All Workshops

16A01 AP ART HISTORY: TEACHING THE REDESIGNED CURRICULUM

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

The newly redesigned curriculum was implemented in 2015 with significant departure from the old format.  The inaugural 2016 exam has provided initial insights into the many questions that both first-year and experienced teachers preparing to teach the redesigned AP Art History course have been asking: just how much does one teach beyond the 250 works of art in the Image Set? Why is there so much emphasis on the global content areas and how can one make meaningful thematic connections among these diverse cultures? Where can one find teaching resources beyond the traditional textbooks? How can one better pace the teaching of the course? What will be assessed on the AP exam in subsequent years?

 

Throughout the week, we will place special focus on the following topics of immediate concern:

  •   * Understanding the new curriculum framework and its implications for teaching: Big Ideas, Essential Questions, Learning Objectives and Enduring Understanding for each Content Area
  •   * Balancing depth of knowledge and breadth in content coverage
  •   * Resources for developing and teaching the course content areas
  •   * Incorporating digital technology infused and multimedia classroom
  •   * Revising the course syllabus (and submitting a syllabus for the AP 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 valuable handouts are in electronic format, such as on a flash drive.

Instructor(s): Yu Bong Ko


16A02 AP BIOLOGY: BEYOND THE LAB MANUAL

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

This workshop for experienced AP Biology teachers goes beyond the current labs and activities. We will do labs that are extensions of current labs, including the pGLO protein purification kit, PCR, and gel electrophoresis. We’ll discuss experimental design and the best statistical test to use with each lab. We’ll share best teaching practices for the concepts with which students struggle and offer updates on the latest research in intriguing topics, such as epigenetics. In addition, we’ll review the HHMI activities and appropriate case studies. Come prepared to have fun, learn a lot, and leave refreshed.  

Instructor(s): Liz Cowles; Amanda Benedict


16A03 AP CALCULUS AB

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced AP Calculus teachers and will focus on the three major themes in calculus: Limits, Derivatives, and Integrals. Strategies and pedagogy to effectively present the calculus concepts covered under the AB curriculum will be discussed. Using numerous Free Response and Multiple Choice questions throughout the week, we will discuss scoring rubrics and how the AB Exam is scored/read.  We will also discuss in detail the revised AP Calculus AB Curriculum Framework that will take effect in 2016.  We will discuss recent trends in the AB Exam and how best to prepare your students for the AB Calculus exam. The TI-83/84 calculator will be used during the week to explore the various calculus concepts.

Instructor(s): Brendan Murphy


16A04 AP CALCULUS BC

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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(s): Mark Littlefield


16A05 AP CHEMISTRY FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER (2 WEEKS)

Dates: June 27 —July 8, 2016

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 to 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 course textbook. Participants are invited bring a favorite lab they would like to share.  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 and complete lab reports and calculations.  A written, graded assignment will be required of participants.  Somewhat subjectively, the quality of each participant’s class time will also be evaluated.

Instructor(s): Fred Vital; Sue Biggs


16A06 AP ECONOMICS - MICROECONOMICS

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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(s): Richard Brunelle


16A07 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

 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(s): Claudette Brassil


16A08 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

***YOU WILL BE WAITLISTED***

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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(s): Diana Krauss



Please call the TEC office at 860-945-7837 to be put on the Waitlist


16A09 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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(s): Jim Lehner


16A10 AP PHYSICS C

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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(s): Larry Stowe; Chris Ritacco


16A11 AP PSYCHOLOGY

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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 refresh and improve the course by integrating metacognitive skill development, Seligman’s positive psychology paradigm, and psychology blogs (i.e. PsyBlog) into the curriculum  to increase student interest/ involvement in the course and deepen their understanding of the key concepts. We will also describe how you can take some of psychology’s most fascinating, provocative, newsworthy, and life-relevant recent discoveries and ideas into the classroom with fresh excitement.

