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AP Summer Institute

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.

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Week 1:
June 18-21, 2019

Biology* (*waitlist)
Environmental Science
Physics 1

Registration for Week 1 is closed.

Week 2:
June ​24-27, 2019

Calculus AB & BC | Economics
English Language* (*waitlist)
English Literature
Psychology | US Government
US History | World History

Registration for Week 2 is closed.


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2019-20 Changes to AP

The College Board recently announced a number of changes coming to AP courses in the 2019-20 academic year. APSI course descriptions will be updated throughout the spring to address how these new resources and procedures can be implemented in classrooms.


Registration: $825 | Credit Registration: $975

After June 7th, the cost of attending the institute will increase and spots may not be available if the course has reached its maximum capacity.

Attendees who register for credit are eligible to earn two graduate level credits as a result of the work completed during the APSI. Credits will appear on a UW-Madison transcript. Requirements for additional work outside of class vary by course. All coursework will be completed by July 1st.

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Session 1 (June 18-21): Tues.-Thu. 8:00a-4:30p Fri. 8:00a-3:30p

Session 2 (June 24-27): Mon.-Wed. 8:00a-4:30p Thu. 8:00a-3:30p


The Office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE) 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 PLACE 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

​PLACE Scholarship Application: Deadline: ​March 15th


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



Week 1 & Week 2: Chadbourne Hall is a residence hall on campus located approximately 1/2 mile from both APSI locations. Single occupancy is $72.89 per night, double occupancy is $48.89 per night per person. Breakfast is included. Limited number of rooms available. 

Use the following link to reserve your room online:

Week 1 Chadbourne Hall FAQ (June 18th-21st)

Week 2 Chadbourne Hall FAQ (June 24th-27th)

Week 1 ONLY: Union South has a limited number of rooms available. Session 1 APSI courses are located in Union South or directly across the street at the Discovery Building.

Rooms are $160 per night (parking included) and can be reserved  by calling 608-263-2600 and mentioning the AP Summer Institute, or by visiting using the block code APSUM19.

Week 2 ONLY: The Lowell Center is located within walking distance of the Pyle Center. Rates start at $115 per night. Limited number of rooms available. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 608-256-2621 and mentioning the code AMPLACE.


Commuter and overnight parking can be purchased ahead of time for $15 per day through UW-Madison Transportation Services.
Deadline: May 31st

It is strongly recommended to purchase a parking pass ahead of time. Please note that lodging at Chadbourne Hall does not include parking. Lodging at Union South and the Lowell Center does include parking.

Week 1 Transportation Services Parking Application

Week 2 Transportation Services Parking Application

Daily parking is also available at the State Street Campus Garage for $1.50 per hour.

Refund and Cancellation Policies

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

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The 2019 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, how it is organized, and how science practices can be utilized to fully plan instruction.    This CED is new for the 2019-2020 school year, and participants will see how the course focuses on building conceptual understandings by teaching eight units which link learning objectives to essential biological knowledge statements, all contextualized around four Big Ideas.  In addition, participants will be introduced to newly developed Personal Progress Checks and the Biology AP Question Bank so that they can be ready to explore the use of assessment resources when the new school year begins.  Participants will be engaged in open-ended laboratory work that focuses on topics in the AP Biology course, modeling the newly developed AP Biology science practices included in the CED that teachers will expect their students to master as they study biology.  An overview of how the 2019 AP Biology Exam was graded will be presented for those participants who may have had students who took the 2019 AP Biology Exam.  Through practice, sharing, discussions, and modeling, participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in achieving as we launch the 2019-2020 AP Biology resources.

Meet the Facilitators

Ed Braddy is currently teaching science at Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, Florida.  He received an undergraduate Science Education degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa.   In addition to teaching science courses, including AP Biology, he enjoys working with other teachers while serving as an AP Biology consultant for teachers at one-day and multi-day College Board endorsed workshops.   He is a table leader at the AP Biology Exam Reading.  Mr. Braddy was named Teacher of the Year while teaching 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 enjoys mentoring students as they engage in science research projects.  Mr. Braddy has attended science fairs with his students for many years, including the International Science and Engineering Fair.


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.


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


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.


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; 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.  Explanations of and discussions about the major changes within the course for 2019-2020 will be included during the four days.

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.


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).


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.


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 have been teaching AP Environmental Science in Marshfield, Wisconsin for 14 years, in addition to chemistry, biochemistry and science research. I have served as an AP Reader, Table Leader, and Test Development Committee member. I love working with teachers, both new and experienced, to increase interest and success in their APES course.  I am passionate about environmental science education and have inspired many young people to pursue careers in the field or simply become more environmentally aware citizens. I teach students with vast differences in their science background and ability levels and have seen great success with all groups. In addition to classroom teaching, I also coach Science Olympiad team and mentor a protein research group. I love traveling, reading, cooking, and enjoy most outdoor pursuits!

The Summer Institute for APES at UW Madison will emphasize the new curriculum framework. We will develop an understanding of how the science practices tie together course content with skills students need to develop in order to think and act like scientists. Lab experiences will demonstrate how to spiral content throughout the course and assess both content and science practices. We will explore a variety of strategies to increase rigor while engaging students including phenomenon anchored learning, modeling, and I2. Participants will have a clear path for what students need to know and demonstrate to be more successful on the AP exam.


Please contact me with any questions you have about the APES at UW Madison!

Amy Fassler

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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.



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

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


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.



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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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