AP™ Summer Institute 2014

Humanities Workshops

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AP Economics

AP Economics

Ms. Peggy Pride

June 23-26, 2014

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This workshop begins with a review of the AP Economics specifications, and then focuses on the development of curricula, including evaluation of student achievement. The session is tailored to meet the individualized curriculum needs of workshop participants and to develop successful teaching models for AP Micro- and/or AP Macroeconomics courses.

AP English Language

AP English Language

Mr. Tom Reynolds

July 14-17, 2014

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This institute will focus on practical strategies for teaching the AP Language and Composition course and for preparing students for college level reading andwriting assignments. Participants will look carefully at the various skills the AP Language and Composition Exam is designed to evaluate, and they will examine and create assignments that help students develop those skills. Additionally, participants will be asked to analyze and consider therole college and university expectations for reading and writing should play in developing a high school AP curriculum. Throughout the week, emphasis will be given to close reading, rhetorical analysis, research based assignments, analysis of visual or non-print media, and college level expectations.

The goal of the course is to help participants further develop their abilities to create, refine and teach an AP Language and Composition course that will address the needs of their students, districts, and communities.

AP English Literature

AP English Literature

Mr. Gabe Ceci

June 16-19, 2014

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This workshop will help teachers design a course to teach critical reading and effective writing skills. Participants will analyze past AP exams, discuss works of poetry, prose, and drama that represent ancient and modern literature, and will become familiar with the scoring system of the exam. Each participant will present a lesson to the group at some point during the week.

AP European History

AP European History

Mr. Ken Schneider

June 23-26, 2014

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This workshop will include a review of instructional strategies, including effective lectures, critical reading, note taking, research writing, problem-based learning, group work,and writing skills. The instructor will also present the most effective ways to employ texts, visual and Internet resources, and assessment techniques. This course is for all teachers of European history.

AP French Language

AP French Language

Ms. Davara Potel

June 16-19, 2014

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For those of us who weathered the AP French Language and Culture curriculum and exam changes directly, we will debrief together; for those of you who have not yet taught the course, we will help you prepare to do so. During our work together we will review the elements of the curriculum framework and work through the exam blueprint; we will share our activities, resources and authentic materials; we will have the opportunity to work together on scoring with student samples from the exam. For those teachers who have not yet taught the course, we will look at the syllabus requirements and the audit process. Collegial sharing will play a significant role in our work. We will come together with different levels of teaching experience, different levels of experience with the AP program, and varying degrees of knowledge as concerns the changes that have taken place, yet every participant should gain much from our few days together.

AP Psychology

AP Psychology

Mr. Kent Korek

July 14-17, 2014

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This course is designed to provide AP Psychology teachers with fresh ideas, insights, and pedagogical strategies as related to the AP curriculum. Course structure and sequence, free-response writing, exam preparation, and the College Board’s equity policy will be focal points throughout the week. A heavy emphasis will be placed on lectures and demonstrations within the major subfields that are both “engaging” and “effective.” Teachers will have the opportunity to share ideas and can expect to take home a variety of “tried-and-true” lessons for immediate implementation.

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Language

Mr. David Marlow & Ms. Terri Marlow

June 23-26, 2014

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This workshop is designed to familiarize teachers with the redesigned AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam 2014, and - through our interactive exchange - create classroom practices to develop students’ ability to function in the appropriate cultural context as expected by the new curriculum. In addition to practice with examples from the new exam, discussion topics will include using themes as a basis for language exploration, available teaching materials and resources, and use of technology. Participants will collaborate to design culturally relevant, theme-based activities to build student proficiency in the three modes of communication. The essential elements of vocabulary and grammar will be integrated into the daily topics as well as pertinent research in second language acquisition. All activities by the consultant will be modeled and practiced in Spanish, but participants are free to use English or Spanish.

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Mr. Brian Stevens

July 14-17, 2014

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This workshop for new and experienced AP Government teachers focuses on teaching strategies to help students find success on the AP Government exam. Participants will receive AP reading packets and a CD that is has over one hundred pages of strategies, readings, and handouts. Teachers will also receive successful law-related education lessons.

AP U.S. History

AP U.S. History

Mr. Bill Polasky

June 16-19, 2014

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This workshop for new AP teachers emphasizes content and methodology. Course design, start-up, and lesson implementation are major areas of focus. Objective and essay questions from past exams will be reviewed, and strategies will be discussed, with special emphasis on primary sources and the DBQ.

AP World History

AP World History

Mr. Charles Hart

July 14-17, 2014

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New for 2014!

Description forthcoming.

