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Session Descriptions

APĀ® Summer Institute

Session Descriptions


To protect our community and limit the spread of COVID-19, Northwestern’s 2020 AP® Summer Institute will be offered in a remote format.

Each session will be delivered over a three-week period. Each week will consist of approximately 10 hours of learning and activities (4 hours synchronous, 6 hours asynchronous) for a total of 30 contact hours. The synchronous learning times for Program 1 and Program 2 are staggered to enable teachers to participate in both programs, if desired.

Program 1 Sessions

Register for program 1: July 7–27, 2020

 

Computer Science Principles

During this AP® Computer Science Principles APSI, you’ll explore the course Computational Thinking Practices and the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge statements. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will help ensure that your students can register for AP® Exams by the new fall deadlines. After attending this APSI, you’ll be able to understand the skills students will need to demonstrate to be successful in the AP® Computer Science Principles course and exam; incorporate the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge, when building your curriculum; and use activities that organize the course content to develop students’ proficiency in the skills identified in the curriculum framework.

 

English Language and Composition (New AP® Teachers) 

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 course audit, practical test-taking strategies, sample syllabi,  types of texts and/or 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 revised course framework, and the impact of AP® on the rest of the curriculum. Participants will examine the AP® exam (including changes to some of the features of the exam), identifying the skills tested there, and subsequently, preparing a syllabus that works with those reading and writing skills. Selected authors studied will reflect essays from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.   The session will also highlight the changes to the AP® exam, focusing on the multiple choice assessments and analytic rubrics.

 

English Literature and Composition (New AP® Teachers)

This session for new teachers and teachers who have completed their first year of teaching AP® English Literature and Composition will use the AP® Course and Exam description to guide them in developing strategies to assure their students success in the course and on the AP® exam.  Teachers will read a variety of literature suited to the execution of the units in the Course and Exam Description and aligned to The College Board’s updated policy regarding representative authors based on gender, race, and era. These works may range from Hawthorne to Urrea. Participants will examine student work and practice using the new six point rubric. They will also have opportunity to explore the digital resources available to them. Participants will gain ideas and strategies for guiding students to be stronger readers and analytical thinkers and writers. Teachers are encouraged to bring along poetry, short stories, or a major work they plan to teach in the fall.  They are also encouraged to read and bring along When I Walk Through That Door I Am: an immigrant mother’s quest by Jimmy Santiago Baca.

 

French Language and Culture

This workshop will provide an overview of the structure and content of the AP® French Language and Culture course. It will give participants an overview of new unit guides and instructional strategies created by the College Board, as well as the new resources which will be made available to registered teachers in the Fall of 2019: an AP® question bank to use on formative assessments and an AP® classroom platform to check student progress. In addition, the workshop will provide opportunities to discuss approaches to vertical and horizontal planning, explore and share essential resources and teaching strategies. Participants will view sample lessons, sample syllabi, and curriculum modules, as well as engage in developing lesson plans, and evaluation tasks. Finally, participants will share and discuss best practices and tips that work to assist colleagues in the day-to-day classroom teaching and learning context.

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 a copy of their present syllabus, share any textbooks/resource materials they plan to use in the coming school year, and create a Google account (if they don’t already have one) for sharing files.

 

German Language and Culture

The AP® German consultant reviews with participants the newly released classroom resources and support system available on AP® Classroom, as well as the updates to the AP® German Language and Culture course. During the workshop, the participants explore the components of the online classroom, which consists of personal progress checks, a question bank, units guides, and a progress dashboard.  Participants will additionally learn how to develop questions for selected authentic materials better and be given ample opportunity to collaborate in small groups. For new and experienced teachers, the requirements for 2020-21 AP® Course Audit/Syllabus submission requirements and updated registration process will be thoroughly reviewed. Each participant receives the updated course and exam information in a customizable binder which assist with the digital activation process to access the new resources starting August 1, 2020. 

 

Government and Politics - U.S.

The goal of this Northwestern APSI is to provide you with the pragmatic lessons, content, instructional skills, and resources to better prepare your students for the AP® U.S. Government and Politics Course and Exam. With the redesign year behind us, there will be a special focus on the new curriculum and assessment methods.  In addition, this course is extremely interactive, seeking participants to share best practices. Instructor Bryan Ashkettle will also send out a survey prior in order to address your needs, questions, and concerns in order to better your content, knowledge, and instruction. He is very committed to making the course as fun and useful as possible.

 

Spanish Language and Culture

This workshop is designed to assist Spanish teachers in developing a course for AP® Spanish Language and Culture and its Exam. The summer institute will provide resources and classroom activities to build a curriculum using authentic materials and thematic units. Participants will be asked to actively participate and share best practices with the entire group. Topics will include the following:
Developing and integrating the three modes of communication; Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational:, Building proficiency across modes of communication; Teaching AP® Spanish Language and Culture across themes; Teaching and developing culture in the AP® Spanish Language and Culture course; 2019-2020 Support materials and CED (Course & Exam Description) for AP® world languages; Using authentic resources for thematic unit design; Developing vocabulary across levels; Integrating authentic literature in the AP® Spanish Language and Culture course; Using project-based learning a way to integrate and develop language skills; Applying the scoring criteria to student samples.

