Bellevue AP Institute


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John Gunnin
Art History
Bio: John Gunnin teaches AP* Art History and AP* Studio Art at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California. He has served as the co-chair of the AP* Art History Development Committee for the College Board. He has also been a question leader for the AP* Art History exam reading. In addition, he has served on the College Board* Curriculum Revision Committee and is one of the authors of the current AP* Art History Curriculum Framework. He was named the Orange County Arts Educator of the Year for 2007 and the Corona del Mar High School Teacher of the Year for 2009 and 2016.

Class Prep: What to bring: Your current syllabus for AP Art History. A list of favorite resources for art history. Three best practices to share with other participants. A laptop computer if possible, plus a storage device. What to read before the session: Be familiar with the current Couse and Exam description. Homework Assignment: Participants will be designing a thematic presentation. Above all, prepare to have fun and learn a lot!

University Credit: If you would like to receive University Credit as part of your participation in this APSI, you will need to expand your 10-minute presentation on one work to fulfill the 4-hour homework requirement for the institute by addressing one additional work from the list of 250. You will need to then complete at least 3 of the following for that work:
***Create an introduction to a possible presentation on a work that establishes its historical context. (Models will be shared during the Institute)
***Design a student-centered activity intended to engage students in your presentation material.
***Create a “Closer Look” page. (Models shared during the Institute)
***Technology: Include an example of a way you will incorporate music, video, etc. in your presentation of the work.
Please view University Credit section for additional requirements.

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Kristi Sutton
Biology (section a)
Bio: Kristi Sutton earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After working in the environmental testing field for a short time she returned to school at Syracuse University where she was awarded a Master of Science in Science Teaching. For 20 years Kristi taught AP Biology, Freshman Biology and Leadership in the Bellevue School District and for the last 2 years she has been an instructional coach. Kristi also ran the Debate Team for 5 years, was a LINK coordinator, served as Science Department Head, was a mentor teacher, and advised more clubs than she can remember.
In addition, Kristi has developed district-level curriculum in both Biology and AP Biology, as well as working collaboratively to develop a curriculum for teaching AP Biology using a problem-based learning focus. This work was funded through a grant from the Department of Education. She has also helped to create online resources in epigenetics and evolution for the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah. In 2006 Kristi received her National Board Certification, which was renewed in 2015.
Kristi was an AP Biology Reader for 13 years, serving as a Table Leader for seven. In addition, she has been writing and reviewing questions for the new AP Biology exam. She resides in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and two children.

Class Prep: I will be sending out a link to access materials we will be using during the Summer Institute as we get closer to June.
Please bring with you:
• An activity to share that addresses one or more of the learning objectives, or just something that you think works really well in you AP Bio class. This can be something you got from another teacher or online.
• A device that allows you to access the internet

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Mary Wuerth
Biology (section b)
Bio: Mary Wuerth teaches AP Biology and Integrated Science at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. Mary earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, then did neurobiology research at UCLA before beginning her teaching career in south Los Angeles. Mary did graduate work in cell and molecular biology at San Francisco State University and has an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. She has served as a mentor teacher for her district, taught biology at College of Marin, was the life science subject matter expert for student teachers in the education program at Dominican College. Mary currently serves on the advisory board for the single-subject credential program at Dominican College. Mary was selected as one of 25 Lead Teachers for WGBH-TV’s Evolution Project and was awarded a RadioShack National Teacher Award for the use of technology in the classroom. Mary received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and is an HHMI Biointeractive Ambassador. Mary is a workshop consultant for the College Board, and has served as a reader and a table leader for the AP Biology exam. She has been presenting AP Biology workshops since 1999.

Class Prep: a laptop, (optional) since we will be using many online resources.

University Credit
: bring a favorite science activity/lesson to share with the class.
Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

Course Description: Please click here to view

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Howard Alcosser
Calculus AB exp
Bio: Howard Alcosser has earned a M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics and has taught all levels of high school mathematics for 38 years. He has taught AP Calculus AB and BC and IB Higher Level Math at Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California for 32 years where he has been the architect of the AP Calculus program that was designated "Best in the World" in 2005 and "Best in the Nation" in 2007 by the College Board in their Report to the Nation and California's Best by the Siemens Foundation in 2008. Howard was named by the College Board in 2006 as one of 20 Exemplary AP Teachers in the Western Region.
Howard has been an AP Calculus Reader for over 16 years and has led workshops as a College Board Endorsed Consultant in Hawaii, Palo Alto, Bellevue, Las Vegas, Tacoma, Long Beach, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Hollywood, Riverside, Spokane, Birmingham, and San Antonio. He has also presented at AP Annual Conferences in Washington D.C., Anaheim, Las Vegas, and San Antonio, and for the California Mathematics Council at Asilomar and in Palm Springs, as well as the NCTM Conference in Hartford, Connecticut.

Class Prep: The participants should bring their graphing calculator to the workshop and should review the released AB Calculus free response questions.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Eliel Gonzalez
Calculus AB new
Bio: Eliel Gonzalez is a veteran mathematics educator in the East Longmeadow (Massachusetts) Public Schools. His primary duties include teaching AP Calculus, Pre-Calculus and serve as mathematics department head. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Purdue University as well as a Master in Education Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a MathCounts and/or HS Math League every year of his career. In addition to his full-time teaching, Eliel has served the College Board as K-12 Professional Development Project Manager in Mathematics, AP Annual Conference Steering Committee Member, and National Leader. As an endorsed College Board consultant, Eliel has conducted numerous AP Calculus, Pre-AP Math and SAT workshops and summer institutes in the US and abroad, as well as trained new math consultants. When not working in the math education field, Eliel enjoys traveling, going to beach, spending quality time with his friends, dining out, and following Purdue sports.

Class Prep: Please bring a graphing calculator (TI-84) if possible.
University Credit: Active class participation and completion of all homework assignments. Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Larry Peterson
Calculus BC

Bio: Larry Peterson earned his B.S. in Mathematics Education from Utah State University and his M. Ed. from Weber State University.  He has taught AP Calculus  since 1976, currently teaching AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Northridge High School in Layton, Utah.  Larry’s experience with Advanced Placement ranges from Calculus to Computer Science to Statistics. He has been a reader for the AP Calculus exam for since 1993, serving as a Table Leader for six years.  In 2003 and 2004 Larry was also a Question Leader. He is also a regular presenter at state, regional, national, and international conventions in mathematics and technology and has published materials for both AP Calculus and AP Statistics.

Larry currently serves on the Instructional Design Team for AP Calculus.  In addition to his work as a consultant for The College Board and The National Math and Science Initiative, Larry served a six year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. His awards include: Milken Educator, Tandy Scholar, Disney American Teacher Award winner, and Utah Teacher of the Year.

Class Prep: Please bring a graphing calculator (Ti 83/4) and your current textbook. 

