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® 2015 Summer Institutes 

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English Language and Composition         

Terry Filippo

July 6 - 10, 2015

World History

Jonathan Henderson

July 6 - 10, 2015

 

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 

2015 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:

This summer institute will feature updates and revisions to the AP World History  course to be launched in 2016 - 17.

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:

Teachers should bring their school's academic calendar for the "scheduling your units of study" topic. Experienced teachers can bring their single best lesson plan. 

Facilitator Information:

Jonathan Henderson has taught World History over 20 years with experience at the middle school, high school, and university levels. He has been teaching AP World History since the second year of the course’s existence and has been a reader for the exam the last 8 years. He served as an instructional editor for World Civilizations by Peter Stearns, one of the most popular AP World textbooks and in 2008 he served on a College Board committee to review and edit the new Curriculum Framework for the course. For two years he has been a contracted question writer for the AP World History exam and is currently writing questions for the 2017 redesigned exam. Jonathan has studied History at the graduate level at Cambridge University and in 2011 taught high school classes and lectured university students in Central Asia as a State Department Fellow. In 2007 he was a Fulbright Scholar to China. Most recently, Jonathan completed an Ed.S. Degree in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State University.

Dates: July 6 - 10, 2015
Time: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM 
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
College Board Consultant: Jonathan Henderson
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 
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AP® English Language and Composition (3 PLUs)        

General Information: Workshops and Summer Institutes

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

Introduction:

An AP English Language and Composition course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement. The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts, and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes.

*excerpt from the College Board Course description (effective Fall 2014) page 11, http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-english-language-and-composition-course-description.pdf 

Goals:

The goals of an AP English Language and Composition course are diverse because the rhetoric and composition course in college serves a variety of functions in the undergraduate curriculum. The following, however, are the primary goals of the course:

  • Developing critical literacy
  • Facilitating informed citizenship

*excerpt from the College Board Course description (effective Fall 2014) page 11, http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-english-language-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. 


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

Preparation notes from your instructor:

Participants in this institute will engage in a comprehensive, collaborative exploration of designing and teaching an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course. We will review and discuss rhetorical terminology and concepts with an emphasis on how to help students apply them in critical reading and analytical writing. Special topics and focus areas will be determined by participant needs, experience, and interests, but our primary work may include syllabus development, AP Audit preparation, assessment/examination strategies, text/materials selection, and basic to advanced teaching strategies. While we will analyze print and non-print texts from a range of areas and issues throughout the week, our feature theme for this APSI will be “Reading the Image: Art and Media as Argument.” One special component of our week will be a simulated AP essay reading that will include a review of prompts and sample student essays from past AP English Language exams.

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 - 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 who was the 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 thirteen years, and as an endorsed College Board Consultant in both English subject areas for the past eight years. Terry facilitates AP English workshops and summer institutes around the country and is a College Board Mentor to other 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 Advanced Programs Liaison.

     

Dates: July 6 - 10, 2015
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, 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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Instructor-paced PLU Courses Online 

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

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