Science Workshops

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AP Biology

AP Biology

Dr. Jeff Smith

June 23-26 or July 14-17, 2014

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AP Biology now has two years under the new Curriculum Framework, Labs, Audit, and Exam. The APSI sessions will focus on methods to apply and engage the Curriculum Framework with its Four Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Learning Objectives and Science Practices in your classroom. The new Lab Manual will be available and a minimum of two labs per Big Idea will be covered using Inquiry lab methods. The APSI sessions will instruct participants on how to conduct labs using Inquiry and how to adapt existing labs to Inquiry methods. The course audit will be covered and tips will be shared on the audit application process. Any materials available on the new Exam will also be discussed and sessions will be conducted on exam preparation and improving exam success. While the APSI sessions are for any level of AP Biology teaching experience, breakout sessions will be held for new teachers as well as experienced teachers.

AP Chemistry (Semester I)

AP Chemistry (Semester I)

Dr. Tom Adams

June 16-19, 2014

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This workshop is most appropriate for relatively inexperienced AP Chemistry teachers. It will examine typical first semester topics of chemical reactions, intra- and intermolecular attractions, and gravimetric & volumetric analyses. There will be an emphasis on problem-solving, the Curriculum Framework, and the new exam format. Time will be spent on the inquiry laboratory experiments which are related to these first semester topics. Interfacing will be utilized when appropriate and computer analyses of laboratory data will be stressed.

AP Chemistry (Semester II)

AP Chemistry (Semester II)

Dr. Tom Adams

June 23-26, 2014

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This workshop is most appropriate for relatively inexperienced AP Chemistry teachers. It will examine typical second semester topics of kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, and acid-base chemistry including buffers. There will be an emphasis on problem-solving, the Curriculum Framework, and the new exam format. Time will be spent on the inquiry laboratory experiments which are related to these second semester topics. Interfacing will be utilized when appropriate and computer analyses of laboratory data will be stressed.

AP Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science

Mr. Mike Mayfield

June 16-19, 2014

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This workshop will focus on the curriculum, resources, labs, projects, and strategies applicable to teaching AP Environmental Science.

AP Physics I

AP Physics I

Mr. Steve Schuh

June 16-19, 2014

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All New for 2014!

The 2014-15 school year will be the first year that AP Physics I & II is offered by AP Central and Collegeboard. For those familiar with the old AP Physics B, there are substantial changes — both in content and testing style. The AP Physics B exam has completely left the AP Central catalog, and has been replaced by two different tests. The new courses, both year-long, AP Physics I, and AP Physics II, will together cover what AP Physics B covered in one year, but content will be decidedly deeper and more topics have been added to the lineup. Inquiry based laboratory practices have been added to the tests, as well as different question formats.

This workshop will focus deeply on the upcoming AP Physics I course, and will cover the breadth, as well as the depth, necessary to prepare out students for the new National Exams. Time will be set aside each day to pinpoint problem areas that participants may have, so come with lots of questions and we will spend the necessary time to provide topic reviews, test prep, or any other answers you may need!

AP Physics II

AP Physics II

Mr. Steve Schuh

June 23-26, 2014

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All New for 2014!

The 2014-15 school year will be the first year that AP Physics I & II is offered by AP Central and Collegeboard. For those familiar with the old AP Physics B, there are substantial changes — both in content and testing style. The AP Physics B exam has completely left the AP Central catalog, and has been replaced by two different tests. The new courses, both year-long, AP Physics I, and AP Physics II, will together cover what AP Physics B covered in one year, but content will be decidedly deeper and more topics have been added to the lineup. Inquiry based laboratory practices have been added to the tests, as well as different question formats.

This workshop will focus deeply on the upcoming AP Physics II course, and will cover the breadth, as well as the depth, necessary to prepare out students for the new National Exams. Time will be set aside each day to pinpoint problem areas that participants may have, so come with lots of questions and we will spend the necessary time to provide topic reviews, test prep, or any other answers you may need!

Math & Computer Science Workshops

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AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB

Ms. Kim Foltz

June 23-26, 2014

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The AP Calculus AB workshop will provide a solid review of calculus topics in order to prepare participants to handle the content of the AP syllabus. While reviewing the calculus concepts, a “reformed calculus” approach will be taken so that topics are considered graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. As a powerful tool for demonstrating various calculus concepts in ways that traditional chalk methods do not allow, use of the graphing calculator will also be a regular theme. Discussions will include the selection of students for an AP course, resources available for AP instructors, the AP exam format, how to prepare students for the exam, the scoring of the exam, and other relevant issues.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be well prepared to teach an AP Calculus course using the current AB syllabus and to take a leadership role in affecting curriculum changes necessary to support such a course at their home high schools.