Participants will learn how to write challenging multiple-choice and free response questions as well as to develop accurate rubrics to evaluate them. All participants are asked to bring their laptops to class as well as 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(s): Tom Purcell


16A12 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

This workshop will provide an overview of the structure and content of the thematically organized 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 also 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 workshop. This will be conducted in Spanish.

Instructor(s): Rafael Moyano


16A13 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY: FOCUS ON APPLYING THE NEW RUBRICS

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

Led by a Co-Chair of the College Board AP U.S. History Development Committee, major emphasis will center on the application of the rubrics introduced in 2015. The week will feature special topics sessions selected by attendees from diverse options including incorporating secondary sources, threading themes, simulations, exemplar units, incorporating images, and others. 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 or 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(s): James Sabathne


16A14 AP WORLD HISTORY: THE REDESIGN

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for fifteen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, 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, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. We will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Document Based Essay, and Free Response Essays in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. We will utilize the College Board scoring rubrics, and analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group.

Instructor(s): Lenore Schneider


16A15 SCHOOL LIBRARIES FOR THE DIGITAL GENERATION

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

The library and media specialists have never been more important in today's schools and in our information driven society. This workshop will focus on transforming the school library media center to meet the needs of the digital generation as well as explore ways to make your library a vital information center that is the focal point of your school and an indispensable resource for both students and teachers. Some of the topics we will focus on include: advocacy, marketing, social media, makerspaces, the virtual library, apps, technology, and ebooks in the library. Participants will collaborate with colleagues and have opportunities to select topics for in-depth investigation.

Instructor(s): Jennifer Stone


16A16 STATISTICS: TEACHING THE FIRST COURSE

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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(s): Jeremy Clifford


16A17 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN SPANISH

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

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(s): Patricia Smith


16B01 AP BIOLOGY FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER (2 WEEKS)

Dates: July 4 —July 15, 2016

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 your school calendar and one biology lab activity to share with other participants.

Instructor(s): Laura Monti


16B02 AP CALCULUS AB

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

This workshop will include the philosophy and goals along with the prerequisites for the AP Calculus Course. Since there is a significant change to the presentation of the new AP Calculus courses, we will make you aware all of the changes and the conceptuality of the new course. We will examine the topic outline, technology restrictions, and the requirements for the exams. Due to this restructuring, we will discuss the Audit and its requirements as new and experienced teacher will have modifications. We will explore Pre-AP topics along with MPACs and the updates for the fall of 2016. An overview of the new curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year will be covered as well as an overview of various topics including, but not limited to, piecewise functions and slope fields and some activities which will provide various methods for teaching these topics. Also included will be the Reader’s notes from the 2015 and 2016 readings in Kansas City and the expectations from students on the exam as well as any topics that the participants deem necessary for a valuable experience. Participants will be encouraged to submit individual concerns and needs which will be covered as time permits.

The latest information from the changes affecting the 2017 exam will be available.

Instructor(s): Virginia Vecsey


16B03 AP CALCULUS BC

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

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(s): Mark Littlefield


16B04 AP CHEMISTRY ADVANCED: FOCUS ON LABS AND POGIL ACTIVITIES

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

This workshop is open to all AP Chemistry teachers who possess a current and comfortable “content” background in the revised AP Chemistry curriculum. We will continue to introduce new guided-inquiry laboratory exercises with time frames that are suitable for your classroom and to modify previous favorite labs to fit the new guided-inquiry standards. We will include several new “error analysis” items as well. The workshop will also provide hands-on opportunities with a number of the recently released POGIL Activities for AP Chemistry which we have found to be successful with our own students. In order to meet the demands of the newly reconstructed AP Chemistry program, participants will be assisted in developing and sharing new questions, both multiple choice and constructed response styles, which emphasize particle-level diagrams and laboratory analyses culled from provided data tables, charts, or graphs.