University Credit: List ways you will use the information given in class in your own classroom. Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Tom Greenbowe
Chemistry exp

Bio: Thomas Greenbowe has developed and implemented a blended guided-inquiry approach to teaching and learning general chemistry using the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) and Process Orineted Guided Inquiry (POGIL) formats. His chemical research education group’s web-based computer simulations and other instructional resources are being used by over 2,000 chemical educators and their students around the world. His web site URL is one of the top ten chemistry education instructional resources web sites in the USA: Over the past forty years, he has facillitated over seventy workshops for science teachers and college chemistry faculty in the USA and internationally (Canada, New Zealand, and Croatia). With respect to mentoring AP Chemistry teachers, he has facilitated AP Chem Summer Institute Workshops in (Illinois, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Canada and the United Arab Emirates). He served as a member of the College Board, Advance Placement Chemistry Test Development Committee (2007 – 2012). He has served as an AP Chemistry Reader and Table Leader for the AP Chem Reading (2008-2010), More recently he has served as a Question Leader for the 2011-2017 AP® Chemistry Reading. His service to the American Chemical Society includes the ACS Board of Trustees Examination Institute (2007 – 2009), several ACS General Chemistry Exam committees, including the Laboratory Practical Exam Committee, and Co-Chair of the 1995 ACS General Chemistry Examination and the 2015 ACS General Chemistry Conceptual Examination.Thomas Greenbowe has received several major awards and recognitions for his teaching and contributions to chemistry education: 2014 American Chemical Society George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education; 2014 American Chemistry Society Northeast Section James Flack Norris Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Chemistry; 2013 American Chemical Society Fellow; 2013 American Chemistry Society Mid-West Regional Anne McNaley Volunteer Award.

Class Prep: What you need to bring to the workshop: Safety Goggles, a scientific calculator, a lab-top computer, notebook, pencil, eraser, your current AP® Chem course syllabus, your AP® Chem laboratory manual, and any instructional resources you may wish to share with the group such as a favorite laboratory experiment or favorite classroom activity. Participants should work the free-response problems on the 2016 and 2017 AP® Chem Tests prior to the workshop.

Laboratory Safety Note: appropriate attire is required each day when we are doing chemistry laboratory experiments. Please bring to the workshop: safety goggles, a pair of socks, closed toed shoes, a shirt with sleeves (can be short sleeves), long pants or a long dress, and safety goggles. A lab coat is optional.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Bill Bond
Chemistry new

BIO: For over 32 years, Bill was a teacher at Snohomish High School in Washington State where he taught Advanced Placement Chemistry and served as Science Department Chair. Bill received both his Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Science and Science Education from the University of Washington. He has written questions for the AP Chemistry exam as a member of the Test Development Committee, been a Table Leader and Reader (grader) of the AP Chemistry Exam, and was the principal author of “A Teacher’s Guide to Advanced Placement Chemistry”—published by the College Board. Bill has won the Siemens Advanced Placement Award, was a Dreyfus Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and has had his Chemistry research published in “Analytical Chemistry”. He has been a member of the Academic Council for the Western Region of the College Board and has served on the Development Committee for Advanced Placement Science Vertical Teams. Bill was selected as a National Leader in AP Chemistry for the College Board--responsible for the training and evaluation of new AP Chemistry presenters. In addition, he presents AP Chemistry at numerous Workshops and Institutes—both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Bill has been trained in the new AP Chemistry “Redesign” Curriculum and has written the chapter introductions for the new Chang AP Chemistry text. Currently, he is on the faculty of Bellevue, College, Bellevue, Washington where he teaches General Chemistry to math and science majors.

Class Prep: Participants are asked to obtain a copy of and solve the Free Response Questions from the 2018 AP Chemistry Exam. The Exam can be found at the AP Central website: a few days after the AP Chemistry Exam is given in early May. If you cannot obtain a copy or have difficulty solving the questions, this is no problem—come to the Institute and we will help you! Participants are also asked bring their own personal laptop computer (with a CD drive), a calculator (with trigonometric functions), an empty thumb drive for copying files, their own personal protective eye-wear and lots of enthusiasm!

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Lucy Lee
Chinese Language
Bio: Lucy Chu Lee 竹露茜, 2013-14 NJ County Teacher of the Year and 2012 NECTFL Teacher of the Year, is a veteran Chinese language teacher at Livingston High School and a teacher educator at Rutgers University and William Paterson University in New Jersey. She taught at Seton Hall University and Drew University for many years. Ms. Lee co-authored the CLASS Professional Standards for K-12 Chinese Language Teachers, served as the co-chair for the national project on the standards for K-12 Chinese learners, and participated in the NEH/Ohio State NFLRC-funded Guide for Basic Chinese Language Programs. Ms. Lee served two terms as president of the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) and served on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA). She also served two years on the National Commission for the AP World Languages Course and Exam Review Project. She was appointed to serve on the New Jersey International Education Taskforce and served three years on the National Chinese Language Commission for a Luce Foundation Project on the Chinese Language Field Initiative. Ms. Lee has served on a variety of professional committees including the National Standards for Foreign Language Collaborative Project, AAPPL Leadership Team and Advisory Committee, ACTFL Assessment Grant Advisory Committee, SOPA Online Training Panel committee, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) WOPA-C Course Project, and the Foreign Language Educators in New Jersey (FLENJ).

Class Prep: Please bring a laptop or an IPad, your textbook and resource materials (see syllabus for more details). Please read the materials about the AP Chinese exam on AP Central and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.

University Credit: Please select one of the following options:
1.Write a complete syllabus for the AP Chinese Language and Culture course.
2.Design a set of thematic unit based on the backward design planning that includes learning goals, assessment evidence, and learning plan.
Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

Recommended reading: Thematic Units and Narration

Richard Kick
Computer Science A
Bio: Richard Kick teaches math and computer science at Newbury Park High School in California. Rich earned a Mathematics Education degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from Chicago State University. He has taught AP Computer Science using Pascal (beginning in 1984), C++, and Java. After working as a C++ programmer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Rich served as a College Board exam reader, table leader, question leader, and Computer Science Test Development Committee member. He is a five time Computer Science Principles Pilot instructor and is currently the co-chair of the Computer Science Principles Development Committee. He is teaching two sections of AP Computer Science A and two sections of AP Computer Science Principles in the 2017-2018 school year.

Class Prep:
Course Description: Please click here
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Course Audit: Please click here

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Andrew Kummel
Computer Science Principles
Bio: Andy Kuemmel has taught high school mathematics and computer science for over 29 years and has led professional development at the district, state, and national levels. He is a pilot instructor for AP CS Principles at Madison West High School in Madison, WI and also teaches CS Principles as an adjunct at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Andy is a member of the AP CS Principles Development Committee and has experience creating teacher-facing materials for the College Board as well as providing professional development for current pilot instructors.