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science A

Ms. Susie Cunningham

June 23-26, 2014

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New Labs will be presented! The AP Computer Science A course curriculum has been updated! This year’s workshop will include hands-on activities for the three new labs! Teacher and student materials will be provided.

Class discussions will include topics on how to present AP Computer Science A topics in a classroom setting, teacher resources, receiving feedback from other class participants using best practices, how the AP test is graded, and how to better prepare your students for the AP test.

Participants will use the object-oriented JAVA programming language. Topics will include using basic variables, loops, if/else statements, strings, arrays, arraylists, methods, inheritance, abstract classes, interfaces, recursion, sorting and basic input/output files.

AP Statistics

AP Statistics

Dr. Chris Olsen

June 16-19, 2014

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The AP Statistics workshop covers four broad themes: data exploration, survey and experiment planning, probability and simulation, and statistical inference. Graphical and numeric techniques for exploratory analysis of data will also be featured.

Cost & Important Information

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Fee Structure

$725 - Early Registration Rate through April 30, 2014
$775 - Regular Registration Rate beginning May 1, 2014

Payment Methods

We accept check, money order, school purchase order, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Account must be paid in full before the start of the workshop.

Housing

The base housing option included is a double-accommodation dorm room for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. Other options are available for upgrade:

Sunday:
Double dorm room - add $25
Single dorm room - add $50

Monday through Wednesday:
Double dorm room - included
Single dorm room - add $75

No accommodations discount - deduct $50

Meals

Base rate includes 4 breakfasts & 4 lunches, plus snacks.

Dinners can be added on:
3 night dinner option - add $30

A participant selecting the “no accommodations discount” rate will receive 1 breakfast and 4 lunches. Dinners will not be included, unless the add-on option is selected. Snacks will be provided Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing and will be subject to a $75 non-refundable registration fee. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received within three weeks of the workshop start date. Credit card refunds may be subject to an additional 5% non-refundable fee. There is a $50 fee for all returned checks.

Contact Information

Phone: 800.316.3163 x 5. E-mail: click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the registration fee?
We offer an early-bird registration rate of $725 through April 30th, 2014. Beginning May 1st, the registration fee is $775.

What does the registration fee include?
The base registration fee includes all workshop materials, a double-accommodation residence hall room for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, as well as four breakfasts (M, T, W, Th), four lunches (M, T, W, Th) and snacks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons.

What can you tell me about the residence hall?
You will be staying in one of Ball State’s residence halls. The halls are beautiful, inside and out. The commons areas are gorgeous and all rooms are air-conditioned. Coin-operated laundry facilities can be found in the residence hall. The residence hall offers an exercise facility, but you must purchase a pass to utilize the facility. The hall is about a 10 minute walk from the classroom. Parking is available near the residence hall, but keep in mind that parking can be a challenge on any university campus.

What do you mean when you say “double-accommodation” room?
A double-accommodation room means that you will share a room with another participant of the same gender.

Can I select a roommate or are all roommates chosen at random?
If you are coming to the APSI with someone you know, you are more than welcome to share a dorm room, provided that you are the same gender. (We cannot allow male/female pairings because of the semi-private bathrooms. If a man/woman need to room together, please consider a hotel option.) When you register, please indicate the person’s name in the “preferred roommate” field. Otherwise, we will assign a roommate to participants who selected “double accommodation” room and left the “preferred roommate” field blank.

Are there optional upgrade fees for lodging?
Yes. There are three options for upgraded lodging:

  1. You can add a Sunday (double-accommodation) room for an additional $25.
  2. You can upgrade to a single-accommodation room for three nights (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) for an additional $75.
  3. You can upgrade to a single-accommodation room for four nights (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) for an additional $125.

What if I do not need lodging?
If you do not require lodging, we are able to give you a $50 discount off of your registration fee. The meals that will be included are one breakfast (Monday), four lunches, and three snacks.

What if I do not want to stay in a residence hall? Is hotel lodging available?
Yes. Please click here for a list of local hotels. You will need to call the hotel directly to make your reservation. Please mention that you are with the Ball State University to receive the group rate, if the hotel offers one. You will pay the hotel directly (not the Indiana Academy) for your hotel lodging.

My family is coming with me. Can they stay in the residence hall?
No. Participants bringing family members with them will need to utilize the hotel option.

Is dinner included?
No, dinner is not included in the basic registration fee. Meals can be purchased at a variety of local restaurants.

Can evening meals be added on to my registration?
Yes. You can add three evening meals (M, T, W) for a $30 fee.

Each meal will have a $10 value on a University debit card. Click here to explore the University dining facilities.

