Course:

This workshop will examine various approaches to organizing and teaching AP Chemistry courses. Of primary significance will be attention to the redesign of Chemistry exam which emphasizes reasoning, analytic, and inquiry skills.

Instructor:

James Dennis teaches AP Chemistry at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Mr. Dennis taught AP Chemistry in West Virginia for over 20 years before moving to Georgia, and has served as an AP exam reader.

English Language & Composition

Course:

This course focuses on introducing new instructors to current teaching practices for AP English Language and Composition.  Participants will review and explore the core principles of the English Language and Composition curriculum, including classical and modern concepts of rhetoric, test preparation, construction of a course syllabus, and associated readings.  Teachers will be encouraged to share their best practices and learn from each other as well as adopt new teaching strategies for an effective and satisfying teaching experience.

 Course Objectives: 
  • Participants will review key concepts of AP English Language and Composition, such as the rhetorical triangle, Toulmin’s model of argumentation, Aristotle’s means and modes of persuasion, rhetorical analysis, synthesis essay writing, and effective course management.
  • Participants will keep a daily journal of notes and responses to assigned readings. 
  • Participants will review essay samples from past years, including this year’s AP Exam scores. 
  • Participants will receive packets of relevant materials both hard and electronic, including old AP essay prompts (1981-1998), old AP objective tests (1991 and 1996), an audit-approved course syllabus, samples of student writing, writing models for argumentation and rhetorical analysis, sample rubrics or scoring guides, selected readings, and more).

Instructor:

Bob Kuhn taught for 34 years in several locations.  Until his retirement in 2011, Bob worked in Winston-Salem, NC, but he also spent eight years abroad in the Department of Defense Dependent Schools system in Mannheim, Germany.  He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University (BA) and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English (MA).  Although he has taught all levels and grades of high school English over the course of his career, he was an Advanced Placement English teacher almost exclusively for the last 25 years, so he has seen the changes in testing and course philosophy over time.  He began scoring AP exams in 1992 (first in Literature, then in Language) and has been a table leader since 2005.  A consultant for the English Language program for College Board’s Southeastern region since 1998, Bob continues to do daylong workshops and summer institutes.  Bob is married and lives with his wife Cathy and cat Louie in High Point, NC..

English Literature and Composition

Course:

The English Literature and Composition Institute is designed for both beginning and experienced AP teachers. We look at student selection criteria, objectives, course outlines, methods, evaluation, and the exam. We examine teaching strategies, create or revise a course outline, and devise techniques that will help students with the exam. Most materials come from the College Board and from the instructor.

Instructor:

Carol Yoakley-Terrell is a retired AP English teacher and English Coordinator at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, TN, has over thirty years of AP teaching experience and has served as a reader for the AP English examinations. She has taught summer institutes for AP teachers since 1985 and serves as a consultant to the College Board. She is past president of Tennessee Council of Teachers of English and past state coordinator for NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing. Carol is the recipient of the Tennessee Humanities Council's Award in Teaching and the Don Jenkins Award in Teacher Excellence in Language Arts.

European History

Course:

This summer institute will provide participants with an overview of the AP program and the European history course. It will address the equity and access principle of the College Board, as well as content, strategies, and skills that increase student interest and knowledge. A full day will be dedicated to the upcoming revisions to the course and new exam. Participants will also grade free response questions with a rubric and will work with Document Based Questions (DBQ) and establishing Point of View. Teachers are asked to bring some of their best practices for sharing.

Instructor:

Lou Gallo teaches AP European and US history at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has taught AP European history since 1996 and has served as a reader since 2000 and a College Board consultant since 2001. He also serves as a consultant for AP US history. In 2003, Lou received the Milken National Educator Award as well as West High School Teacher of the Year. He was named Knox County Teacher of the Year in 2008 and was one of five teachers selected to run the Olympic torch for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Statistics

Course:

This workshop is intended for experienced or beginning teachers of AP Statistics. The workshop will cover all topics needed to start the course as well as the subject matter covered in the course. In addition, preparing students for the exam, book selection, recruiting students, pace, and selling the course to your administrators. All four main topics will be studied (descriptive statistics, experimental design, probability, and inference) as well as the exam, its preparation and its grading. Bring a TI-83 or TI-84, a notepad for taking notes, and a big box for complimentary texts. A CD of lesson plans by three different leading AP Statistics teachers, classroom activities and workshop training packets from the 2012, 2013 and 2014, AP Statistics Readings will be provided to each participants.

Instructor:

Robert Taylor received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Florida State University in 1971. He is a Fellow and Life Member of the American Statistical Association and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He has taught at the University of South Carolina, the University of Georgia where he served as Head of the Statistics Department from 1989-1998 and Clemson University where he served as Department Chair, 2003-2013. Dr. Taylor regularly teaches statistical education courses, has been at the AP Statistics Readings 2000-2002, was a Table Leader for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 AP Statistics Readings, was a Question Leader for the 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 AP Statistics Reading and was the Assistant Chief Reader for the 2008 & 2009 AP Statistics Readings, has presented one-day and five-day College Board AP Statistics workshops throughout the nation and was a member of the Test Development Committee, 2007-2013 and served as Committee Chair 2010-2013. He has co-presented the Beyond AP Statistics workshops at the national statistics meetings in Atlanta (2001), New York (2002), San Francisco (2003) and Minneapolis (2005). Most importantly for this workshop, Professor Taylor has taught the ‘AP Statistics for Teachers’ course four times at Maryville College and fourteen times at the University of Georgia and Clemson University.

US Government & Politics

Course:

This workshop will address the scope and sequence of the AP US 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 success. The workshop format will include lecture, analysis, and discussion of concepts, exam materials, and textbook and supplementary materials. Participants will receive hands-on materials and ideas for instruction from the instructor, and will develop and share their own course outlines, syllabi, evaluation items, teaching techniques, and units of study.

Instructor:

James Wehrli has taught political science and economics at the high school and college levels for over 25 years. He is currently teaching AP Government & Politics (U.S. and Comparative) and AP Economics (micro and macro) as well as IB Economics and Government-honors at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Memphis in the Political Science department.  For the College Board, Jamie has held several positions.  He is an AP consultant and travels in the US and abroad conducting workshops for Government and Economics teachers.  He is a table leader for the AP Comparative Government and Politics exam, and he served for four years on the test development committee during which time he was also the AP Comparative College Board Advisor.  Jamie holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science and an M.A. and B.A. in Economics. In 2006 Jamie was awarded National Board Professional Teaching certification in Social Studies– History. Jamie’s most recent publication is “Democracy and Development: Underlying Relationships,” an article for the College Board’s Democratization Curriculum Module.

U.S. History

Course:

The U.S. History Institute is designed to provide teachers with effective strategies to prepare history students to successfully take the AP U.S. History Examination. The institute will include suggestions for course content and organization, materials, methods, and techniques. The writing process for the specialized history essays will be covered in detail, along with information on how the test is constructed and scored. Teachers will be encouraged to fully participate.

Instructor:

Cassandra Osborne is a retired AP U.S. History teacher from Oak Ridge High School in Oak RIdge, TN. She also held the position of Social Studies coordinator. She has served as an AP reader and Exam Leader for the College Board. In addition, she is a consultant for Advance Placement and a National Leader for the College Board. She recently completed a three year term on the U.S. History AP Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee. She has written test items for the Praxis exam. She currently serves on the steering committee for the AP Annual Conference.