AP Summer Institutes©

Schoodic Institute offers Advanced Placement Summer Institutes on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus in Acadia National Park. The park provides a unique setting for intense work with other teachers and institute instructors. There are accommodations for participating teachers on the Schoodic Institute campus at Schoodic Point, surrounded by spruce and fir forests and the Atlantic Ocean.  College credits provided by Endicott College through the Maine Educators’ Consortium.

The most intense and valuable learning experience I ever enjoyed as teacher was the APSI held at the Schoodic Institute located in Acadia National Park.  Here’s why:

  • Outstanding and professional instruction bringing veterans and newbies up to speed on the new curriculum.
  • Bucolic New England setting in one of America’s greatest national parks.
  • Meals were sumptuous and accommodation congenial and comfortable.
  • Warm and generous hospitality at the Institute itself was overwhelming.
  • Price was the most reasonable of all APSI options (that I am aware of…)

Tom Mueller
Teacher, APSI participant 2012

2017 AP Offerings

July 23-28

Computer Science Principles: Participants will explore the AP Computer Science Principles course and become familiar with the six computational thinking practices, seven big ideas and their associated enduring understandings, learning objectives and essential knowledge statements.  Teachers will also explore various curriculum options and become familiar with both the Explore and Create student performance tasks.  This course will be taught using an inquiry based model where most of the time spent together will be working independently and in small groups to become knowledgeable of all aspects of the course. Graduate credit and CEUs are available. Instructor: Jennifer Hardy, Programming and Web Development Ch74  instructor at Worcester Technical High School.

Environmental Science: This AP Summer Institute is designed for both new and experienced AP Environmental science instructors teaching the APES course. Because this interdisciplinary course incorporates elements from biology, chemistry, geology, and natural resource management, the laboratory component will focus on how to integrate and connect these areas thru developing the student’s quantitative analysis and lab skills. Our field/lab investigations will stress analysis through first-hand studies of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem, water quality analysis, bioassays, soil analysis, and environmental modeling. It will address the basic course elements of effective course pacing, assessment, and active student engagement, as it focuses on the central role of the laboratory in the APES curriculum. The latest APES exam will be discussed, as well as the creation of effective essays which challenge students to integrate and connect course topics. Since all lab work will involve extensive data collection/analysis, a calculator, graph paper, colored pencils, and lab notebook will be required. In addition to the daily lab/field work, participants will also need to bring their 2017/18 school calendar and current text, as each will develop or refine (whichever is appropriate) a weekly pacing guide specific to their school’s schedule and calendar. Finally, all participants should bring an ecological/environmental laboratory (paper version) to share with the group, and should come prepared for daily field work: jeans, T-shirts, field shoes, and raingear.
Graduate credit and CEUs are available. Instructor: Myra Morgan, AP Environmental Science College Board Consultant and Assistant Director of Science Services, MASS Insight Education. 

 

US History: To quote FDR, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” The purpose of this workshop is to explore every aspect of the AP US History curriculum to lessen the fears many AP US History teachers have about the new curriculum. The core of the workshop will be to provide an understanding of the connections between the three pillars of the new curriculum: historical thinking skills, thematic learning objectives, and the concept outline. This will allow participants to collaborate to make new lessons or update old ones, to discuss the design and scoring of the  exam by reading student samples and working on creating new style multiple choice questions. Time will be provided to create or revise participants’ course syllabi. All of these activities will require active collaboration by all participants who are encouraged to bring curricular materials to the workshop (textbooks, supplemental readings, favorite lessons, websites, activities). Graduate credits and CEUs are available. Instructor:  James Glinski, College Board Consultant in AP US History and AP European History, and teacher at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA.

 

July 30-August 4

Biology: Designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP Biology, this workshop will provide an introduction to the most important aspects of the newly revised curriculum. Particularly important will be the transition to inquiry-based, student-designed investigations, data analysis, and the required statistical components. It will focus on AP Biology’s “big ideas” and the science practices that are intended to make “doing science” a centerpiece of the revised course. Participants will get hands-on experience with the new lab manual, AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach. The course will also examine the new AP Biology exam design, essay grading approaches, and “best practices” for student success. In support of the new AP Audit requirements, participants will develop an effective AP Biology pacing guide/syllabus specific to their school’s daily schedule and calendar. Since all lab work will involve extensive data collection/analysis, participants will need to bring a lab notebook, calculator, ruler and graph paper. Additionally, their 2017/18 school calendar, current text, and one effective Biology lab experience (paper version) to share with other participants will be required.
Graduate credit and CEUs are available.

