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Course Descriptions and Objectives

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  • 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.



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  • 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.



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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.



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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.



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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



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Human Geography

  • 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.



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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.



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U.S. History

  • 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.





World History

  • 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.