Class Prep:

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Patti Brazill
Economics - Macro/Micro
Bio:Patti Brazill has taught Principles of Macro and Micro economics for the past 25 years, first as an AP economics teacher at Irondequoit High School in Rochester New York and currently as an adjunct lecturer at SUNY College at Brockport. She has served as a Reader and Table leader at the scoring of the exams for the past 20 year; served as cochairman of the Macroeconomics test development Committee; is a mentor to College Board consultants; she has presented at workshops all over the world, and currently is on the Instructional design committee. She brings a passion for real world application to the economics classroom. Patti has been a reader and table leader at the scoring of the exam for fifteen years. She has taught numerous summer institutes, working with hundreds of teachers throughout the country demonstrating best practice and in-depth understanding of the content of AP economics. She has presented at the AP National Conference, the Council for Economics Education and the National Council of Social Studies. She has also conducted International workshops in Oman, Guadalajara, Mexico and traveled with students in an exchange program with a high school in Chiba, Japan. Patti is currently the College Board Advisor to the Macroeconomics test development committee, after serving as co-chair of the committee for four years. Patti and her husband Roger live in the Finger Lakes regions of New York. She is an avid quilter and enjoys biking, kayaking, sailing and cross country skiing. She spends much of her time visiting her grandchildren in Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR.

Class Prep: New teachers should read the first chapter of the text they are using and experiences teachers should bring a lesson to share with the class.

University Credit: Please see University Credit for requirements

Bernie Phelan
English Language exp
Bio: Bernie Phelan is an allegedly retired teacher whose career spanned 40 years of active, high school teaching, thirty of those involving teaching AP English Language and Composition. He currently consults for individual school districts and with numerous programs within College Board. He was chair of the test development committee for SAT: Writing from 2011-2015, has been a member of the committee since its inception in 2003, and is currently is a member of the group which reviews multiple-choice items for the SAT. He is a long-time table leader and reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam, having read the exam since 1987. He conducts 1 and 2 day workshops during the school year in AP and Pre-AP. He has conducted over 115 four or five day AP Institutes since 1997. From 2000-2004 he was an elected trustee of The College Board. He is currently the chair of the Academic Advisory Committee for ELA for The College Board, and represents the SAT Program as a member of The National Academic Advisory Council.

Class Prep: none

Univ Credit: (Choose one)
1. Deconstruct one full multiple-choice exam. This involves two separate actions. First, you need to look at the 4 passages and determine what specific reading skills a student will need to navigate each of the passages. Second, look at each of the questions, especially the question stem, and determine what reading skills are called for overtly or suggested implicitly in the question.
2. Develop a hierarchy of reading skills, based on the work done during step one. Is there some sequence that seems to make sense? Are there reciprocal relationships that seem to occur with some frequency?
3. Construct a reading plan to fit with your existing course. When might the various skills or combination of skills best be taught during your course as it exists now? Are there changes in your course that suggest themselves because of what you have learned about the sequencing and arrangement of reading skills?
4. Develop and write out one or two lesson plans which feature a skill or set of skills and show how the teaching of those skills will be woven into the "content" teaching of whatever text you are working with.

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Larry Scanlon
English Lang new (section a)
Bio: Lawrence Scanlon retired from over thirty years of teaching at Brewster High School in New York, where he was chair of the English Department, teacher of AP English Language and Literature and Composition, and adviser to the literary magazine. He now teaches at Iona College in New York. He has been a Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader for the AP English Language and Composition exam since 1995, and from 2005 – 2009 he served on the Test Development Committee for AP English Language and Composition. He has a Masters in English Literature from Western Connecticut State University, where he was the recipient of the Graduate Writing Prize. He was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education from the State University of NY. He is co-author of Teaching Non Fiction in AP English (2017, 2011, 2005), The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric (2018, 2012, 2008), Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking (2017, 2010), and Conversations in American Literature: Language, Rhetoric, Culture (2015), all published by Bedford/ St. Martin's. He has also authored articles on teaching and curriculum. A College Board Consultant since 1995, he has taught summer AP Institutes and workshops in both AP English Language and Literature throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This is his eighteenth year here in Bellevue.
Class Prep:
• Participants are expected to complete the assigned readings, writings, and oral reports.
 • They are expected to attend all sessions well prepared to participate.

Recommended Texts: (recommended, but not required) Publishers will provide copies.
 • Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student by Edward Corbett and Robert J Connors (Fourth Edition, 1998, Oxford UP).
 • Everyday Use by Hepzibah Roskelly and David Jolliffe (Pearson Longman, 2009, 2005).
 • Teaching Nonfiction in AP English by Renee Shea and Lawrence Scanlon (Bedford/ St. Martin‟s, 2017, 2011, 2005).
 • The Language of Composition by Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Aufses (Bedford/ St. Martin‟s, 2018, 2012, 2007).
 • They Say I Say by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russell Durst (Norton, 2009, 2006).
 • Conversations in American Literature by Robin Aufses, Renee Shea, and Lawrence Scanlon (Bedford/ St. Martin’s 2015).

University Credit: For SPU credits there are additional requirements, including a final project that includes a syllabus suitable for use during the next school year, a detailed lesson plan (for one to two weeks), and a clear explanation of the activity’s relationship to the overall content of an AP Language and Composition Course and Exam. Please view University Credit for additional requirements. 

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Valerie Stevenson
English Lang new (section b)
Bio: Valerie Stevenson earned a BA in English (UCLA) and an MA in Educational Leadership. She has taught English, including both AP English Language and AP English Literature, for more than twenty-five years to all grades from middle school to college. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California, she has been a team leader, department chair, resource, and mentor teacher for the San Diego Unified School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent/ Young Adult English Language Arts.
As a very active College Board endorsed consultant of more than fifteen years, she has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, the AP Annual Conference, and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes both nationally and internationally. Valerie is an experienced reader of many years for the AP English Language and Composition exam.
Valerie is the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Preuss School UCSD, a sixth through twelfth grade public charter school dedicated to preparing low-income, urban students to be the first in their families to go to college. The Preuss School UCSD was named the #1 Transformative High School in the country by Newsweek magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Valerie and her husband have lived in San Diego for more than thirty years.

Class Prep: Please bring a yellow highlighter and extra sticky notes. A laptop is optional.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Bobby Caughey
English Lit exp
Bio: Since 2003, Bobby Caughey has taught Honors English, AP English Literature, and AP English Language courses. He most recently served as a teacher on special assignment, assisting teachers district-wide with the transition to the Common Core curriculum. Having also served as an AP Coordinator and College Board Consultant, Bobby regularly conducts one-day and weeklong workshops for teachers. Selected to serve as an AP English Literature exam reader in 2006, Bobby has also served a Table Leader for the past six years. He has also worked as California AP Advocate. Bobby’s goal is to provide his workshop participants with the confidence and skills to best prepare their students for success on the AP English Literature exam. Bobby, his wife, and three daughters live in San Diego, CA.