 Instructor: Myra Morgan , AP Biology College Board Consultant and Assistant Director of Science Services, MASS Insight Education 

 

Chemistry: The course focuses on reasoning and inquiry skills that are essential for success at the college level.  The revised course emphasizes inquiry-based labs that are more student-directed and centers on a more conceptual, qualitative understanding of chemistry with less breadth and more depth. The APSI at SERC Institute is dedicated to supporting AP teachers as they design their courses. Teachers will examine and become familiar with the curriculum components and practice the “guided inquiry” approach to lab work. Experiments from the AP lab manual will be performed. Design and designing strategies for modifying “cookbook” labs will be another important focus of this summer institute. Time will be devoted to working on the new practice test and to redesigning questions to be more in line with conceptual objectives.  The session will examine a classroom approach to inquiry where emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and analysis outside of the laboratory setting. Activities that include formative assessment, group discussion and presentation, and prediction will be discussed and practiced.  Some time will be devoted to creating a syllabus that reflects the requirements of the new course.  Finally, any new topics and/or points of emphasis introduced in the new curriculum will be addressed.
CEUs and Graduate Credit available . Instructor,   Michael Schaab, Maine Maritime Academy

 

Computer Science: As we discuss topics from the APCS curriculum and typical problem areas, we will include some introductory Java explorations, Strings, arrays (one- and two-dimensional), the ArrayList data structure, and some object-oriented program design with inheritance along with the exemplar APCS Labs. Participants will develop and share materials for classroom use. Teaching strategies, preparation for the AP Computer Science A exam, scoring rubrics, and course requirements will be discussed. Note: it is assumed that novice APCS participants have some Java programming experience, or have significant programming and/or teaching experience with another language similar to Java. All APCS teachers, novice through experienced, are welcome.  CEUs and Graduate Credit available. Instructor:  Stephanie Lord, College Board Consultant, Stetson, ME

 

Studio Art: The AP Studio Art Summer Institute for new and experienced teachers will explore all three portfolios: 2D, 3D and Drawing.  The three sections: Quality, Breadth and Concentration will be examined in depth through digital presentations and discussions geared to generate curriculum development through studio practice. Emphasis will be placed on ideation and assisting AP students in the selection of a topic for the concentration section. Participants will have the opportunity in studio sessions to develop a mini concentration, using action research engaged in throughout the workshop.The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. Group critiques and activities will be conducted with an emphasis on process and the development of a theme or idea that can generate continued investigation. Participants will be asked to bring some studio supplies for their own art making. Please bring a Laptop or tablet and flash drive for sharing of teaching materials.  Some materials will be provided and announced at a later date. Graduate Credits and CEUs are available. Instructor:  Claudia Michael, Faculty member New Hampshire Institute of Art, College Board Consultant.

 

World History: The AP World History workshop will help both new and experienced AP teachers, including a review of recent changes to the AP World History Exam. It will address key challenges of the course, including coverage of the content, test taking strategies, lessons, activities, resources and curriculum planning. It will also examine the Document Based Essay and Free Response Essays in terms of strategies, the College Board scoring rubric, and the analysis of actual student papers. Participants will be asked to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including assignments, tests, projects, and strategies.
Graduate credits and CEUs are available. Instructor: Dr. Lenore Schneider, New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT

 

 An Ideal Setting for Inquiry
The biology and advanced environmental science institutes take advantage of the National Park’s unique resources and the variety of rocky intertidal environments around the campus. Both of these institutes are geared for instructors who have already had experience in teaching AP biology or environmental science and who have perhaps already participated in another summer institute. The focus in both of these institutes will be on incorporating more inquiry learning into the coursework. For example, the AP Biology institute will engage teachers in an extended inquiry exercise in the intertidal areas around the campus. Teachers will use this field experience to reflect on and plan for using fieldwork around their home schools to bring experiential learning dimensions to the courses that they teach. This particular institute will complement indoor lab work that is often covered in detail in other AP summer institutes. Please see 2017 instructor biographies Here.