Instructor(s): David Hostage; Patsy Mueller


16B05 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

***YOU WILL BE WAITLISTED***

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced teachers to introduce them to the College Board’s newest computer science course—AP Computer Science Principles.  This course is a broad introduction to computer science designed to improve access for all students.  We will focus on the 7 Big Ideas for this course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact.  We will emphasize specific teaching strategies to accomplish each of these tasks in a diverse learning environment and how to recruit students to ensure diversity.  We will discuss in detail the structure of the AP CS Principles Assessment including the two Performance Tasks (administered throughout the school year) and the Multiple Choice exam.  Scoring rubrics will be utilized.  We will use various sites to explore computer science, organize workshop materials, and collaborate throughout this week.

* We require that all teachers bring a laptop with Chrome installed and have a gmail account for this workshop.

Instructor(s): Jacqueline Corricelli



Please call the TEC office at 860-945-7837 to be put on the Waitlist


16B06 AP ECONOMICS- MACROECONOMICS

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

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(s): Richard Brunelle


16B07 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FOR THE EXPERIENCED AP TEACHER

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

Participants in this workshop should have previously completed at least three years of teaching AP English Language and Composition. This workshop will pay special attention to improving our existing courses and teaching practices. We will review our courses in light of current commentary on rhetoric and composition. We will reflect upon what we do to teach rhetoric and writing. More important we will each share some lessons that we believe have worked well in AP English Language and Composition classes (you will want to bring them along) we've taught. Also, we will identify and discuss promising curricular approaches and lessons as well as some that just were not successful. The goal is to revise and improve our work. Given this AP course's strong focus on rhetorically interesting nonfiction, we will try to enhance our courses through collaborative sharing. We will consider the major facets of the AP English Language course: rhetorical analysis and argumentation including synthesis. We will work with "multiple choice" passages that will allow us to focus on student performance. Participants will leave knowing they have honed their skills in their presentation of AP English Language and Composition.

Instructor(s): Claudette Brassil


16B08 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

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(s): Diana Krauss


16B09 AP PHYSICS 1

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

Whether you are a new or an experienced AP physics teacher, this workshop will provide an opportunity for you to become familiar with the College Board’s newly redesigned algebra/trigonometry-based AP Physics 1 course. You will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with colleagues who are teaching or planning to teach the course. Topics may include: 1) an introduction to the Physics 1 course description, 2) a close-look at the Physics 1 exam questions, 3) instructional strategies for selected topics, 4) preparing your own syllabus for the course audit, and 5) ideas of labs and other projects. Throughout the week, sample test questions and practice exam questions will be used to help you gain the knowledge and understanding of the new curriculum and its instructional requirements. You will be expected to take active roles in the workshop including familiarizing yourself with the course framework, answering sample test questions, sharing teaching strategies, designing labs, and developing your own syllabi for the audit as well as for your students.

Instructor(s): Jiang Yu; Chris Ritacco


16B10 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

PREPARING TO TEACH THE COURSE

This workshop will address the  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 course: http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org  

Instructor(s): Patricia Smith


16B11 AP SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

In this workshop, participants will engage in a professional exchange of ideas surrounding the revised AP Spanish Literature and Culture course. Participants will examine components of the AP Curriculum Framework including learning objectives, descriptions of expected student performance, the reading list, literary terms, and themes and essential questions. Participants should be familiar with all of these texts prior to the course. For an accurate list, participants should access the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com. Participants will discuss models of instructional design for the course that use themes and essential questions to make comparisons across literary periods and genres. Participants will review various authentic audio texts and artistic representations related to course content. They also will examine sample questions for multiple choice and free response sections of the exam. Participants are encouraged to bring their own texts or anthologies containing the majority of these works. This workshop will be conducted in Spanish.

Instructor(s): Rafael Moyano


16B12 AP WORLD HISTORY: THE REDESIGN

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for fifteen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, 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, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. We will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Document Based Essay, and Free Response Essays in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. We will utilize the College Board scoring rubrics, and analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group.