Class Prep: I encourage you to bring multiple copies of a lesson you have used to successfully teach a novel, poetry, a play, or a short story. In addition, pack a sense of humor and the willingness to share. Laptops are not required but encouraged.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Ellen Greenblatt
English Lit new (section a)

Bio: Ellen Greenblatt has taught English and literature in the San Francisco Bay Area, in New York and for the School Year Abroad program in Spain. She has designed and taught several thematic electives (Utopia/Dystopia, Short Fiction, Innocence and Evil, Vietnam: Changing Perspectives, Schemes and Scandals, Hit the Road, Money and Love, among others) and electives on poetry, Shakespeare, and American and European literature. She has been a member of the Advanced Placement English Test Development Committee, an AP Reader and Table Leader, and a member and Chair of the SAT Subject Test in Literature Test Development Committee. She is the author of the College Board's Guide for Teachers of AP English Literature and also contributed to the Teachers Guide for the Bedford St. Martins AP English Literature and Composition textbook. She offers teacher workshops in the US as well as in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Class Prep: Participants in the Advanced Placement English NEW session should: Come prepared with an inquiring mind, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor. Be prepared to present a 3-5 minute explanation or example of a successful, classroom-tested technique. A one-page handout would be helpful.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Sharon Johnston
English Lit new (section b)
Bio: Sharon Johnston has taught English on the high school and college levels for over 30 years and has taught AP English Literature and Language for over 20 years. Since 1996, she has collaborated with Florida Virtual School, Spokane Virtual Learning and other school systems in the creation and delivery of student-centric AP* courses. Her research on the effectiveness of AP* online was published recently in the American Journal of Distance Learning. She has participated in College Board's AP* Programs as an Exam Reader/Table Leader, as an editor for the “Writing about Literature” Curriculum Module and as an AP* consultant in the United States and internationally. She also served as a Steering Committee member for the 2008 and 2009 College Board AP* National Conferences and again for the 2015 and 2016 Conferences. As a consultant for the National Math Science Initiative, she conducts Saturday Study Sessions for students.
Dr. Johnston, a National Board Certified Teacher, earned a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction, Masters of Arts in English, and Bachelors in English & History Ed. In 2004, she received the Florida Council of Teachers of English Honor Award for outstanding service to advance the teaching of the language arts.

Class Prep:
Bring a willingness to be an active participant!
Bring a sense of humor and a willingness to enjoy your instructor and your classmates.
Bring your syllabus (or a colleague's) for any high school English class, preferably AP* or honors.
Be prepared to present a 2-4 minute explanation of a lesson you have used to successfully teach a novel, poetry, a play, or a short story. A one-page handout would be helpful.
Read and bring at least two of the following novels:    
      Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad),
      Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte),
      Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver),
      The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)  
Read and bring a copy of these short stories (all are online):    
     “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell
     "Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Gilman
      "Where Are You Going, Where Have Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates
     “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
 Bring a flash drive 

University Credit: Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Nita Ganguly
Environmental Science
Bio: Nivedita (Nita) has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Calcutta. She is the Master Teacher for Science for the VolsTeach Program in the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Science (CEEMS). Nita was the Chairperson of the Science Department at Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, TN and taught Biology, Genetics Honors and AP Environmental Science. She has served as a Grader and Table Reader for AP Environmental Science and was also a member of the Test Development Committee. She has also been designated a National Leader for the College Board and is on the committee that trains consultants. Nita has been a College Board consultant since 2001 and conducted AP Workshops and APSI both nationally and internationally. In addition, she has been a co-author for both editions of the College Board AP Vertical Teams Guide for Science. Nita has been recognized for her contribution to science education by being awarded the Presidential Award for the teaching of Environmental Science and the Siemens Recognition Award for the teaching of AP Science.

Class Prep: Please bring your textbook, colored pencils, graph paper, calculator, pair of socks, sturdy shoes for outdoors. If you can, please bring soil and water samples from your area.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Christopher Freiler
European History
Bio: Chris Freiler has taught Advanced Placement European History at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL, since 1993. Additionally, he has taught Philosophy since 2003, a course he proposed and developed. He has also served since 1997 as a reader, Table Leader, Question Leader, Exam Leader, and Assistant Chief Reader for the AP European History annual exam scoring. From 1998 to 2002, Chris served on the Test Development Committee (and later as an independent consultant) for AP European History, in the process acting as the primary author for three different document-based questions used on the national exam. Since 2006, Chris served on the College Board Commission to redesign European History and from 2010-14 as co-chair of the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee. He recently updated his AP European test preparation book, published by McGraw-Hill, entitled AP Achiever: Advanced Placement Exam Preparation Guide for European History. Chris completed an M.A. in Philosophy at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, after having earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A. from University of Virginia.

Class Prep: Participants are encouraged to bring either hard copies or a flash drive (preferred) of any model lessons or materials for sharing with other participants. Teachers should review the recently released and revised curriculum framework at the College Board site: Related materials can also be found at (especially with “resources” tab): For our content focus, we will encounter a variety of articles to deepen participant understanding of key interpretive issues across the course themes and key concepts. Prior to the institute, I will contact participants to share articles and other materials either via email or digital dropbox.

University Credit: Those wishing to earn university credit for the workshop will complete a unit of study in the content focus area. The unit can address a theme throughout the course or a chronological era and should include objectives, materials, lesson plans, and assessments. Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Mona Mulhair
French Language
Bio: Mona has taught French at Gavilan and Cabrillo Community Colleges and presently teaches AP French language and literature at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. She has been the World language mentor for the District and is presently the department chair at Las Lomas. She has been appointed as a reader and consultant for the College Board since 1995. She was a member of the test development committee and has been a table leader since 2001. In 2002, Mona presented French AP language and Literature in the First National AP Conference in Chicago and was certified as a National Consultant Leader for the College Board. She was teacher of the year for the Acalanes District in 1994 and has been the recipient of numerous Awards of Excellence in her field. In 2007, she authored and compiled the French Language Guide for the College Board and the AP workshops. In addition, she was nominated to serve on the National Academic Council of the College Board. In August 2010, she was asked to conduct a special workshop for the French consultants, preparing them for the 2012 new AP French Language and Culture test. In 2013, The College Board nominated her as the recipient of the Academic Distinguished Award.

Class Prep: none

University Credit:  Please see University Credit for requirements

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Karen Waples
Government Comparative
Bio: Karen Waples has taught since 1999 and works at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. She teaches AP United States Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government, and Street Law. Karen has served as a reader for the AP US Government and Politics and AP United States History exams and is the exam leader for the AP Comparative Government and Politics exam. Karen was a trial attorney from 1985-1989. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education in 1997 and was recognized as a Cherry Creek High School teacher of the year in 2002.

Class Prep: Please bring your syllabus/calendar and your current textbook.

University Credit: Teachers new to the course will create a syllabus for the AP audit. Experienced teachers should locate an outside reading or series of readings, at least ten pages long. Create a handout of questions you will use to engage students in small group discussion. Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Katie Piper
Government US exp
Bio: Katie Piper has taught AP US Government and politics for the past 11 years, and is currently an instructional technology curriculum leader in the Bellevue School District. As a member of the Instructional Design Committee for the College Board course redesign, she has extensive knowledge of how to best prepare students for the new curriculum and exam. She has been part of the Knowledge in Action team for the AP US Government course, serving as a teacher leader and designer in partnership with the University of Washington and Lucas Education Research to create project-based curriculum for the course. She is also currently working for the Buck Institute of Education, coaching teachers in PBL implemention. She has presented at the National Council for the Social Studies conference, the Microsoft Redefining Learning Conference, the Washington State Social Studies conference, and elsewhere. As a presenter for the College Board, she enjoys helping teachers to design a student-centered approach to the AP curriculum. She has a degree in history and received her Master in Teaching from the University of Washington in 2006. She was National Board-certified in 2011.