2017 AP Registration Form

Support for Teachers
We often have a number of scholarships available for teachers (both for teachers in Maine and teachers from out of state), covering a substantial portion of the cost of the summer institutes. 2017 Scholarship Form

Note that the form must be printed, completed, and returned to Yvonne Davis (information below). 

Contact:

Yvonne Davis
Education Programs Manager
Schoodic Institute
PO Box 277
Winter Harbor, ME 04693
(207) 288-132705-722.AP_NewLogoC
(207) 963-2409 (fax)
ydavis@schoodicinstitute.org

 

 

 


For your reference, see 2016 offerings below.


AP Computer Science Principles – July 17 – 22, 2016

This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP Computer Science Principles course. During this training, teachers will explore the computational thinking practices and the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. Participants will understand how to use activities that organize the course content to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. In addition, participants will work on a course plan that will help them decide how they will teach the skills and content of the AP Computer Science Principles course. Graduate credit and CEUs available. Instructor: Eric Allatta

Week One – July 25 – 29, 2016

AP CALCULUS AB: This workshop will help both new and experienced AP teachers address key challenges of the course, including coverage of the content, test taking strategies, lesson plan development, activities, resources, and curriculum planning. It will also examine previous student exams in terms of strategies and the College Board scoring rubric.
Graduate credit and CEUs available. Instructor: Lee Pete Pedersen, Maine School of Science and Math

COMPUTER SCIENCE: As we discuss topics from the APCS curriculum and typical problem areas, we will include some introductory Java explorations, Strings, arrays (one- and two-dimensional), the ArrayList data structure, and some object-oriented program design with inheritance along with the exemplar APCS Labs. Participants will develop and share materials for classroom use. Teaching strategies, preparation for the AP Computer Science A exam, scoring rubrics, and course requirements will be discussed. Note: it is assumed that novice APCS participants have some Java programming experience, or have significant programming and/or teaching experience with another language similar to Java. All APCS teachers, novice through experienced, are welcome.  CEUs and Graduate Credit available. Instructor: Stephanie Lord, College Board Consultant, Stetson, ME

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: This AP Summer Institute is designed for both new and experienced AP Environmental science instructors teaching the APES course. Because this interdisciplinary course incorporates elements from biology, chemistry, geology, and natural resource management, the laboratory component will focus on how to integrate and connect these areas thru developing the student’s quantitative analysis and lab skills. Our field/lab investigations will stress analysis through first-hand studies of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem, water quality analysis, bioassays, soil analysis, and environmental modeling. It will address the basic course elements of effective course pacing, assessment, and active student engagement, as it focuses on the central role of the laboratory in the APES curriculum. The latest APES exam will be discussed, as well as the creation of effective essays which challenge students to integrate and connect course topics. Since all lab work will involve extensive data collection/analysis, a calculator, graph paper, colored pencils, and lab notebook will be required. In addition to the daily lab/field work, participants will also need to bring their 2015/16 school calendar and current text, as each will develop or refine (whichever is appropriate) a weekly pacing guide specific to their school’s schedule and calendar. Finally, all participants should bring an ecological/environmental laboratory (paper version) to share with the group, and should come prepared for daily field work: jeans, T-shirts, field shoes, and raingear.
Graduate credit and CEUs are available. Instructor: Myra Morgan, AP Environmental Science College Board Consultant and Assistant Director of Science Services, MASS Insight Education. 

AP US HISTORY: To quote FDR, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” The purpose of this workshop is to explore every aspect of the AP US History curriculum to lessen the fears many AP US History teachers have about the new curriculum. The core of the workshop will be to provide an understanding of the connections between the three pillars of the new curriculum: historical thinking skills, thematic learning objectives, and the concept outline. This will allow participants to collaborate to make new lessons or update old ones, to discuss the design and scoring of the  exam by reading student samples and working on creating new style multiple choice questions. Time will be provided to create or revise participants’ course syllabi. All of these activities will require active collaboration by all participants who are encouraged to bring curricular materials to the workshop (textbooks, supplemental readings, favorite lessons, websites, activities). Graduate credits and CEUs are available. Instructor: James Glinski, College Board Consultant in AP US History and AP European History, and teacher at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA.

