Course Descriptions and Objectives
- Develop strategies designed to foster student achievement.
- Review and analyze content updates.
- Discuss the new AP Biology Curriculum Framework.
- Review the changes in the AP Biology exam.
- Identify methodology to incorporate inquiry into the AP Biology curriculum.
- Perform selected laboratory investigations and share ideas for implementing these activities in the classroom (time permitting).
- Identify how to develop and/or revise an AP Biology course.
- Network and develop a support system with other workshop participants.
- Understand the essential topics covered in the Advanced Placement Calculus AB course.
- Identify teaching strategies to be used in the AP Calculus classroom that prepare students for the AP test and college calculus work.
- Review and analyze actual AP Calculus test questions and discuss how AP readers score the FRQ’s.
- Develop appropriate evaluation practices to assess student performance in AP Calculus.
- Review changes to the AP Calculus course.
- Develop strategies to ensure equity and access for students.
- Identify and evaluate best practices learned from other AP Calculus teachers.
Computer Science Principles
- Explore teaching techniques that will provide tools needed to implement an effective AP Computer Science Principles course.
- Develop strategies to utilize when organizing course content
- Identify the proficiencies and skills addressed in the Computer Science Principles curriculum framework.
- Develop a course plan that will prepare participants to teach the skills and content of the AP Computer Science Principles course.
English Language and Composition
- Understand the essential topics covered in the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course.
- Identify teaching strategies that prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition exam.
- Review and evaluate best practices that address instruction at varying levels
- Develop an AP English Language and Composition unit that can be used with your students.
English Literature and Composition
- Evaluate and assess hands-on activities designed to improve student reading, writing, and critical thinking.
- Identify, develop, discuss, and refine AP teaching strategies and best practices.
- Evaluate student essays as an AP Reader would.
- Create a network of AP English colleagues with whom to communicate and collaborate throughout the school year
- Create/adapt 2017-18 APHG APHG syllabus (course audit).
- Create/share a variety of unit lessons that can be used NOW.
- Develop strategies to help your students understand the WHERE and WHY of APHG- and translate that into successful multiple choice and FRQ scores.
- Explore teaching strategies that will increase your confidence in teaching APHG and create a network of like-minded teacher-learners that can be used as a resource after the conclusion of the APSI.
U.S. Government and Politics
- Increase familiarity with the AP® US Government & Politics Program, regardless of previous level of knowledge.
- Identify strategies for enhancing students’ success on the AP® US Government & Politics exam.
- Identify and increase familiarity with resources that promote all of the above.
- Facilitate transition from the “legacy” AP® US Government & Politics course to the redesigned AP® US Government & Politics course.
- Develop a deeper understanding of the curriculum framework to empower students to be successful in the course and AP exam.
- Explore strategies that will help students make, develop, and support historical arguments through analytical writing.
- Engage a variety of strategies to teach content and cultivate historical thinking skills.
- Review and outline changes to the new scoring rubric for AP World History.
- Demonstrate examples of how incorporate the new scoring rubric in instructional methods.
- Review methods for writing MC, SRQ’s, and FRQ’s for each time period, creating a common set to share.
- Document changes to the AP World History course requirements and review methods for instruction.