AP™ Summer Institute 2015

Humanities Workshops

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AP English Language

AP English Language

Mr. Tom Reynolds

July 20-23, 2015

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

July 20-23, 2015

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This course will develop strategies for High School Advanced Placement English Literature Teachers to use in preparing their students to take the Advanced Placement English Literature exam. Participants will work collaboratively and individually to familiarize teachers with the AP exam structure and ETS’s grading criteria, create a syllabus acceptable to the College Board Audit, select suitable literature for teaching the AP course, devise methods of instruction that prepare students for the AP English Exams, and study Knowles’ A Separate Peace and King Lear for possible class use.

AP European History

AP European History

Mr. Ken Schneider

July 13-16, 2015

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This course will include review of instructional strategies, including effective lectures, critical reading, note taking, research writing, problem based learning, group work, and writing skill for AP students. The instructor will also present the many texts, visuals, internet resources, and assessment techniques of the course, and the most efficient ways they can be employed in AP classrooms. This course is designed as both an introduction for the new and as enrichment for the experienced teachers entering a new year in European History. It will also cover the expected changes to the AP course and exam that will apply in the 2015-2016 academic year.

AP French Language

AP French Language

Ms. Davara Potel

July 13-16, 2015

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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 13-16, 2015

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 and Culture

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Mr. David Marlow

July 20-23, 2015

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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 Studio Art

AP Studio Art

Ms. Brooke Hunter-Lombardi

July 20-23, 2015

New for 2015!

Description forthcoming.

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Mr. Brian Stevens

July 20-23, 2015

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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

July 13-16, 2015

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This workshop is designed for both the new and experienced teacher of AP US History. Coming off of the first assessment year of the Curriculum Redesign, to some extent, we are all new. Throughout the week we will be actively engaged in compiling an assortment of passages, test questions, class and homework activities, and teaching strategies. The central focus of our week together will be to familiarize participants with the “New World Order” that is the realm of Advanced Placement United States History as a result of this course redesign, which commenced with the 2014-2015 exam cycle. The intent of the workshop is to provide participants with an overview of the AP program, irrespective of your degree of experience in Advanced Placement teaching. We will explore the new AP Curriculum Framework in great detail, and familiarize you with the Historical Thinking Skills and Key Concepts at the heart of this new course framework. We will delve into the challenges of student writing and discuss strategies for teaching the Document Based Question the Long-Form Essay (formerly known as Free-Response) Questions, and the new Short Answer component of the exam. Furthermore, we will also study the construction of the new-format Multiple Choice questions used in the AP exam, and discuss student strategies for success on this portion of the test. I do, however, also wish to look at an Advanced Placement United States History course as more than merely a means to an end for the national exam. This will include insights into the creation and expansion of an AP U.S. History program, the selection of texts and course materials, the development of syllabi, daily lessons, and assessments, both objective and written.

AP World History

AP World History

Mr. Charles Hart

July 20-23, 2015

Description forthcoming.

Pre-AP English

Pre-AP English

Mr. Gabe Ceci

July 13-16, 2015

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New for 2015!

This course will develop strategies for High School Teachers to use in preparing their 9, 10, and 11 grade students to take the Advanced Placement English Literature class. Participants will work collaboratively and individually to familiarize teachers with the AP exam structure and ETS’s grading criteria, create a syllabus and lesson plans for preparing students to learn analytical skills, select suitable literature for teaching the pre-AP course, devise methods of instruction that prepare students for the AP English class, and study a variety of poems and short stories that are grade-level appropriate for class use.

Pre-AP Spanish

Pre-AP Spanish

Ms. Terri Marlow

July 20-23, 2015

New for 2015!

Description forthcoming.

Science Workshops

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AP Biology

AP Biology

Dr. Jeff Smith

July 13-16, 2015

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AP Biology now has three years under the new Curriculum Framework, Labs, Audit, and Exam. This APSI session 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 all 13 new labs will be presented or discussed including alternative activities. The APSI sessions will instruct participants on how to conduct labs using Inquiry and how to adapt existing labs to Inquiry methods. Discussions and examples of statistics for the labs will be presented. The course audit will be covered and tips will be shared on the audit application process. Any materials available on the 2015 Exam will 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

AP Chemistry

Ms. Jennifer Cook Gregory

July 13-16, 2015

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AP Chemistry has now been using the new Curriculum Framework for two years. The APSI sessions will focus the Big Ideas, with helpful hints on how to make concepts more accessible for your students. We will also delve into the Science Practices by looking at Inquiry labs from the AP Chemistry Lab Manual, as well as from vendor kits, and revisions of traditional AP Chemistry experiments. Any materials available on the new Exam will also be discussed and sessions will be conducted on exam preparation and improving exam success. Teachers of a variety of levels of experience will find something useful to bring to their classroom.

AP Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science

Mr. Mike Mayfield

July 20-23, 2015

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

July 20-23, 2015

All New for 2014!

The 2014-15 school year was the first year that AP Physics I & II was 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 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!

Math & Computer Science Workshops

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AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB

Ms. Kim Foltz

July 20-23, 2015

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The Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Calculus AB is designed both for those teachers who will be teaching an AP class for the first time and for those who seek to improve their effectiveness as veteran AP teachers. The sessions 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. The calculator is a powerful tool for demonstrating various calculus concepts in ways that traditional chalk methods do not allow, so the use of the graphing calculator will also be a regular theme throughout the institute. The sessions will include discussions on the selection of students for an AP course, resources that are available for AP instructors, the AP exam format, how to prepare students for the AP exam, the scoring of the AP exam, and other issues that are relevant to implementing an AP curriculum.

Upon completion of this institute, 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

July 13-16, 2015

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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

July 13-16, 2015

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

$700 - Early Registration Rate through May 31, 2015
$775 - Regular Registration Rate beginning June 1, 2015

(Includes all workshop materials, Monday breakfast, Monday-Thursday lunch.)

$25 supply fee for science and art courses.

$250 - Residence Hall (optional) - includes single-accomodation room in residence hall for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

Payment Policy

Payment in full (via check, credit card, or school purchase order) is required within four weeks of the program start date in order to hold the participant’s seat in the program.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations received in writing and will be subject to a $100 non-refundable registration fee. Payment in full is expected for cancellations received within four weeks of the program start date. Credit card refunds will 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.

Frequently Asked Questions & Documents

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the registration fee?
We offer an early-bird registration rate of $700 through May 31st, 2015. Beginning June 1st, the registration fee is $775. In addition, science and art courses have a $25 supply fee.

What does the registration fee include?
The registration fee includes all workshop materials, as well as Monday breakfast, four lunches (M, T, W, Th) and snacks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons.

Where can I stay overnight?
For a flat fee of $250, you can stay in a single-accomodation room in a Ball State University residence hall Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

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 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?
No, but your school may provide a per diem that will allow you to eat without an out-of-pocket expense.

How do the lunch 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 equivalent to thirty contact hours of professional development for an additional fee.


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 four weeks 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 $100 non-refundable cancellation fee. Refunds will NOT be issued for cancellations received within four 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.

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 on the campus of Ball State University. At check-in, you will receive your workshop materials in a complimentary Indiana Academy bag. A continental breakfast will be served.

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, educational 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. The pass may be purchased at the residence hall desk with cash or check. They do not accept credit cards. 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?
You will have access to coin-operated laundry facilities in the residence hall.

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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