Class Prep: Please bring your current syllabus and/or course calendar.   

University Credit: Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Suzanne Bailey
Government US combined
Bio: Suzanne Bailey has been teaching AP U.S. Government since l989. She currently teaches AP U.S. and Comparative Government and Politics as well as AP Micro and Macroeconomics at Virgil Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama. For each of the past three years Ms. Bailey has led the state of Alabama in the number of students taking the AP Government national exam. Her open enrollment policy, coupled with her teaching strategies, has enabled many students to have the opportunity to be successful in a rigorous college-level class. As a Lead Teacher for the Alabama A+ College Ready Program, Ms. Bailey is currently engaged in expanding AP Government courses for teachers and students across the state of Alabama in partnership with the Alabama Department of Education and a number of humanities and civics-related organizations. She conducts AP Government teacher training as well as presenting Saturday review sessions for AP Government students. In addition, Ms. Bailey served on the Test Development Committee for AP Comparative Government and Politics from 2006 until 2014. As the College Board Advisor for Comparative, she edited two AP Workshop Curriculum Modules and made several presentations at the National AP, NCSS, and APSA Teaching and Learning Conferences. Ms. Bailey has participated in the AP Government Reading since 2000 as a Reader and Table Leader and has served as a Question Leader for AP Comparative Government and Politics since 2007. A Huntsville City Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year, she earned her National Board Certification in Secondary Social Studies in 2004 and renewed it in 2014. Ms. Bailey has received multiple awards for her teaching including: Alabama Outstanding Teacher of American History from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education, and U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. She earned her B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management at Brown University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

 Class Prep: This is an exciting time to be a new AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher as it is one of the most interesting, dynamic courses taught in high school. We will be focusing on the redesign of the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam which begins with the 2018-19 school year and which requires that every teacher submit a new AP Audit for the course. We will focus on the 5 Big Ideas of the redesigned course: Constitutional Democracy, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, American Political Culture and Beliefs, Political Participation, and Interaction Among Branches, by reviewing essential content along with developing lesson plans that maximize student engagement. Emphasis will be placed on constructing formative and summative assessments that conform to the redesigned format.
Please Bring:
• A laptop and flash drive
 • A copy of the textbook that you will be using (if possible)
• A favorite lesson

University Credit: Please review University Credit for requirements.

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David Palmer
Human Geography B

Bio: David Palmer has taught Social Studies at Eaglecrest High School in the Cherry Creek School district for over 20 years and currently teaches AP* Human Geography and World Geography. Each year Eaglecrest has nearly 200 students take AP Human Geography grades 9-12. David is a Colorado Geographic Alliance Teacher Consultant, College Board Consultant, 2012 NCGE Distinguished Geography Teacher Award winner and is a table leader during the scoring of AP* Human Geography exams. David has taught and presented at numerous institutes and conferences and recently traveled to India and Japan to develop case studies for the AAG's Center for Global Geography Education. He was one of the authors and senior consultant of Human Geography: Preparing for the AP Examination (Perfection Learning). David has an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters from Colorado Christian University.

Class Prep: Please bring a flash drive, a copy of your syllabus, a successful lesson to share, some ideas or materials to develop a lesson, and a copy of your textbook. Review your textbook and preview the course outline for AP Human Geography on AP Central.

University Credit: Develop a lesson you will use to teach Human Geography.
Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Chris Hall
Human Geography A
Bio: Christopher Hall began teaching AP Human Geography when the course was introduced by the College Board in 2000 and was a member of the Test Development Committee from 2007-2011 and has been regularly requested to submit questions to the committee since. He was a contributing author of the AP Vertical Teams Guide for History and the Social Sciences and has been the editor for two Human Geography Curriculum Modules (Urban Geography and Gender and Geography) published by the College Board. He was one of the authors of Human Geography: Preparing for the AP Examination (Perfection Learning). Prior to AP Human Geography Chris taught world regional geography courses in both junior and senior high schools. He has been an AP exam reader since 2001 and is currently a table leader. NCGE recognized Chris as its Distinguished Teacher in 2007 and he the Utah Geographic Alliance awarded him Outstanding Secondary Teacher in 2001. He has also been the Davis School District secondary “Teacher of the Year (2006). Chris considers his experience as a presenter at AP workshops and institutes one of the highlights of his career and he conducts them regularly.

Class Prep:
What to BRING to the session
• A copy of the textbook you use or will be using (if you have it)
• Your current syllabus (if you have one) What to DO before the session
• Before attending the session, participants should download the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide which is available at
o Read Chapter 1, pp. 1-6.
o Read Chapter 2, pp. 11-13 Review and be familiar with Chapter 3

University Credit:
Participants wishing to earn college credit for the course should complete the following assignments either during or immediately following the workshop.
• One spatial data set (“categorilla”) analysis activity
• One text-based case study
• One non-text-based (video, presentation, web) case study
• One 4-level map activity, including debrief notes
• One visual analysis activity (OPTIC), including debrief notes
• One unit overview (KBAT) organizer Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Hiroko Kataoka
Japanese Language
Bio: Hiroko Kataoka is Professor of Japanese at California State University, Long Beach. In addition to teaching all levels of Japanese language and Japanese teacher training courses at the university, Hiroko has given numerous workshops throughout the US and in Japan for proficiency-oriented instruction, World Readiness Standards for Language Learning (previously Standards for Foreign Language Learning), the AP* Japanese Language and Culture Exam, and other pedagogy-related issues such as backward curriculum design, differentiated instruction, scaffolding, and many more. She has also served on many regional and national committees and boards, including the Japanese National Standards Task Force (chair), AP* Japanese Task Force, and the boards of directors for ATJ, Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese, and NCJLT. Her current research focuses on heritage speakers of Japanese, Japanese immersion programs, and curriculum issues in teaching Japanese.

Class Preparation: Please bring a laptop if you have one, your textbook and resource materials. Please read the materials about the AP Japanese exam on AP Central.

University Credit: Please do one of the following:
1. Write a complete syllabus for the AP* Japanese Language and Culture course.

2. Choose a topic, find an appropriate authentic reading text for it, and develop a complete lesson around it.
3. Choose a topic, select an appropriate cultural text or object, and develop a complete lesson around it.

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Michael Levi
Music Theory

Bio: MICHAEL LEVI is Professor of Music at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, where he directs the Chamber Choir, teaches undergraduate courses in Music Theory, Music History, Jazz Studies and supervises student teachers. He has also taught in the Williamsville and Depew Public School Districts near Buffalo, New York. He holds a B.A. in Music Theory from Fredonia State College, and an M.A. in Composition and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University at Buffalo. He has served on the Artistic Faculty and Administrative Staff of the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Choral Studies. Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Levi’s has over 25 published choral compositions and arrangements. In addition, Dr. Levi serves a consultant to the College Board in the Advanced Placement program, conducting workshops and summer institutes for high school music teachers. He has been a Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader for ETS grading the AP Music Theory exams for over 15 years. He was co-editor of the Vertical Teams in the Arts: Music Theory publication. Dr. Levi has served on the Theory and Composition sub-committee for revision of the National Standards in Music.
Dr. Levi is an active member of the New York State School Music Association. In addition to NYSSMA, he is also a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Society for American Music, American Choral Directors Association and the College Music Society.

