All Workshops

15A01 AP BIOLOGY: TO STATISTICS AND BEYOND

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

The AP Biology exam has included a great deal of statistics recently, and this workshop will help you with that branch of math. Statistics encompasses hypothesis testing, experimental design, data collection, and the analysis of results.  We will discuss statistical methods, how to use statistics in the AP Biology laboratories, and how to help your students interpret data.  Most of all, we will provide ideas and techniques for teaching these concepts in accessible and fun ways.   Teachers are asked to bring a calculator, notebook, and a personal computer. 

Instructor: Liz Cowles, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT; Amanda Benedict, The Taft School, Watertown,


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15A04 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

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Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

The AP English Language and Composition course continues to change in concert with the evolution in introductory college courses in rhetoric, argumentation, and writing. Through this workshop, teachers who are new or relatively new to teaching AP English Language and Composition will be able to establish or revise their AP practice and curriculum around rhetoric and nonfiction, focusing on activities that accompany close reading, rhetorical analysis, and source-based argumentation. Participants will discover and discuss ways to bring new approaches and materials such as image-based texts into the course by designing and sharing model units. Personal essays, speeches, memoirs, and letters by authors such as Annie Dillard, Susan Sontag, E. B. White, Joan Didion, William Hazlitt, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Samuel Johnson, Donald M. Murray, Abraham Lincoln, and Jane Brox will be among those considered. Participants are urged to bring new units and/or course plans that they are in the process of developing. Recent AP Examination questions and scoring practices will be reviewed.

Instructor: Claudette Brassil, Educational Consultant, Brunswick, ME


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15A05 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

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Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

So You Want To Be An AP Lit Teacher?

This introduction to the Advanced Placement English Literature course will prepare teachers for the rigor, breadth, depth, and writing necessary to help students be successful on the AP Exam and in college.  We will consider the politics of AP, including screening, student selection, grading, parents, and other teachers. We will explore the development of a curriculum, including various genres and multicultural as well as classic writers; the teaching of writing, including on-demand pieces, long analytical papers, other modes of expression and the process of revision. We will study the exam itself, including understanding what is being tested, how it is scored, and how students can study; close reading and analysis of texts, including prose, poetry and film. While the focus will be on effective student preparation, we are also concerned with sharing teachers’ passion for literature with students as well as survival strategies for managing this course.

Instructor: Diana Krauss, MT. Ararat High School, Topsham, ME


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15A06 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

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Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

This workshop is designed for teachers new to AP Environmental Science (APES). Because this multi-disciplinary course incorporates elements from various sciences, the laboratory component of the workshop will focus on how to complement the classroom through appropriate laboratory and field investigations.  These diverse field investigations will stress scientific principles and analysis through first-hand studies of and visits to local ecosystems and forestry management areas. Other topics include air pollution monitoring, water quality analysis, sewage treatment, bioassays and soil examination, capped landfill methane reclamation/ electricity generation, and a freshwater stream study. Recent APES exams and their scoring will also be discussed, with special focus placed on this year's essays.  Participants will develop an appropriate APES syllabus to satisfy the College Board audit process and ten multiple-choice questions suitable for use on a future test.  Participants are encouraged to bring their APES text and lab manual, a calculator, ruler, field shoes and raingear, and one environmental field/lab experience (electronic copy) to share with other participants.  Questions or requests for specific activities can be directed to the instructor at lehnerj@taftschool.org.

Instructor: Jim Lehner, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15A07 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY: THE NEW COURSE

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Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

The AP European History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will include an analysis of recent changes to the AP European History Exam.  The instructor, who has taught the course for twenty-five years, has been a Table Leader at the Reading, served on the test development committee, co-authored a review book, and designed the consultant training for the new exam, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, strategies for success on the NEW AP EXAM, and stimulating student engagement.   Participants will examine the new multiple- choice questions, new short answer questions, new Document Based Essay and new Long Essay in terms of strategies, the College Board scoring rubrics, and the analysis of actual student papers.   The workshop is interactive and participants will be encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group.  The instructor will provide access to hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies.  The instructor will guide teachers to help their students succeed on the newly designed exam.

Instructor: Lenore Schneider, New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT


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15A08 AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

Advanced Placement Human Geography is a high school course equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in Human Geography. Topics to be discussed include the nature and perspectives of geography, population, cultural geography, industrialization and economic geography, agriculture and rural land use, urban geography, and political geography. During the workshop, participants will be exposed to content information and associated tried and true teaching strategies. This includes syllabi, texts, videos/DVDs, computer software, web sites, and other ancillaries. Participants will be expected to discuss content and develop lessons, activities, and testing items. Participants will come away from the experience with materials that can be taken back to their schools and used in the AP Human Geography classroom.

Instructor: Ken Keller, George Walton Comprehensive High School, Marietta, GA


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15A09 AP MACROECONOMICS

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

Our primary focus will be on the macroeconomic models that students are required to master for the AP Macro exam. These include:  Production Possibilities, Comparative Advantage, Supply and Demand for Macro, Circular Flow, GDP and its components, Inflation, Unemployment, Sectors of the Economy, Macroeconomic Identities, Aggregate Demand, Aggregate Supply, Long-Run and Short-Run Equilibrium, Financial Assets, Money Creation, Fractional Banking System, Time Value of Money, Money (Banking) Multiplier, Tools of the Fed, Monetary Policy, Fiscal Policy, Spending Multiplier, Economic Growth, Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Market, Exchange Rate Determination.

The workshop will also cover all the graphs that are essential to the above models.  During the course of the week we will discuss and practice teaching strategies, activities, and resources. When necessary we will review the concepts that participants may have questions on.

Our secondary focus will be on the assumptions underlying some of the macro models.  We will also look at the use and misuse of terms that are frequently used and abused. The objective here will be to take students beyond the test.

Instructor: Dick Brunelle, Northeastern University, Boston, MA


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15A10 AP PHYSICS 1

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Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

This workshop will provide an opportunity for teachers to become familiar with the AP Physics 1 course, and to meet and share ideas with others who are developing or teaching the AP Physics 1. Topics will include the course description and requirements, a close look of the 2015 exam questions, instructional strategies, syllabus and pacing, the course audit, labs/projects, and teaching resources. The AP Physics 1 test development and exam grading practices will be introduced and discussed, with relevant statistics shared. Participants are expected to take active roles in the workshop including familiarizing themselves with the Physics 1 framework (topics and science practices), working through the 2015 exam questions, discussing teaching strategies (demonstrations and class activities that enhance student appreciation of how science is done as well as their understanding of the fundamental unifying ideas of physics), and developing/performing/presenting inquiry-based laboratory activities. Because Physics 1 is a new course for all of us, it is anticipated that there will be much that the participants in the workshop can share with and learn from each other. If any content review is desired, special attention will be given to the more challenging topics in the new curriculum. 

Instructor: Jiang Yu, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA; Chris Ritacco, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC


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15A11 AP PSYCHOLOGY

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

This workshop will show participants how to set up and maintain a viable AP Psychology course in their schools. It is intended for (but limited to) teachers who may not be new to teaching but are new to teaching an advanced placement class. It will include a discussion on the process of textbook selection, writing an acceptable syllabus and creating a yearlong reading, testing, and assignment schedule in preparation for the May AP exam. The workshop will also focus on motivational and engagement techniques that can be employed to maximize student involvement and active learning strategies that have proven effective over the years. Special emphasis will be placed on ways to integrate metacognitive skill development, Seligman’s positive psychology paradigm, and psychology blogs (i.e. PsyBlog) into the course content to deepen student understanding of the key concepts.

Participants will learn how to write challenging multiple-choice and free response questions as well as to develop accurate rubrics to evaluate them. The essential role of scientific and critical thinking exercises and discussions throughout the course will be addressed. In addition to relevant psychology-based web sites print and other multimedia resources will be identified, described and examined.

All participants are asked to bring a few of their favorite lessons and/or activities that could be adapted for use in a college-level psychology class. At the end of the week participants will have what they need to implement a successful AP Psychology class in the fall.

