Advanced Placement Summer Institutes

Preparation for Teaching AP® Classes

Valdosta State University (VSU) Continuing Education has teamed up with the Dewar College of Education and Human Services to provide 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® 2014 Summer Institutes 

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English Literature and Composition         

Terry Filippo

June 23 - 27, 2014

US History

Tom Kilbourn

July 7 - 11, 2014

 

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 May 31, 2014
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 

2014 AP® Summer Institutes at Valdosta State University

AP® US History (3 PLUs)

General Information: Workshops and Summer Institutes

Introduction and Goals of the AP® US History*

Introduction:

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) offers a course and exam in AP United States History to qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to an introductory college course in U .S . History

Goals:

Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship . An AP U .S . History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.

*excerpt from the College Board Course description (effective Fall 2010) page 4, http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-us-history-course-description.pdf

Themes in AP U.S. History:

  • American Diversity
  • American Identity
  • Culture
  • Demographic Changes
  • Economic Transformations
  • Environment
  • Globalization
  • Politics and Citizenship
  • Reform
  • Religion
  • Slavery and Its Legacies in North America
  • War and Diplomacy


*excerpt from the College Board Course description (effective Fall 2010) pages 6-7,http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-us-history-course-description.pdf

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

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. 

During the course we will review in detail the outline provided by the College Board and the resources available to effectively teach our students this knowledge. We will also spend significant time building on the skills and cognitive development that we need to instill in our students, and share our best practices to help our colleagues learn from shared experience. So bring any assignments, resources, websites, and your syllabus to share.

Preparation notes from your instructor:

Course overview & agenda

  • Introductions and workshop materials distribution
  • Course Syllabus & Course Audit Information
  • AP vs. regular courses – defining the difference
  • AP exam strategies & AP writing skills
  • Detailed review and grading of previous AP exams & writing prompts
  • Detailed review of College Board course outline and themes
  • Review of teaching resources including the Internet
  • Sharing experience and best practices
  • Review and connect state and district curriculum with AP curriculum
  • Connect with local expertise in the area if available
  • Q&A for specific issues the participants want addressed

Facilitator Information:

I retired early from the US Air Force and began a career in education teaching high school history and government. Early on I picked up Advanced Placement (AP) courses because of my focus on academic excellence, earning National Board Certification and became an AP consultant as a result of my success with students. I have taught AP workshops on AP-US History and AP-US Government & Politics in seven states and at the National Conference, plus reading AP exams for three years. I am passionate about education and the value of AP classes at the high school level, and I love to share this passion with other teachers who step up to the AP challenge.

Dates: July 7 - 11, 2014
Time: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM 
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
College Board Consultant: Tom Kilbourn
Fee: $550 On or Before June 1, 2014 (Registration with full payment or confirmed school purchase order.)
        $625 After June 1, 2014 (Registration with full payment or confirmed school purchase order.)
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AP® English Literature and Composition (3 PLUs)        

General Information: Workshops and Summer Institutes

Introduction and Goals of the AP® English Literature and Composition course*

Introduction:

An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.

*excerpt from the College Board Course description (effective Fall 2010) page 49, http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-english-course-description.pdf

Goals:

The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit such as those by the authors listed on pages 52–53. The pieces chosen invite and reward rereading and do not, like ephemeral works in such popular genres as detective or romance fiction, yield all (or nearly all) of their pleasures of thought and feeling the first time through. The AP English Literature and Composition Development Committee agrees with Henry David Thoreau that it is wisest to read the best books first; the committee also believes that such reading should be accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing about those books in the company of one’s fellow students.

*excerpt from the College Board Course description (effective Fall 2010) page 49. http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-english-course-description.pdf

Preparation notes from your instructor:

Greetings, VSU AP English Literature APSI Participants:

I look forward to meeting you in July and sharing ideas about teaching AP English Literature. Since our time during the week of the institute is limited, I would like to encourage you to look at a few things in advance. If you have time between now and June 23, please try to read one (or both if you like) of the following novels: Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich, and/or Fasting, Feasting, by Anita Desai. In addition to these, we will look at the August Wilson play, Fences, some time later in the week. If you haven’t read it, you may want to check it out as well, or make plans to cover it during free time in part of an evening or two of our week together.

Also, I’m asking each participant to bring a favorite literature lesson to share—something that can be used in or adapted for AP English Literature. If participants bring these as saved electronic files (Word docs), we can add these activities to the stuff I’m bringing from my files. Finally, if you have a laptop, I would encourage you to bring it as well. Having at least a few laptops will help us in some of our group work throughout the week. If you have any questions about what we’re doing in class, please feel free to email me (twfilippo@gmail.com).

Best regards,

Terry Filippo
College Board AP English Consultant

Facilitator Information - Terry Filippo:

Terry Filippo teaches AP English Language and AP English Literature at Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. A National Board Certified teacher and recipient of the 2012 South Carolina English Teacher of Excellence Award, he has been an educator for over twenty-five years. In addition to his secondary work, he has taught literature, composition, and education classes at Clemson University for many years. He has served as an AP English Language and Literature Reader for eleven years and a College Board Consultant in both English subject areas for the past seven years. He also mentors other College Board AP English consultants. A former president of the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English, he continues to serve on the SCCTE Board of Directors as its Advanced Programs Liaison.

     

Dates: June 23 - 27, 2014
Time: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM 
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
College Board Consultant: Terry Filippo 
Fee: $550 On or Before June 1, 2014 (Registration with full payment or confirmed school purchase order.)
       $625 After June 1, 2014 (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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