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AP Summer Institute

We were excited to announce that the College Board approved our request to move our AP Summer Institute 2020 courses online to keep our attendees safe in light of COVID-19.

We are continuing to offer AP Summer Institute online for 2021 due to the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will impact face-to-face learning opportunities. Please see details below regarding our online institute!

Instruction will be provided with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous methods, providing the same content and opportunities to connect with facilitators, colleagues, and guest presenters from UW–Madison and beyond.

Important AP program information and updates can be found at the College Board’s Coronavirus Updates page. The College Board has developed resources to help schools support AP students during extended closures.

Schedules will vary by course—generally days will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. A detailed agenda will be provided with your Canvas access, highlighting exactly when you’ll need to be logged on throughout the day.

 

 

When: June–August 2021

Where: Online

Program Fee:

$675 non-credit registration

$875 credit registration

Credit registration includes two UW–Madison graduate level credits.

Registration: Clicking the registration button will take you to a College Board login page. Please sign into your College Board account or create a new account to register for the AP Summer Institute.

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Hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, this Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute offers a unique learning experience for teachers interested in expanding their knowledge of AP course content, structure, and methodology. Learn from experienced AP consultants and UW–Madison faculty members who are dedicated to improving student achievement by providing teachers with valuable tools and strategies for their classrooms.

This year, we will be offering the AP Summer Institute online only.

Registration includes online access to the course and all hard-copy materials shipped directly to you.

Attendees who register for credit are eligible to earn two graduate level credits as a result of the work completed during the AP Summer Institute. Credits will appear on a UW–Madison transcript. Requirements for additional work outside of class vary by course. All coursework must be completed within seven days of the end of your AP Summer Institute session.

Subject areas you can explore through your Summer Institute:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB/BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • Human Geography
  • Physics 1
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • U.S. Government
  • U.S. History
  • World History

More flexibility
You now have more control over where and when you complete assignments. Although attendance is required in live sessions throughout each day, you’ll be able to complete the rest of the work on your own schedule.

No more travel expenses
Parking, lodging, and other travel expenses are no longer required to receive this training.

New ways to connect
Access to the Canvas course chat and video conference rooms allow you to connect with colleagues at your convenience throughout the session.

Central location for online resources
You will have access to a convenient and extensive library of resources—all in one place!

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 fewer than 30 days in advance of the institute, there will be no refund. Please contact PLACE Conference and Event Services 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 21 days before the start date. 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.

Week 1: June 21–24, 2021

Register Now for Week 1

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Computer Science Principles

Course Description

The online Computer Science Principles course will include a combination of the following synchronous and asynchronous activities:

  • Participate in live videoconferencing sessions (approximately three one-hour sessions each day)
  • Watch College Board-created videos
  • Explore one of the 10 different College Board-approved curricula
  • Take a mock exam in pieces
  • Score AP Computer Science Principles Performance Tasks
  • Plan mini lessons
  • Write formative assessment questions by AP topic and share with the group
  • Write sample exam questions to share with the group
  • Meet other participants in small groups for 30 minutes each day to talk about classroom strategies
  • Post a journal response each day and comment on others’ responses
  • Do one hour of coding, either alone or with a virtual partner, each day
  • Plan a final project

Meet The Facilitator

Andy Kuemmel

English Language

Course Description

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; 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; and 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. Explanations of and discussions about changes within the course will be included during the four days.

Meet The Facilitator

Michael Knoedler

English Literature

Course Description

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 in addition to exploring 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 Facilitator

Tom Reynolds

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Environmental Science

Course Description

Welcome, AP Environmental Science Teachers! I am excited to present the virtual AP Environmental Science Summer Institute, sponsored by UW–Madison. Our week together will be action-packed! The theme of the week will be implementing the AP Environmental Science Course Framework developed by the College Board, integrating content with science practices and connecting units through curriculum spiraling. You will understand the course framework, how to plan the course, teach the course, and assess student work. The workshop will run off a synchronous/asynchronous model so that our time in live session each day will be maximized. College Board consultants have been meeting regularly to develop a plan of what works best in a blended workshop platform. Plan on a variety of labs and activities that are modified to meet the challenges of presenting a workshop in an online formula. You will receive some simple materials through the mail, and I will provide a list of supplies/equipment that you can gather on your own. We will explore a variety of instructional strategies to create a more inclusive AP Environment Science classroom. Engaging students by including strategies such as phenomenon-anchored learning, modeling, activity before content, and I2 allows for increased rigor and student success. Participants will have a clear path for what students need to know and demonstrate to be more successful on the AP exam and engaged environmental scientists. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. I look forward to seeing you this summer.

