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Elizabeth Villarreal-Hansen

AP Language and Composition


This course will help prepare AP teachers to meet the rigorous standards of AP English Language and composition. Instruction will focus on the core competencies to include best practices for rhetorical analysis, synthesis, argument, timed-writing workshops, and close reading strategies for non-fiction. In addition participants will be guided through a simulated reading of the 2014 AP English composition questions. Instruction will also include review of the course description and ideas for developing and refining the course syllabus. The crux of the course will highlight strategies for improving test performance for the composition as well as the reading comprehension section of the exam. In this interactive institute, participants will leave with hands on activities, lessons, and units of study that align with AP curriculum and the college readiness initiatives of the Common Core.

What participants should bring

  1. A paper or electronic copy of the course description located on AP Central
  2. A few short pieces of one-fiction from their existing curriculum

James (Ed) Howell

AP Calculus - AB


This session is specifically designed to assist interested teachers build a successful AP Calculus AB course. The week will include an analysis of the current curriculum, including an examination and Discussion of various teaching strategies that reflect the current philosophy and goals of the course An overview of the AP program will be included; suggestions for passing and sequencing of concepts; a study of numerous AP level problems; activities with graphing calculators (TI84+, TI89); a review of the AP Exam including format, scoring standards, and student responses; a discussion of the grading process from the perspective of an AP Reader; and an overview of resources and materials available to AP teachers.

What participants should bring:

  • A graphing calculator and a USB memory stick.

Lena Walker

Pre-AP Professional Development in Mathematics


This course will focus on the importance and relevance of mathematics in Middle School and the vertical alignment of concepts within the courses to ensure that students will perform well in high school AP courses.

Topics will include the following:

  • Use a multi-representational approach to help teachers look at problems analytically,graphically, numerically, and verbally
  • Explore internet websites to enhance comprehension
  • Enhance questioning techniques in writing and verbally
  • Supplement and enhance teaching with activities
  • Practice with TI-73 and TI-84 graphing calculators
  • Discuss best practices
  • Discuss strategies to successfully implement inquiry-based learning activities

What participants should bring:

  • A favorite project, lesson, or activity to share, (include 30 copies – paper or electronically)
  • Personal TI-73 and/or TI-84 graphing calculator, optional. Calculators will be provided
  • Legal pad, post-its, high lighters, pencils, black ink pen
  • A sweater or jacket, we can’t control the temperature of the room

Marsha Gray-Scholze

AP U.S History


The AP United States history Institute will include:

  • What to expect with the newly revised APUSH exam.
  • New ideas for the NEW CURRICULUM FOCUS
  • WHAT WORKS IN CLASSROOM?
  • What are the expectations for AP?
  • How to prepare students for writing the historical essay.
  • Hands-on activities with proven success records.
  • Content-specific lectures.
  • Lesson planning ideas
  • And, valuable resources

Participants are encouraged to bring

  • Copies of “best practices’ that they may share with the group.

Bob Morgan

Pre-AP Science


This hands-on 4 day workshop is designed for anyone that wishes to find new ways to increase student interest in science.  As common core and next generation science standards evolve teachers will need to find new ways to involve students actively in daily classroom learning activities.  Through numerous individual and group activities the participants will learn techniques, strategies and new ideas on how to motivate students while increasing rigor.  The premise of the workshop is based upon the College Board goal of preparing ALL science students for AP, IB or college.  This workshop will provide many "take-a-ways" of ideas, resources and research proven mini-labs that work.


Pamela K. Lamb

AP U.S. Government and Politics

The U.S. Government and Politics Institute is designed to help teachers organize an AP course in U.S. Government and Politics, select appropriate materials, determine course content and depth of mastery, provide techniques and strategies for teaching the course, and provide a better understanding of the AP exam (what to expect and how the free-response answers are graded).

We will:

  • examine broad content areas for units of study;
  • suggest methods of organizing course content;
  • examine a bibliography of materials that can be used and how to incorporate these materials effectively;
  • demonstrate writing strategies to prepare students to write the free-response essay;
  • demonstrate strategies to use in the classroom.

The instructor will model an AP Reading with sample essays from the 2014 AP test, explore ways to save time, discuss motivation, and help participants determine individual action plans. Participants are encouraged to bring a jump/thumb drive to download materials from the consultant.


