AP® Summer Institute

The St. Clement's School Advanced Placement® Summer Institute is a leading learning institute for educators from around the world who come together for Advanced Placement® professional development and training.

Thank you to everyone who participated in AP® Summer Institute 2017! For further information, please email the APSI director, Susan Layard, at apsi@scs.on.ca.

Online registration is now closed, but a few places are still available in some courses. For further information, please email the APSI director, Susan Layard, at apsi@scs.on.ca.


We do not have residential accommodations at our school, but the Best Western Roehampton Hotel and Suites is within walking distance and offers a special conference rate for our institute. If you would like to take advantage of the special rate, our travel agent, Jane, at jane@cwtrichert.com, will make the hotel reservation for you upon request. Another option would be the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel which is easily accessible to the school by public transit but does not offer us a special rate.

AP® Summer Institute 2017 Courses

Course Description

The workshop will specifically address the new AP Art History curriculum and redesign of the AP Art History course and exam launched this year. Special attention will be given to how to incorporate the new global course content. AP Art History’s new Learning Objectives and content will require a major realignment of course pacing and instructional strategies. Students will be asked to connect very diverse works of art and structures to their cultural contexts and make connections among global artistic tradition. Specific strategies and suggestions for tackling researching new core course content that lies beyond standard texts. There will also be discussion on how to scaffold the 12 learning objectives into the new course content of the redesigned AP Art History course. The 2016 AP Art History Exam, which requires students to show evidence of a deeper understanding of representative works of art in both the multiple choice and written response, will be closely examined. The workshop will also strategize on writing AP Art History style questions for use in classroom assessments. Participants will also be coached on how to write/re-write their syllabus for submission to the AP Audit.

Content and pedagogical areas addressed in sessions include critical issues relating to teaching AP Art History in high schools, an overview of the course outline and its new curriculum, pacing of the course and classroom time management, resources for researching works of art and sharing successful methodologies necessary for building a successful program. A variety of instructional approaches will be presented including how to develop writing and critical thinking skills. There will be special emphasis on strategies for teaching “context” and comparative analysis of art works. There will also be sessions on preparing students for the AP examination, test taking and review strategies with extensive review of essay grading and assessment procedures used at the AP Reading.

Course Goals:

  • To familiarize participants with the unique perspectives and major themes connected with successful AP Art History courses.
  • To alert students to necessary writing strategies and skills that must be mastered in order to assure success in both the AP class and beyond.
  • To share the necessary instructional strategies which will assist both the teacher and his/her students manage the scope, depth, and complexities of AP Art History.
  • To explore the vast range of textual, visual, and internet resources which, if employed efficiently, will enrich many aspects of the subject.
  • To develop a fundamental understanding of the requirements inherent in the AP Art History Examination while providing insights into how the AP Examination Readings are conducted

Learning Objectives:

After the course, the educator will have:

  • Discussed his/her educational philosophy concerning the teaching of AP Art History.
  • Discuss how to do a comprehensive AP Art History syllabus.
  • Incorporated a wide array of reading, writing, and review assignments consistent with AP Art History practices.
  • Explored a number of viable methodologies to provide differentiated instruction.
  • Recognized what the most effective resource materials are from texts, readers, internet sources, and other media, and how to obtain them.
  • Identified a host of strategies well suited to ensure student success in preparing for and taking the AP Art History Examination.

Presenter - Robert Coad

Robert Coad has AP* and Honors Art History at Hamilton High School’s Humanities Magnet in Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 23 years, as well as design, Museum Studies and Humanities

Over the past fourteen years, Robert has been a frequent presenter of one-day AP Art History Workshops for the College Board Western Region and 5-day summer institutes throughout the Western Region, Canada, including Columbia College’s National AP Summer Institute for the Arts (2005). Robert presented one-day Art History Workshops at AP National Conferences (Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida) and served as a panelist at Western Region Academic Conferences in Seattle, Anaheim and San Francisco. Robert presented three online events and workshops regarding contextual analysis for AP Central and has served as a National Leader Consultant involved in consultant training. He has been a Reader for AP Art History and was honored as a Distinguished Teacher (AP Art History) at the Western Region Conference in Las Vegas (2006).

Robert holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art (2002/renewed 2012) and is a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient and a Humanities Teacher Leadership program award recipient in 2002-2003. Robert served on the Excellence Awards Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles Educational Partnership Excellence Awards for Teaching. Robert is mentor teacher LAUSD.

