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

***YOU WILL BE WAITLISTED***

Dates: June 27 —July 1, 2016

* AP Calculus AB is offered each week *

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



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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


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


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


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


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


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


16B13 PRE-AP ENGLISH: AP READY / COLLEGE READY

***CANCELLED***

***YOU WILL BE WAITLISTED***

Dates: July 4 —July 8, 2016

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(s): Claudette Brassil



WORKSHOP CANCELLED

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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