Marshall Welch

AP Biology

   

Time

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

8:00 a.m.

FRAMEWORK TOPIC: 

Big Idea  1

FRAMEWORK TOPIC: 

Big Idea  2

FRAMEWORK TOPIC: 

Big Idea  3

FRAMEWORK TOPIC: 

Big Idea  4

 

AP Strategy:

Curriculum Driven Instruction

AP Strategy:

Learner Centered Classroom

AP Strategy:

Move to Inquiry

AP Strategy:

Exam Strategies

80 minutes

ACTIVITY:

 Small group shared and individual traits

 

DISCUSSION:

-Establish Norms

-Workshop Goals

 

ACTIVITY: 

Mapping Big Idea 1

 

ASSESSMENT:

-Share out of mapping activity

ACTIVITY:  Engaging students using discrepant events

 

DISCUSSION:

-Active Vocabulary  Strategy

 

 

ACTIVITY:

-Mapping Big Idea 2

 

ASSESSMENT:

-Positive message sticky note for mapping activity

ACTIVITY:

Balls and Ramps Inquiry Activity

 

ACTIVITY:  Design an inquiry activity

 

DISCUSSION:

-Levels of inquiry

 

ASSESSMENT: 

-Gallery walk assessment of inquiry level from Activity

ACTIVITY:

Names on Boxes Inquiry Activity

 

DISCUSSION: 

Developing an  academic vocabulary

 

ACTIVITY:

Marzano academic vocabulary exercise

 

ACTIVITY:

Mapping Big Idea 4

 

ASSESSMENT:

-Share out of mapping activity

9:20-9:30 a.m.  

A.M. BREAK

A.M. BREAK

A.M. BREAK

A.M. BREAK 

120 minutes

AP LAB 3

"BLAST Lab"

AP LAB 5

"Photosynthesis in Leaf Discs"

AP LAB 8

"Bacterial Transformation"

AP LAB 11

"Rate of Transpiration"

11:30 a.m.-

12:30 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

LUNCH BREAK

120 minutes

AP LAB 2

"Mathematical Modeling Hardy-Weinberg"

AP LAB 6

"Cellular Respiration"

AP LAB 7

"Cancer and Loss of Cell Cycle Control"

AP LAB 12

"Fruit Fly Behavior"

2:30-2:40 p.m.

P.M. BREAK I

P.M. BREAK I

P.M. BREAK I

P.M. BREAK I 

80 minutes

DISCUSSION:

-AP Science Practices

-Teaching a Framework vs. Text Driven Course

-Attacking Enduring Understandings and Learning Objectives

-AP Course Audit

SILENT CONVERSATION: 

-Needs of the AP student

 

DISCUSSION:

-Needs of the AP student

 

ACTIVITY:

-Mapping Big Idea 3

 

ASSESSMENT:  Individual, Pair, Team Collaboration Presentation

DISCUSSION:

-Assessing potential learner impact of open inquiry

-Initiation of an open inquiry program

-Strategies that promote student success in open inquiry

-Items essential for teacher success in open inquiry

ACTIVITY:

-Analyzing the Chief Reader Report.

-Close reading of exam questions.

-Free response strategy – RADAR

 

EVALUATION

 

Workshop End:

3:30 p.m

 

Total Hours:  30

4:00-4:10

P.M. BREAK 2

P.M. BREAK 2

P.M. BREAK 2

  

80 minutes

STRUCTURED INQUIRY:

"Dissecting Inquiry-Based Free Response Trends" 

GUIDED INQUIRY: 

"Kinetic Theory of Matter and the Properties of Water"

OPEN

INQUIRY:

"Investigating an Evolutionary Cline"

 

 



David Wentz

AP Chemistry

Components of the College Board’s redesign will be emphasized: Curriculum frameworks, exam format, guided inquiry labs, course audit. This will include some hands-on work with the 2013 Practice Exam as well as work with all released items from the 2014 exam.

Approximately half of the sixteen labs in the College Board’s AP CHEMISTRY Guided-Inquiry Experiments manual may be conducted, dependent upon content needs of the participants.  Discussion will focus on the merits of using kits as well as adding guided inquiry components to existing labs.

Topics covered will be related to the six Big Ideas as outlined in the curriculum frameworks:  atomic structure, properties as they relate to particle structure, stoichiometry and types of reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.