AP Summer Institute

Session 1:
June 18-21, 2019

Environmental Science
Physics 1


Session 2:
June ​24-27, 2019

Calculus AB & BC | Economics
English Language | English Literature
Psychology | US Government
US History | World History


Noncredit Early Registration: $775 | Credit Early Registration: $925
Early registration prices are valid through March 31st.

The schedule will be posted in March.


The Education Outreach and Partnerships (EOP) office is pleased to announce that we are offering 12 partial scholarships in the amount of $500. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants whose responses best align with the EOP and College Board’s mission of increasing equity and access in Advanced Placement courses. The College Board also offers scholarships for educators in schools with varying requirements. Use the link below for additional information.

College Board Scholarship Information: Deadline: February 12th

​EOP Scholarship ApplicationDeadline: ​March 1st

Session 1: Biology & Environmental Science: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI, 53715

Physics & Statistics: Union South, 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715

Session 2: Calculus AB & BC,  ​Economics, English Language, English Literature, Psychology, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706

Residence hall lodging is available in Smith Hall. Single occupancy is $70.48 per night, double occupancy is $47.23 per night per person. Breakfast is included. Limited number of rooms available. Smith Hall is located approximately 1/2 mile from both APSI locations. Information on how to reserve a room in Smith Hall will be posted in March.

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  • Lodging will also be available at the Lowell Center located within walking distance of the Pyle Center. Rates start at $115 per night. Limited number of rooms available.Information on how to reserve a room in the Lowell Center will be posted in March.

Parking passes can be purchased for $12 per day through UW-Madison Transportation Services. Information on how to reserve a parking pass will be posted in March.

Refund Policy
If you have registered for the institute and cancel 30 days or more before the event starts you will receive a full refund of the registration amount minus a $50 administrative fee.  If you cancel less than 30 days in advance of the institute there will be no refund. Please contact Matthew Freid for more information.

Cancellation Policy
We reserve the right to cancel a course if enrollment is insufficient. Courses with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled no later than June 1, 2019. All participants and schools will be notified if a course is cancelled. Participants registered in a cancelled course will receive a full refund. The reimbursement will be issued to the individual or school who paid the registration fee. We do not reimburse travel, lodging, or any other expenses associated with our institute in the case of a course cancellation.

Course Information

  • Biology

    This course will focus on preparing teachers to teach AP Biology. Participants will take an in-depth look at the comprehensive framework to see how it is organized into Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge statements, Learning Objectives, and Science Practices. They will take a look at new approaches to teaching biology that will include student-directed, teacher-facilitated instructional activities, including student-directed laboratories. Participants will be engaged in extensive open-ended laboratory work that focuses on topics in each of the four big ideas, modeling the science practices that teachers will expect their students to master as they study biology. Participants will also get an overview of how the 2016 AP Biology Exam was graded and will further explore how to maximize student success on the AP Biology Exam. Through practice, sharing, discussions, and modeling, participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in achieving in this rigorous program.

    Meet the Facilitators

    Ed Braddy received an undergraduate Science Education degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa.    He has taught the AP Biology course since 1991, and he is currently teaching at JW Mitchell High in New Port Richey, Florida.  He is a reader for the AP Biology Exam, and he has also served as a consultant for one-day workshops and week-long summer institutes for the past ten years.  More recently, Mr. Braddy wrote one of the four Planning and Pacing Guides for the revised AP Biology course.   The guide can be found on the AP Biology Home Page at AP Central.    Mr. Braddy was named Teacher of the Year at JW Mitchell High School in 2010.  He has twice received the Florida West Coast Engineering Alliance IEEE Lignell Award, an award which recognizes and honors outstanding contributions by teachers of students in mathematics and science pre-college education programs.  He also serves as Science Department Chair at the school. He has attended the International Science and Engineering Fair with his students for a number of years, and he also enjoys working with student leaders as the Student Council and Science National Honor Society advisor at his school.

    C​ontact: ebraddy@pasco.k12.fl.us

    Dr. Kevin Niemi is the Outreach Program Manager III and Director at UW-Madison Institute for Biology Education and UW Office for STEM Outreach. He is the appointed member of WI DPI Superintendent’s Science Leadership Team, President of Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, National Assessment Governing Board, and the NAEP Achievement Levels-Setting panelist in 2010. He was awarded the Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in 2007.

