Advanced Placement Summer Institutes

Preparation for Teaching AP® Classes

Valdosta State University (VSU) Continuing Education is an approved provider of week-long Advanced Placement Summer Institutes® (APSI) for teachers committed to the pursuit of enhanced teaching and learning. This year we are offering the following courses. 

AP® 2016 Summer Institutes 

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Course

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World History

Colin Ramsey

July 11 - 15, 2016

English Literature and Composition

Rachel Stokes

July 18 - 22, 2016

 

Our summer institutes serve to provide guidance and curriculum development assistance to the new teacher preparing to teach Advanced Placement® (AP) courses and to update and refine skills of the experienced teacher. Courses focus on positive and effective teaching strategies and practical classroom use of AP® materials. During the week long session information is shared regarding what is new in the AP® curriculum, as well as offering an overview of the AP® semester/year long course, its objectives, and exam content. Advanced Placement® Summer Institutes are appropriate for those currently teaching (AP®) courses, as well as for those who will be teaching AP® courses, honors and/or accelerated classes, and special courses that feed into an AP® program.

Register early - Space is limited. Early fee discount ends June 1, 2015
In an effort to maximize facilitator and participant interaction, 
APSI programs are limited to 20 students at Valdosta State University.


AP® Summer Institute classes will be held at:
Valdosta State University 
Regional Center for Continuing Education
903 N Patterson Street 

2016 AP® Summer Institutes at Valdosta State University

AP® World History (3 PLUs)

General Information: Workshops and Summer Institutes

Introduction and Goals of the AP® World History*

Introduction:

The course is designed to encourage students to become apprentice historians who are able to use historical facts and evidence to help create deeper conceptual understandings of critical developments in world history.

Goals:

The redesigned AP history courses and exams seek to apprentice students to the practice of history by explicitly stressing the development of historical thinking skills while learning about the past.

Historical Thinking Skills AP World History:

Skill 1: Chronological Reasoning
Components

  • Historical causation
  • Patterns of continuity and change over time
  • Periodization

Skill 2: Comparison and Contextualization
Components

  • Comparison
  • Contextualization

Skill 3: Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence
Components

  • Historical argumentation
  • Appropriate use of relevant historical evidence

Skill 4: Historical Interpretation and Synthesis
Components

  • Interpretation
  • Synthesis

Course goals and intent:
The summer institute program is designed for teachers at all levels of experience to meet together to develop, build, and refine their skills and knowledge of Advance Placement procedures and techniques as set forth by the College Board and the best practices of their colleagues in the classroom. 

Pre-course information and preparation suggestions from the course consultant:

AP World History Summer Institute topics:

  • World History: What it is and what it isn’t.
  • Scheduling your Units of Study
  • Using the Key Concepts, Themes, and Thinking Skills to plan lessons
  • Planning Lessons and Activities
  • Content overview: Key Concepts and Periods of Study
  • Components of AP Multiple Choice questions: how to write quality questions
  • The DBQ essay: structure, rubric, and examples
  • The Change and Continuity essay: structure, rubric, and examples
  • The Comparison essay: structure, rubric and examples
  • Resources for teachers and students
  • Up and coming changes to the exam

Preparation notes from your instructor:

More information available December 2015

Facilitator Information:

Colin Ramsay is a Social Studies teacher at Lemon Bay High School in Englewood, Florida. He teaches AP World History, AP Human Geography, and Honors World History. He began teaching AP courses in 1981, and has taught AP European History, AP U.S. History, AP Macro and AP Micro Economics, AP American Government and Politics, and AP Comparative Government. Colin has been a reader of the World History exam since 2002, and is currently a table leader at the exam. Colin has been a College Board consultant since 2003. Colin was named Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Florida Council for the Social Studies and by Charlotte County Public Schools in 2005. Colin also facilitates workshops for the Florida State Department of Education and the Florida Partnership with the College Board.

Dates: July 11 - 15, 2016
Time: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM 
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
College Board Consultant: Colin Ramsey
Fee: $550 On or Before June 1, 2015 (Registration with full payment or confirmed school purchase order.)
        $625 After June 1, 2015 (Registration with full payment or confirmed school purchase order.)
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Registrations will not be considered as confirmed until a completed registration form 
and payment (or confirmed school purchase order) are received.

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AP® English Literature and Composition (3 PLUs)        

General Information: Workshops and Summer Institutes

Introduction:

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

excerpt from the College Board Course Overview, https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-english-literature-course-overview.pdf

Course Description:

A complete descrition of the course as well as information regarding the AP course and exam development is available online - https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-english-literature-and-composition-course-description.pdf

Course goals and intent:

The summer institute program is designed for teachers at all levels of experience to meet together to develop, build, and refine their skills and knowledge of Advance Placement procedures and techniques as set forth by the College Board and the best practices of their colleagues in the classroom. 

Preparation notes from your instructor:

More information available December 2015

Participant Note

Participants are encouraged to bring laptops and any ideas, lessons, or syllabi that they would like to share or have reviewed.

Facilitator Information - Rachel Stokes:

Rachel Stokes has been an AP Literature and Composition Instructor for 16 years and currently teaches at Greenville Senior High Academy for Business, Law, and Finance in Greenville, SC. She has been an AP Reader for the AP Literature and Composition Exam for eight years and is currently teaching AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition. Rachel began her teaching career at Blue Ridge High School in Greer, SC., and has since served as a Lecturer in English at Furman University for seven years where she taught Composition and Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature. She also taught part-time for six years in an exclusively online charter school.

In addition to being a College Board Consultant, she is endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education, is an Edmodo Certified Trainer, and has, since 2011, presented a variety of sessions on incorporating technology and internet learning platforms into English curriculums at national conferences, including the AP Annual Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, and the Quality Matters Annual Convention. She has also written articles for online educational publications. In addition to providing professional development at the school, district, and state levels, she was also a featured speaker for the EdmodoCon 2014 live webcast for over 40,000 viewers worldwide.

     

Dates: July 18 - 22, 2016
Time: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM 
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
College Board Consultant: Rachel Stokes 
Fee: $550 On or Before June 1, 2015 (Registration with full payment or confirmed school purchase order.)
       $625 After June 1, 2015 (Registration with full payment or confirmed school purchase order.)
               Click here for refund and cancellation policy

Registrations will not be considered as confirmed until a completed registration form 
and payment (or confirmed school purchase order) are received.

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Additional programs for teacher recertification:


Self-paced PLU Approved Courses Online   

Valdosta State University Continuing Education has partnered with Virtual Education Software, inc.(VESi) to offer professional learning unit courses for K-12 educators. These interactive continuing education courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule.


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Click here for complete information on all VESi courses
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Instructor-paced PLU Courses Online 

(all instructor-paced, 6 week online courses for teacher recertification are approved for 2 PLUs)

Click here for a schedule of starting dates 
Click here for a complete list of online courses approved for PLU credit

Click here for Computer System and PLU Requirements