Instructor: Tom Purcell, Educational Consultant, Danbury, CT


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15A12 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

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Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

Preparing Students for AP Spanish Language and Culture

This course will provide an overview of the structure and content of the new thematically-organized 2014 AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. Relevant materials and specific instructional techniques for teaching the curriculum will be presented, discussed, and evaluated.  Participants will develop materials for use in their own classes and will work together to clarify the expected levels of proficiencies in Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational Communication.  Participants will explore techniques to transition past activities into strategies and exercises that meet the objectives of the new exam. There will be extensive practice through reviewing the rubrics and achievement level descriptors that will be used by the AP Readers in assessing the Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication segments of the AP exam. The latest available rubrics, sample responses, and test changes will be reviewed. Participants are urged to read the AP Spanish Language and Culture Curriculum Framework at www.collegeboard.com and to bring questions they have to class. Any teacher of AP Spanish, inexperienced or very experienced, may register for this course. This course will be conducted in Spanish.

Instructor: Rafael Moyano, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY


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15A13 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY: INCORPORATING THE REDESIGN

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Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

AP US History in Transition: Applying What We Learned in 2014-15 to Build Success in 2015-16

The summer of 2015 represents an important time for reflection upon what worked, and what did not, in our teaching of redesigned courses.  An overview of the required aspects of the curriculum in this session will include the interplay of the concept outline, historical thinking skills, thematic learning objectives, and the implications for teaching. Led by a College Board AP U.S. History Development Committee member, session activities and discussion will support teachers in evolving their individual pedagogy and curriculum. We will put the ‘co-labor’ into collaboration as we create new lessons and update some classics. Please bring as much of your curricular material as possible and necessary to support leaving at week’s end with finished lessons you plan to implement (textbooks, readers, files, plans, lessons, and, etc.).

Instructor: James Sabathne, Hononegah High School, Rockton, IL


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15A14 CREATING TEXTBOOKS USING iBOOKS AUTHOR

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

Designed for teachers of any subject at any level, this workshop will introduce participants to the software package iBooks author, which can be used to create digital textbooks, study guides, or other interactive materials for the classroom for use on Apple's iPad. This hands-on course will cover the basics of creating dynamic, interactive and media-filled texts, bringing a fresh way of delivering content to students. The course will take participants along the development, editing, and publishing of their own iBooks on an iPad and Mac.

A Mac Laptop running OSX 10.9 or later, with iTunes 10.5 or later installed, and an iPad 2 (or iPad mini) running iOS 5.1 or newer, is required.

Instructor: Michael McAloon, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15A15 SCHOOL LIBRARIES FOR THE DIGITAL GENERATION

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today's schools and our information driven society. In this workshop, we will look at how the library media center has changed and develop a strategic vision and plan to create a vital information center that will be an indispensable resource for both your students and teachers. Some of the topics we will focus on include: advocacy, marketing, social media, makerspaces, the virtual library, apps, databases, technology and ebooks in the library. Participants will collaborate with colleagues and have opportunities to select topics for in-depth investigation.

Instructor: Jen Stone, Old Town High School, Old Town, ME


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15A16 STATISTICS: TEACHING THE FIRST COURSE

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

This workshop is designed for instructors teaching an introductory Statistics course. We will cover all the necessary content areas for a first course in Statistics and directly address the course design and pedagogical challenges of teaching an introductory course. Specifically, we will examine traditional topics in both descriptive and inferential statistics including analyzing and designing observational studies, surveys, and experiments; effective visual displays of information; measures of central tendency and variation; regression analysis; probability; normal and binomial distributions; and hypothesis testing. We will also address course design aspects such as the choice of a textbook, pacing of the course, and the integration of technology such as the TI-83/84 graphing calculator, Microsoft Excel, Minitab, and web-based resources. Finally we will explore different pedagogical approaches for engaging students with a weaker background in math such as using student-generated content, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and project-based assessments. A graphing calculator and a laptop computer with a current version of Microsoft Excel are recommended, but not required for the course. 

Instructor: Jeremy Clifford, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15A17 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN SPANISH

Dates: June 29 —July 3, 2015

All students can succeed in a foreign language.  They need instructors who can work together as a department starting with Spanish I.   This workshop will train participants in strategies for students with different learning styles, abilities, and interests. It will give practice in language teaching methods that can be started in the first year, and adapted throughout several more years of instruction.

 With the changes in the expectations of upper level courses, school systems need more vertical teaming within language departments.  There is a need for Spanish teachers of all levels of the language to attend training to help them to prepare their students for an eventual college-level class in language or literature. This one-week workshop will be conducted completely in Spanish. The participants will practice with advanced grammar, and learn how best to present it to enhance the writing and speaking of their students.  They will focus on how to develop students’ proficiency within the Presentational Communication modes of speaking and writing. It is highly recommended that two or more teachers from the same language department attend this workshop together.  Strategies will be discussed which will benefit ALL students.

Instructor: Patti Smith, Tufts University, Medford, MA


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15AB03 AP CHEMISTRY INTRODUCTORY: CLASSROOM AND LAB (2 WEEKS)

Dates: June 29 —July 10, 2015

This two-week workshop, designed for new AP Chemistry teachers or those that have taught AP Chemistry for 1-3 years, will review the basic concepts in a general college chemistry course with the intent of exploring the proper manner to present and evaluate them. Special emphasis will be placed on classroom management and laboratory planning to fill the needs of the AP curriculum. Participants will perform and evaluate labs of various styles such as micro-scale, calculator-based or direct interfacing, and standard macro-scale that can be used in their own teaching. Significant time will be spent on developing an understanding of the actual test and methods for ensuring students' success.  There will be discussion of the changes to the chemistry curriculum.  Participants will be asked to complete the AP audit and develop mock exam questions on par with the College Board expectations.  In order to complete the tasks, participants should have access to their school calendars and bring a favorite lab they would like to use.  The lab will be used as a model for transitioning to inquiry-based lab activities.  Each participant will be expected to work daily on questions, complete lab reports and calculations.  A written, graded assignment will be required by participants.  Somewhat subjectively, the quality of each participant’s class time will also be evaluated.

Instructor: Fred Vital, Darien High School, Darien, CT; Sue Biggs, Northampton High School, Northampton, MA


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15B01 AP ART HISTORY: THE NEW COURSE

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

TEACHING THE REDESIGNED AP ART HISTORY CURRICULUM

Both first-year and experienced teachers preparing to teach the redesigned AP Art History course are asking: does one now just teach the 250 works of art in the Image Set? Why is there an increase in coverage of global content areas? Where can one find teaching resources beyond the traditional textbooks? How can one pace the teaching of the course? What will be assessed on the new AP exam?

Throughout the week, we will place special focus on the following topics of immediate concern: Key changes to the AP Art History Curriculum; Unpacking the new curriculum framework and its implications for teaching: Big Ideas, Essential Questions, Learning Objectives and Enduring Understanding for each Content Area; Resources for developing and teaching the course; Incorporating computer based multimedia digital technology into the course. We will also work towards submitting a revised syllabus for the Audit.

 Participants will have ample opportunities to acquire and share best teaching practices and walk away with practical materials and strategies to immediately promote active student-centered learning in the classroom, including ways to enhance visual literacy: how to help students develop skills in looking at, thinking about and communicating ideas about works of art. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop as most of the handouts are in electronic format.

Instructor: Yu Bong Ko, Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg, NY


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15B03 AP CALCULUS BC

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

Designed for both beginning and experienced BC Calculus teachers, this workshop will address the concepts and applications of the topics in AP Calculus BC with an emphasis on those topics in the BC course that are beyond the AB course.  This will be done by addressing topics through multiple representations – analytically, graphically, numerically, and verbally.  Topics addressed will include:  differential equations, integration methods, series, parametric & vector functions, and polar curves.  Any other topics from the AB course will be addressed as necessary and as time permits.  Time will be spent completing and discussing both multiple-choice and free-response problems.  This will include looking at the preparation for the AP exam as well as the scoring of free-response problems.  Technology will be used to discover concepts, enhance instruction, and to solve problems.  Participants are encouraged to bring a TI-84 graphing calculator and a laptop computer.  We will also look at a variety of textbooks, useful resources, and technology for use in the classroom.  Participants are encouraged to share any lessons, activities, and resources that they have found effective in the classroom.

Instructor: Mark Littlefield, Newburyport High School, Newburyport, MA


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15B04 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

So You Want To Be An AP Lit Teacher?