What participants should bring:
A new idea or activity used last year in their course. 

 

World History: Modern

Participants will explore the AP® World History: Modern course, including AP® history thinking skills and disciplinary practices, thematic learning objectives, pacing, and sequencing. They will create lessons to help their students gain understanding of the course content and the skills necessary for success on the exam and in college work (with an emphasis on writing). The workshop will also explore techniques such as scaffolding and graphic organizers for preparing students new to AP® classes or from underserved populations. Participants will learn and apply the most recent guidelines and rubrics for assessing student knowledge, including the AP® Exam (multiple choice, short answer, and free response sections). Participants may, in addition, choose to apply their knowledge of pacing and sequencing by revising or creating a syllabus.

 

Program 2 Sessions

Register for program 2: July 13–august 2, 2020

 

Calculus AB

The class is designed to cover all the major topics of AB Calculus for both new and experienced teachers. 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 will need a graphing calculator.

 

English Language and Composition (Experienced AP® Teachers)

AP® English Language and Composition focuses on the core skills articulated by the College Board — the application of close reading skills and developing a range of writing strategies to appeal to a variety of audiences. *Our discussions will incorporate an examination of the still-new changes related to multiple choice composition questions, the six-point essay scoring rubric, and available online resources.* In addition to becoming familiar with all facets of the AP® English Language exam, participants will also explore ways to incorporate the world as a text and gain experience in writing assignments that integrate issues relevant to the communities in which they teach. The workshop will include an experiential lesson outside of our classroom to help participants apply the skills assessed by the exam in a real world setting. Prior to the Institute, participants will be provided a mini-text set of materials to read and listen to as a foundation for our week's discussions. During the workshop participants will work with a variety of multi-modal text sets which will serve as catalysts for group discussion and can be models for their own classroom development. Significant time will be dedicated to meaningful collaboration with other participants and for the development of original free response passages and projects they may bring back to their classrooms. All participants are encouraged to bring their laptop and will receive numerous resources.

 

English Literature and Composition (Experienced AP® Teachers)

This session for experience AP® English Literature and Composition teachers will build on the teachers’ expertise and successes while exploring new texts and new ways to teach them aligned with the new Course and Exam Description for the course. Looking through an equity lens, participants will consider a variety of literature aligned to The College Board’s updated policy regarding representative authors based on gender, race, and era. These works may range from Wordsworth to Blanco. Participants will examine student work and practice using the new six point rubric. They will also have opportunity to explore the digital resources available to them. Participants will gain ideas and strategies for guiding students to be stronger readers and analytical thinkers and writers. Teachers are encouraged to share poetry, short stories, or a major work they plan to teach in the fall. If they are works they have successfully taught, they may want to share their lesson plans. They are also encouraged to read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. 

 

Human Geography

This workshop is designed for new and experienced AP® Human Geography teachers. Specifically, this session will be geared towards analysis and incorporation of the New AP® Human Geography Course and Exam Description for the 2020-2021 school year. Throughout the course, participants will engage in the following: syllabus/course development; covering key concepts in all seven units; developing multiple choice and free response skills including stimulus-based questions; lesson ideas; test analysis; and the use of online sources like AP® classroom. Lessons will be modeled for each of the seven units. Participants will gain access to a Google team drive with  files including PowerPoints, lesson idea, website links and test prep materials for the AP® exam.

 

Statistics

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-83/84 and Inspire calculators, text selection, AP® examination expectations, grading, and information regarding the College Board audit. We will also explore the new online support materials on AP® Central that was recently released by the College Board. Participants will need to have a TI83/84, Inspire (or other) graphing calculator.

 

Government and Politics - U.S.

The goal of this Northwestern APSI is to provide you with the pragmatic lessons, content, instructional skills, and resources to better prepare your students for the AP® U.S. Government and Politics Course and Exam. With the redesign year behind us, there will be a special focus on the new curriculum and assessment methods.  In addition, this course is extremely interactive, seeking participants to share best practices. Instructor Bryan Ashkettle will also send out a survey prior in order to address your needs, questions, and concerns in order to better your content, knowledge, and instruction. He is very committed to making the course as fun and useful as possible.

 

U.S. History 

This week will consist of a mix of pedagogy and content all focused on the successful implementation of the Advanced Placement United States History course. We will focus on the writing and analytical skills needed for the course as well as the curriculum framework. Participants will receive numerous resources. We will navigate AP® Classroom and MYAP!

Week 1 - Introductions/AP® History Practices and Skills /Understanding the Structure of the Course Framework/Reading Comprehension activity (Inner outer circle)/Historical Reasoning Skill of Comparison (Comparison Activity) HOMEWORK—share your favorite primary and secondary source.

Week 2 - Analyzing Primary and Secondary Sources/Writing Thesis Statements and the Document Based Question!  Multiple Choice and writing our own Multiple Choice questions and mini-DBQ’s! Historical Skill of Change and Continuity. HOMEWORK—share your favorite Political Cartoon!

Week 3 - The Short Answer Question/Long Essay Question/ Historical Thinking Skill of Causation and Argument Development. Sequencing the Course/Syllabus Development/Bringing Skills and Content together with a lesson from the 1950’s! HOMEWORK—share your favorite lesson!

 

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