Course Description

In this course, we will examine all aspects of the Advanced Placement Biology program. We will look at the new curriculum of the course (Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge and Science Practices), the structure of the exam, free response writing and grading, the changes in the program, audit, and - in particular - suggested and alternate labs. Much of the workshop will be devoted to conducting many of the laboratory exercises.

Special Instructions:
Participants should bring their school’s academic calendar and current curriculum for planning purposes.

Presenter - Erol Altug

I am an American, who grew up in Ohio, taught part-time at a college near Chicago, moved overseas, and now teach at The Stony Brook School, which is a private college preparatory school on Long Island near New York City. I have been teaching Advanced Placement Biology since 1983 and have been an AP Reader (grader) since 1998; I have also served as a Table Leader and Question Leader (at the Reading) and am, also, a College Board presenter for AP Biology.

I have experienced situations where there were inadequate materials to teach with and when there has been an abundance of funds to buy whatever you desire. I have taught kids who spoke English as a second (or third) language. I have taught extremely talented students (literally, among the best in the nation) as well as students who struggle to understand.

Prior to moving to New York, I taught for 20 years at Robert College in Istanbul, which is one of Turkey’s premier prep schools. In 2001, my family and I moved to New York. I have taught the Biology workshop of the Toronto APSI, since 2003, and have been utterly impressed with the organization, facilities, and overall program. Toronto APSI is great.

If you come (and I hope you do) plan to be exposed to a lot of the AP Bio labs. It is my desire that you become more comfortable with the program, learn some new insights, and have a great time in the process.
Comments from a previous APSI participant:
"Erol was a great presenter. A lot got packed into the week, but it never felt rushed or strained. He’s very knowledgeable, approachable, and interesting. Plenty of practical hints and ideas."

"Great! Lots of hands-on activities and labs in particular were very useful."

"I definitely feel better prepared and more comfortable to teach AP Bio for the first time next year."

Course Description

This course is aimed at teachers new to the AP classroom but others with many years of service will find material of interest.

This course is aimed at teachers new to the AP classroom but others with many years of service will find material of interest.

We will focus on both the AP Calculus AB curriculum and innovative teaching strategies with the goal of providing participants with a deep understanding of the concepts of calculus and how they dovetail and reinforce each other. Details of the new Curriculum Framework and recent changes in the AP Calculus AB curriculum and exam will all be explained; the process and timeline of the College Board audit process will be shared with first-year teachers. Participants will share how they incorporate the AP Calculus material within the Provincial course structure of Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Calculus content will include rules for differentiation, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, separable differential equations, slope fields, Euler’s Method, l’Hôpital’s Rule, and various approximation techniques for both differentiation and integration. The craft of presenting concepts graphically, numerically, verbally and analytically will be emphasized. Calculator activities will focus on the TI-84. Multiple choice and free response questions from past AP exams will be thoroughly analyzed as well as scoring guidelines to help you prepare your students for success on the AP exam. Participants will receive a thumb drive with all handouts and supporting resources for later reference.

Participants will gain experience with all of the Mathematical Practices from the Curriculum Framework:

  1. Reasoning with definitions and theorems.
  2. Connecting concepts.
  3. Implementing algebraic and computational processes.
  4. Connecting multiple representations.
  5. Building notational fluency.
  6. Communicating.

Feedback from prior participants:

“Excellent presentation! Very helpful!”

“Tom Tutor was an exceptional instructor and I feel lucky to have had the chance to work with him.”

Presenter - Tom Tutor

Tom Tutor is a Math Education Specialist with 23 years of classroom experience including tenures in South Africa on a Fulbright Exchange and Turkey as head of mathematics at Robert College, Istanbul. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and English from the University of Mississippi and a M.Ed. from the University of Maine. With experience as a Calculus AP Reader for many years, Tom has been active in professional development as a state appointed mentor for AP Calculus teachers in Maine, leader of Advanced Placement Summer Institutes from Canada to the American Virgin Islands as well as leading shorter Pre-AP and AP workshops in Germany, Canada and all across the U.S.

Tom resides on an island off the coast of Maine where he and his wife raised three sons and now enjoys traveling, reading, golf, working on the woodpile, and refining how we teach mathematics.