This introduction to the Advanced Placement English Literature course will prepare teachers for the rigor, breadth, depth, and writing necessary to help students be successful on the AP Exam and in college.  We will consider the politics of AP, including screening, student selection, grading, parents, and other teachers. We will explore the development of a curriculum, including various genres and multicultural as well as classic writers; the teaching of writing, including on-demand pieces, long analytical papers, other modes of expression and the process of revision. We will study the exam itself, including understanding what is being tested, how it is scored, and how students can study; close reading and analysis of texts, including prose, poetry and film. While the focus will be on effective student preparation, we are also concerned with sharing teachers’ passion for literature with students as well as survival strategies for managing this course.

Instructor: Diana Krauss, MT. Ararat High School, Topsham, ME


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15B05 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR THE EXPERIENCED AP TEACHER

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

This workshop is designed for those who have taught at least one year of AP Environmental Science or have taken at least one weeklong APES workshop. In addition to discussion of APES topics and exams, classroom activities may include but not be limited to the following: water quality testing, solar/ fuel cell technology, marine fisheries use and depletion, an introduction to GPS and GIS technology, a freshwater stream study and organism capturing net construction coupled with statistical analysis of data using a biodiversity index and student t-test. Also, participants will be asked to create and share a new laboratory devised during the week or a synopsis of a book or video they presently use in their class. Participants should bring clothes and equipment suitable for fieldwork, along with fresh ideas for discussion with their fellow participants.  Field trips may include visits to a recycling center and trash-to-energy plant, a fuel cell manufacturer, a small bio-diesel manufacturing concern, a flood-control dam, and/ or a cogeneration facility. Questions or requests for specific activities can be directed to the instructor at lehnerj@taftschool.org. 

Instructor: Jim Lehner, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15B06 AP MICROECONOMICS

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

Our primary focus will be on the microeconomic models that students are required to master for the AP Micro exam. These include:  Production Possibilities, Comparative Advantage, Supply and Demand Analysis, Marginal Analysis, Price Floors and Ceilings, Incidence of Taxation, Deadweight Loss, Elasticity, Utility Analysis, Production and Costs, Types of Profit, Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Oligopoly, Monopolistic Competition, Price Discrimination, Factor Market Analysis, Perfectly Competitive Resource Market, Monopsony, Marginal Revenue Product Analysis, Cost of Capital, Externalities, Income Distribution, Public Goods, Private Goods, Role of Government in a Market Economy.

The workshop will also cover all the graphs that are essential to the above models.  During the course of the week we will discuss and practice teaching strategies, activities, and resources. When necessary we will review the concepts that participants may have questions on.

Our secondary focus will be on the assumptions underlying some of the micro models.  We will also look at the use and misuse of terms that are frequently used and abused. The objective here will be to take students beyond the test.

Instructor: Dick Brunelle, Northeastern University, Boston, MA


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15B07 AP PHYSICS 2

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

This workshop will provide an opportunity for teachers to become familiar with the AP Physics 2 course, and to meet and share ideas with others who are developing or teaching the AP Physics 2. Topics will include the course description and requirements, a close look of the 2015 exam questions, instructional strategies, syllabus and pacing, the course audit, labs/projects, and teaching resources. The AP Physics 2 test development and exam grading practices will be introduced and discussed, with relevant statistics shared. Participants are expected to take active roles in the workshop including familiarizing themselves with the Physics 2 framework (topics and science practices), working through the 2015 exam questions, discussing teaching strategies (demonstrations and class activities that enhance student appreciation of how science is done as well as their understanding of the fundamental unifying ideas of physics), and developing/performing/presenting inquiry-based laboratory activities. Because Physics 2 is a new course for all of us, it is anticipated that there will be much that the participants in the workshop can share with and learn from each other. If any content review is desired, special attention will be given to the more challenging topics in the new curriculum. 

Instructor: Jiang Yu, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA; Chris Ritacco, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC


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15B08 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

PREPARING TO TEACH THE COURSE

This workshop will address the 2014 redesign of the AP Spanish Language and Culture course, and train experienced and new AP teachers to prepare their students for success on the exam. Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the Course Audit. Major topics we will discuss include: Planning and Pacing Guide for New Course; the three modes of communication; the six themes on which the course is based; the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world; and strategies for the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We will also examine the Course Description as well as the curriculum framework and learning objectives. Teachers are encouraged to go to this web site to read more about the new course: http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org  

Instructor: Patti Smith, Tufts University, Medford, MA


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15B09 AP STATISTICS

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

AN EXCURSION INTO AP STATISTICS

This course will be devoted to investigating the current AP Statistics curriculum and how to teach an AP statistics class.  Whether you are new to the course or have taught it before, this workshop will offer you the opportunity to create a new course of study or fine tune and enhance our approach.  During the week, we will explore the four themes of the AP Statistics curriculum: Exploring Data, Planning a Study, Anticipating Patterns, and Statistical Inference.  In addition, you will be given an overview of the AP Program, and introduced to the AP examination through sample questions and exercises.  Discussions will include how and where to incorporate technology and projects, and how to infuse exam questions throughout the course. Daily hands-on activities will be introduced that can be taken back into your classroom as well as various methods for teaching a single concept. This workshop is flexible and subject to your concerns and interests so bring your expectations, enthusiasm, questions, concerns and “fears” and anything else that will make the week a fun and rewarding one for you.

Instructor: Jeanne Lorenson, Stone Ridge- Sacred Heart School, Bethesda, MD


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15B10 AP US HISTORY: INCORPORATING THE REDESIGN

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

Combination (for anyone teaching AP US History the upcoming school year)

As we recover from the new exam, a week with high caliber peers may revitalize your existing course.  The purpose of this week is to give you time to work on your existing class and to review the student samples from the 2015 administration.  If you are new to AP US History, this week will acquaint you with both the curriculum and the exam.  There will be time to plan out your year syllabus, as well as develop lesson/unit plans. Active dialogue and the sharing of ideas are essential. Participants are encouraged to bring as much of their existing class with them as possible (for example, textbooks, favorite resources, activities). 

 

Note: This workshop will have teachers with varied levels of AP-experience in it.  If you would prefer to only be with teachers with 0-2 years of AP-experience or solely with experienced AP teachers, there are separate workshops offered this summer.  Please see the catalogue.  

Instructor: Robin Wanosky, Weston High School, Weston, MA


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15B11 AP WORLD HISTORY

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

 This AP World History workshop will help both new and experienced AP teachers, and will include an analysis of recent changes to the AP World History Exam. We will address key challenges of the course, including coverage of the content in the new curriculum framework, test taking strategies, lessons, activities, resources, and pacing. Participants will also examine the Document-Based Essay, the Comparative Essay, and the Continuity and Change over Time Essay in terms of strategies, the College Board scoring rubrics, and the analysis of actual student papers. The workshop is interactive, and participants will be encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. Hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, and strategies will be shared electronically.  Many of the activities, role-plays, simulations, performance assessments, and teaching strategies are also appropriate in regular world history classes.

Instructor: Lenore Schneider, New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT


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15B12 PRE-AP ENGLISH: AP READY / COLLEGE READY

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

This Pre-AP English workshop will provide teachers with theory and practical approaches for preparing students in grades six through eleven for a rich and challenging English curriculum. The concept of an English Vertical Team will be introduced and explored. Participants will review and practice various strategies for teaching close reading, literary analysis, rhetorical analysis, and essay writing as appropriate for various grade levels and student needs. They will learn to modify and write essay tasks and scoring guides and work with multiple-choice questions. Participants will gain understanding of both the AP English Language and Composition and the AP Literature and Composition courses to inform the development of their Pre-AP English curriculum.

Instructor: Claudette Brassil, Educational Consultant, Brunswick, ME


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15B13 ADVANCED TEXTBOOK CREATION FOR IPAD USING IBOOK AUTHOR

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

Designed for those who have completed the TEC course “Writing & Publishing Textbooks for the iPad using iBooks Author” or have a working knowledge of iBooks Author, this course introduces the use of software tools such as Keynote and Tumult's Hype to create widgets, animations, HTML5 apps, and other elements to unlock some of the capabilities in iBooks Author, thereby enhancing students' experience with your iPad textbook. This hands-on course will enable participants to design, create, and execute code for elements such as infographics, educational games, interactive maps, timelines, etc. that can be inserted into an iBook or into a stand-alone Web site. No experience with these software titles are needed.

