which were released in 2016. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a recipient of an NCTE Teacher of Excellence Award.

French Language and Culture- Online

The AP French Language & Culture workshop is designed:

  • To familiarize participants with the content and the structure of the AP French Language Exam.
  • To present the three modes of communication and themes in a vertical alignment.
  • To provide the participants with best practices to support students’ learning.
  • To present how to integrate the cultural component at different levels of instruction.
  • To present how to integrate the authentic material of the Francophone World.
  • To foster collaboration among participants to create material that address transferable skills

Taught by: Genevieve Brand

Spanish Language and Culture – ONLINE

In this summer institute, we will delve into all of the aspects of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course.  Specifically, participants will probe the following:

  • Goals of the AP course and exam
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description [the CED]
  • AP curricular themes and subthemes
  • Course Framework
  • Teaching and developing culture into daily plans
  • the Unit Guides
  • Learning objectives
  • Skill categories
  • Instructional approaches and strategies
  • the AP exam structure, analyzing each section
  • Formative versus summative assessments
  • The AP Resources available to teachers including AP Classroom, the Personal Progress Checks and the AP Question Bank
  • Test questions and how to develop your own
  • Scoring rubrics
  • Student samples for the exam

Our discussion of student performance will focus on three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, and how they inform the structure of the exam. Additionally, we will discuss AP curriculum and syllabus development, utilizing the Unit Guides, instructional strategies and the Personal Progress Checks along with the integration of culture (products, practices and perspectives) into all levels of an AP and Pre-AP program. Each participant will develop a unit of instruction incorporating various Instructional Strategies, formative and summative assessments, with authentic resources to share and present to the group. Moreover, each participant will choose an authentic resource aligned with one of the course themes, and create activities corresponding to each of the skills as delineated in the Skill Categories to share with the group. In addition, we will examine and share teaching strategies, instructional materials, and online resources to make our AP program vibrant, relevant, and successful. Music, video and film resources exemplifying the themes with accompanying comprehension activities will be woven throughout.

Taught by Lourdes Rodríguez-Von Vogt, AP Spanish Language and Culture consultant Lourdes was born in Chicago of Puerto Rican parents. As a first-generation Puerto Rican, she grew up immersed in two worlds, linguistically, physically and culturally, that of Chicago and Puerto Rico. Lourdes received her Bachelors degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her Masters degree in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as post-graduate coursework and exams pursuant to a Doctorate in Romance Linguistics. She has studied in Barcelona, Spain, Paris, France, Perugia, Italy and in Quebec City, Canada. Lourdes has been teaching university and high school courses for over 42 years, first in Chicago and here in Maine at Lincoln Academy for the past 30 years. She was the World Languages Department Chairperson at Lincoln Academy, teaching all levels of Spanish, including AP Spanish Language and Culture, as well as French and Italian. Lourdes developed the department’s AP Spanish Language curriculum, and worked with other state departments as collaborator and mentor in developing their own World Languages curricula. In 2005, Lourdes was a finalist for the Maine Teacher of the Year.

For the past 13 years Lourdes has been a Reader and Table Leader at the AP Reading for the speaking portion of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. Lourdes was a member of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Test Development Committee until 2018 and is an AP Consultant. She has conducted AP Spanish Language and Culture workshops and Summer Institutes in California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas and Maine. Furthermore, she is on the AP Annual Conference Steering Committee. Lourdes has presented at several state and regional World Languages conferences, as well as AP national conferences, including APAC in 2018 and 2019, NECTFL, ACTFL, SWCOLT, SCOLT, and FLAME (Foreign Language Association of Maine). Lourdes lives in South Bristol, Maine with her husband, Carl, and her two cats. She enjoys cycling, canoeing, hiking and playing tennis.

United States Government & Politics

This course is designed for educators who are new to US Government and Politics as well as for experienced teachers in search of new materials and strategies. Detailed information about the frameworks and the testing format will be covered in depth. We will closely examine each of the 5 units. The course highlights interactive lessons that span units and call on the same type of knowledge and skills used in all 4 types of Free Response Questions. We will also share approaches for this course that are effective with students from different academic backgrounds. With the use of breakout rooms, we will strive to build a supportive and highly collegial classroom in spite of our physical distance.

Participants will gain expertise in:

  • The 20 Enduring Understandings at the heart of the course
  • The 15 required landmark Supreme Court Cases
  • The 9 required Foundational Documents
  • How to use current events to enrich the course and connect to key points in the frameworks
  • Creating a supportive and non-judgmental classroom while encouraging an exchange of political ideas and experiences
  • How to design a dynamic student-centered political science course

Although the nation’s founding documents remain unchanged, policy, legislation, court decisions and political trends are constantly evolving. Updated curriculum 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 2020 elections and beyond.

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 recovering political junkie. He has led teacher workshops across the US, and has compiled a wide repertoire of approaches to this dynamic course.

United States History – ONLINE

This course will provide teachers with the tools they need to design or revise an effect AP US History course. Throughout the week teachers will explore AP History disciplinary practices and reasoning skills, along with 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 disciplinary practices and reasoning skills identified in the curriculum framework.  Participants will work on a course plan that will help them decide how they will teach the practices and skills and the what content they feel will best allow their students to apply the practices and skills they need to be apprentice historians.  In addition, participants will review the AP US History Exam, including an understanding of the scoring guidelines for the Long Essay Question and DBQ. This will include the reading and scoring of sample essays from the most recent exam reading. The curriculum framework and exam scoring guidelines have undergone revisions over the last three years so this course will also provide participants with the latest revisions. Participants are encouraged to bring books, supplemental readings, lessons, and any other materials they think would be valuable to share with other teachers.

Taught by Tracey Wilson