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AP Summer Institute

In 2022 UW-Madison will offer both in-person and online APSIs.

The in-person session will run from June 21-24, 2022 from 8:30a-4:30p each day.

Online sessions will run in a variety of different weeks throughout the summer. 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.

Schedules will vary by course—generally days will begin at 8:30a and end at 3:30p CT. 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 2022

Where: In-Person and Online

Program Fee: In-Person

  • $725 early non-credit registration
  • $925 early credit registration*

Program Fee: Online

  • $625 early non-credit registration
  • $825 early credit registration*

*Credit registration includes two UW–Madison graduate level credits.

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Art & Design

Dates and Format: June 27-30 | Online. Register Now

Session Description:

Consultant: Phyllis Burstein

 

Biology

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Session Description: The 2022 Biology APSI will focus on preparing teachers to teach the AP Biology course. Participants will take an in-depth look at the AP Biology Course and Exam Description (CED) to review its content and organization, and how science practices can be fully integrated into instruction. Participants will connect the CED to curricular requirements for the course to see how AP Biology focuses on building conceptual understandings by teaching eight units. They will see how learning objectives are linked to essential biological knowledge statements, all contextualized around four Big Ideas. There will be discussion around development of a semester and/or yearlong instructional plan that incorporates units, topics, and skills of the course as referenced int the CED. In addition, participants will explore AP Classroom so that they can use the site for resources and to assess and reflect on instruction/learning. Participants will be engaged in open-ended laboratory/inquiry work that focuses on topics in the AP Biology course, modeling the AP Biology science practices. An overview of the AP Biology Exam Format and how the 2022 AP Biology Exam was graded will be presented. Through practice, discussions, modeling and the sharing of strategies and pedagogical tools, participants will gain insight into student engagement for the promotion of student academic improvement and success.

Consultant: Ed Braddy

Mr. Braddy has been an AP Biology teacher in both public and private schools in Pasco County Florida during his teaching career. He has a bachelor’s degree in science education and a master’s in school administration from the University of South Florida, Tampa. In addition to teaching science, he enjoys working as an AP Biology consultant for teachers at one-day and multi-day College Board endorsed workshops.He is a leader for the AP Biology Exam Reading and has served as co-chair of the AP Biology Course and Exam Development Committee. Mr. Braddy was named 2010 Teacher of the Year while teaching at JW Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida.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 enjoys helping students engage in science research projects, and he has attended science and engineering fairs with students for several years.In addition, he enjoys working with students in extracurricular activities by serving as Student Council and National Science Honor Society advisor. He is a current member of the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Guest Presenter: Kevin J. Niemi, Ph.D.

I have spent the past number of years applying my science background to my role as a science educator. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Plant Physiology/Plant Biochemistry, studying plant stress physiology specifically cold hardiness and cold acclimation in plants. I did a postdoctoral stint at UW-Madison in the Biochemistry department followed by 2 years teaching at Grinnell College. I then began the education program at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. I was hired at the Center for Biology Education at UW-Madison developing and teaching K-12 professional development courses and programs for science teachers. I retired from UW-Madison in January 2021. I remain active with the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST), a Past President of WSST, and currently am the Chief Financial Officer for WSST. I am currently consulting on a SEAMEO (South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization) project on preservice STEM education preparation programs in Thailand.I co-wrote a book called Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide from NSTA Press, with Eric Brunsell and Deb Kneser. I was elected as an AAAS Fellow this year in Section Y-General Interest in Science & Engineering.

Specialties: Science/STEM Education, Professional Development, NGSS, Higher education governance

 

 

Calculus AB & BC

Dates and Format: August 1-4 | Online  Register Now

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Consultant: Mike Campbell

 

Computer Science A

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Session Description: The AP Computer Science A APSI will cover everything in the Course and Exam Description (CED) including a review of all Units 1 through Unit 10. We’ll start the week with an overview of College Board resources and labs, and a review of some Java basics. Over the remainder of the institute, we’ll discuss instructional strategies that you can use in the classroom, as well as pacing ideas, recruiting strategies, and more.You will get a chance to try some hands-on activities and programs.I will share as much as I can that I have learned in the last 30 years of teaching this course including many, many programming assignments!Whether you’re new to Java or you’re an AP CS A veteran, my main goal is to ensure that you leave the institute feeling like you learned something that you didn’t know when you started and that you will have much to take back to your classroom at your home school that you will be able to use this coming school year!