A Mac Laptop running OSX 10.9 or later with Tumult's Hype software and Apple's Keynote, and an iPad 2 (or iPad mini) running iOS 5.1 or newer is required.

Instructor: Michael McAloon, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15B14 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

This workshop is for teachers who are starting, or possibly already teaching, a Multivariable Calculus course. It might also be useful for teachers who want to help one or more students with an independent study course – students who have presumably already finished AP Calculus. We will discuss the major topics that a Multivariable Calculus course should cover: Functions of two or more Variables, 3-space, Vectors, Partial Derivatives and their Applications, Iterated Integrals and their Applications, and Vector Calculus. As time allows, we will also discuss particularly interesting applications, favorite problems, the pros and cons of particular textbooks, graphing software, etc. 

Instructor: John Piacenza, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15B15 PROBLEM SOLVING, CCSS, AND TECHNOLOGIES

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

We will investigate and do problems and activities that you can use in your math classroom for grades 7 – 12. We will approach these problems from both teacher and student perspectives. Over a dozen problem-solving strategies will be illustrated. We will link all that we do to the CCSS Mathematical Practices and you will be shown several excellent questioning techniques. Formative assessment strategies will be shown and discussed. Appropriate technologies will be integrated effectively. You will see iPad apps, so bring your iPad. Creative use of SMART Boards will be shown. Each participant will receive the TI-Nspire Teacher Software to take home for free, so bring your laptop! The course will be tailored to the needs of the participants. Contact me with specific questions: tom@tomreardon.com Walk away with dozens of ready-to-use activities.

Instructor: Tom Reardon, Austintown Fitch High School, Austintown, OH


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15B16 REVIEWING SPANISH CINEMA

Dates: July 6 —July 10, 2015

From dictators, bullfighters, and flamenco to nationalism and globalization

This workshop will study Spanish culture and society through its cinema - since Franco’s dictatorship and up to the coming of democracy – and Spain’s films recent rise to international prominence. Special attention will be paid to the changing national qualities of Spanish cinema, such as the “Spanishness” of its filmmakers, to issues of regional and ethnic diversity and identities within Spain, and to the place of these identities in the wider framework of filmmaking in Europe. We will also study different strategies adopted by Spanish film directors in order to articulate their perceptions of the social realities of the country, as well as develop an appreciation for film as an artistic mode of communication. Classes will combine film screening, lectures, discussions, and presentations. The instructor will provide an exposition of the historical, social, cultural, and ideological backgrounds for the films. Participants will have the opportunity to provide their own analyses of the films. This workshop is conducted in Spanish.

Instructor: Rafael Moyano, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY


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15BC02 AP BIOLOGY INTRODUCTORY: CLASSROOM AND LAB (2 WEEKS)

Dates: July 6 —July 17, 2015

Designed for new teachers of AP Biology, this two-week workshop will provide a thorough introduction to the newly revised AP Biology curriculum. We will examine the structure of the new course, including the four “big ideas,” the connected “enduring understandings,” and the science practices that ground the revised course in the idea of “doing” science.  We will spend time discussing inquiry-based approaches to teaching science, and we will perform many of the required laboratories, including ample discussion of statistical analysis, a hallmark of the new course.  Variations of several labs will be presented to meet the needs of as many programs as possible.  Participants will develop an AP Biology pacing guide or syllabus specific to their school’s daily schedule and calendar that could be used as part of the AP Audit. Participants will need to bring their 2015/16 school calendar and one biology lab activity to share with other participants.

Instructor: Laura Monti, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15C02 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE: JAVA, ARRAYS, ARRAYLISTS

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop is designed for teachers who are new to or with limited experience teaching APCS, although more experienced teachers are welcome. In addition to some introductory Java explorations, focus will be on arrays (one- and two-dimensional) and ArrayList data structures as described in the APCS course description, including an introduction to the exemplar APCS Labs. Teaching strategies, preparation for the AP Computer Science A exam, scoring rubrics, and course requirements will be discussed.

Participants will develop and share materials for classroom use. The selected topics will be explored in more depth than during a typical one-week survey of APCS; this course in conjunction with that offered the following week (APCS: Inheritance and Labs) will cover the AP Computer Science Java subset and course description. Participants may choose either one or both weeks.

Note: it is assumed that novice APCS participants have some Java programming experience or have significant programming/teaching experience with another language similar to Java.

Instructor: Stephanie Lord, Educational Consultant, Stetson, ME


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15C03 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop for new teachers will focus on the core areas for any AP English Language course: Rhetoric and Argument. Initially, we will explore and delineate rhetorical and argumentative theory, then apply these theories to short texts. As we transition to a full day on scaffolded teaching of the reading of non-fiction, we will apply rhetorical theory to full essays. We will also unpack definitions of reading from AP multiple-choice questions as we work toward a methodology for teaching reading. By mid-week, we delve into writing, focusing at first on last year’s questions and samples, then on broader topics of writing within an AP English Language class.

Our discussion will segue into assignment design, assignment sequencing, grammar, and assessment issues. We will also spend time on building curriculum collaboratively so that all participants are ready for teaching their new course in August.

Instructor: Bernard Phelan, Educational Consultant, Elgin, IL


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15C04 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop is designed for teachers new to AP Environmental Science (APES). Because this multi-disciplinary course incorporates elements from various sciences, the laboratory component of the workshop will focus on how to complement the classroom through appropriate laboratory and field investigations.  These diverse field investigations will stress scientific principles and analysis through first-hand studies of and visits to local ecosystems and forestry management areas. Other topics include air pollution monitoring, water quality analysis, sewage treatment, bioassays and soil examination, capped landfill methane reclamation/ electricity generation, and a freshwater stream study. Recent APES exams and their scoring will also be discussed, with special focus placed on this year's essays.  Participants will develop an appropriate APES syllabus to satisfy the College Board audit process and ten multiple-choice questions suitable for use on a future test.  Participants are encouraged to bring their APES text and lab manual, a calculator, ruler, field shoes and raingear, and one environmental field/lab experience (electronic copy) to share with other participants.  Questions or requests for specific activities can be directed to the instructor at lehnerj@taftschool.org.

Instructor: Jim Lehner, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15C05 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY: THE NEW COURSE

***YOU WILL BE WAITLISTED***

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

Major changes are coming in AP European History!

With a redesign in place, we all need to see how AP European History has changed. The main focus of this workshop will be on those changes in the structure of the course and the new exam. We will concentrate on teaching strategies, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading the A.P. exam. All of the topics discussed are designed to reflect the new emphases in the course. Participants will also receive numerous PowerPoints, video clips, and the instructor’s 250-page workbook.

Instructor: James Kirkcaldy, Hingham High School, Hingham, MA


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15C06 AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop is open to both new and experienced teachers of AP French Language and Culture as we explore how to better prepare your students. This workshop is designed around the prescribed learning objectives for the AP exam that enable students to master the different modes of communication. While doing so, our students need to demonstrate an understanding of the French culture and of other French-speaking countries. We will closely examine the content of the exam and engage in developing techniques and test taking skills.

Class participation and presentations will determine a participant’s grade.

Instructor: Elsie Augustave, Stuyvesant High School, NY


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15C07 AP LATIN: THE AENEID WORKS WITH CAESAR

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

The intent of this workshop is to lead you through all of Vergil's Aeneid in the AP Latin syllabus.  Attention will be given to teaching strategies for writing analytical essays that integrate the Vergil text with the de Bello Gallico in the syllabus. In this regard, we will develop a list of as many themes as possible for the two authors as well as suggestions about integrating the concept of themes into instruction.  We will score student essay questions from the 2015 exam. Although the focus is upon essays, we will develop short answer questions and look at steps to improve literal translation as well. Additionally, we will discuss strategies for how to write essay questions, how to pair Vergil passages with Caesar passages, Themes and Essential Questions, contextualization and how it enhances class instruction, as well as the importance of Grammar & Syntax in your instruction. You will leave with classroom ready materials. Bring your texts and a laptop computer. For any and all questions or more information contact jmcrooker@aol.com.