AP STATISTICS: This AP Statistics workshop is an intensive four-day program that will provide an overview of statistical ideas and concepts and give valuable resources and instructional strategies for teaching AP Statistics. We will cover the four principal areas of the AP Curriculum: Exploratory Analysis, Data Collection, Probability, and Statistical Inference. Participants will be given instruction on content, classroom activities, teaching strategies, time management, uses of technology, review for the exam, cumulative projects, and exposure to previous AP questions, concentrating on how the 2016 AP exam was graded. There will be a discussion of AP goals, resources, and equity issues, the course audit, and recommended textbooks. This workshop will be valuable not only to teachers planning to teach or already teaching AP Statistics, but also to Pre-AP teachers who through vertical teaming can help prepare and encourage students to take AP Statistics. CEUs and Graduate Credit available. Instructor: Martin Sternstein, Professor of Mathematics, Ithaca College.

Week Two – August 1 – 5, 2016

AP BIOLOGY: Designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP Biology, this workshop will provide an introduction to the most important aspects of the newly revised curriculum. Particularly important will be the transition to inquiry-based, student-designed investigations, data analysis, and the required statistical components. It will focus on AP Biology’s “big ideas” and the science practices that are intended to make “doing science” a centerpiece of the revised course. Participants will get hands-on experience with the new lab manual, AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach. The course will also examine the new AP Biology exam design, essay grading approaches, and “best practices” for student success. In support of the new AP Audit requirements, participants will develop an effective AP Biology pacing guide/syllabus specific to their school’s daily schedule and calendar. Since all lab work will involve extensive data collection/analysis, participants will need to bring a lab notebook, calculator, ruler and graph paper. Additionally, their 2015/16 school calendar, current text, and one effective Biology lab experience (paper version) to share with other participants will be required.
Graduate credit and CEUs are available.

 Instructor: Myra Morgan , AP Biology College Board Consultant and Assistant Director of Science Services, MASS Insight Education 

AP CHEMISTRY: The course focuses on reasoning and inquiry skills that are essential for success at the college level.  The revised course emphasizes inquiry-based labs that are more student-directed and centers on a more conceptual, qualitative understanding of chemistry with less breadth and more depth. The APSI at SERC Institute is dedicated to supporting AP teachers as they design their courses. Teachers will examine and become familiar with the curriculum components and practice the “guided inquiry” approach to lab work. Experiments from the AP lab manual will be performed. Design and designing strategies for modifying “cookbook” labs will be another important focus of this summer institute. Time will be devoted to working on the new practice test and to redesigning questions to be more in line with conceptual objectives.  The session will examine a classroom approach to inquiry where emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and analysis outside of the laboratory setting. Activities that include formative assessment, group discussion and presentation, and prediction will be discussed and practiced.  Some time will be devoted to creating a syllabus that reflects the requirements of the new course.  Finally, any new topics and/or points of emphasis introduced in the new curriculum will be addressed.
CEUs and Graduate Credit available . Instructor,   Michael Schaab Maine Maritime Academy  

AP WORLD HISTORY: The AP World History workshop will help both new and experienced AP teachers, including a review of recent changes to the AP World History Exam. It will address key challenges of the course, including coverage of the content, test taking strategies, lessons, activities, resources and curriculum planning. It will also examine the Document Based Essay and Free Response Essays in terms of strategies, the College Board scoring rubric, and the analysis of actual student papers. Participants will be asked to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including assignments, tests, projects, and strategies.
Graduate credits and CEUs are available. Instructor: Dr. Lenore Schneider, New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT

AP STUDIO ART: The AP Studio Art Summer Institute for new and experienced teachers will explore all three portfolios: 2D, 3D and Drawing.  The three sections: Quality, Breadth and Concentration will be examined in depth through digital presentations and discussions geared to generate curriculum development through studio practice. Emphasis will be placed on ideation and assisting AP students in the selection of a topic for the concentration section. Participants will have the opportunity in studio sessions to develop a mini concentration, using action research engaged in throughout the workshop.

The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. Group critiques and activities will be conducted with an emphasis on process and the development of a theme or idea that can generate continued investigation. Participants will be asked to bring some studio supplies for their own art making. Please bring a Laptop or tablet and flash drive for sharing of teaching materials.  Some materials will be provided and announced at a later date. Graduate Credits and CEUs are available. Instructor: Claudia Michael , faculty member New Hampshire Institute of Art, College Board Consultant.