Instructor(s): Lenore Schneider


16B99 Transfer

Dates:

Please call Alison Oriente for information

Instructor(s): TBA


16C01 AP CALCULUS AB

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

This workshop is aimed at teachers new to the AP classroom, but others with many years of service will find material of interest.  AP Calculus course changes for 2016 and expected changes in the 2017 exam will be explained and appropriate modifications in classroom content will be presented as well as a comprehensive look at the new Curriculum Framework.

During the week we will explore 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, L’Hôpital’s Rule, and various approximation techniques for both differentiation and integration. 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(s): Tom Tutor


16C02 AP CHEMISTRY FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER (2 WEEKS)

Dates: July 11 —July 22, 2016

This two-week workshop 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 2016-2017 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 2017 exam.

Instructor(s): Sue Biggs; Mark Case


16C03 AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Bonnie Herzog


16C04 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE: JAVA, ARRAYS, ARRAYLISTS

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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 workshop 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(s): Stephanie (Stevie) Lord


16C05 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Bernard Phelan


16C06 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Jim Lehner


16C07 AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Ken Keller


16C08 AP LATIN: WHAT DOES THE AENEID HAVE TO DO WITH BELLUM GALLICUM?

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

This workshop will look at the syllabus readings of both Vergil and Caesar and learn that the two have more in common than one might assume.  We will go beyond the 7 themes in the Framework and practice new thinking to arrive at things like parent/child and storms.  Teachers will annotate and call up passages not yet read (or recall past passages) in order to pique student curiosity and suggest certain themes AND allow students to work with some passages more than once during the year.  These themes not only enhance ability to prepare students to write effective essays, they infuse the classroom with discussion that will make each day more than translation and trudging through text. 

Teachers new to AP as well as experienced teachers will have ample opportunity to look at the syllabus and learn/discuss how to structure an effective classroom.  We will work our way through the methods for literal translation and its scoring, writing essay questions and seeing them as class discussion in written form, and writing short answer questions to use each week.  We will look at the 2016 exam and score some student answers from the exam.

Bring the text that you plan to use and a laptop computer.

For additional information contact Jill Crooker, jmcrooker@aol.com

Instructor(s): Jill Crooker


16C09 AP PHYSICS C

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Larry Stowe; Chris Ritacco


16C10 AP PSYCHOLOGY

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Lori Hodin


16C11 AP STATISTICS

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

AN EXCURSION INTO AP STATISTICS

This workshop 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 for a year or two, this workshop will offer you the opportunity to create a new course of study or fine tune and enhance your 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(s): Jeanne Lorenson


16C12 AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Ethel Wood


16C13 ARCHIVES FOR YOUR SCHOOL

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

This workshop is designed for those who have been asked to "do something about the school archives". No prior archival training is expected. Topics covered will include policy development, records surveys, appraisal of material, arrangement and description, conservation and preservation, space and storage planning, as well as reference and outreach, potential uses of archives in the school environment, and the effects of electronic records and the demand for digitized collections on the future of archives. The approach, a pragmatic one, is designed particularly for those who are short of both time and money.

Instructor(s): Edouard Desrochers


16C14 PRACTICAL TOOLS AND TIPS FOR TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

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(s): Rachael Ryan


16C15 THE UNITED STATES AND THE MIDDLE EAST: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

During this workshop, participants will analyze United States foreign policy toward the Middle East and how this policy has been received and interpreted by “partners” and “non-partners” in the region.  We will analyze how economic factors have driven United States interest in the region; we will also carefully study American efforts to “democratize” segments of the region.  Attempts by the United States to confront ISIS, the civil war in Syria, and other conflicts in the Middle East will be carefully analyzed.  We will also study possible future policy decisions the United States can decide to make in the region.  The purpose of the workshop is twofold: for participants to develop a deeper understanding of American policy in the Middle East, and also to help participants craft learning experiences so that their students can do the same. 