Instructor: Jill Crooker, Educational Consultant, Pittsford, NY


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15C08 AP MUSIC THEORY

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop will focus on the course organization and teaching of AP Music Theory. As we study the course content we will focus on two major pedagogy topics: written music theory and aural skills development. In the written skills area, we will focus on fundamentals of music, harmony, score analysis, 4-part voice leading, harmonizing a melody, and figured bass. Attention to aural skills will focus on rhythmic patterns, intervals, chords, melodic and harmonic dictation, listening within the context of musical repertoire, and techniques of developing functional hearing. Participants will examine textbooks, musical scores, Web resources, print resources, and technology.  Participants who complete this workshop will have developed a course syllabus and will be prepared to teach AP Music Theory. 

Instructor: David Lockart, Educational Consultant, Newark, DE


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15C09 AP PHYSICS C

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

In this workshop, we will explore much of the content of a one-year AP Physics C course that would include both mechanics and electricity-magnetism.  Laboratory experiments will be central to our week—we will perform several experiments each day and discuss the results and effectiveness of each.  We will also consider textbook options, syllabi, homework policies, and other choices we teachers make.  We will examine several problems appearing on previous AP examinations, but the focus of the week will be on teaching physics effectively and in a way that students will enjoy.

Instructor: Larry Stowe, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT ; Chris Ritacco, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC


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15C10 AP PSYCHOLOGY

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an overview of the structure and content of an AP Psychology course. Participants will analyze past AP exams and participate in a simulated AP reading to evaluate student writing.  Interactive demonstrations, online resources, and discussions will provide participants with opportunities to learn about how to integrate new research in psychology into their teaching.  Participants will leave the workshop with a course outline and effective and engaging curriculum to cover the 14 topics and learning objectives in the AP Psychology exam. This course is open to teachers with all levels of experience.

Instructor: Lori Hodin, Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA


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15C11 AP STUDIO ART

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

The AP Studio Art professional development workshop includes a combination of seminar sessions and hands-on activities designed to meet the needs of both inexperienced and experienced AP teachers alike.  In addition to presenting information regarding the AP Studio Art program requirements, sessions will include an in-depth look at the three distinct portfolios; ideation for developing lessons for the Breadth and Concentration sections of the portfolios; studio experiences that can be adapted for classroom; and the most current information regarding the both the Studio Art program and the latest reading of the exam.

 

We will distinguish the three Studio Art Portfolios Design through digital presentations; define the three components of each Studio Art Portfolio – Quality, Concentration, and Breadth; review the Course Audit; and engage in a mock scoring. Participants will have opportunities for peer dialogue and discussion and develop curricula to meet specific needs in drawing, 2D design, and 3D design.   Additionally, we will share thoughts on organization and management in the AP Studio class, on integrating individual and group critiques into the curriculum, how to use technology and research effectively, and the role of historical and contemporary art in image making.  A field trip to the Yale University of Art will offer an opportunity to develop experiences for classroom use. 

 

Participants should be prepared to share their approaches with other workshop attendees.  In addition to the College Board materials, some basic art materials will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and other favorite art supplies.

 

Instructor: Colleen Harrigan, Clarkstown South High School, NY


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15C12 AP US HISTORY: THE NEW COURSE FOR THE EXPERIENCED AP TEACHER

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

As we recover from the new exam, a week with high caliber peers may revitalize your existing course.  Some of us could not anticipate all of the twists and turns of the new course, and the purpose of this week is to give you time to work on your existing class as well as review the student samples from the 2015 administration of the exam.  Naturally, we will benefit from one another’s years of experience; therefore, active dialogue and the sharing of ideas are essential. Participants are encouraged to bring as much of their existing class with them as possible.

Instructor: Robin Wanosky, Weston High School, Weston, MA


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15C13 BUILDING BRIDGES TO HIGHER LEVEL MATH

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop is designed to help teachers prepare as wide a range of students as possible to take upper level high school courses.  Starting with the premise that all motivated students can perform at rigorous academic levels, this course will provide teachers with the tools to prepare students for higher intellectual engagement, starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible.

All Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus teachers are invited to develop their techniques to provide opportunities for all students to acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in higher-order thinking. Team leaders and curriculum specialist are invited to identify the common threads of conceptual development in all high school math courses.

By inspecting Calculus and Statistics problems, we will backtrack to find the essential concepts required at earlier levels for success in upper-level courses and tailor meaningful classroom activities for all grades.

Content will include rates of change, probability, data collection, linking algebra to arithmetic, Bloom’s taxonomy, and designing challenging assessments.

Come prepared to learn and refine your craft.

Instructor: Tom Tutor, Educational Consultant, Islesboro, ME


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15C14 IMPLEMENTING THE IPAD IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This iPad workshop is designed to take you from the basics of iPad use for your own daily productivity to exploring application of the many available iPad 'apps'. Hands-on experience will be the focus, along with discussion and evaluation of creative uses of the iPad as a tool for student learning within the classroom. Participants will learn about downloading apps, networking, and researching uses for classroom and student enhancement.

Instructor: John Mobilio, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Waterbury, CT


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15C15 LINEAR ALGEBRA

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop is for teachers who are starting, or possibly already teaching, a Linear Algebra course. It might also be useful for teachers who want to help one or more students with an independent study course. We will discuss the major topics that a Linear Algebra course should cover: Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices, Determinants, Vector Spaces, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, Inner Product Spaces, and Linear Transformations.

The workshop will be a combination of theory and applications. Participants will need a graphing calculator that can perform matrix operations (the TI-84 is fine).  The level of mathematical sophistication in the workshop will be about that of a BC Calculus workshop, but knowledge of Calculus is not strictly necessary. (We may briefly discuss some applications that involve elementary Calculus.) 

Instructor: John Piacenza, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15C16 THE IMPACT OF THE 1960s ON THE US

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

Participants in this workshop will analyze the multitude of changes that took place in the 1960s, and how many of these changes still influence our culture and society today.  We will analyze the causes and impact of the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the antiwar movement and the counterculture. We will also study the impact of Barry Goldwater, the conservative Young Americans for Freedom, and Richard Nixon’s appeals to the “silent majority.” We will be analyzing primary sources, film and television clips, and music throughout the week. 

We will enjoy an excursion to the Museum at Bethel Woods, the museum at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival. 

Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT


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15CD01 AP CHEMISTRY INTRODUCTORY: CLASSROOM AND LAB (2 WEEKS)

Dates: July 13 —July 24, 2015

This two-week crash course in how to teach AP Chemistry is designed for new AP Chemistry teachers or those who have taught AP Chemistry for 1-3 years.  We will explore how to incorporate the 6 Big Ideas and their Learning Objectives from the new Chemistry Frameworks into an integrated curriculum that will prepare your students for success on the AP Chemistry exam.  Assistance will be provided for any teachers who are required to submit their AP Chemistry audit report for the 2014-2015 school year.  Participants will perform and evaluate labs and activities of various styles such as micro-scale, calculator-based, data collection with probeware, as well as traditional macro scale experiments, with an emphasis on transitioning to inquiry-based labs.  Concepts will be presented using both conceptual and mathematical analyses and a significant amount of time will be spent on developing an understanding of the actual test and methods for ensuring students’ success on the 2015 exam.

Instructor: Mark Case, Emmaus High School, Emmaus, PA


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15D01 AP ART HISTORY: THE NEW COURSE

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

TEACHING THE REDESIGNED AP ART HISTORY CURRICULUM

Both first-year and experienced teachers preparing to teach the redesigned AP Art History course are asking: does one now just teach the 250 works of art in the Image Set? Why is there an increase in coverage of global content areas? Where can one find teaching resources beyond the traditional textbooks? How can one pace the teaching of the course? What will be assessed on the new AP exam?

Throughout the week, we will place special focus on the following topics of immediate concern: Key changes to the AP Art History Curriculum; Unpacking the new curriculum framework and its implications for teaching: Big Ideas, Essential Questions, Learning Objectives and Enduring Understanding for each Content Area; Resources for developing and teaching the course; Incorporating computer based multimedia digital technology into the course. We will also work towards submitting a revised syllabus for the Audit.