Class Prep: Participants are asked to bring any materials and share any techniques they have used in the teaching of any level of Music Theory. Opportunities for sharing and discussion of these are an important part of the week’s activities.

University Credit: Please see the University Credit page for more information.

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Martin Kirby
Physics 1
Bio: Martin Kirby earned his B.Sc. in physics and education at London University, taught physics in England for eight years, came to the US and taught for 33 years at Hart High School (2,300 students) near Los Angeles. Starting this year, he is now advising the new AP physics teachers in the district. He has been an AP* reader, table leader or question leader for over 26 years, a member of the AP* Physics Exam Development Committee for eight years, a College Board consultant for 26 years, a presenter of one week summer workshops for 24 years. He typically taught 4 AP Physics P1 classes and 1 AP Physics C (Mech and E+M). He had, like many other physics teachers, an average class size of 39, a budget of $800, and (until recently) a windowless 1960s classroom built for 24 students: thus he is familiar with 'real world' problems of real physics teachers. To relax he rides a bike, avoids work and plays violin.

Class Prep:
* Calculator.
* Any favorite demonstrations/experiments that you love because they either are simple and useful, or just inspire awe in the students. We will spend the last afternoon sharing such ideas… we don’t know the demonstrations you think we all know!
* A laptop/ipad would be very useful, especially if it has a USB port.
* A 4 Gb flash drive would also be useful, but not required. The ability to download 70 Gb of information onto something (external hard drive?) is not required, but you may find the info useful.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

Angela Jensvold
Physics 2
Angela Jensvold received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics. She has been teaching AP Physics at Diamond Bar High School since 2003, and introductory physics at the college level since 2002. Angela has been participating in the AP Physics reading since 2005 as a reader, table leader, and question leader. She has been trained by the College Board and is an endorsed AP Physics workshop consultant. She is currently serving on the AP Physics 2 Test Development Committee. Angela is committed to helping teachers best prepare their students for the AP exam and college level physics.
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Martha Lietz
Physics C
Bio: Martha Lietz has an M.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching AP Physics at Niles West High School in Skokie, IL since 1990. She earned her National Board Certification in 2009. Ms. Lietz has been an AP consultant and has served as Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader for the AP Physics Reading since 1997. She served on the AP Physics Development Committee from 2001-2005 and 2010-2012, and on the AP Physics 2 Development Committee from 2012-2016. She has served as the Chair of the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Committee on Physics in High Schools. She has two articles published in The Physics Teacher, and an article entitled “Teaching About Gauss’s Law” in the Special Focus: Electrostatics series published by the College Board. She also served as author and editor for College Board curriculum modules Electromagnetic Induction and The Capacitor as a Bridge from Electrostatics to Circuits.

Class Prep: Please bring a calculator and laptop/tablet computer for use during the institute. You are also invited to bring a favorite demonstration or lesson to share with the group.  

University Credit: Please view University Credit for additional requirements

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Chris Palmer
PRE-AP: Pre-AP English
Bio: Christine Kingsolver Palmer taught English for 36 years at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her passion is helping teachers prepare all students for academic success as well as for AP English, which she taught for 30 years. Chris has served as a Reader for the AP English Literature and Composition Exam, is an endorsed College Board Consultant Mentor, and has presented at the College Board’s Western Regional Forum as well as numerous one-day workshops at the AP National Conventions. Chris has worked as a College Board Endorsed Consultant for 26 years leading various workshops such as Setting the Cornerstones for AP Vertical Teams, Pre-AP Strategies: Vertical Teams in English, Organizing Your AP Exam Administration, The 5-S Strategy, Pre-AP Strategies for Differentiating Instruction, Pre-AP Strategies in English: Beyond Acronyms, Pre-AP Strategies in English: Composition, and Pre-AP: Interdisciplinary Strategies: English and Social Studies. In addition, she has taught on the faculty of College Board’s Summer Admissions Institute and served on the College Board Western Region’s Academic Affairs Council. As an independent educational consultant she works with individual school districts to both develop and align their curriculum.

Class Preparation: Please bring copies of your state/district standards, your dept's scope and sequence, curriculum map or guide, table of contents of your textbook(s), and a laptop or tablet.

University Credit: Create a plan for implementation of your dept's curriculum alignment activities, create a curriculum map of a course you teach and evaluate needed alignment changes, or create at least one unit plan to implement teaching strategies addresses in this class.
Other requirements can be found on the university credit page.

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Victoria Landers
PRE-AP: Pre-AP Math/Algebra 1
Bio: Victoria Landers has been teaching for 26 years, 12 of those years in Los Angeles County at the Middle School level. She now teaches full time at Claremont High School in Los Angeles County. Mrs. Landers teaches courses ranging from fifth/sixth grade level math to AP Calculus AB and BC. She served as a guest speaker on teaching and technology at the National Education Summit in 2001. Mrs. Landers has served as department chair at both the middle and high school level and has been involved with the state book adoption and curriculum committees. She has been a National College Board consultant for fifteen years, presenting at numerous AP/Pre-AP conferences throughout the country.

Class Prep: What to bring:
 • School or District Standards for Mathematics grades 4-12, curriculum plans
 • Teacher resources and if you use a textbook the table of contents
• Favorite lesson or project you would like to share with your team
• Graphing calculator (TI-84 will be provided)
• Ruler
• Protractor
• Good math joke or math comic strip
• Pencil, paper and highlighter
Suggested Reading:
• The Mathematics Vertical Teams Toolkit (An abridged copy will be provided for you)
• A Tour of the Calculus by David Berlinski, available on line.

University Credit: Complete all course work outlined in the syllabus and develop a three year action plan for your vertical team. Include activities that support areas of weakness in your curriculum as evidenced by teacher observation and/or various other assessments including school and national grade level test results. Action plan templates will be provided.
Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Marian Dewane
PRE-AP: Pre-AP Science
Bio: For over thirty years, Marian DeWane has been teaching AP* Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP* Environmental Science and AP* Physics. She was also the head coach of the Varsity Men’s and Women’s Tennis team, head coach of Academic Decathlon, and head coach of the Science and Math Quiz Bowl Team. She has been Teacher of the Year and has her National Board Certification in Chemistry, She was chosen as a Presidential Scholar Teacher in 2001, 2004, and 2009. She also was awarded by President Obama the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2009. Marian has been involved with the College Board* for over twenty years as a consultant. She is involved in the grading of the AP* Chemistry exam and has served in varying roles including an exam question leader, a table leader, a grader, and a question writer. She is the National Leadership Trainer for AP* Chemistry and Vertical Teams in Science. Marian authored the Pre-AP* Vertical teams in Science Workshop for the College Board* and edited or coedited the following resources; the Special Topics in Chemistry: Equilibrium, Special Topics in Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Special Topics in Chemistry: Acids and Bases, and Chemistry Curriculum Module: Guided Inquiry Activities for the Classroom. She has authored several books including Step by Step Chemistry, Practice Makes Perfect Chemistry, and several teachers’ guides and reading guides to accompany AP Textbooks. She has also been involved in writing questions for the AP* Chemistry exam, the ACS Chemistry Olympiad Exam, and the ACS Advanced Exam.