Instructor(s): Steve Armstrong


16C16 3D DESIGN AND 3D PRINTING

Dates: July 11 —July 15, 2016

In this workshop, participants will get started with computer-based 3D design software, 3D printing, and Design Thinking. We start with basic design tools and take the basic steps to learn the ins and outs of creating and working with 3D models. Guided instruction will be provided. Accompanying the creation of each 3D model is the final task of printing on a 3D printer. As skills progress, more advanced modeling tools will be presented and taught, with plenty of hands-on time for creating and printing. Participants will also learn about and follow the Design Thinking process throughout the week as they get in touch with their inner engineer.

Instructor(s): Tom Adams


16D01 AP BIOLOGY FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER (2 WEEKS)

Dates: July 18 —July 29, 2016

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 2016-2017 school calendar, as well as one of your best Biology activities (favorite lab, demonstration, etc.) to share with the other participants.  

Instructor(s): Erol Altug


16D02 AP CALCULUS AB

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

This workshop is aimed at teachers new to the AP classroom, but others with many years of service will find material of interest.  AP Calculus course changes for 2016 and expected changes in the 2017 exam will be explained and appropriate modifications in classroom content will be presented as well as a comprehensive look at the new Curriculum Framework.

During the week we will explore 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, L’Hôpital’s Rule, and various approximation techniques for both differentiation and integration. 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(s): Tom Tutor


16D03 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE: INHERITANCE AND LABS

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

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 workshop 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(s): Stephanie (Stevie) Lord


16D04 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

This workshop is a virtual “boot camp” in how to construct, maintain, and enhance an AP English Literature class that consistently produces high student scores. For novices, it provides an overview of a traditional AP English course, the formation of an AP syllabus, an introduction to the tasks of the exam, criteria for student admission, consideration of different schedules, and a thorough introduction into the types of writing, both in-class and take-home, that hone student skills as well as how to assess these papers. For veterans, it will serve to sharpen and extend the AP skills they may have already acquired through their experiences in teaching the course. Participants will also be made aware of any trends, changes, etc. to the AP English exam administered each May, as well as provided with copious materials that can be used throughout the school year.

Instructor(s): Richard Vogel


16D05 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR THE EXPERIENCED AP TEACHER

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

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(s): Jim Lehner


16D06 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

Major changes in the AP European History exam have arrived!  Our main focus will be on the new changes in the structure of the course as well in the new exam. We will also concentrate on teaching strategies, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading of the A.P. exam - all designed to reflect the new changes in the course. This workshop is also designed to allow us to share and discuss student centered teaching strategies and activities. You will receive numerous PowerPoint’s, and ancillary teaching materials and readings as well the instructor’s 250-page workbook

Instructor(s): James Kirkcaldy


16D07 AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

This workshop focuses on helping students reach the proficiency they need to do their best on the AP Exam in French Language and Culture. During the week, we will look at thematic curricular units that will support our students’ growth throughout their studies, culminating in advanced French.

We will focus on environment and technology as two themes of the curriculum; we will also work on art from multiple perspectives, and on a multi-thematic study of food as a model of a versatile topic. Of course, we will study the test format and share tips on how to help our students be better prepared to take it, and we will discuss the course audit. The course will be taught in French (with some allowances if needed) and will be structured around discussions, hands-on exercises, web searches, and participants’ demonstrations.  

We welcome new, experienced, and teams of teachers. Teams from the same school (middle school and high school, or French 1 and 2 and French 3 and 4 for example) are strongly encouraged to attend, as past participants have found that experience rewarding.  Teachers who teach honors programs or advanced courses other than AP will find the workshop enriching as well. 

Instructor(s): Christine Lac


16D08 AP GERMAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

In this workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of both the objective and free-response portions of the AP Exam. Participants will focus on identifying good authentic materials and developing effective authentic assessments so that students become ever more comfortable with the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication. Participants will collaborate on how to best present material on the six AP course themes, design AP-type tasks, and assess Exam samples and their own student work using the same scoring guidelines that AP Readers use.