Consultant: Bob Getka

Robert Getka grew up on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin, the second of nine children. He graduated from Big Foot High School and then received his diploma from Rockford College in 1986 with a dual degree in math and computer science, along with minors in education and business administration. Bob completed his master’s degree in Instructional Technologies at the University of South Florida, where he was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Bob now teaches the AP Computer Science course at Parker High School in Janesville Wisconsin and is in his 30+ year of teaching AP Computer Science A. Bob has also been an AP grader for 15+ years. Bob also teaches the AP CS Principles course as well as the AB Data Structures course.

Computer Science Principles

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Session Description: This AP Computer Science Principles summer institute is designed for both new and experienced teachers to AP Computer Science Principles. Experienced teachers will have opportunities to further refine their course materials, learn about alternative curricula, share ideas with each other and explore new resources. New teachers will leave with a clear understanding of the 7 Big Ideas of Computer Science while developing strategies to incorporate the six Computational ThinkingPractices outlined in the course. In addition, new teachers will understand pacing, curricula and programming language options. A variety of resources and teaching styles will be used throughout the week to help teachers develop and implement this course for their unique school situations.

Format of Learning:

Synchronous Meetings. Used to engage in real-time discussions in which participants learn the key features of the course, share teaching ideas, ask questions, and share experience with the course content. These meetings will include both whole-group and small-group discussions.

Asynchronous Learning: Work differentiated to meet the needs of each participant. Includes:

  • Reading essential College Board documents and watching helpful College Board webinars
  • Sharing ideas, strategies, and tips in Discussion Boards
  • Growing as a programmer – at your own level, in the language of your choice
  • Completing short written responses
  • Working with other participants if you choose

Consultant: Andy Kuemmel

Andy Kuemmel was a member of the first AP CS Principles Test Development Committee and has continued to help set the direction of the course. He taught AP CS Principles as a Pilot Instructor and teacher at West High School in Madison, WI, where he created his own CSP curriculum and taught it to over 60 students per year. He authored several College Board documents, including a CS Principles Course Planning and Pacing Guide, a CS Principles Sample Syllabus, and solutions to the 2016 Practice Exam. He has served as a reader and table leader for the CS Principles reading, and is a contributing CS Principles question writer for ETS. Andy also has served as the College Board CS Principles Teacher Community Moderator and as a College Board CS Principles Online Mentor. After 30 years of teaching high school, Andy took a position as a Teaching Professor at the University ofWisconsin-Madison, where he teaches their version of CS Principles, as well as courses that focus on CS education. Andy presents at several AP Summer Institutes and provides professional development for teachers in his home state of Wisconsin. In addition, he has written his own AP CSP curriculum. While staying at home with his wife and two teenage sons, Andy is running, biking, and taking care of his Aussie doodle puppy.

 

Economics

Dates and Format: August 1-4 | Online. Register Now

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Consultant: Martha Rush

 

English Language

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The AP English Language & Composition course is designed to give students extensive opportunities to learn how to read and write rhetorically. The course covers a broad spectrum of texts from different time periods, both fiction and non-fiction. Throughout the course students will experience different aspects of college-level learning based on critical inquiry. AP English Language & Composition trains students to think, read and write critically, creatively, and persuasively.

Even though the course combines the study of rhetoric and composition, there is also an emphasis on the analysis of literature from different eras. A new Framework for AP English Language & Composition was implemented in 2019, this new Framework includes four Big Ideas and Enduring Understandings that spans the entire course. Each Enduring Understanding includes skills and knowledge that springboard into broader conversations for the following:

I. Rhetorical Situation (RHS) Enduring Understanding: Students write within a particular situation and make strategic writing choices based on that situation.