Class Prep: Please bring a copy of your textbook, a calculator (phones work), sample exam, and closed toed shoes.

University Credit: Nightly reading and one sequencing.
Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Rob McEntarffer
Bio: Rob McEntarffer taught Psychology and AP Psychology for 13 years at Lincoln Southeast high school in Lincoln, NE. He was involved in the Advanced Placement psychology reading beginning in 1995, working as a Reader, Table Leader, and (from 2003 through 2009) as the High School Question Leader. He co-authored the Test Bank for Blair-Broeker and Ernst’s Thinking About Psychology text and for the AP editions of David Myers’s college level psychology textbook. Rob is also the co-author of Barron’s How to Prepare for the Advanced Placement Psychology Exam and the author of Barron's AP Psychology Flash Cards. He served as chair of the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), established a Nebraska chapter of TOPSS, and was a member of APA’s National High School Standards committee. He chaired the Assessment Committee at the Psychology Partnership Project (James Madison University), and won the 2004 Teaching Excellent Award from APA’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He recently co-chaired the Assessment working group at the 2017 APA Summit on High School Psychology Education. Rob lives with his wife, two kids, dog, and cat in Lincoln, NE and works for Lincoln Public Schools as an Assessment/Evaluation specialist.

Class Prep: Please bring the textbook you currently use for your Psychology or AP Psychology classes (if you have one), favorite activities to share, and a laptop (if you have one).

University Credit: Prepare lesson plans for the first unit taught in your course. This includes a syllabus and a tentative calendar. Be ready to submit for an AP audit.
Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Ann Mar
Spanish Language exp

Bio: Ann Mar teaches Spanish at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas from beginning levels to AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Literature and Culture as well. The high school program serves standard second language learners, native and heritage learners as well as students from the district’s Immersion and Dual Language programs. Her College Board roles include author and editor of curriculum modules and professional development materials, and she has served on the Test Development Committee, and as Question Leader at the Spanish Language and Culture reading. In addition, she is lead author of Entre Culturas I, a novice level Spanish textbook for Middle and High School students. As a College Board consultant, she provides professional development for teachers through AP Summer Institutes and workshops, sharing many resources on line and through presentations at professional conferences. Workshop topics include portfolio assessment, standards-based planning for learning, and building vocabulary for diverse learners. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In 2015, Humanities Texas honored her with the James F. Veninga Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award.

Class Prep:  Participants should bring a laptop or other electronic device. One activity you have successfully used in your class to share with the group.

University Credit: Participants receiving university credit will create a complete thematic unit for two weeks of instruction, including student materials, a summative assessment focusing on one of the communicative modes and brief teacher’s notes.
Please see University Credit for further requirements.

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Laura Zinke
Spanish Language new

Bio: Laura Zinke, a native of Arizona, has been an AP Spanish teacher, on the campus of McClintock High School, for 34 years, and has been the department chair of the Foreign Language Department for 16 years. Laura has been actively involved in AATSP for the past 27 years; serving as the current State President of the Arizona Chapter and the National President. Laura has a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and a Masters from Middlebury College and is a Gifted Endorsed teacher in the State of Arizona. She has served as a reader, a Table Leader and a Question Leader at the AP Spanish Reading and currently serves as an Exam Leader. Laura was a member of the AP Spanish Language Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee and served as the high school co-chair of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Committee for five years. Laura has been an Advanced Placement Faculty Consultant since 1994 presenting both weekend workshops and summer institutes; she has been a presenter at various regional and national Foreign Language and AP conferences and is a former Fulbright Teacher exchange participant to Córdoba, Argentina.

Class Prep:
30 copies of a new idea or activity used last year in their course. Electronic copies are encouraged. A laptop computer or an IPad.

University Credit: Design and present a thematic unit that integrates de three modes of communication, includes authentic sources and develops cultural competency. It should include objectives, student centered activities, and evaluation(s).
Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Josh Tabor
Statistics exp
Bio: Josh Tabor has been teaching on-level and AP Statistics since 1996. He currently teaches at Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, AZ and was a top-5 finalist for Arizona Teacher of the Year in 2011. Josh has been a grader of the AP Statistics exam since 1999, a table leader from 2001–2006, and a question leader from 2007–2017. He also served on the AP Statistics Test Development Committee from 2005–2009. In 2013, he was named to the SAT Mathematics Development Committee. Josh is the co-author of The Practice of Statistics 6e for AP Statistics, and the author of the Annotated Teacher’s Edition for The Practice of Statistics 4e and 5e. He is also the co-author of two on-level statistics textbooks: Statistical Reasoning in Sports, which introduces students to the concepts of statistical reasoning in a simulation-based, student-friendly manner and Statistics and Probability with Applications, which features short, direct lessons that make teaching and learning statistics enjoyable for both teachers and students. Josh has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and has taught one-day and week-long AP Statistics workshops for many years. He enjoys the opportunity to share his love of statistics and learn from the experiences of participants.

Class Prep: Prior to the workshop, please read the Special Focus Materials on Sampling Distributions and the Special Focus Materials on Inference found on AP Central (under Classroom Resources): For the workshop, please bring a graphing calculator. I will be modeling instruction using a TI-84, so bringing a TI-83/84 would be great. We will also spend time learning how to use Fathom in the classroom, so it would be helpful to have a laptop computer to work with. You can download a trial version of Fathom at Finally, you will be receiving copies of several textbooks, so you will not need to bring any of your own.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

Daren Starnes
Statistics new
Bio: Daren Starnes is Mathematics Department Chair and holds the Robert S. and Christina Seix Dow Distinguished Master Teacher Chair in Mathematics at The Lawrenceville School near Princeton, New Jersey. He is lead author of the best-selling high school statistics texts The Practice of Statistics and Statistics and Probability with Applications and coauthor (with Roxy Peck) of Making Sense of Statistical Studies, a capstone module in statistical thinking for high school students. Daren is a frequent speaker on statistics education. He has led over 100 one-day and weeklong AP Statistics institutes for new and experienced teachers, and he has been a reader, table leader, and question leader for the AP Statistics exam since 1998.

Class Prep:
1. Bring the graphing calculator your students will be using for the course (TI-83/84/Nspire recommended) and a laptop/tablet if possible.
2. Find out as much as you can about:
• The students who will be taking your course.
• Materials that have already been selected for your course: textbook, calculators, software.
*Please contact me via email for information on choosing a textbook, software, and other resources for teaching AP Statistics any time prior to the institute!
3. Go to the AP Central website: and download two documents:
• The AP Statistics Course Description
• The AP Statistics Teachers Guide
4. If you have taught the course before, bring a handout or digital file to share with your colleagues. I will create a class Google Drive folder for our shared files.

