Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

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Advanced Placement Summer Institute
c/o Kimberly Kalinowski
Texas Lutheran University
1000 W. Court St.
Seguin, TX 78155
Phone: 830-372-6777

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July 14-17 & July 28-31, 2014

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Texas Lutheran University is pleased to partner with the College Board® to offer several 4* day-long workshops of the AP® / PRE-AP® Summer Institute, July 14-17 and July 28-31, 2014, on campus in Seguin. Award-winning consultants approved by the College Board teach intensive, subject-specific courses that provide support and professional development for new and experienced Advanced Placement teachers at both the middle and high school levels. Classes are small and serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about AP, building success in the classroom, and vertical teaming. AP teachers leave the Institute with renewed enthusiasm and equipped with new strategies and resources to incorporate into their classrooms.

Why Attend?

TLU’s AP Summer Institute is part of the College Board’s AP Program to increase the number of teachers with advanced skills, thereby improving the level of instruction in an entire school. Through vertical teams, the high standards of AP are driving curriculum reform down to the lower grades and increasing the AP pipeline by giving 7th grade students a clear goal: AP in high school.


  • Track record of useful, interesting workshops
  • Wide variety of offerings
  • Conveniently located in the heart of Texas
  • Small college campus atmosphere
  • State-of-the-art classrooms
  • Free, convenient parking
  • Lunches and breaks to meet a full range of dietary preferences and needs
  • Proactive administrative and logistical support before, during, and after the institutes


The concept of vertical teams incorporates the idea that Advanced Placement should not consist of isolated courses taught to a few students, but rather it should be a planned program of teaching skills and concepts over several years. This is best achieved by the vertical cooperation of teachers working together to coordinate their teaching efforts. Vertical teaming will be stressed throughout the APSI, and you will learn from some of the best consultants how their schools have accomplished vertical teaming and curriculum alignment. To get the most from your institute, bring a team from your school that includes an administrator. Each participant will receive a vertical team guide at the Institute.

Workshop Offerings

There are two sessions in Seguin, Texas. See the schedule to select the session that fits your needs. Meeting times are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with a break for lunch served at Hein Dining Hall on campus. (Lunch is included in the cost.)

Session I: July 14-17 (from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Computer Science   |    U.S. Government & Politics   |    German   |    Economics   |    U.S. History   |    Physics

Computer Science with Robert Martin

This course is for both new and experienced AP Computer Science (APCS) A teachers. It will increase the participant's knowledge of required course content, and provide materials, resources, and techniques for use with students. Participants will receive the latest information from the 2014 APCS A Reading, the new APCS A Course Description, and about the future direction of the APCS A course. 

This workshop will have a major focus on the new APCS A Labs. Participants will obtain hands on experience with both the written and programming exercises in these Labs. APCS A Lab topics include Strings, one and two dimensional arrays, Lists/ArrayLists, generics, and object oriented programming. Participants will also receive materials and information about recursion and participate in a mock APCS A Reading. 

Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of the Java programming language in order to receive maximum benefit from this workshop.

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U.S. Government & Politics with Yvonne Pittman

Learning Objectives: Advanced Placement Summer Institute for new teachers is designed to introduce the participants to the requirements established by the College Board for AP Government and Politics. Participants will analyze the AP Exam, acquire knowledge and abilities to establish course guidelines and procedures, attain the knowledge for teaching free response writing, practice appropriate strategies for teaching AP content and adding rigor through problem solving and document analysis.

Topics will include the following:

  • College Board Expectations
  • What to teach and at what pace.
  • What is rigor and how to add it to your course?
  • Understanding the multiple choice and free response questions.
  • How to set up classroom procedures.
  • Course design and teaching policymaking.
  • Strategies and in-depth lesson design.
  • Practice the Interactive Lecture, Paideia Seminar and Document Analysis
  • Sample Lessons to take home and use.
  • Develop a syllabus to fulfill AP audit requirements.
  • Exam preparation and review procedures.
  • Practice a mock free response reading.
  • Resources

What participants should bring:

  • Textbook that will be used, if available
  • Paper/pen or laptop computer for note-making

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German with Elizabeth Smith

Institute Overview 

After the first two years of the new exam, we learned that students can do well with the new format, but it is not enough that students know the language. Students must be trained to take the German Language and Culture Exam and must be informed as to how they will be graded. During this workshop, we will go through the new exam and spend a lot of time grading samples from this year’s free- response questions. We will also spend time preparing authentic materials and learning how to use them at all levels so AP students will have strategies to help them with the interpretive mode in the multiple-choice section and the interpersonal and presentational modes in the free response sections. Participants will leave the institute with classroom ready materials. 