Instructor(s): Peter Chase


16D09 AP ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a professional exchange of ideas on beginning and/or continuing an AP Italian Language and Culture Course.  We will carefully review the 2015 AP Italian exam in order to learn specific instructional techniques for teaching the four skills prior to the AP course and the cultural component incorporated into the AP exam.

The session will address the four free response sections:

     • E-mail Reply – Interpersonal Writing

     • Persuasive Writing – Presentational Writing

     • Conversation – Interpersonal Speaking

     • Cultural Comparison – Presentational Speaking

Instructor(s): Bruna Boyle


16D10 AP PHYSICS 1: THE LESSONS LEARNED AND THE ROAD AHEAD

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

The workshop will use the released AP Exams and other sources to bring to life the most challenging concepts in the Curriculum Frameworks. The emphasis will be on the teaching strategies that help the students develop higher-order thinking skills and address the general expectations of the AP Exam, including problem-solving, laboratory inquiry and data analysis skills, and narrative writing. The emphasis is on the activities that help the students improve their experimental design and writing skills: the 2015 AP Physics 1 Exam made it clear that many students lack the ability to write about physics coherently, concisely, and correctly. The participants should expect to be actively engaged and challenged throughout the week. They will brush up on their content knowledge, learn more about the politics of the course, develop new teaching techniques, and become familiar with the best curricular resources for AP Physics 1 that are currently available. 

Instructor(s): Boris Korsunsky; Chris Ritacco


16D11 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

As many of you are well aware, the A.P. U.S. History curriculum has undergone a re-design.  The purpose of this week is to acquaint you with those changes and to give you time to prepare for your school year.  You will learn about the curriculum framework and the standards which govern the exam.  There will also be time to plan out your year syllabus, as well as develop lesson/unit plans. All teachers new to A.P. will need to submit a syllabus for the AP Audit and this week will give you time to take care of that task.  Active dialogue and the sharing of ideas are essential. Participants are encouraged to bring as much of their existing classrooms with them as possible (for example, textbooks, favorite resources, activities). 

Instructor(s): Robin Wanosky


16D12 PROBLEM SOLVING, CCSS, AND TECHNOLOGIES

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

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(s): Tom Reardon


16D13 UNDERSTANDING AND TEACHING THE 2016 ELECTIONS

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

 During this workshop, participants will analyze the major issues and candidates surrounding the 2016 elections.  We will work to place the 2016 elections in the context of past national and statewide contests.  We will study various times in the past when “anti-politicians” have run for office; we will also put critical issues such as health care, immigration, and foreign policy in historical perspective.  Our focus will be on the upcoming national elections.  The purpose of this workshop is twofold: for participants to develop a deeper understanding of the 2016 elections and the electoral process, and also to help participants craft learning experiences so that their students can do the same. 

Instructor(s): Steve Armstrong


16D14 WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER IN THE INTERNET AGE

Dates: July 18 —July 22, 2016

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(s): Greg Hawes


16E01 AP CALCULUS AB

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

This workshop is aimed at teachers new to the AP classroom, but others with many years of service will find material of interest.  AP Calculus course changes for 2016 and expected changes in the 2017 exam will be explained and appropriate modifications in classroom content will be presented as well as a comprehensive look at the new Curriculum Framework.

During the week we will explore 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, L’Hôpital’s Rule, and various approximation techniques for both differentiation and integration. 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(s): Tom Tutor


16E02 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

This workshop 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(s): Bernard Phelan


16E03 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

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(s): Liz Johnson


16E04 AP LATIN: CAESAR AND MULTIPLE CHOICE

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

Caesar's Bellum Gallicum, Books 1, 4, 5, and 6 (syllabus readings) will serve as the material for the development of multiple-choice questions.  We will learn to write questions targeting the learning objectives in the Curriculum Framework, by following the specific format of the exam.  In addition to Caesar, the Framework suggests that sight reading should be integrated into instruction. We will select from these suggested sight authors:  for prose Nepos, Cicero, Livy and for poetry Ovid, Tibullus Catullus and prepare questions.  