    C​ontact: kjniemi@wisc.edu

  • Calculus AB/BC
    This course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus with concepts, results and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally.  Throughout the course, participants will discuss the philosophy of AP Calculus, classroom pedagogy, classroom evaluation, the AP exam scoring, student motivation, and. topics brought up be the participants. The AB and BC groups will be separated to cover the specific content pertinent to each course.  We will review past exams as well as the free-response questions from the current exam and multiple choice questions from the most recent released exam.  Class discussions will drive much of the class. Participants will leave with many valuable resources.  The new Curriculum Framework and changes in the topics covered in both courses for the 2017-18 school year will be fully discussed.

    Meet the Facilitator

    Vic Levine, adjunct faculty at Madison College, retired AP Calculus teacher at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, WI; recipient of the Edith May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America (1999 and 2000); Siemens National Teaching Award ; Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader for Calculus AB and BC since 1991; certified College Board workshop consultant and presenter nationally and internationally since 1993; College Board mentor for consultants; retired member of the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council

    Contact: (608) 220-2948 or vlevine@madisoncollege.edu
  • Economics

    This Micro/Macro combined course will focus on the major principles taught in introductory college-level Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses, as well as the structure of an AP course and strategies for preparing students for the AP tests. Introductory microeconomics introduces the fundamental economic concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, trade (including foreign exchange markets), the role of markets and prices, the theory of the firm, market structures and market failure. Introductory macroeconomics includes economic measurement, fluctuations of business cycles, macroeconomic models and the role of stabilization policies, both fiscal and monetary. Teachers will participate in simulations and activities that they can use with their students.

    Meet the Facilitator

    Martha Rush is a nationally recognized high-school economics and social studies teacher and active teaching advocate. She is Founder and CEO of NeverBore, an education consulting and content company that provides teachers and school systems with research-based curriculum and workshops that make teaching more engaging and interactive. She is also the author of Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers (Stenhouse, 2018).

    With 20+ years of teaching experience, Martha has deep expertise in creating classroom environments that facilitate critical thinking skills as well as deep understanding of core concepts. Martha has led multiple student teams to championships and finalist positions at the National Economics Challenge, JA Student Leadership Conference, and Personal Finance Challenge. She has worked as reader for both AP Macro and AP Micro, and she is a member of the College Board’s AP Micro Instructional Design Team.

    She is the current Education Committee Chair within the Minnesota Council for Economic Education, and she holds a Masters in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education, a Masters in History from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

    Contact: martharush67@gmail.com


    Twitter @MarthaSRush

  • English Language and Composition

    Key areas to be covered in this course include: discussing the ramifications of the College Board’s Equity and Access philosophy; preparing students for the AP Language examination; using the features of the AP exam to enhance curricula; using past examinations to analyze how the exams are scored; discussing strategies to approach the challenging subject of rhetorical analysis and practicing these strategies with readings; incorporating research in student writing and within the synthesis process; creating arguments based on personal knowledge and experience; using fiction in a course that, theoretically, focuses exclusively on non-fiction; considering how to maintain “voice” when writing “formulaic-style” essays.  Additionally, participants will learn about current university practices in composition, writing across the curriculum and writing for a variety of purposes.  The session is discussion-based, and participants will be asked to share their curricula and teaching strategies, and present a best practices unit on the final day.

    Meet the Fac​ilitators

    Michael Knoedler is a College Board consultant who regularly presents day-long workshops and summer institutes primarily in the Midwest.  He is a retired teacher who taught both AP Language and Composition and Literature and Composition at Dodgeville High School in southwest Wisconsin.  He has been a reader for the AP Language exam.  He is currently an elected official on his local school board, enjoying the view from across the table.

    C​ontact: redmike50@yahoo.com

    Dr. Karen Redfield is the Undergraduate English Advisor at UW-Madison. She taught college composition for many years, both here and abroad. She has recently retired from MATC where she taught composition and literature, and mentored new instructors. She is the principle author on the first-year experience textbook Foundations of Learning (2008).

    C​ontact: redfield@wisc.edu

  • English Literature and Compostion

    This course will help participants develop skills, strategies, assignments, and background knowledge to prepare students for the AP English literature exam and college literature courses. Attendees will practice approaches to teaching close reading, as well as explore a range of ways of understanding and teaching historical periods, literary genres, and styles. We will discuss different schools of thought around literary analysis that are part of the college scene today, as well as creative ways for developing critical writing skills. All of this will take place in a lively context of active participation and group discussion, where teachers will share and explore their experiences, challenges, and ideas.

    Meet the Facilitators

    Tom Reynolds is a teacher and coordinator for the English Department at Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL. He is also an AP consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education and an advanced Ed consultant.  He is a recipient of “Those Who Excel” Award.