II. Claims & Evidence(CLE) Enduring Understanding: Writers make claims about subjects, rely on evidence that supports the reasoning that justifies the claims, and often acknowledge or respond to other, possibly opposing arguments.

III. Reasoning and Organization (REO) Enduring Understanding: Writers guide understanding of a text’s line of reasoning and claims through that text’s organization and integration of evidence.

IV. Style (STL) Enduring Understanding: The rhetorical situation informs the strategic stylistic choices that writers make.Course Skills:Along with exploring and connecting concepts with Big Ideas, students will develop eight course skills-four sets of two paired reading and writing skills-necessary for analyzing and composing arguments.

Consultant: Myrte Campbell

Myrte Campbell is an educator who currently works as a Field Supervisor with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her expertise includes transforming classrooms and developing teacher capacity. She teaches and coaches in response to school, and instructional needs. Myrte is committed to supporting and empowering both veteran teachers, new teachers, as well as pre-service teachers. In addition, Myrte uses the classroom as a learning lab for both students and teachers. Her goal is to change thinking in order to change practice by providing experience-based strategies that are designed to show her colleagues that all students can learn if we design, deliver and facilitate a supportive learning environment.In her former role as an instructional coach, Myrte developed and designed professional development training for teachers, coaches and administrators; she lead monthly trainings, and developed and published academic documents for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for her district. Myrte grew up on the island of Jamaica, but she received her B.A. at Marquette University, and an MA at Georgia State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Language & Literacy at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Myrte has over twenty years of experience in education, and has taught AP courses for approximately twelve of those years, in addition to teaching AP Language, she has taught AP Literature and AP U.S. History. She scores the AP English Language exam as a table leader. In addition, Myrte has been a College Board consultant for approximately five years, presenting for both the College Board One Day Workshops,Pre-AP English Workshops and Summer Institutes.

English Literature

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Consultant: Tom Reynolds

Environmental Science

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Session Description: The UW Madison AP Environmental Science Institute will be an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the course curriculum with fellow educators. Participants will unpack the College Board Course and Exam Description (CED) and develop a clear understanding of how to plan, teach and assess the AP Environmental Science course. The structure of the workshop will incorporate a variety of field and lab experiences to demonstrate how to develop lessons that model the course framework~ integrating science practices and course content. It will be an action packed week that will allow you to take take ideas and instructional strategies back to the classroom to increase equity and student engagement. This will include developing an elephant centered storyline, inquiry based air and water pollution labs, biodiversity field work and bioenergy labs aligned to research being conducted on UW Madison campus. Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, the workshop offers define a clear path for what students need to know and demonstrate to be successful on the AP Exam and engaged environmental scientists.

Consultant: Amy Fassler

Amy Fassler has been teaching AP Environmental Science in Marshfield WI for 16 years. Her passion for, and knowledge of environmental science have made it one of the most popular courses on campus, attracting students from all levels. She is proud of the success her students achieve on the national exam, but also that they leave her course as inspired, scientifically literate young adults capable of understanding complex environmental issues. She has been integrating project based learning into her APES course with great success. In addition to classroom teaching, Amy coaches Science Olympiad and mentors a student research group. Amy is active in a variety of outdoor pursuits and enjoys cooking and reading. Her passion for travel and the experiences she is able to share with her students has enhanced many aspects of her teaching.

Amy is involved in science education leadership at the state and national level. She has served in various capacities in the AP Environmental Science community from exam development to question leader at the AP reading. She was a part of the team that developed the new CED resources and continues to provide insight into new resource development, including the new AP Environmental Science Lab Manual. Students and teachers alike have enjoyed the College Board review videos Amy produced, and she is thrilled to share her passion for AP Environmental Science with other teachers as a College Board consultant. In addition to college board work Amy serves as an HHMI Biointeractive Ambassador, creating content presenting workshops for science educations nationally.