Course Description

Chemistry participants can expect an extensive overview of the current AP Chemistry course implemented in 2013-2014 according to the new AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework. 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. 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.

Special Instructions:
Participants are encouraged to bring their current senior Chemistry course curriculum and support materials for use in discussions and in planning implementation strategies. They should also bring a favourite teaching strategy or demo as sharing ideas will be encouraged. Participants are reminded to bring their own calculators!

Presenter - Cheri Smith

Cheri Smith is the Science Department Head at Yale Secondary, a medium sized secondary school near Vancouver, British Columbia where she has been teaching AP Chemistry since 1988. She has worked as a consultant, AP Reader and Question Leader since 1998. Cheri has assisted in editing and writing of Special Focus materials for the College Board’s AP Chemistry workshops and AP Inquiry-Based Lab Manual and is currently reviewing materials for the upcoming web-based resource, AP Insight. In 2013, she was appointed to the College Board’s Science Academic Advisory Council. For the past four years she has been writing chemistry materials for Edvantage Interactive, including the brand new books, AP Chemistry 1 and 2.

Cheri is the recipient of several provincial and national teaching awards, including the 1995 National Award for Teaching in Science presented to her by then Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien.

She enjoys camping, cycling, swimming and reading.


Course Description

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 past AP CS exams, and discuss techniques for teaching Java in high school.

Presenter - Maria M. Litvin

Maria Litvin has taught computer science and mathematics at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, since 1987. She is an AP Computer Science exam reader and a College Board consultant since 1996, and provides AP training for high school computer science teachers. Prior to joining Phillips Academy, Maria taught computer science at Boston University. Maria is a co-author (with Gary Litvin) of several popular textbooks, all published by Skylight Publishing, including “C++ for You++,” “Java Methods: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures,” “Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java,” and “Mathematics for the Digital Age and Programming in Python” (2008), now in its second edition (2010).

Comments from a previous APSI participant:
"This was extremely worthwhile. I learned many techniques of presenting material that will benefit my students. Thank you!"

English Language and Literature

Course Description and Presenter Information

Course Description

This four-day course is designed to benefit both new and experienced AP Language/Literature and Composition teachers. Using contemporary and classic texts, we will explore instructional strategies and assessments. During the week we will examine topics of course and syllabi design, the AP exam, seminar approaches, rhetoric, nonfiction, imaginative literature, grammar/syntax, and writing. We will discuss the similarities and differences between the two courses and will at times differentiate activities for the literature and language teachers.

Presenter - Rebecca McFarlan

Rebecca McFarlan is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught English on both the high school and college levels for 35 years. She has 29 years of experience teaching both the AP English Literature and the AP English Language courses and will teach the new AP Capstone course in 2014-15. 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 17 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. Currently she is working on a PreAP English series for Wayside Publisher.

Presenter - Sharon Johnston

Sharon Johnston has taught English on both the high school and college levels for over 30 years and has taught AP English Literature and Language for over 20 years. Currently, Dr. Johnston teaches for Spokane Falls Community College. Since 1996, she has collaborated with Florida Virtual School, Spokane Virtual Learning and other school systems in the creation and delivery of student-centric AP* courses; her research on the effectiveness of AP* online was published recently in the American Journal of Distance Learning. She has participated in College Board's AP* Programs as an Exam Reader/Table Leader and as an AP* consultant.

She also served as a Steering Committee member for the 2008 and 2009 College Board AP* National Conferences and again for the 2015 and 2016 Conferences. As a consultant for the National Math Science Initiative, she conducts Saturday Study Sessions for students in California and Alaska.

Dr. Johnston, a National Board Certified Teacher, earned a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction, Masters of Arts in English, and Bachelors in English & History Ed. In 2004, she received the Florida Council of Teachers of English Honor Award for outstanding service to advance the teaching of the language arts.

Comments from previous APSI participants:
"The was by far the best instructional course I have participated in!"

"This week has provided me with so much to improve the quality of instruction not only for my AP students but all students. The many resources from publishers and from Cathie and Jon were amazing!"

"Absolutely terrific! Our session leaders were truly inspiring. This has been, by far, the most productive professional development session I have ever undergone."

"After this session, I am not only a better AP teacher, but a better teacher in general. Than you so much!"