How do the meal cards work?
Our meal cards are set up like a debit card. You will have an allotted amount pre-loaded onto the card prior to your arrival. Each time you swipe the card, the amount you spent will be deducted from the card value, until there is a zero balance or the card expires at the end of the conference.


Are CEUs available?
Yes. You can obtain 3.0 CEUs for thirty contact hours of professional development. The fee is $10 payable to The Indiana Academy.


What forms of payment will you accept?
We can accept checks, money orders, school purchase orders, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa.

When is payment due?
We must have payment in full or a school purchase order prior to the start of the program.

What if I need to cancel?
All cancelations must be received in writing and will be subject to a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee. Refunds will NOT be issued for cancellations received within three weeks of the workshop start date. Please note that credit card refunds may be subject to an additional 5% non-refundable fee.

Is there a registration deadline?
We do not set a formal registration deadline. We will accept registrations right up until the start of the workshop, provided that there is space in the session. However, please note that last-minute registrants may not receive the AP College Board packet of materials on the first day of the workshop.

How do I know if I am registered for the program?
You will receive an immediate confirmation e-mail. If you have not received a confirmation e-mail, please contact us. Please do not assume that your school corporation has submitted the registration for you.

How will you communicate with me?
We will communicate with you primarily by e-mail, although we also like to have a telephone number in our files. Please note that some communication may take place after school is out of session, so it is important that we have an e-mail address and telephone number that will allow us to reach you during the summer months.


What time does class begin and end each day?
Our typical class schedule begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. However, we do give each instructor the flexibility to design a schedule that works best for their individual class, provided that they meet the minimum 30 contact hours required by the College Board.

Where and when is check-in?
Check-in is Monday morning from 7:30-8:30 at the Elliott Dining Hall on the campus of Ball State University. At check-in, you will receive your workshop materials in a complimentary Indiana Academy bag. You will also be able to obtain more information about CEUs. We will serve a continental breakfast.

When can I check into my room in the residence hall?
You can check into your room as early as 3:00 p.m. on the day of your arrival. If you are arriving late, we can make special arrangements for you to pick up your room key - just let us know in advance. Check-out is by 11 a.m. on the last day of your stay.

What should I wear?
Plan to dress comfortably and appropriately for a casual, education environment. At times you may be walking on campus and should be prepared for it to be rather warm outside, but it can be cool in the air-conditioned classrooms and residence halls.

What should I bring with me?
Please bring all personal items that you may need. Although it is not required, you are welcome to bring a laptop if you would like. Please check your course syllabus for specific requests from your instructor.

What if I have special needs?
Please indicate all special needs on the registration form. Participants with special dietary needs should contact Karen Adkins at (765) 285-5813 or kadkins@bsu.edu. All special needs (including dietary) should be addressed with Raychelle Wilson, APSI Director, at (800) 316-3163 x 5 or rawilson2@bsu.edu. For example, if you have a severe nut allergy and cannot be in a room with nuts, please make sure that we are aware of the severity of your allergy.

Will I have access to the University recreational facilities?
Yes, you can purchase a Conference/Workshop Guest Pass for the University recreational facilities. The fee is $30 for a 7-day pass. This pass will allow you to utilize two fitness centers, two swimming pools, indoor jogging tracks, and more. Go to www.bsu.edu/recreation or call (765) 285-1753 for more information about the University’s recreational facilities.

If you are staying in a residence hall, you may purchase a pass to use the residence hall fitness room for a one-time fee of $10 for the duration of the conference. Please contact Raychelle Wilson at rawilson2@bsu.edu or (800) 316-3163 x 5 to pre-arrange the use of the residence hall fitness facilities. We also find that our participants enjoy walking around the scenic Ball State University campus and surrounding neighborhoods, or on the Cardinal Greenway.

Will I have access to laundry facilities?
Yes, laundry facilities are available for a one-time fee of $10 for the duration of the conference. Please contact Raychelle Wilson at rawilson2@bsu.edu or (800) 316-3163 x 5 to pre-arrange the use of laundry facilities.

What is there to see and do in the Muncie area?
Ball State University offers the David Owsley Museum of Art, the fabulous Wheeler Orchid Collection, Christy Woods and Glick Center for Glass - all within walking distance of our classrooms. Notable attractions in the Muncie area include Minnetrista Cultural Center & Oakhurst Gardens, and AMA’s National Model Aviation Museum. Participants who are bringing their families along might find that their children would enjoy spending the day at the Muncie Children’s Museum or Tuhey Pool while mom or dad are in class. Visit the Muncie Visitor’s Bureau for more information.

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Only $725 per 4-Day session!