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AP Summer Institute

Session Descriptions

The 2017 Advanced Placement* Summer Institute will take place in Wieboldt Hall, 339 E. Chicago Avenue, on Northwestern's Chicago campus from July 10–13 (Session I) and from July 17–20 (Session II). All workshops will meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with breaks for refreshments and lunch.

Session I: July 10–13, 2017

Art History (Combined) 
This program is designed to prepare the teacher for the rigors of the gauntlet known as the Advanced Placement Art History course and exam. The instructor will emphasize the creation of a logical curriculum to meet the needs of students as well as to allow for a teacher’s self-expression in the classroom.
The course will emphasize both lecturing and non-lecturing techniques and provide creative examples of both strategies. Discussion will also center on the exam itself, and how different teaching techniques address different aspects of the exam. Participants will be encouraged to create their own lessons during the workshop, and leave the course with a fully self-designed curriculum in place, and a series of sample lessons from each period.
There will be a special focus on the Course Redesign, and a thorough exploration of some of the more obscure works now on the art history image list. There will also be a museum visit.

Economics (Micro and Macro combined)
The primary focus of this workshop will be to help teachers design a high-quality AP* economics program. Emphasis will be on microeconomics and macroeconomics economic content, as well as the methodology. Topics of particular interest will include scope and sequence of teaching micro and macro, textbook selection, the use of games and simulations, selection of supplemental materials, scheduling problems, test preparation, and test writing style. Use of previous AP* exams and their grading rubrics will help guide teachers to a better understanding of how to effectively teach the courses. Participants will be actively engaged in sharing effective teaching strategies and in using a wide variety of economics materials.

English Language and Composition (New AP* Teachers) (CLOSED)

This workshop is designed specifically for teachers with one to three years of experience in AP* English or for experienced teachers new to the AP* curriculum. Our work will deal with the following practical concerns: the use of an application to the course, a policy on taking the examination, summer reading requirements, how many authors to cover, how many and what types writing assignments to use, managing the paper load, the appropriate amount of homework, what constitutes college level work, the implications of the AP* Audit, and the impact of AP* on the rest of the curriculum. Participants will examine the AP* exam, identifying the skills tested there, and subsequently, preparing a syllabus that works with those reading and writing skills. Essays by Annie Dillard, Vladamir Nabokov, Gerald Graff, Bernard Phelan and David Jolliffe will guide our work with critical reading and writing.

English Literature and Composition (New AP* Teachers) (CLOSED)
This workshop focuses on teaching and developing both critical reading skills and composition skills. Participants will examine the AP exam, identifying the skills tested there, and instead of "teaching to a test," will develop strategies to teach those critical reading and writing skills necessary for success in an AP literature class. Authors from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf will be covered. Participants will work with particular lessons from a variety of authors. Aristotle's The Poetics, Shakespeare's Othello, Hamlet and The Tempest, William Wordsworth and the Romantic Poets, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Between the Acts are among the texts we will consider.

European History (Combined)
The course will provide overviews of the content covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the present. We will discuss course content, organization and pacing, developing materials and using primary sources, teaching strategies and learning activities. We will focus on essay writing, preparing students for the DBQ and review past AP* exams. AP® European History has been redesigned and new exams will be administered in May 2016. Instructors are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions to prepare for the changes and receive new materials.

French Language (Combined)
This workshop has been designed to help prepare teachers for the revised AP* French Language and Culture course and exam. Participants will review the revised curriculum (modes of communication, themes, contexts, achievement level descriptors) and the new exam format. Participants will receive sample lessons, sample syllabi and curriculum modules. A released practice exam will be provided and participants will take portions of the new exam in order to better understand the new format. They will preview a variety of resources including authentic text types (audio, print). Discussions will revolve around how to select authentic materials and how to use them along with the available textbooks on the market. Participants will also discuss vertical planning, unit design and syllabus requirements for the AP course audit. This year there will be a special emphasis on the scoring of the oral and written sections of the exam with several officially scored samples of both from the May 2015 exam provided. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own students' work from this past school year for possible group discussion and scoring using the AP* rubrics. Participants are asked to bring with them a laptop computer, a flash drive, a copy of their present syllabus and any textbooks/resource materials they are thinking of using in the coming school year.

U.S. Government and Politics (Combined)
This workshop is geared to helping teachers understand the basic nuts and bolts of the AP* Government curriculum and exam. This includes reviewing past AP* multiple choice exams, free response questions and content chapters. Skills, content and sharing of ideas will be the main focal point of this workshop. Specific topics to be covered will be sequencing, buzzwords and vocabulary, creating appropriate exam questions, importance of graph analysis and, finally, the overall structure of the course.

U.S. History (New AP* Teachers) (CLOSED)
This institute is designed to familiarize the participants, both experienced and new, with the changes to AP United States History that will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. It will cover the new structure of the exam, the newly specified historical thinking skills, the concept outline, and the thematic learning objectives.  Experienced teachers will determine how to best incorporate these components into their existing course structure.  Teachers new to the course will learn how to design their course around the concept outline and how to include the new standards. The institute will also cover the use of textbooks and supporting materials, as well as samples of effective lessons and strategies. There will be examples and guidelines of how to successfully submit an audit as all teachers will be required to do by January 2015.

World History (New AP* Teachers)  
 During the week, teachers will explore several key articles in World History scholarship. Teachers will also learn to create a course syllabus (including essential questions) for a year-long AP* World History course, including AP* Themes, content, and Thinking Skills. Teaching the essay-portion of the exam, applying the current Core Scoring rubrics used for AP* World History Free Response Questions, and scoring sample student essays will also be addressed. Teachers will also learn to create discovery-based units which can help students learn to evaluate sources (including the Internet) for reliability, accuracy, and point of view. The workshop will also discuss techniques for working with under-served populations, focusing on access and equity.