Course Description

Major changes in the AP European History exam! The main focus will be on the new changes in the structure of the course as well in the new exam. The workshop will also concentrate on teaching strategies, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and t grading the A.P. exam - all designed to reflect the new changes in the course. The workshop is also designed to share and discuss student centered teaching strategies and activities. Participants will receive numerous PowerPoint’s, and ancillary teaching materials and readings as well the instructor’s 250-page workbook.

Presenter - Jim Kirkcaldy

Jim Kirkcaldy teaches AP European History in Hingham Massachusetts. In 2015, The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies selected Jim for the Outstanding Supervisor of the Year Award. Jim has been an active AP workshop leader throughout the U.S. and currently he does all the AP European History workshops for AP Canada He has taught AP European history for over 30 years and has been a reader and table leader for most of those years. He has published numerous articles on European History and often offers specialized AP European History workshops on intellectual movements, diplomatic history and the integration of art into AP European History. Jim retired as Director of Social Studies in the Hingham public Schools but continues to teach his AP European History course because of has love of teaching and for the opportunity to remain up to date and creative as an AP European History workshop leader.
Comments from previous APSI participants:
"Jim was awesome, very knowledgeable and very responsive to questions and needs of participants."

"[The session] met all of my expectations and then some. It was given me a ton of resources to use as I delve into AP Euro next year!"

French Language and Culture

Course Description and Presenter Information

Course Description

This course welcomes new and experienced AP French teachers. During the week, we will examine all aspects of the new format of the Advanced Placement French Language & Culture examination. Participants will explore and share ideas, materials, websites, strategies and techniques for preparing students for the new approach, the six vocabulary units and the cultural components of the new exam. Using the rubrics from the May 2017 exams teachers will have the opportunity to evaluate student answers.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop, a reliable website for authentic French material (songs, books, proverbs or idiomatic expressions) to share with colleagues, and samples of Listening/Reading material used with their students.

Special Instructions:
Participants are encouraged to bring their current senior French course outlines, support materials and handouts to share during discussions. A flash drive would be useful for file sharing.

Presenter - Mona Mulhair

Mona 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, California. She has been the World language mentor for the District and is presently the department chair at Las Lomas. She has been a reader and consultant for the College Board since 1995, and has served on the test development committee and as a table leader since 2001. She has presented 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 February, 2013, she received the Academic Distinguished Service Award from the College Board.

Course Description

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, a sample lesson, and additional lesson 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.

Some teaching materials from a variety of publishers will be provided.

Special Instructions:
Please bring a couple of your favourite lesson plans/ideas to share. If you have not taught AP Human Geography previously, please bring some ideas from another Geography course that overlaps with the content of the AP course.

Presenter - John Trites

John 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 17 years, John has presented numerous weeklong institutes and 1-day workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.

John studied geography at Mount Allison University and the University of Waterloo. He taught high school geography in N.S.’s Annapolis Valley for 33 years and is a part-time instructor at Acadia University where he teaches Introduction to Human Geography to Bachelor of Education students. 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. In addition to his teaching and Advanced Placement work, John has co-authored two high school Geography texts and just completed co-authoring an APHG Exam Preparation book. 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.

Comments from a previous APSI participant:
"John was well organized, flexible, generous, a great teacher, provided plenty of information and material, super-knowledgeable, approachable, got through all planned activities."

"John Trites was great! Very friendly, a true geography enthusiast. His resources were fantastic and it was evident he put a lot of prep into our session."

"His experience in the design and development of this program is phenomenal."

Course Description

In this week long institute we will be covering all of the essentials needed to teach AP Physics 1 including the Curriculum Frameworks, Course Audits, and Exams.

A significant portion of the week will focus on Inquiry Based Learning and establishing an AP Physics experience that maximizes student learning. Numerous practical tips will be provided throughout the week on teaching strategies, demonstrations, audiovisuals, computer-based learning opportunities and teaching resources. Participants will have opportunities throughout the week to ask questions and to share their own strategies and approaches with other participants.

The week will also include significant content reinforcement. Topics addressed will include content that is new to the AP program, selected traditional areas that are especially problematic, as well as any other topics requested by participants. A number of experiments will be discussed.

Participants are asked to bring the following to the institute:

- a calculator and laptop if available

- one or two Physics demonstrations to perform for the group during the week

- a written summary of a lab suitable for use in AP physics. This lab will not be conducted during the institute, but each participant will briefly present it to the group. If the lab has handouts, they should also be provided.