Participants will have ample opportunities to acquire and share best teaching practices and walk away with practical materials and strategies to immediately promote active student-centered learning in the classroom, including ways to enhance visual literacy: how to help students develop skills in looking at, thinking about and communicating ideas about works of art. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop as most of the handouts are in electronic format.

Instructor: Yu Bong Ko, Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg, NY


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15D03 AP CALCULUS AB

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

While this course is aimed at teachers new to the AP classroom, 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 you with a deep understanding of the concepts of calculus and how they dovetail and reinforce each other. Details and timeline of the College Board audit process will be shared with first-year teachers.

Calculus content will include rules for differentiation, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, separable differential equations, slope fields, Euler’s Method, and various approximation techniques for both differentiation and integration. We will include an examination of L'Hopital's rule which will be a new topic on the 2017 exam. 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.

Instructor: Tom Tutor, Educational Consultant, Islesboro, ME


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15D05 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE: INHERITANCE AND LABS

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

Designed for teachers who are learning object-oriented program design and implementation in Java, and for those preparing to implement the exemplar APCS Labs, both novice and more experienced APCS teachers are welcome.

Emphasis will be on inheritance and polymorphism, as included in the APCS curriculum, along with explorations and integration of the exemplar APCS Labs. Participants will develop and share materials for classroom use. Teaching strategies, preparation for the AP Computer Science A exam, scoring rubrics, and course requirements will be discussed. The selected topics will be explored in more depth than during a typical one-week survey of APCS; this course together with that offered the previous week (APCS: Java, Arrays, ArrayLists) will cover the AP Computer Science Java subset and course description. Participants may choose either one or both weeks.

Note: it is assumed that novice APCS participants have some Java programming experience or have significant programming/teaching experience with another language similar to Java.

Instructor: Stephanie Lord, Educational Consultant, Stetson, ME


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15D06 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

This workshop for new teachers will focus on the core areas for any AP English Language course: Rhetoric and Argument. Initially, we will explore and delineate rhetorical and argumentative theory, then apply these theories to short texts. As we transition to a full day on scaffolded teaching of the reading of non-fiction, we will apply rhetorical theory to full essays. We will also unpack definitions of reading from AP multiple-choice questions as we work toward a methodology for teaching reading. By mid-week, we delve into writing, focusing at first on last year’s questions and samples, then on broader topics of writing within an AP English Language class.

 Our discussion will segue into assignment design, assignment sequencing, grammar, and assessment issues. We will also spend time on building curriculum collaboratively so that all participants are ready for teaching their new course in August.

Instructor: Bernard Phelan, Educational Consultant, Elgin, IL


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15D07 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE SPECIAL TOPIC: DRAMA AS LITERATURE

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

While drama plays a large role in English literature, sometimes we are unsure how to best teach it. This workshop will examine the AP English Literature exam and consider the skills required of students in order to deepen their understanding of belles lettres. Suitable for those with two or more years of AP English Literature teaching experience, this workshop will offer strategies to pique student interest, develop critical thinking skills, and foster independent analysis, with a special focus on strengthening the understanding and interpretation of drama as literature.

Instructor: Liz Johnson, Educational Consultant, Holden, MA


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15D08 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY: THE NEW CHANGES FOR THE EXPERIENCED AP TEACHER

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

This AP European History workshop is designed for the experienced  teachers (2+ years teaching AP).  Topics we will cover include: Understanding the New Curriculum Framework; Developing a Pacing Guide; Incorporating skills that develop critical thinking and solid writing techniques; Evaluating the changes to the DBQ, Long Essay, and, Multiple-Choice portions of the test; Understanding the new Short Answer portion of the test; Creating strategies for student success on the exam; and Developing an approved syllabus.

 We will spend some time focusing on 1 or 2 key eras in European History so that we can develop a revised unit plan and share.  Possible areas for focus include the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, 19th century nationalism, imperialism, and the European Union.

 This workshop will be interactive. You will need to bring lessons, resources, unit plans, syllabi, books, films/documentaries, and, any other teaching materials or strategies that have helped your students achieve success. If at all possible, please bring a laptop to the session.  We will use Dropbox, an electronic shared resource, to do much of our work.

Instructor: Kevin McCaffrey, Evanston TWP. High School, IL


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15D09 AP PHYSICS 1

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

EXPLORING THE COURSE AND DEVELOPING NEW TEACHING STRATEGIES

This workshop will provide an opportunity for new and experienced AP physics teachers to become familiar with the College Board’s newly redesigned algebra/trigonometry-based AP Physics 1. This course along with AP Physics 2 replaced the AP Physics B in the fall of 2014. Participants will be exposed to and work on adapting and developing ideas that will enhance the inquiry learning approach for both the teaching and laboratory portions of the course. The new exam is predicated on this approach. Meeting, sharing, and actively working on ideas with colleagues is a major benefit of this workshop. Included will be: 1) A brief overview of the Physics 1 & 2 Framework as it applies to this course, 2) A close look at the type of questioning that appears on the AP Exam and the use and development of similar formative and summative assessment items, 3) Varying general instructional strategies, 4) Laboratory work that is course appropriate, 5) Close attention to common student misconceptions especially as they pertain to the newly introduced topic of rotational motion, 6) Preparation, as needed, of a syllabus for audit.

Participants are expected to take active roles in the workshop including familiarizing themselves with the Physics 1 & 2 framework, answering sample test questions, discussing teaching strategies, designing labs, and syllabus development and enhancement.

Instructor: Instructors: Joseph Stieve, Educational Consultant, Boyds, MD; Chris Ritacco, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DCs School, Washington, DC


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15D10 AP PHYSICS C - MECHANICS

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

Targeting instructors who will be teaching only the mechanics portion of AP Physics C, this workshop will focus on advanced concepts of motion, forces, energy, rotation, simple harmonic motion, forces and torques in equilibrium, and universal gravitation.  We will perform and discuss several laboratory experiments each day, so that participants will gain hands-on experience with equipment and techniques.  Calculus ideas will inform our equations and problem-solving methods throughout the week.  Teachers will gain a better understanding of mechanics topics and some fresh ideas for stimulating the interest of their students.

Instructor: Larry Stowe, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT


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15D11 AP STATISTICS FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

Designed primarily for teachers with little or no experience in teaching AP Statistics, this course will provide an overview of the AP Statistics course.  In addition to discussing concepts, terminology, and procedures that students need to master, we will look at a collection of activities and materials that can be used to help students develop understanding.  These include web-based simulations and resources as well as activities for the TI-84 (or TI-83) calculator.  Some time each day will be devoted to looking at solutions and scoring rubrics for questions from previous AP exams. 

Instructor: Gloria Barrett, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC


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15D12 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY: INCORPORATING THE REDESIGN

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

Roll, Roll with the Changes – You Got to Roll with the changes

 Ben Franklin stated that there are “only two sure things in life- death and taxes.” He was wrong. He should have said – death, taxes and educational curricular change”.  As educators we know this to be true and thus we need to be prepared to tackle the challenges presented by College Board curriculum changes that took place for the school year 2014 -2015. Anglicization, Pueblo Revolt, The Seven Historical Thinking Skills – these are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of changes made to the AP US History Curriculum and test. 

The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint you with those changes and to give you time to either tweak your existing class OR learn about the AP US History program. Additionally, we will explore pedagogies that have worked this year for teaching the reading and writing skills expected of AP US History students. Everything from Short Answer tips to how to integrate and spiral DBQ activities will be introduced.  

There will be time to plan out your syllabus for the year, as well as develop lesson/unit plans. All new AP US History teachers will also need to submit a new syllabus for the AP Audit; this workshop will give you time to take care of that task.

We will also engage in discovering the most applicable websites for our course.  Active learning activities and the sharing of professional ideas will be the cornerstone of why this workshop will be invaluable. You are encouraged to bring as many of your curricular materials as possible (for example, textbooks, favorite resources, websites, laptops, activities).  You will be well prepared to help your AP students for the upcoming exam in May 2016.

Instructor: Christopher Averill, Cosby High School, Midlothian, VA


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15D13 AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH MUSIC

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

US History teachers are constantly looking for new primary source materials:  American popular songs are excellent primary source documents, and an analysis of the meanings of songs of any era is an excellent way of analyzing the values and beliefs of that time period.  During this workshop, participants will learn how to do “close readings” of popular songs, and will analyze American music of all eras of American history.  We will be doing close readings of songs from the 1920s, the Great Depression, America’s wars, the 1950s and 1960s, and the present day.  This workshop will benefit not only those who teach American History, but also American Studies and American Literature.  No musical knowledge is necessary for this course, although knowing the difference between Bob Dylan and Kanye West would be helpful. 

Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT


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15D14 INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO YOUR CLASS

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

Integrating technology is a powerful way to increase student achievement and augment engagement.  This weeklong workshop will focus on simple strategies for bringing technology into your curriculum.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of technologies that are valuable additions to any classroom.  The primary focus will be on using free or inexpensive web-based tools that work on various computing platforms to create media-rich lessons.  Participants will come away understanding both the important role that technology can play in the classroom and how to integrate it effectively. This workshop is geared towards teachers at the middle and high school levels, though, with some adaptations and creativity, teachers of younger students will find the content applicable too.  Participants must bring a laptop for use throughout the week that meets the following minimum specifications: 

For PCs: Windows XP - service pack 3 or newer

For Macs: OSX

Participants should have a good understanding of how to operate the laptop that they will be using.  For example, they should be familiar with how to connect to a new wifi network, how to use the mouse, how the files are organized.  In addition, basic computing skills such as attaching documents to e-mails, copying, pasting, and word processing are a must.  Participants are welcome to bring a tablet/iPad IN ADDITION TO a laptop.

Instructor: Lynne West, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA


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15D15 WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER IN THE INTERNET AGE

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

Fewer skills are more vital and less developed than the skills surrounding research-based writing.  Whether in preparation for college or the working world, the ability to find and use good information is fundamentally important in the Age of Google.   Information is everywhere, but the mental tools to cull the best information and use it effectively are increasingly rare.  This workshop will help define those skills and allow teachers the time and feedback to create a curriculum that satisfies their specific needs.  We will explore both the use of the modern  -increasingly virtual-library and the bedrock rhetorical skills that allow students to craft compelling arguments. We will also explore both the value and difficulty in creating a research-based writing program that extends over the full course of a student's career.  This workshop has proven valuable to both new and experienced teachers, as they strive to integrate this essential skill into their classroom teaching.

Instructor: Greg Hawes, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15DE02 AP BIOLOGY INTRODUCTORY: INQUIRY-BASED CLASSROOM AND LAB (2 WEEKS)

Dates: July 20 —July 31, 2015

This two-week workshop will explore all aspects of the new AP Biology program.  We will explore the Curriculum Framework (the four “Big Ideas”, the seven “Science Practices”, etc.), how to set up your course, how to run inquiry-based labs, and how to prepare students for the new examination. Time will be devoted in teaching you how to help your students successfully write for the new exam and in training you how to accurately and efficiently assess their written work.  You will get extensive hands-on experience with the new inquiry-based labs and we will also discuss and demonstrate ways to modify your existing lab program to fit the new AP Science Practice Standards.

In an effort to have you better prepared for the coming year, you will develop a syllabus appropriate to your school’s calendar (part of the audit process), create a course unit (developed with your colleagues at the workshop) as well as be expected to develop a new inquiry-based lab or modify an existing lab during the workshop.

You will need to bring your 2015-2016 school calendar, as well as one of your best Biology activities (favorite lab, demonstration, etc.) to share with the other participants.  

Instructor: Erol Altug, The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, NY


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15E01 AP CALCULUS AB

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

While this course is aimed at teachers new to the AP classroom, 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 you with a deep understanding of the concepts of calculus and how they dovetail and reinforce each other. Details and timeline of the College Board audit process will be shared with first-year teachers.

Calculus content will include rules for differentiation, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, separable differential equations, slope fields, Euler’s Method, and various approximation techniques for both differentiation and integration. We will include an examination of L'Hopital's rule which will be a new topic on the 2017 exam. 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.

Instructor: Tom Tutor, Educational Consultant, Islesboro, ME


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15E02 AP CHEMISTRY ADVANCED: INQUIRY - LABS AND ACTIVITIES

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

This workshop is specifically designed for EXPERIENCED AP Chemistry teachers, those who have taught the course for three or more years and/or have attended a previous weeklong AP Chemistry workshop.   We will target many of the 16 labs in the most recently revised (October 2014) College Board lab manual.  We will emphasize the new “Guided Inquiry” approach to laboratory work, with the intention of extending the AP Chemistry labs and adding some of our own which have been modified into a more Guided Inquiry approach, utilizing the new descriptors of Science Practices and Learning Objectives.  We will discuss strategies for modifying participants’ own labs currently in use, including the use of more “error analysis” questions. Recent changes in the curriculum will also be presented and highlighted.  We will explore the implications imbedded in the examination and scoring, and review the second released exam (one of the exams given in May 2014) In addition, participants will be developing and sharing suitable test questions (both multiple choice and constructed response) that emphasize the particulate nature of chemical reactions (e.g. stoichiometry, precipitation, and acids & bases).

This workshop will assume knowledge of and proficiency in the previous AP Chemistry topics, with little or no time allotted to delivery of content, except for a review in the newer exam areas of Mass Spectroscopy and PES.

Instructor: Patsy Mueller, Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette, IL; David Hostage, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15E03 AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

Designed for new and experienced teachers of AP Comparative Government Politics, this workshop will cover the various aspects of the course. All the following countries are required to be taught:  United Kingdom, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria and Iran. Important conceptual course material, syllabi, evaluation instruments, teaching materials, and strategies will be covered.  The format will include lecture, discussion, analysis of sample textbooks and supplemental readings, the Internet, and audio-visual materials. Participants will walk away with hands-on material and ideas that can be taken back to the classroom.  Each participant will complete topic outlines, evaluation instruments, and sample units of study.

Instructor: Bonnie Herzog, Educational Consultant, Lithia, FL


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15E04 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

This workshop will familiarize teachers with the Advanced Placement English Literature course and examination. While we will cover the major content areas of the course, the focus of this workshop is on what students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful. We will take a practical approach to organizing and running the course and develop strategies to make the course interesting and enjoyable for both you and your students.

Instructor: Liz Johnson, Educational Consultant, Holden, MA


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15E05 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY: THE NEW CHANGES FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

The AP European History workshop is designed to help new (0-2 years experience) teachers. Topics we will cover include: Understanding the Curriculum Framework; Developing a Pacing Guide; Incorporating skills that develop critical thinking and solid writing techniques to help students; Preparing your students for the writing elements on the test: DBQ, Long Essay, and, Short-Answer; Understanding how to prepare for the Multiple-Choice portion of the test; Creating strategies for student success on the exam; and Developing an approved syllabus.

 Based on your interest and input before the workshop, we will spend some time focusing on developing a 1st semester unit plan to help you “hit the ground running” when school starts.  Ideally, you will leave with a complete unit plan that begins with the Renaissance and finishes with the end of the Napoleonic era (c. 1450 – 1815).

 The workshop will be interactive. You will need to bring lessons, resources, unit plans, syllabi, books, films/documentaries, and, any other teaching materials or strategies that have helped your students achieve success.  If you have a currently used textbook, please bring it.  If not, please try to bring any current European History survey text you have If at all possible, please bring a laptop to the session.  We will use Dropbox, an electronic shared resource, to do much of our work.

Instructor: Kevin McCaffrey, Evanston TWP. High School, IL


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15E06 AP LATIN: CAESAR AND THEMES

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

Teaching De Bello Gallico with an eye toward the Aeneid:  the intent of this workshop is to lead teachers through all of Caesar's De Bello Gallico in the AP Latin syllabus. 

Attention will be given to teaching strategies for writing analytical essays and developing short answer questions.  We will develop a list of themes from the Caesar passages and pair them, where possible, with lines from Vergil. We will score student essays and short answer questions from 2015.

What is unique about this workshop is that participants will have the opportunity to sit in on a number of sessions of Lynne West’s workshop, 21st Century Technology In the Latin Classroom.  In their final project, participants can integrate what they have learned about the AP Caesar course with the use of a new technology tool.

Additionally, we will discuss how to integrate technology, visuals, and online resources into your course, contextualization and how it enhances class instruction, as well as the importance of grammar & syntax in your instruction. You will leave with classroom ready materials. Bring your texts and a laptop computer. For any and all questions or more information contact jmcrooker@aol.com.