    C​ontact: treyno@hononegah.org

    Jordan Zweck is an Associate Professor in the UW-Madison English department. She specializes in early medieval vernacular literatures and cultures, focusing on Old English and Anglo-Saxon England. She is especially interested in the intersections between medieval studies and documentary culture, media studies, and sound studies. Her first book, Epistolary Acts: Anglo-Saxon Letters and Early English Media, examines Anglo-Saxon epistolarity and early English media, examining the representation of letters in vernacular texts such as letters from heaven, hagiography, and poetry.

  • Environmental Science

    I am excited to lead the AP Environmental Science Summer Institute in Madison and look forward to helping both new and experienced APES teachers increase their success with the course.  My goal is for teachers to enhance the quality of their APES program through the use of inquiry labs and data analysis. The week will consist of developing or reviewing course syllabi, pacing, national exam preparation and strategies to improve student test scores.  This will include scoring student free-response questions as well as writing AP style multiple choice questions. We will run many of the lab activities in their entirety so that you can get comfortable with the techniques and methods of data analysis. In addition, we will take advantage of the beautiful outdoor campus available to us to conduct field investigations. I will share with you resources to improve your curriculum and delivery of content to enhance students critical thinking skills, as well as all lectures, labs, and assessment I use in my course. Please plan on bringing a lap top, an idea to share, and cloths for field work.

    Meet the Facilitator

    Amy Fassler has been teaching AP Environmental Science in Marshfield, Wisconsin for 15 years, in addition to chemistry, biochemistry and science research. She has served as an AP Reader, Table Leader, and Test Development Committee member; this is my 4th year as a college board consultant. Amy is passionate about environmental science education and has inspired many young people to pursue careers in the field or simply become more environmentally aware citizens. Amy teaches students with vast differences in their science background and ability levels and has seen great success with all groups. As author of the APES service learning module on biodiversity, she is able to share information on implementing this program into your curriculum. Amy coaches Science Olympiad team and mentors a protein research group. Amy has traveled extensively and enjoys all the outdoor opportunities Wisconsin has to offer. Please contact her with any questions you have about the APES summer institute.

    Contact: fasslera@marshfieldschools.org

  • Psychology

    This course introduces the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. With the National Teaching Psychology Standards at its core, participants will explore the scientific study of psychology through the seven identified domains.  Content core concepts, and AP psychology test structure will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the essay portion. Projects and activities that build content and the development of scientific attitudes and skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, and literacy will be shared and developed.

    Meet the Facilitator

    Nancy Fenton has been teaching Psychology since 2004 and currently teaches at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. She has a master’s degree in Psychology and has been an AP Reader since 2008. She is the co-author of the review book AP Psychology All Access. In 2013 she was awarded the American Psychological Associations’ Teachers of Psychology on Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Excellence in Teaching Award.

    C​ontact: nfenton@d125.org

  • Physics

    The AP Physics Institute is designed to help teachers build the foundation for a successful AP Physics program. Emphasis will be placed on the rigor of the material that students need to be successful with on the AP Physics exam. A significant amount of time will be spent addressing how AP Physics is a change in not just what we teach, but how we teach.  Laboratory investigations will be incorporated throughout the workshop, with special emphasis on transitioning your laboratory into a student-inquiry based program.  We will also focus on the exam and how best to prepare your students for it.  We will review the requirements for the course audit and the syllabus requirements.  Time will be allowed for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group.  I am excited to both share my ideas and learn from you!

    Meet the Facilitator

    Oather Strawderman has taught Physics in Lawrence Kansas for the past 22 years.  He currently serves as the Science Department Chair at Lawrence Free State High School.  His teaching experience includes all forms of AP Physics.  He has worked as a Question Leader, Table Leader and Reader at the annual AP Physics Reading in June since 2012.  As a result of his experience as a Reader he has had the opportunity to be an item writer and reviewer for the AP Physics 1, 2 and C exams.   As a College Board endorsed AP Physics International Consultant he has presented daylong and week-long workshops in 31 states.  He has also presented at multiple AP Annual Conferences and AAPT National Conferences.  In addition, Oather was honored to have had the opportunity to present International Workshops in Kunming China and Dubai United Arab Emirates.  Oather is currently the Co-Chair of the AP Physics 2 Development Committee where he helps develop the exam and works on the preparation of the Curriculum Framework.