Presenter - Barry Panas

Barry is a high school physics teacher at St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has been teaching AP Physics for over 20 years and has been a member of the AP Physics grading team (the Reading) several times as both question reader and table leader. At the provincial level he was a member of both the grade 11 and grade 12 curriculum development teams. He has also taught pre-service science teachers in the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba. He has presented numerous week long AP Physics Summer Institutes in Canada, the USA and Hong Kong.

Course Description

This workshop is of interest to all science teachers. It focuses on preparing students to be successful in the AP science courses offered by the College Board or any rigorous course. Hands-on activities and examples will be used for all concepts. Resources will include ideas on Vertical Teaming and inquiry based science.

Day 1: Introductions and discussion of what Pre-AP is?
Goals for the week will be discussed.

  • What are the AP sciences, their curriculums, and exams?
  • What are the AP Science Practices and how do they impact Pre-AP?
  • What are the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to prepare students for AP courses?
  • What can you do to help students gain the knowledge and skills to be successful?
    • The Habits of Mind
    • Strategies to attain required skills
    • Learning Cycles
  • Increasing Equity and Access

Day 2: The AP Science Practices and Resources for the Pre-AP teacher
The day will be spent looking at the AP Science Practices and then doing a wide variety of activities while looking at resources for the Pre-AP teacher, including Vertical Teaming and how it can improve the AP experience for students.

  • Classroom strategies including but are not limited to:
    • Learner-centered Classrooms
    • 5 E and 7 E models
    • Simulations
    • Inquiry-based Labs
    • Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning
    • Writing in Science
    • Science Writing Heuristic and Argumentation in Science Writing

Day 3: The AP Science Practices and Resources for the Pre-AP teacher continued

  • Continued from Day 2 Classroom strategies including but not limited to:
    • Interdisciplinary projects and experiences for students
    • Project Based Learning
    • Case Studies
    • Service Learning
    • Reading Across the Sciences and Cross Disciplinary
    • The Science Practices and infusing Global Issues into the Science Curriculum
    • Testing and Question writing to increase rigor

Day 4: Goals to Incorporate Pre-AP Concepts and Strategies, Vertical Teaming, and Wrap Up

  • Inquiry based strategies in the Classroom Environment including simulations and lab experiences
  • Participants will have time to work on developing activities and individual projects of their choice from previous days to use in their classrooms.
  • Participants will have time to work on writing 2 short term and two long term goals from the class.
  • Participants will share their goals.
  • Wrap up and evaluations.

Presenter - Marian DeWane

For the past thirty years, Marian DeWane has taught AP* Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP* Environmental Science and AP* Physics as well as a variety of other courses grade 9 and up. She was also the head coach of the Varsity Men's and Women's Tennis team, head coach of Academic Decathlon, and head coach of the Science and Math Quiz Bowl Team. She has been Teacher of the Year and has her National Board Certification in Chemistry, She was chosen as a Presidential Scholar Teacher in 2001, 2004, and 2009. She also was awarded by President Obama the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2009. She was USTA National High School Tennis Coach of the Year and Racquet Sports Industries High School Coach of the Year.

Marian specializes in inquiry based science both in the classroom and the lab. Her methods help prepare students in pre-courses to successfully take high level rigorous courses (AP, IB, and University).

Marian has been involved with the College Board* for twenty years as a consultant. She is involved in the grading of the AP* Chemistry exam and has served in varying roles including an exam question leader, a table leader, a grader, and a question writer. She is the National Leadership Trainer for AP* Chemistry and Vertical Teams in Science. Marian authored the Pre-AP* Vertical teams in Science Workshop for the College Board* and edited or coedited the following resources; the Special Topics in Chemistry: Equilibrium, Special Topics in Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Special Topics in Chemistry: Acids and Bases, and the Chemistry Curriculum Module: Guided Inquiry Activities for the Classroom. She has authored several books including Step by Step Chemistry, Practice Makes Perfect Chemistry, and several teachers’ guides and reading guides to accompany AP Textbooks. She has also been involved in writing questions for the AP* Chemistry exam, the ACS Chemistry Olympiad Exam, and the ACS Advanced Exam.