Instructor: Jill Crooker, Educational Consultant, Pittsford, NY


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15E07 AP PHYSICS 2

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

EXPLORING THE COURSE AND DEVELOPING NEW TEACHING STRATEGIES

 This workshop will provide an opportunity for new and experienced AP physics teachers to become familiar with the College Board’s newly redesigned algebra/trigonometry-based AP Physics 2. Participants will be exposed to and work on adapting and developing ideas that will enhance the inquiry learning approach for both the teaching and laboratory portions of the course. The new exam is predicated on this approach. Meeting, sharing, and actively working on ideas with colleagues is a major benefit of this workshop. Included will be:

1) A brief overview of the Physics 1 & 2 Framework as it applies to this course with a clear emphasis on what AP Physics 1 enduring understandings and essential knowledge are assumed.

2) A close look at the type of questioning that appears on the AP Exam and the use and development of similar formative and summative assessment items.

3) Varying general instructional strategies

4) Laboratory work that is course appropriate

5) Close attention to common student misconceptions that are likely to be encountered across the rather broad spectrum of topics covered by this course.

6) Preparation, as needed, of a syllabus for audit.

Participants are expected to take active roles in the workshop including familiarizing themselves with the Physics 1 & 2 framework, answering sample test questions, discussing teaching strategies, designing labs, and syllabus development and enhancement.

Instructor: Instructors: Joseph Stieve, Educational Consultant, Boyds, MD; Chris Ritacco, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DCs School, Washington, DC


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15E08 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

Intended for both experienced and new teachers, this workshop 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.

Instructor: Liliana Smith, Weston High School, Weston, MA


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15E09 AP STUDIO ART

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

This workshop will address the needs of inexperienced as well as experienced AP Studio Art teachers through the review of all three AP Studio Art portfolios: 2D, 3D and Drawing.  

The three sections: Quality, Breadth and Concentration will be examined in depth through digital presentations and discussions geared to generate curriculum development through studio practice. Emphasis will be placed on ideation and assisting AP students in the selection of a topic for the concentration section. Participants will have the opportunity in studio sessions to develop a mini concentration, using action research engaged in throughout the workshop. During the week, we will address the College Board materials provided to teachers and the current year’s Studio Art Reading process and rubric. Additional topics addressed will include, developing sketchbook strategies, generating ideas for the Concentration that can support a sustained investigation, the National Core Art Standards, selecting work for the Quality section, and investigating themes from Contemporary Art to inspire curriculum.

All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. Group critiques and activities will be conducted with an emphasis on process and the development of a theme or idea that can generate continued investigation. In addition a visit to the Yale University Art Museum will support research on utilizing contemporary art to create curriculum.

Participants will be asked to bring some studio supplies for their own art making. Please bring a Laptop or tablet and flash drive for sharing of teaching materials.  Some materials will be provided and announced at a later date.

Instructor: Claudia Michael, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH


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15E10 AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

This workshop will address the scope and sequence of the AP United States Government and Politics course, including a basic outline, important concepts, and suggested time lines for instruction.  Participants will also learn about the format of the AP Examination and the skills necessary for student success.  The workshop format will include discussion of concepts, content review, analysis of exam materials, and discussion of textbook and supplementary materials.  Participants will receive hands-on materials and ideas from the instructor, and will develop and share their own course outlines, syllabi, evaluation items, and units of study.

Instructor: Ethel Wood, Educational Consultant, Germantown, NY


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15E11 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY: INCORPORATING THE REDESIGN

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

Roll, Roll with the Changes – You Got to Roll with the changes

 Ben Franklin stated that there are “only two sure things in life- death and taxes.” He was wrong. He should have said – death, taxes and educational curricular change”.

 As educators we know this to be true and thus we need to be prepared to tackle the challenges presented by College Board curriculum changes that took place for the school year 2014 -2015. Anglicization, Pueblo Revolt, The Seven Historical Thinking Skills – these are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of changes made to the AP US History Curriculum and test.  

The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint you with those changes and to give you time to either tweak your existing class OR learn about the AP US History program. Additionally, we will explore pedagogies that have worked this year for teaching the reading and writing skills expected of AP US History students. Everything from Short Answer tips to how to integrate and spiral DBQ activities will be introduced.  

There will be time to plan out your syllabus for the year, as well as develop lesson/unit plans. All new AP US History teachers will also need to submit a new syllabus for the AP Audit; this workshop will give you time to take care of that task. We will also engage in discovering the most applicable websites for our course.  Active learning activities and the sharing of professional ideas will be the cornerstone of why this workshop will be invaluable.

You are encouraged to bring as many of your curricular materials as possible (for example, textbooks, favorite resources, websites, laptops, activities).  You will be well prepared to help your AP students for the upcoming exam in May 2016.

Instructor: Christopher Averill, Cosby High School, Midlothian, VA


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15E12 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY IN THE LATIN CLASSROOM

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

Integrating technology in the Latin classroom is a powerful way to increase student achievement and augment engagement.  This workshop will address the many ways that current technology can enhance and enliven the Latin classroom.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of technologies that are valuable additions to both the elementary and advanced Latin curriculum. The workshop will address methods and tools for building vocabulary, teaching language skills, and integrating history and culture.  The focus will be on using free or inexpensive web-based tools (Prezi, the Google suite, Popplet, social networks, animoto etc.) that work on various computing platforms to create media-rich lessons.  Participants will come away understanding both the important role that technology can play in the classroom and how to integrate it effectively. 

 

What is unique about this workshop is that participants will have the opportunity to sit in on a number of sessions of Jill Crooker’s workshop, AP Latin: Caesar and Themes to learn some strategies for incorporating authentic literature and AP techniques into any Latin course.  In addition to having multiple lesson plans to take back home, participants will come away with a clear understanding of how to construct a technology-rich curriculum which prepares students for the challenges of advanced Latin classes. 

 Participants should be comfortable with basic computing skills and must bring their own laptop with the following minimum specifications:

For PCs: Windows XP - service pack 3 or newer

For Macs: OSX

Participants should have a good understanding of how to operate the laptop that they will be using.  For example, they should be familiar with how to connect to a new wifi network, how to use the mouse, how the files are organized.  In addition, basic computing skills such as attaching documents to e-mails, copying, pasting, and word processing are a must.  Participants are welcome to bring a tablet/iPad IN ADDITION TO a laptop.

Instructor: Lynne West, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA


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15E13 COLLEGE COUNSELING

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

This workshop is designed as a “crash course” for new and less-experienced college counselors.  Targeted towards secondary school counselors with less than three years of experience in college counseling, past participants have been from independent, public, parochial, international and charter schools.  Many college admission officers moving to “the other side of the desk” have also participated.

We will offer an overview of the college admission process, with particular attention to writing counselor recommendations.  Topics will include an overview of the admission process, working with students and parents, constructing college lists, developing relationships with colleagues, and helping students make good decisions.  Each participant will have an individual writing conference with one of the instructors.  We will also visit a local college campus for a campus tour and an admissions case study exercise, and have an evening panel of college admission representatives from nearby colleges and universities such as Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Trinity, and the University of Connecticut.

Instructor: Amy Grieger, Smith College, Northampton, MA ; Alison Almasian, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15E14 PRACTICAL TOOLS AND TIPS FOR TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Dates: July 27 —July 31, 2015

Are you interested in learning how to integrate technology in your classroom to enhance teaching and learning?

This workshop will provide a variety of tips and techniques that will allow you to slowly integrate technology into your classroom one project at a time or you could entirely paperless if that is your goal. We will talk about how to use Google Apps including Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Drawing to increase your organization and productivity. Utilizing Google Plus and Blogger can be a fun and productive way to get your kids involved in collaborative projects. We will also talk about how to use iPads in the classroom, including using specific apps for grading and ebooks. Making screencasts and using video can be a great way to share information with your students outside of the classroom, and we will cover these technologies as well. Finally, we will also look at learning management systems such as Haiku and Google Classroom which will enable you to be completely organized and connected to your students at all times. All participants will need a laptop and an iPad. This will be a hands on class where you will leave with projects you can use in the classroom all ready to go.

Instructor: Rachael Ryan, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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