Session II: July 17–20, 2017

Calculus AB (Combined)
The class is designed to cover all the major topics of AB Calculus. Teaching strategies, appropriate use of technology and problem solving techniques are all used and discussed to help instructors better teach their students. Review of past AP exams along with how they are graded will be a big part of the week as well. Participants should bring a graphing calculator and a flash drive.

English Language and Composition (Experienced AP* Teachers)
AP* English Language and Composition focuses on the skills articulated by the College Board*, which feature: rhetorical analysis, original argument, and synthesis. At the core of this workshop is the analysis of close reading skills, as participants will examine a range of strategies with which to develop students' reading abilities. Participants will focus on a range of text, with primary attention to nonfiction, as well as a balance of pre-20th and contemporary literature. This course also presents clear strategies with which teachers can align the three distinct writing tasks, especially as original argument — including the use of sources — is an offshoot of rhetorical analysis. This session will also feature extensive work with the still new synthesis question, which as of 2010, will have had 4 years on the AP* English Language and Composition exam. In addition to becoming familiar with all facets of the AP* English Language exam, participants will also gain experience in writing assignments that integrate local curricular objectives with those of the College Board*, and participants will also have the opportunity to develop original test questions and projects they may bring back to their classrooms.

English Literature and Composition (Experienced AP* Teachers)
This workshop is for experienced teachers of AP* English Literature, teachers who have taught the course for at least three years and who have participated in a one-week summer institute in Literature and Composition. Participants should be interested in further development or redesign of their classroom coursework. Our overriding concern for the week will focus on the differences between teaching reading and writing in an AP* course versus assigning reading and writing. This focus forces us to rethink coverage versus depth with our chosen texts and should prompt open discussions about our syllabi. Mornings will be devoted to group discussions and problem-solving on issues common to us all: designing and evaluating writing assignments, choosing authors and texts appropriate for our courses and our student bodies and communities, and ensuring that the exams are not the guiding forces in the classes. In the afternoons, we will work individually and in small groups to design or redesign our curricula. The instructor will work with each participant in these afternoon sessions. ALL participants must bring and should have read either William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury or Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.

German Language (Combined)
This workshop provides participants detailed information about the current AP German Language and Culture exam.  Given the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication, the presenter will navigate the participants through all six AP themes by modeling current advancements in the world language classroom.  The teacher of German today realizes the validity behind effective curricular progression, thereby allowing all students the benefits of the AP experience from the first year of instruction.  Authentic materials and assessment strategies all lead to meaningful and successful experience for the proficient speaker of German. 

Human Geography (Combined)
This workshop is designed for new and experienced AP Human Geography teachers.  Throughout the week, participants will engage in the following:  syllabus/course audit development; create a working pacing guide for block and traditional schedules; covering key concepts in all seven units; writing multiple choice and free response questions; lesson ideas; test analysis; and the use of GIS and other online sources.  Lessons will be modeled for each of the seven units.  Participants will share a lesson and test questions by the end of the institute.  Please bring a flash drive with at least 8g of storage or a lap top.  

Psychology (Combined)
This workshop will provide teachers with materials necessary for teaching the Advanced Placement Psychology course. Topics include: social psychology, history and research methods, neurobiology, sensation/perception, learning, memory, development, personality, and abnormal/ treatment in addition to several other topics in psychology. Instructors will be provided with Internet resources, past test and review information, as well as numerous activities to use in their classroom. This course would be appropriate for both experienced and new teachers of Advanced Placem

Spanish Language (Combined) (CLOSED)
This summer institute is designed to familiarize teachers with the new AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam. The course will provide sample materials and classroom activities relating to the new exam and recent changes to the course. Participants will be invited to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group on a daily basis. They will leave with a toolbox of strategies to implement and successfully teach the course.

Statistics (Combined)
This workshop, designed for new and experienced AP Statistics teachers, will provide an overview of the topics included in the AP Statistics syllabus including the broad conceptual themes: Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Anticipating Patterns and Statistical Inference. In addition, this workshop will include curriculum design, in-class activities, simulations on the TI-83+, text selection, AP examination expectations, grading, and information regarding the College Board audit. This will be a hands-on workshop. Participants should bring a TI83/84 calculator.

U.S. History (Experienced AP* Teachers)
This institute is designed to familiarize the participants, both experienced and new, with the changes to AP United States History that will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. It will cover the new structure of the exam, the newly specified historical thinking skills, the concept outline, and the thematic learning objectives.  Experienced teachers will determine how to best incorporate these components into their existing course structure.  Teachers new to the course will learn how to design their course around the concept outline and how to include the new standards. The institute will also cover the use of textbooks and supporting materials, as well as samples of effective lessons and strategies. There will be examples and guidelines of how to successfully submit an audit as all teachers will be required to do by January 2016.

World History (Experienced AP* Teachers)  
During the week, teachers will explore several key articles in World History scholarship. Teachers will also learn to create a course syllabus (including essential questions) for a year-long AP* World History course, including AP* Themes, content, and Thinking Skills. Teaching the essay-portion of the exam, applying the current Core Scoring rubrics used for AP* World History Free Response Questions, and scoring sample student essays will also be addressed. Teachers will also learn to create discovery-based units which can help students learn to evaluate sources (including the Internet) for reliability, accuracy, and point of view. The workshop will also discuss techniques for working with under-served populations, focusing on access and equity.

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