Human Geography

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Consultant: Dr. Kelly Swanson

Dr. Swanson has been involved in geography education for over 26 years including teaching one of the first AP Human Geography courses in the world in 1997 until today. He has authored the Kaplan AP Human Geography Guide since 2008 and the Teacher’s Edition for Bedford/Freeman’s Human Geography for the AP Course. Kelly’s advisory work has included being a geographic consultant for the Onion’s Our Dumb World. Kelly assisted in rewriting the Minnesota State Geography Standards in 2012 along with being a member of the Center for Social Studies Education Committee (CSSE) working with the Minnesota Department of Education and has served on the National Assessment in Educational Progress Geography (NAEP) standing committee with the United States Department of Education. He has traveled the world working on geography projects with teachers on several continents. In addition, he was on the Praxis Geography Standing Committee, and is currently the co-coordinator for the Minnesota Alliance for Geography Education (MAGE) which seeks to expand the quality and quantity of geography education around the state of Minnesota. Kelly completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on geography assessment. He currently teaches university courses at the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. In addition, Kelly also teaches at Johnson Senior High School in the St. Paul Public School District. In addition to his publishing work, Kelly is a co-founder of GeoPolaris Publications publishing a human geography textbook Human Geography: A World of Interactions with author Kyle Tredinnick. Kelly enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Jolaine, and children Rebecca, Jake, and Zach. In 2021, Dr. Swanson won the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) award for Outstanding Support for Geography Education for his work supporting geography education around the world.

Physics 1

Dates and Format: August 1-4| Online  Register Now

Session Description: The AP Physics 1 Summer 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 on the AP Physics exams. We will pay special attention to the mathematical and conceptual skills needed for the exams. Laboratory investigations will be incorporated throughout the workshop, with special emphasis on transitioning your laboratory into a guided-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 allotted for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group.

What you will learn

  • AP Physics Course and Exam Description
  • Hand-on Inquiry Labs
  • Parts of the AP Exam and Question Types
  • Mathematic skills needed for the exam
  • Learning Objectives and Science Practices
  • Planning and Pacing

How you will benefit

  • Develop a course pacing guide by unit/topic to incorporate the full scope of your AP Physics course into your school’s academic calendar
  • Examine formative and summative assessment item types to identify and explain how pairings of content and science practices are the focus of instruction and also the targets of the AP Physics exam
  • Practice applying the scoring rubrics from the most recent AP Physics exam to actual samples of student work
  • Acquire ready-to-use strategies and pedagogical tools to use in your AP Physics class
  • Design and complete guided inquiry laboratory experiments

Consultant: Oather Strawderman

Oather Strawderman has taught Physics in Lawrence Kansas since 1997. He is 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 andReader 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 bean item writer and reviewer for the AP Physics 1, 2 and C exams, including as a member of the AP Physics Instructional Design Team helping to develop the resources on AP Classroom.As a College Board endorsed AP PhysicsInternational Consultant, he has presented daylong and week-long workshops in 33states. 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.He also is a member of the Rearticulation Committee that revamped the Curriculum Frameworks for all the AP Physics course. His work on the Development Committee has also included membership on College Board’s Science Academic Advisory Committee and the AP Physics Course Audit Scoring Guide Development Committee.He has recently begun training other AP Consultants and mentoring new AP Physics Consultants for College Board as the Lead Consultant for AP Physics C. Oather also is an Instructor for AP Daily in AP Classroom for both AP Physics 1 & 2and AP Live on YouTube for AP Physics 2.In addition to his work with AP Physics, Oather also conducts workshops for district and building staff to increase the equity and access of their AP Programs.

Oather can be reached at www.PhluidPhysics.com.

 

Psychology

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Session 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 wide range of educational settings (e.g., traditional, block, online, blended, 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 course unit, 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 allow teachers to share ideas, activities, questions, and best practices. Materials for effectively using technology for instruction in a traditional or hybrid model will be provided,and scaffolding materials for differentiated instruction. Additionally, there will be a short discussion about planning for the 2023–2024redesign.