University Credit: Presentation of a lesson, activity or assignment that you have developed for the course. Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

Jerry Stefl
Studio Art exp
Bio: Jerry Stefl divided his teaching time for 33 years between Carl Sandburg High School and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is now at SAIC exclusively as Adjunct Associate Professor of Education and Placement Coordinator. He is a past President of the Illinois Art Education Association, past member of the AP Development Committee, lead consultant for the AP Studio Art Vertical Guide and developed the Pre-AP Vertical Team Professional Development Workshops (2003 & 2013). He has also been a Reader, Table Leader and Exam Leader for AP Studio, conducts experienced, advanced and Pre-AP workshops internationally and is the past content editor of AP Central. Jerry is also on the Executive Board and Chair of the Education Committee at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Class Prep: Click here to read 

Course Description: JS Course Description 2018

University Credit: Organize and execute the photograph of the mini concentrations and organize the Power Points for duplication.
Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Barbara Sunday
Studio Art new

Bio: Barbara Sunday began her teaching career in Jamaica, West Indies, and has taught AP Studio Art at Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver, Canada, for many years. Barb is also an experienced elementary teacher, has served as a District Art Coordinator, and has lectured in Art Education at both The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Barb has served as President of BCATA and has presented a range of workshops for BCATA, CSEA, and NAEA.
Barb has been an AP Studio Art Reader for 16 years and has served as a Table Leader at the Reading for 4 years. She has given numerous AP and Pre-AP workshops across Canada, in the Western US Region, and internationally for MAIS, NESA, EARCOS, AISA, and ASIJ. Barb has presented summer institutes in Detroit, San Diego, Bellevue, Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas, Victoria, West Vancouver, Vancouver WA, Toronto, and with Emirates National Schools. Barb has been the recipient of the NAEA Pacific Region Art Educator of the Year Award, the Canadian Art Educator of the Year, and the BCATA Art Teacher of The Year Award. Barb has given several short and full-day sessions for the Annual Advanced Placement Conference and has served 3 years on their Steering Committee.

Class Prep: It is suggested that participants bring personal items that you feel comfortable using and are easy to transport for your individual use such as:
a drawing pencil and eraser
a black ballpoint pen or permanent black fine lined marker
a highlighter marker
an X-acto (or similar cutter) and/or scissors
a few chalk pastels for quick color
a small glue stick
any small specialized mark making items you enjoy using
Please don’t stress over this list especially if you are flying with carry-on. I will bring a few of these items, but not 30!

While having some studio fun, we will attempt to replicate the formation of a Concentration. A suggested theme that has worked well for this is “self portrait as an AP Art Teacher”. This can be highly metaphorical and/or humorous. … (I would do mine through my paint spotted glasses.) To this end, please bring along a 3”x4” approx. Xerox black/wht photocopy that that is somehow theme-related. (I would just toss my dirty glasses on a copy machine and/or print off my horrible looking school picture.) This could also be a copy of a piece of your personal art/photo work, or copies of photographs/documents that are personally meaningful. 

In addition, I have some lengthy optional resources that I will be circulating for sharing on USB format. Please plan accordingly if you wish to copy these – if you select all, the entire file size is 50 GB.

Univ Credit: Participants taking this session for credit will be asked to document our studio sessions, and prepare a short power point presentation that can be shared amongst the group. It will therefore be necessary to bring an image capture/power point device in order to prepare this portion of the course.

Please see university credit page for more requirements.

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George Henry
US History exp
Bio: George Henry currently teaches AP U.S. History at East High School, History Teaching Methods at the University of Utah, and U.S. History in the Venture Program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah. He is a Consultant in AP U.S. History and Social Studies Vertical Teams for the College Board, and a Table Leader at the AP U.S. History reading. George was a contributing writer for the teachers edition of Bedford-St. Martin’s America’s History, and is currently working with the Colorado Education Initiative to develop an online AP U.S. History review series for students and teachers to help students prepare for the AP exam.

Class Prep: Teachers should bring a copy of their course syllabus and their school curriculum calendar map to the institute.

University Credit: Please view University Credit for requirements.

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Matt Ellington
US History new

Bio: Matthew Ellington has been teaching AP U.S. History for 23 years. Since 2000, Matthew has been an AP US History exam reader and has led numerous AP and Pre-AP workshops across the country. He is the lead author of the AP US History testbank for Bedford/St. Martin’s (previously known as the AP US History Survival Guide). He also contributed to the annotated teacher’s edition of America’s History 8th edition and the Teaching Ideas for AP US History DVD. Matthew has presented at both the AP Annual Conference and the AP reading. He previously served on the College Board’s consultant advisory panel and the College Board’s California state curriculum alignment team.

Class Prep: Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the AP US History course ahead of time by skimming through the AP US History Course and Exam Description and/or viewing the Course Overview Modules for AP US History teachers. If possible, participants should bring a laptop, copy of their school’s calendar, and their AP US History textbook (digital copies of the calendar and textbook are fine).

University Credit: Attendance at all sessions is required for credit. Participants must submit a course-long pacing guide, audit syllabus, or personally created AP-style test questions by the end of the institute. Additionally, participants need to share a strategy, resource or lesson idea with their colleagues. Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

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Deborah Smith Johnston
World History exp
Bio: Deborah Smith Johnston teaches Big History, AP World History, Debate and AP Comparative Government, as a teacher at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China, though is moving on to Keystone Academy in Beijing this next year. Having grown up overseas, she has been living in China for four years so that her own high school age children could live the history she loves to teach. She has had a relationship with the AP World History program since before the course began, consulting in both a curricular as well as teaching capacity. Since completing her doctorate in world history at Northeastern University, she has been a full time classroom teacher but occasionally teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for pre-service and veteran teachers. In addition, Deborah served on the Advisory Board for Oregon Public TV's Bridging World History video series, funded by Annenberg, has been an active member of the World History Association, has written for World History Connected as a columnist, and has sat on the World History Teaching Prize committee. Most recently, she worked on a Social Science Research Committee grant on professional development in world history and with the College Board on the AP Insight project for world history.

Class Prep: Please bring a USB flash/thumb drive to exchange developed materials.

University Credit: Completion of a draft syllabus/pacing guide for AP World History. This may be a few pages in length but should demonstrate thoughtfulness as well as integrate materials form the institute. Please view University Credit for additional requirements.

Welcome Letter:  Click here to view

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Sharon Cohen
World History new

Bio: Sharon Cohen teaches AP World History at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She served on the AP World History Test Development Committee for the College Board from 2002 to 2015, and participates in the annual scoring of the AP World History examination. She wrote the College Board’s Teacher’s Guide for AP World History and edited the College Board publication: Special Focus on Teaching About Latin America and Africa in the Twentieth Century (2008). She contributed curriculum units to the websites World History For Us All, World History Matters, and Bridging World History. Moreover, she served on the program committees for the World History Association and American Historical Association conferences. She helped found the online journal World History Connected and presents frequently at the World History Association, American Historical Association, and National Council for the Social Studies conferences. She received the 2015 Pioneer in World History from the World History Association. As a College Board consultant since 2001, she conducts AP World History workshops and summer institutes in the USA, Canada, Morocco, China, Korea, and France. Ms. Cohen’s graduate training is in East Asian Studies.

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