Course Description

Whether you are new to AP Psychology or an experienced educator, this year’s session has been designed to satisfy your needs. We will examine and discuss the AP Psychology curriculum and focus on how to prepare your students for success on all parts of the exam. We will spend time planning units with general and specific outcomes. I will share my favourite activities for each and every unit; these will educate your students and, just as importantly, they are simple and enjoyable to deliver. Each participant will leave with a “How to teach AP Psychology” handbook that I have assembled through the many years and in-services I have had the pleasure to attend. There is time built in to practice building tests, marking exams and reviewing a selection of supplementary and electronic resources.
My aim is that participants enjoy themselves! With your help, we will have interactive sessions that will be both educational and rewarding; we will all return to our classes with an overflowing toolbox of ideas, suggestions and interactive strategies. To that end, would you please bring a favourite activity that you would like to share with the group.
I hope you can sense my passion for teaching AP Psychology. Together we will make this an unforgettable professional development experience.

Presenter - Wes Warren

One of the only Canadian psychology AP exam readers, Wes Warren has taught Advanced Placement Psychology for 15 years. He is a school Counsellor with over twenty years experience in urban and rural schools. Wes is Co-chair of the Manitoba Advanced Placement Council, and is the current President of the Manitoba Association of Secondary Teachers of At-Risk Students (MTS Special Area Group). He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has done single day workshops in almost every province on the teaching of AP Psychology. He has been a key note speaker in cities across North America on a variety of educational and psychological concepts. An avid tennis and hockey player, badminton coach, and fan of comedy, Wes loves to live life and laugh.

Comments from a previous APSI participant:
"An outstanding teacher, Wes was always checking to see if he was meeting our needs; he made the info meaningful and was entertaining very knowledgeable."

Spanish Language and Culture

Course Description and Presenter Information

Course Description

This summer institute will address the redesign of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course. We will analyze with detail the new examination, learn how to use the new curriculum framework, address the importance of “culture,” study the modes of communication, and share best practices and techniques for a successful implementation of the new thematic contexts.
By the end of the week, participants will gain practical knowledge, instructional strategies, and innovative activities to successfully teach this course, as well as share effective techniques. During this week, we will review goals, curriculum, pacing guides, and methodology. The audit process and creation of syllabi will be analyzed and samples will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies for holistic assessment and develop activities that reflect the integration of modes. Moreover, we will explore hands on ways to incorporate technology and authentic sources into the classroom to improve the integration of skills. We will work with many authentic sources and websites, learn how to develop and use essential questions, and sample various thematic units to increase proficiency. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or iPad, current syllabus (if applicable), and a successful class activity to share.
This course is intended for both experienced and new teachers.

Presenter - Liliana Smith

Liliana Smith has taught Advanced Placement Spanish Language at Weston High School (Massachusetts) for the past 12 years. A nationally endorsed College Board consultant, she has presented at numerous AP and Pre-AP workshops and institutes across the United States. Prior to this experience, she taught Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as at the college level as an assistant professor of philosophy in her native Colombia. She also developed curriculum for the Colombian Secretary of Education through their outreach program for rural communities and participated in different projects with the Colombian Ministry of Education to enhance teaching practices in different school settings, including writing a textbook series that is currently used in all public schools across the country.
In the United States, she has been a College Board Consultant for a more than a decade. She has participated in different World Language curricular alignment initiatives for College Readiness (Seattle, Texas and New York). Liliana also published an article in the Spanish Language Teacher’s Guide (2008). Additionally, she has been a grant reviewer for AP programs for the U.S. Department of Education, serves as an AP reader, and has contributed and edited AP Spanish Language and Culture textbooks (Triangulo 5th edition). Liliana has recently traveled to Cuba as part of a delegation of educators who wanted to successfully integrate Cuban history and culture into their curriculum.

Course Description

The AP Statistics session is designed for beginning as well as experienced teachers; it will prepare new teachers to develop and present an effective AP Statistics program and help more experienced AP teachers refine and improve upon their existing statistics skills. Over the course of this institute we will discuss:

1. Topics included in the AP curriculum
2. Graphing Calculator usage
3. Teaching styles/strategies
4. Textbooks/publishers
5. Resources for AP teachers
6. How to present various statistical concepts
7. The AP exam format and exam preparation
8. Scoring the AP exam

Instructional formats will include presentations, group discussions, small group work, individual presentations, and problem-solving sets.

Special Instructions:
Participants are asked to bring the Statistics textbook used in their school, a TI-84 or TI-Nspire graphing calculator and a laptop computer. If you are unable to bring a graphing calculator or a laptop, please contact the presenter before the beginning of the course.