Meet The Facilitator

Amy Fassler

U.S. Government

Course Description

This course covers a range of issues that will be of interest to high school teachers who offer Advanced Placement and regular high school classes in United States Government and Politics.  The morning session focuses on substantive content for classes on American politics, covering Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the courts. The afternoon sessions will be focused on your high school course. We will go over the 2020 AP American Government exam, review various textbooks and other classroom resources, provide an overview of the AP syllabus (and how to get that approved by College Board), provide Internet resources on various governmental and political Web sites (including discussion of various AP-relevant web sites and materials, including the new AP U.S. Government course redesign), discuss policy simulations, and provide ideas on how to structure classroom debates on various political issues. We also will explore other classroom exercises that participants in the seminar share with each other and discuss how to prepare your students for the AP exam. One of the real strengths of this class is the extent to which we all learn from each other. The course is offered for two credits or for noncredit. Those of you enrolling for credit will have an assignment related to curriculum development for the course. The morning sessions will be run by David Canon and the afternoon sessions by Tom Kuhn.

Meet The Facilitators

Dr. David Canon

Tom Kuhn

Week 2: June 28–July 1, 2021

Register Now for Week 2

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Art & Design

Course Description

This course will present AP Art & Design teachers with an understanding of the exam requirements as well as similarities and differences in the Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design portfolios. Participants will experience the College Board grading rubric and learn the details of the AP Art & Design reading process. After this course, participants should be ready to encourage, advise, and submit student portfolios. Art educators can share their first-hand experience of what real artists do during the creative process. The format for the exam begins with a mind shift in process, experimentation, and questioning ideas. Some attention will be put on equity and access for students enrolling in AP Art & Design. The changes and expectations to the AP exam will be addressed, explained, and worked through during our course.

Meet The Facilitator

Peggy Dunsworth

Calculus AB/BC

Course Description

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 by 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 recently released exam. Group 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 2021-22 school year will be fully discussed.

Meet The Facilitator

Mike Campbell

Human Geography

Course Description

Coming Soon!

Meet The Facilitator

Kelly Swanson

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Statistics

Course Description

This AP Statistics institute will highlight topics from all units in the Course and Exam Description for new and experienced statistics teachers. If desired, there will be opportunities for experienced teachers to work on alternate activities while new teachers learn the basics. Course calendars, AP Classroom, statistical labs, project ideas and management, supplemental materials, AP grading, higher-level thinking skills required for student success on the exam, and ideas to build your program will be included. Sample lessons that are ready for the classroom will be explored. You will leave more prepared and very excited about the opportunity to teach statistical literacy to the next generation. Here is where you get what you need to not only survive, but thrive teaching AP Statistics. Fun, informative, and educational.

Meet The Facilitator

Penny Smeltzer

U.S. Government

Course Description

This course covers a range of issues that will be of interest to high school teachers who offer Advanced Placement and regular high school classes in United States Government and Politics.  The morning session focuses on substantive content for classes on American politics, covering Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the courts. The afternoon sessions will be focused on your high school course. We will go over the 2020 AP American Government exam, review various textbooks and other classroom resources, provide an overview of the AP syllabus (and how to get that approved by College Board), provide Internet resources on various governmental and political Web sites (including discussion of various AP-relevant web sites and materials, including the new AP U.S. Government course redesign), discuss policy simulations, and provide ideas on how to structure classroom debates on various political issues. We also will explore other classroom exercises that participants in the seminar share with each other and discuss how to prepare your students for the AP exam. One of the real strengths of this class is the extent to which we all learn from each other. The course is offered for two credits or for noncredit. Those of you enrolling for credit will have an assignment related to curriculum development for the course. The morning sessions will be run by David Canon and the afternoon sessions by Tom Kuhn.

