butterflies on a colorful flowerThis course focuses on the AP Biology Redesigned Curriculum. The course will be co-facilitated by Kevin Niemi, a University of Wisconsin-Madison science outreach staff member and Ed Braddy, a College Board Consultant.

The course will highlight the four Big Ideas of the new AP curriculum: Evolution, Cellular Processes: Energy and Communication, Genetics and Information Transfer, and Biological Systems. The thirteen labs of the currciulum will be discussed and six will be covered in greater depth. Due to the changing nature of the AP curriculum in Biology (i.e. redesigning requires recertification of all AP Biology teachers), discussions of these changes will be held throughout the week. Additionally we may employ breakout sessions so that veteran AP Biology teachers and biology teachers new to AP can both have their needs met during the week.

Registration for Biology is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

calculus on a blackboardThis 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 classroom pedagogy, useful websites, test preparation, exam scoring, student motivation, and the philosophy of AP Calculus.  Together, 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 and participants will leave with many valuable resources.  Please bring your own graphing calculator.. The class will split into AB and BC sections for at least half of each day.

Registration for Calculus is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

The AP Summer Institute in Chemistry will focus on assisting AP teachers in building the foundations for success in teaching the redesigned AP Chemistry curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on the new curriculum framework and its implementation in your classroom. The updated AP Chemistry curriculum framework will be examined, with emphasis on the Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, Science Practices, and the Learning Objectives that constitute the new course. The week will involve a morning session that focuses on content and afternoon sessions that will be spent in the lab.

Content that has been introduced and updated (photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), hybridization, molecular orbital theory) as well as content that has been reduced in scope or eliminated will be noted and explained. Laboratory investigations will be incorporated with the discussion of the theory, with special emphasis on student inquiry labs. Participants will perform laboratory exercises with various levels of inquiry. Several of these will be taken from the new AP Chemistry Inquiry Based Laboratory Lab Manual. In addition, participants will practice converting some of their current favorite experiments from standard laboratory format to both guided and open inquiry styles.

Throughout the course of the week, the following topics/content will be addressed: the 2014 exam, grading rubrics, free response questions, writing assessment questions, the course audit, syllabus requirements, sharing of best practices, and more. Teachers will also prepare an AP level activity or unit plan in small groups during the week and present their work on Friday as the final culmination of the APSI experience. 

Registration for Chemistry is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

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

Registration for English Language is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

shelves and piles of booksThis 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.

Registration for English Literature is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

word cloud with psychology wordsThis 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. 

Registration for Psychology is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

The AP Spanish Language & Culture course will provide high school teachers with an overview of the four sections of the AP exam which include: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. We will review the recent changes to the exam and discuss the College Board Equity & Access Policy. Participants will share ideas for teaching AP Spanish via an active discussion format. Teachers will also prepare an AP level activity or unit plan in small groups during the week and present on Friday as the final culmination of our summer institute experience. The week will involve a morning session that highlights key Spanish language content and culture and university level expectations of incoming freshman students studying Spanish while the afternoon sessions will consist of exploring AP related aspects such as how to implement the new scoring guidelines and how to prepare students for the persuasive essay. All participants will be encouraged to share ideas and strategies.

Registration for Spanish is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

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 statistical 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 laptop if possible.


Registration for Statistics is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

US Capitol buildingThis course covers a range of issues of interest to high school teachers of AP, honors, or accelerated classes in American politics and government. The morning sessions focus on substantive content for classes on American politics, covering elections (both congressional and presidential), the media, public opinion, and public policy, with a focus on economic policy making. The afternoon sessions will include discussions on how to utilize various policy simulations, how to structure classroom debates on various “hot button” political issues, how to prepare your students for the AP exam (including going over the most recent exam), and how to provide hands on exercises involving data searches of various governmental and political Web sites. 


Registration for U.S. Government is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity. 

old map of the western hemisphere

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. 

Registration for U.S. History is closed as the course has reached its maximum capacity.