The virtual APSI will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning each day.

Course Objectives: The fundamental goal of the APSI is to provide an overview of a college-level introductory course in psychology with an emphasis on demonstrations, labs, activities, projects, instructional methods, and assessments (formative and summative).

1.Participants will understand the College Board’s mission statement and how it affects the development of an AP Psychology Course, including an emphasis on equity.

2.Participants will understand and develop best practices related to the online College Board resources, including APClassroom, Exam results evaluation, and AP Community.

3.Devise or improve a curriculum that will include the nine units outlined in the APPsychology Course Description, emphasizing developing a scope and sequence for the participant’s school.

4.Participants will develop an integrated understanding of the broad themes that link the distinct units together.

5.Participants will leave prepared with new demonstrations, activities, assessments, active learning strategies, tips, resources, and effective instructional techniques.

6.Participants will have effective strategies for the AP Psychology exam’s separate components, including both 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 effectively prepare students for this portion of the exam.

7.Participants will have access to numerous additional resources (e.g., review materials, websites, blogs, and discussion groups) available to psychology teachers.8.Participants will have guides for scaffolding material for differentiated instruction and tools for using various online supports and classroom management systems.The institute participants will leave excited about the prospect of teaching AP Psychology, knowledgeable about the discipline and its subfields, and armed with specific ideas and practical information for lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and other activities.

Consultant: Nancy Fenton

Nancy Fenton, MA, teaches AP Psychology at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and online for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. She has taught AP® Psychology since 2006 and has served as a reader for the AP® Psychology exam since 2008, a table leader since 2017, and a College Board consultant since 2014. In 2020, she was one of two teachers who provided daily live YouTube AP® Psychology review sessions on the AP®YouTube Channel of the College Board. She earned her BA in History and Secondary Education at Northeastern Illinois University and an MA in Psychology at National Louis University, as well as a second MA in curriculum and instruction with a technology focus, also from National Louis University. Ms. Fenton was awarded the 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Excellence in Teaching Award for dynamic teaching and commitment to the advancement of psychology and has presented at regional conferences for AP Psychology teachers. She has previously served as a member of the TOPSS board. She has worked on numerous APA initiatives, including the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula’s performance indicators and several TOPSS Psychology Unit Lesson Plans. Nancy Fenton is the co author of two editions of the review book AP® Psychology All Access with Jessica Flitter. She has served on the high school educator advisory board for multiple editions of the Myers-Dewall AP Psychology textbook and has worked on several other AP® psychology textbooks and test banks. She is coauthor of Psychology in Action for AP®,due out in 2022. She writes for the blog Books for Psychology Class with co-bloggers Jessica Flitter and Laura Brandt. She is the coauthor of the iScore5™ Psych app created for AP® Psychology students to prepare for the exam. Nancy Fenton also teaches AP® United States Government and Politics and coauthor of the Crash Course AP® United States Government and Politics review book.She is currently working on the Crash Course AP® Psychology textbook with Jessica Flitter that is being created for the 2023-2024 course redesign as well as writing updated questions for AP® Classroom.

Spanish Language and Culture

Dates and Format: July 11-14| Online. Register Now

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Consultant: Brian Scott

Brian Scott has a BA & MA in Spanish Language & Literature from Northern Illinois University. He has taught all levels but currently teaches Spanish 2 Honors and AP Spanish Language & Culture at Huntley High School in Huntley, IL. He has been teaching for 20years and this is his 16th year teaching AP Spanish Language & Culture. He has attended the AP Reading for Spanish Language & Culture regularly since 2009 serving as a Reader or Table Leader. He has presented at several conferences and workshops but most recently at the 2018 ACTFL National Convention, the 2017 Central States Language Conference, and for AATSP. He has authored resources for College Board such as Course Planning & Pacing Guides and one of the sample syllabi for AP Spanish Language & Culture.He was a contributor/reviewer for Vista Higher Learning’s AP Spanish Temas textbook and their AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam workbook 2014 edition.