 

The goal of the workshop is to demystify multiple choice questions and Section 1 of the AP Exam, look at the SAT Latin Exam format and its types of multiple choice questions, and help each teacher leave the workshop with 1) a final project lesson (literal translation and scoring grid, an essay question, and/or a short answer question and 2) multiple choice passages to use throughout the coming year.  We will go over the 2016 exam and practice scoring.

 

A special feature of this workshop will include work with Lynne West (21st Century Technology in the Latin Curriculum) for technology integration of web-based tools like Prezi, Animote, Canva, Ted Ed, the Google suite, Kahoot, ThingLink among others. 

Bring any texts you may have and a laptop computer.

 

For additional information, contact Jill Crooker, jmcrooker@aol.com

Instructor(s): Jill Crooker


16E05 AP PHYSICS 2: MAXIMIZING STUDENT SUCCESS

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

This workshop is intended for both new and experienced AP Physics teachers; it will simultaneously provide new teachers with a well-rounded introduction to the College Board’s recently redesigned algebra/trigonometry-based AP Physics 2 course and experienced AP Physics teachers with the opportunity to further develop their teaching of the course. 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 in order to maximize student success on the College Board Exam.

Throughout the week participants will:

  •   * Be given 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.
  •   * Review the content covered in the course with special attention to the concepts that are most difficult to teach and/or prone to misconceptions.
  •   * Have a close look at the type of questions that appear on the AP Exam and develop strategies to help students prepare for them.
  •   * Discuss the Laboratory component of the course and share ideas for labs with other participants.
  •   * Review the College Board Audit process.

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. Each participant is also expected to perform a relevant demonstration for the group and to share (but not conduct) a relevant lab with the group. Participants should bring any materials needed to perform the demonstration, and a write-up of the lab (including teacher notes and student handouts) in either Word or PDF format.

Instructor(s): Barry Panas; Chris Ritacco


16E06 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

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(s): Liliana Smith


16E07 AP STATISTICS FOR THE NEW AP TEACHER

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

Designed primarily for teachers with little or no experience in teaching AP Statistics, this workshop will provide an overview of the AP Statistics course. We will examine the major topics found in any statistics course: collecting and displaying data; distributions; regression; probability; and statistical inference—confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. We will use a mix of technology, videos, and simulations as we explore the different topics and different ways to present them to students. Participants will use Minitab software and the TI-83/84 calculator. We will spend a significant amount of time examining exams released by the AP. 

Instructor(s): Al Reiff


16E08 AP STUDIO ART

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

This 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 AP Studio Art program and the latest reading of the exam.

 

We will distinguish the three AP 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 Art Museum will offer an opportunity to develop museum 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, cameras, and other favorite art making supplies.

Instructor(s): Colleen Harrigan


16E09 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

As many of you are well aware, the A.P. U.S. History curriculum has undergone a re-design.  The purpose of this week is to acquaint you with those changes and to give you time to prepare for your school year.  You will learn about the curriculum framework and the standards which govern the exam.  There will also be time to plan out your year syllabus, as well as develop lesson/unit plans. All teachers new to A.P. will need to submit a syllabus for the AP Audit and this week will give you time to take care of that task.  Active dialogue and the sharing of ideas are essential. Participants are encouraged to bring as much of their existing classrooms with them as possible (for example, textbooks, favorite resources, activities). 

Instructor(s): Robin Wanosky


16E10 COLLEGE COUNSELING

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

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, attendees have included participants 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(s): Amy Grieger; Alison Almasian


16E11 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

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(s): John Piacenza


16E12 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY IN THE LATIN CLASSROOM

Dates: July 25 —July 29, 2016

Integrating technology in the Latin classroom is a powerful way to increase student achievement and augment engagement.  This weeklong 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, Animoto, Canva, TedEd, the Google suite, Kahoot 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 Multiple Choice to learn how to write multiple-choice questions that target the learning objectives of the AP 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(s): Lynne West

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