Meet The Facilitators

Dr. David Canon

Tom Kuhn

U.S. History

Course Description

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 to looking at the new curricular framework, themes, learning objectives, historical skills, and exam style of the reconstructed AP U.S. History course. 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

Week 3: July 6–9, 2021

Register Now for Week 3

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Calculus AB/BC

Course Description

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 by 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 recently released exam. Group 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 2021-22 school year will be fully discussed.

Meet The Facilitator

Mike Campbell

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Psychology

Course Description

This four-day workshop is designed for both new and experienced AP Psychology instructors. It will include course content, planning, and a wide variety of teacher resources that can be used in a range of educational settings (e.g., traditional, block, online, blended, and flipped). The workshop will highlight the broad themes which link the distinct units together into a strong understanding of the discipline. Particular attention will be devoted to effective teaching strategies to support the content and build success on the AP exam, including the multiple-choice and the essay (free response) portions. Participants will develop a strong understanding of how the free-response questions are graded and learn specific practical techniques to prepare students for this portion of the exam. For each of the course units, new materials, including demonstrations, hands-on activities, labs, review materials, critical thinking exercises, formative assessments, summative assessments, and strategies for difficult topics will be provided. Projects and activities that build content and develop scientific attitudes and skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, and literacy, will also be examined. This interactive conference will provide teachers with the opportunity to share ideas, activities, questions, and best practices. Materials for effectively utilizing technology for instruction in a traditional or hybrid model as well as scaffolding materials for differentiated instruction will be provided. The virtual AP Summer Institute will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning each day.

Meet The Facilitator

Nancy Fenton

Week 4: July 12–15, 2021

Register Now for Week 4

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Biology

Course Description

During this AP Biology Summer Institute, you will explore the course framework, the exam, and the new 2021-22 AP resources that will help you plan and focus instruction. You will also receive feedback on the areas where individual students need additional focus throughout the year. You will learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP Exams by the new fall deadlines. By attending this AP Summer Institute, you will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP teacher community, and the AP question bank. Inquiry opportunities, including experiments, will be included in the week-long course to explore how to connect biology content with science practices.

Meet The Facilitator

Ed Braddy

Kevin Niemi

Computer Science A

Course Description

This year’s AP Summer Institute will increase the participant’s knowledge of AP Computer Science A course content and will provide materials, resources, and strategies for use with students. A broad range of curriculum topics will be covered, including Object-Oriented Programming concepts, 1D and 2D arrays, Lists/ArrayLists, recursion, common algorithms, and the available College Board labs. Participants will also work with AP Computer Science A Free Response Questions and receive the latest information from the 2020 Reading. A basic knowledge of the Java programming language is necessary in order to receive maximum benefit from this workshop.

Meet The Facilitator

Robert Getka

Economics

Course Description

This workshop will focus on the major principles taught in introductory college-level Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses, as well as best practices for teaching an AP Economics course and strategies for preparing students for the AP tests. Introductory microeconomics introduces the fundamental economic concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, trade, 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. In our week together, you will participate in many simulations and other learning activities designed to make teaching AP Economics fun and engaging. You will also have the opportunity to practice and analyze using released AP materials, including free-response questions.

Meet The Facilitator

Martha Rush

English Literature

Course Description

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 in addition to exploring 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 Facilitator

Tom Reynolds

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Spanish Language and Culture

Course Description

This summer institute is designed to help teachers (new or experienced) learn new information, resources, classroom ideas and strategies, and exam tips—all related to the AP Spanish Language & Culture Course and Exam. The workshop will provide sample units, lessons, and materials that relate to the six AP Language Thematic Units. Participants will learn and practice how the exam is scored. They will also leave with a plethora of ideas and strategies to successfully teach the course. Teachers will be encouraged to participate and share best practices with the entire group on a daily basis.

Meet The Facilitator

Brian Scott

Statistics

Course Description

This AP Statistics institute will highlight topics from all units in the Course and Exam Description for new and experienced statistics teachers. If desired, there will be opportunities for experienced teachers to work on alternate activities while new teachers learn the basics. Course calendars, AP Classroom, statistical labs, project ideas and management, supplemental materials, AP grading, higher-level thinking skills required for student success on the exam, and ideas to build your program will be included. Sample lessons that are ready for the classroom will be explored. You will leave more prepared and very excited about the opportunity to teach statistical literacy to the next generation. Here is where you get what you need to not only survive, but thrive teaching AP Statistics. Fun, informative, and educational.