Statistics

Dates and Format: August 1-4| Online. Register Now

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ThisAP Statistics course will highlight topics from the four basic content areas for new teachers as well as provide enrichment activities for experienced teachers. The workshop is designed to be flexible enough to focus on the needs of all registered participants. You can count on fun, information, classroom lessons, and strategies to meet your students’ needs.Although we will be online, there are plenty of opportunities for lab work and small group work to reinforce the learning, share ideas, and model classroom strategies.

Topics of the course include

  • Strategies to build your AP program
  • Higher level thinking skills required for students’ success
  • Experimental design
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability
  • Inference
  • Course calendars and pacing
  • College Board website materials
  • Exam grading and rubrics
  • Statistics labs designed to enrich the content and add the fun

Participants should have a TI-84+ or similar calculator, school calendar, and possibly a copy of their textbook handy to gain the maximum benefit from the institute. Experienced teachers should bring a list of topics they wish to enrich or improve in their classrooms. New teachers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the course and exam description and their textbook.

Consultant: Penny Smeltzer

Penny Smeltzer began teaching AP Statistics when the course began and quickly created one of the largest programs in the nation in Austin, Texas. Her recognition includes Presidential Award Finalist, O’Donnell AP Teacher of the Year, Intel Teacher of Merit, Texas Exes Outstanding Teacher, the national winner of the Siemen’s Teacher Award, and Toyota International Teacher Award. Her passion for AP Statistics continues with years of experience as an AP Statistics exam grader, grading leader, rubric writer, Test Development Committee member, and Question Leader. Her passion is creating meaningful interdisciplinary lessons with science using topics that matter in the lives of the human population and the planet. Penny presents lively, interactive workshops to teachers in AP Statistics and integrated sessions with Lessons That Matter. On a good day, Penny has her camera, a notepad, and a ridiculous amount of curiosity as she explores the world for new interesting lessons.

 

U.S. Government and Politics

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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. The in-person session June 21-24 will cover the foundations of American democracy (the Constitution and the Founding period), federalism, civil liberties, and civil rights. The online July 18-21 session will cover elections (both congressional and presidential), the media, public opinion, and public policy, with a focus on economic policy making and social policy, interest groups and parties.The afternoon sessions will be focused on your high school course. We will go over the 2022 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.

Consultant: Tom Kuhn

Thomas has taught Social Studies at Mundelein High School for 27 years. He has taught AP USGovernment and Politics for 16 years, and began teaching AP Comparative Government in2017. He has also taught AP US History since 2012. Thomas sponsors the Mikva ChallengeCivics Fair at Mundelein High School.Thomas is a co-author of the Teachers Edition for the textbook, “American Government: Stories of a Nation.”Thomas has served as an AP ExamReader in AP US Government Politics for 12 years, as well as AP US History for 3. Thomas has co-taught several AP Summer Institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with ProfessorDavid Canon. He became an AP consultant for the College Board in 2018.

Guest Presenter: David Canon

David T. Canon is a professor in the political science department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as chair of the department from 2014-2017 and in Fall, 2020. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and previously taught at Duke University. He also served as the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Tübingen, Germany in 2011-2012 and Debrecen, Hungary in 2003-2004. His teaching and research interests are in American political institutions, especially Congress. His more specific research interests include election administration, racial representation, redistricting, political careers, and the historical study of Congress. He is author of Race, Redistricting, and Representation (University of Chicago Press, 1999, winner of the Richard F. Fenno award for the best book on legislative politics), The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (with Ken Mayer; Westview Press, 1999), Actors,  Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the U.S. Congress (University of Chicago Press, 1990), American Politics Today (with William Bianco, WW Norton, 2021), several edited books, and various articles and book chapters. He co-edits a book series on legislative politics with the University of Michigan Press and also served as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly and is currently the editor of the Election Law Journal. He has been teaching the Summer AP Institute course for high school teachers for 25 years.

U.S. History

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Consultant: Patrick Coffey

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