    Oather can be reached at www.PhluidPhysics.com

    Preliminary Workshop Schedule

    Day 1

    AM1 Introductions/ Agenda/MC test

    AM2 CED/Pacing/Audit

    PM1 Experimental Design Lab/Lab Presentations

    PM2 Reading/Experimental Design FRQ

    Day 2

    AM1 Inquiry/Applet Investigations

    AM2 TIPERs

    PM1 Paragraph Length FRQ’s

    PM2 Lab Reports/Challenge Labs

    Day 3

    AM1 Equity/AP Potential/ Success Strategies /Recruitment

    AM2 Item Writing Workshop

    PM1 Qualitative Quantitative Translation FRQ’s

    PM2 AP Lab Manual and Hands-on Lab time

    Day 4

    AM1 Direct Measurement Videos

    AM2 Science Practices/Labs by Units

    PM1 Best Practices from Participants

    PM2  Technology/Online Resources/Probeware

    In addition to the listed agenda items, every session we will discuss the labs and activities I do for each unit.

    What to bring:

    • Please bring copies of your best activity, lesson or lab to share with the group.
    • Also, please bring a laptop or tablet to access online resources and complete online activities.
    • Bring your syllabus so we can plan for the year.


  • Statistics

    This course will deepen understanding of AP Statistics in a collaborative environment. Big ideas include exploring and visualizing one and two variable data, sampling and experimentation, probability, random variables, sampling distributions, and statistical inference via confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Simulation is used throughout to increase understanding. We will explore and engage the content through activities that can be implemented immediately in the classroom. Learning is supported with an introduction to graphing calculators and the software package R . Old AP exam questions will be unpacked with a focus on the rubrics used to grade the questions. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a graphing calculator and a laptop.

    Meet the Facilitator

    Luke Wilcox is a math teacher and department chairperson at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Michigan. He has written questions for the AP Statistics exam and has been a reader for the past two years. His AP Statistics students have consistently outperformed national averages with a 98% pass rate over the past eight years. He has recently been named as a finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

    Contact: luke.wilcox@kentwoodps.org

  • US Government

    Meet the Facilitators

    Tom Kuhn has been teaching at Mundelein High School (IL) for 15 years and teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics for the past 6 years. He has been an AP reader since 2006.

    Contact: tkuhn@d120.org

    Dr. David Canon is a professor in the Department of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a recipient of the 2008 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and is co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He has authored three scholarly books, including the award-winning “Race, Redistricting, and Representation,”  and has published in numerous journal articles and book chapters including an introductory American government textbook (in its third edition). In the course of his 26 years as an educator, he has taught Introduction of American Politics to more than 10,000 students.

    Contact: dcanon@polisci.wisc.edu

  • US History

    This course is designed to provide all high school history teachers with fresh directions in American history and pedagogical methods centered on the use of primary sources. The morning sessions consist of a graduate-level seminar dealing with recent scholarship on contemporary accounts of historical events. The afternoon practicum centers on teaching techniques. A significant portion of the summer institute will be dedicated towards looking at the new curricular framework, themes, learning objectives, historical skills, and exam style of the reconstructed AP US history class. Topics include: integrating primary sources and their analysis into daily assignments, preparing students for the document-based question, structuring the syllabus around select historical themes, and improving students’ skills in research and writing.

    Meet the Facilitator

    Patrick Coffey is an AP U.S. History teacher at Brookfield East High School. He was selected as the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2011.

    C​ontact: coffeyp@elmbrookschools.org

  • World History

    Welcome AP World History Teachers!  Session activities and discussion will support teachers in developing pedagogy, content knowledge, and curriculum. Particular attention will be given to how to score assessments applying rubrics and national standards. The session overview of the required aspects of the curriculum will explore the interplay of the concept outline, historical reasoning skills, disciplinary practices, and the implications for teaching. Special topics of note include methods to integrate secondary sources, and efficient approaches to practice skills while students learn and engage with required content. We will, moreover, ‘geek it up’ engaging in scholarly discourse with peers about interesting world history. Participants should bring a digital device with WiFi capability, and traditional supplies such as paper and writing utensil. Significant workshop materials will be distributed in a variety of digital formats including via Drop Box, Google Drive and/or USB flash drives.

    Meet the Facilitator

    James Sabanthe teaches AP World History and AP U.S. History at Hononegah H.S. in Rockton, Illinois, and works as the Social Studies Department coordinator. He presented at numerous conferences including five AP annual meetings, the American Historical Association annual meeting, and the Organization of American Historians Conference. His publications include: Strive For A 5: Preparing for the AP* World History Exam, (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013), he is a contributor to Robert Strayer and Eric Nelson’s Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3rd Ed, (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2016), and he co-edited the secondary anthology Past Forward: Articles from the Journal of American History Volumes I and II, (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has served as an AP U.S. History reader, table leader, exam leader, and question leader since 2001, and as recently as this year Co-Chaired the College Board AP U.S. History Development Committee.

    Contact: jsabathne@yahoo.com

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