Meet The Facilitator

Penny Smeltzer

World History

Course Description

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 scoring assessments by 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’ by engaging in scholarly discourse with peers about interesting world history. Participants should bring a digital device with Wi-Fi 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 Sabathne

Week 5: July 19–22, 2021

Register Now for Week 5

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Biology

Course Description

During this AP Biology Summer Institute, you will explore the course framework, the exam, and the new 2021-22 AP resources that will help you plan and focus instruction. You will also receive feedback on the areas where individual students need additional focus throughout the year. You will learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP Exams by the new fall deadlines. By attending this AP Summer Institute, you will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others: Understand the Course; Plan the Course; Teach the Course; Assess Student Progress; and Engage as a Member of the AP Community. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, AP teacher community, and the AP question bank. Inquiry opportunities, including experiments, will be included in the week-long course to explore how to connect biology content with science practices.

Meet The Facilitator

Ed Braddy

Kevin Niemi

Chemistry

Course Description

Coming Soon!

Meet The Facilitator

Jordan Rose

Computer Science A

Course Description

This year’s AP Summer Institute will increase the participant’s knowledge of AP Computer Science A course content and will provide materials, resources, and strategies for use with students. A broad range of curriculum topics will be covered, including Object-Oriented Programming concepts, 1D and 2D arrays, Lists/ArrayLists, recursion, common algorithms, and the available College Board labs. Participants will also work with AP CS A Free Response Questions and receive the latest information from the 2020 Reading. A basic knowledge of the Java programming language is necessary in order to receive maximum benefit from this workshop.

Meet The Facilitator

Robert Getka

English Language

Course Description

This Institute is designed as a workshop for high school English teachers who are currently teaching or who are preparing to teach the Advanced Placement Literature & Composition course. Participants will focus on the College Board’s expectations for the Literature & Composition course, preparing students for the AP Literature & Composition Exam, and preparing students for success in college-level courses. Teachers meet in a collegial setting to share their experiences, ideas and their desire to provide students a rich experience in reading and writing about literature from the English-speaking world.

Meet The Facilitator

Michael Knoedler

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Physics 1

Course Description

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 in order to successfully master 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 to best prepare your students for it. We will review the requirements for the course audit and the syllabus. Time will be allowed for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group. I am excited to share my ideas and learn from you!

Meet The Facilitator

Oather Strawderman

Psychology

Course Description

This four-day workshop is designed for both new and experienced AP Psychology instructors. It will include course content, planning, and a wide variety of teacher resources that can be used in a range of educational settings (e.g., traditional, block, online, blended, and flipped). The workshop will highlight the broad themes which link the distinct units together into a strong understanding of the discipline. Particular attention will be devoted to effective teaching strategies to support the content and build success on the AP exam, including the multiple-choice and the essay (free response) portions. Participants will develop a strong understanding of how the free-response questions are graded and learn specific practical techniques to prepare students for this portion of the exam. For each of the course units, new materials, including demonstrations, hands-on activities, labs, review materials, critical thinking exercises, formative assessments, summative assessments, and strategies for difficult topics will be provided. Projects and activities that build content and develop scientific attitudes and skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, and literacy, will also be examined. This interactive conference will provide teachers with the opportunity to share ideas, activities, questions, and best practices. Materials for effectively utilizing technology for instruction in a traditional or hybrid model as well as scaffolding materials for differentiated instruction will be provided. The virtual AP Summer Institute will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning each day.

Meet The Facilitator

Nancy Fenton

U.S. History

Course Description

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 to looking at the new curricular framework, themes, learning objectives, historical skills, and exam style of the reconstructed AP U.S. History course. 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

Week 6: Aug 2–5, 2021

Register Now for Week 6

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World History

Course Description

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 scoring assessments by 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’ by engaging in scholarly discourse with peers about interesting world history. Participants should bring a digital device with Wi-Fi 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 Sabathne

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Contact

If you have questions about the AP Summer Institute, please email PLACE Conference and Event Planning Services at conferences@education.wisc.edu.