Presenter - Lee Kucera

Lee Kucera, Ph.D., is a Lecturer at UC Irvine for Statistics 7, an undergraduate intro course comparable to AP Statistics. She recently retired as the mathematics department chair at Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo, CA, where she taught AP Statistics and IB Math Studies. She has taught AP Statistics part-time at three Capistrano Unified high schools since retirement. She has taught AP Statistics and served as a reader since the course’s inception in 1996-97. She has been a College Board consultant since 2001, presenting both weekend workshops and summer institutes throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally. She reviews textbooks and AP review materials for several major AP Statistics publishers and AP Central. She has written curriculum materials for Texas Instruments for use with their graphing calculators. She is a member of the American Statistical Association and has had students enter and win both local and national recognition in their student competitions. She is currently the Chairman of the Statistical Education Section of her local ASA chapter, helping run the annual AP Statistics Student Poster Competition.

Lee enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach and scuba diving with her daughter, Jennifer, an AP Government teacher. She is also an active volunteer at the Assistance League in Laguna Beach, and is a T3 Regional Instructor.

Contact her at LEKucera@cox.net or LeeKucera@mac.com

Course Description

This institute will provide participants with a thorough investigation of the nature of the three sections that comprise The Drawing, the 2-D Design, and the 3-D Design Advanced Placement Studio Art Exam portfolios. Implications for instruction, resources, critiques, and the Reading will be central. Time will be provided to examine emerging, proficient, and advanced examples of student work; share best practice results, and engage in relevant studio experiences. In addition, focus topics will be presented, key issues will be discussed, and specially selected hands-on studio methods will be explored on a daily basis. It is intended that participants form a clear understanding of the parameters of advanced work for each section of each portfolio as well as create a mini-concentration to serve as an example. Establishing classroom connections involving a range of learners will remain central to the focus of our APSI.

Presenter - Barbara Sunday

Barbara Sunday began her teaching career in Jamaica, West Indies, and has taught AP Studio Art at Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver, Canada, for many years. Barb is also an experienced elementary teacher, has served as a District Art Coordinator, and has lectured in Art Education at both The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Barb has served as President of BCATA and has presented a range of workshops for BCATA, CSEA, and NAEA.

Barb has been an AP Studio Art Reader for 16 years and has served as a Table Leader at the Reading for 4 years. She has given numerous AP and Pre-AP workshops across Canada, in the Western US Region, and internationally for MAIS, NESA, EARCOS, AISA, and ASIJ. Barb has presented summer institutes in Detroit, San Diego, Bellevue, Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas, Victoria, West Vancouver, Vancouver WA, Toronto, and Emirates National Schools. Barb has been the recipient of the NAEA Pacific Region Award Art Educator of the Year Award and the BCATA Art Teacher of The Year Award. Barb has given several short and full-day sessions for the Annual Advanced Placement Conference and has served 3 years on their Steering Committee.

Course Description

Designed to help both the beginner and experienced teacher prepare for the newly redesigned AP World Exam, the course will provide an overview of the content, skills and strategies that will help students succeed, and enjoy the learning process. In order to better teach students both writing and information literacy, participants will work specifically with the new types of multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and essay prompts and rubrics. Participants will participate in a variety of student-centered activities, designed to emphasize key content and concepts. There will be time for reflection and the sharing of teaching practices and resources. Everyone will receive a USB thumb drive with necessary handouts, plans, and an abundance of resources.

Presenter - Deborah Johnston

Email: deborah.johnston@concordiashanghai.org

Deborah Smith Johnston teaches Big History, AP World History, Debate and AP Comparative Government, as a teacher at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. Having grown up overseas, she has been living in China for three years so that her own high school age children can live the history she loves to teach. She has had a relationship with the AP World History program since before the course began, consulting in both a curricular as well as teaching capacity. Since completing her doctorate in world history at Northeastern University, she has been a full time classroom teacher but occasionally teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for pre-service and veteran teachers. In addition, Deborah served on the Advisory Board for Oregon Public TV's Bridging World History video series, funded by Annenberg, has been an active member of the World History Association, has written for World History Connected as a columnist, and has sat on the World History Teaching Prize committee. Most recently, she worked on a Social Science Research Committee grant on professional development in world history and with the College Board on the AP Insight project for world history.