Institute Preparation 

In order to get the most from this workshop, I would like to know a little about who you are and what materials you are currently using. After registering, please contact me and let me know what experience you have had with teaching AP German and which books you have been using to teach the class. It would be very helpful if you would bring your base text with you to the workshop. In addition, you should bring a thematic unit you may have developed and/or an idea for a thematic unit if you have one. Participants should bring a flash drive to share information and if possible, register to be a participant in Google documents. Please contact me at 

Institute Schedule 

Monday: Review of the new AP German Language and Culture framework and test. Interpretive Communication: test, framework, thematic units, authentic material. 

Tuesday: Interpersonal Communication: We will discuss this year’s questions and practice grading the samples from this year’s exam. We will discuss ways to develop better interpersonal skills in the classroom. We will also work on developing materials to practice the written and spoken interpersonal portions of the exam. 

Wednesday: Written Presentational Communication: We will discuss this year’s question and practice grading the samples from this year’s exam. We will discuss ways to not only teach better writing skills, but ways to grade more writing without being overwhelmed. We will work on developing the vocabulary and techniques to help the students handle the new writing challenges. 

Thursday: Oral Presentational Communication: We will discuss this year’s question and practice grading the samples from the exam. We will work on ways of preparing students for the new exam by emphasizing vertical development and scaffolding. Participants will share thematic units they have developed during the workshop.

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Economics: Micro and Macro with Ulrich Kleinschmidt

The sessions will cover all of the major topics of the courses: concepts, vocabulary, graphs, principles. What to cover will be emphasized, what to avoid will be discussed. A focus will be placed on the units that have been a recent focus of the AP tests and how they have evolved. The graphing and free response techniques needed for successful students will be a priority. Materials to be given to each participant will include scope and sequence suggestions, unit notes, sample lessons. 

The only materials teacher participants will need to have are note taking supplies/tablets of their choosing and a calculator.

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U.S. History with Gwendolyn Cash

This course will focus on developing and improving an AP Program for U.S. History. Emphasis will be placed on the skills, strategies and concepts that engage students in active learning. Participants will explore writing and reading strategies, document and artifact analysis techniques and critical thinking and questioning strategies. A major focus will be on the upcoming redesigned AP Course for 2014-2015.

Topics and Activities of the Course

  • Redesigned Curriculum Framework and Content Objectives
  • Discussion of the New APUSH Exam
  • Developing a Syllabus
  • Simulated Reading of the Exam
  • Selecting texts, readers and other course resources
  • Developing Social Studies Habits of Mind (reading, writing, argumentation, and document analysis skills)
  • Historical Thinking in the AP Classroom
  • Incorporating Technology
  • Assessing Student Performance
  • Review Strategies for the Exam
  • After the Exam Activities
  • Participant Sharing of a Best Practices Lesson or Strategy

What to Bring

  • An example of a Best Practices Lesson to share with fellow participants. Include enough handouts for everyone.
  • Review the Curriculum Framework available at Advances in AP
  • Laptop Computer
  • Your textbook

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Physics 1: Algebra-Based and Physics 2: Algebra-Based (combined) with Mark Kinsey

This course is designed for new or experienced Physics C teachers with emphasis on topics which are more difficult to teach and challenging for the students to learn. We will spend the first two days on topics in mechanics emphasizing rotational and vibrational motion (including oscillation) followed by two days on topics in E & M with emphasis on Gauss’s Law, Ampere’s Law, Biot-Savart Law, and Flux & Emf. RC, RL & LC circuits will also be studied. Labs will be performed ranging from “no-tech” to “high-tech” for each of the concepts studied. Throughout the week, syllabus construction, testing and problem solving strategies, course organization, developing grading rubrics, and additional labs (not actually performed) will be discussed. Please bring your text, a copy of your district’s curriculum guide and a graphing calculator of your choice. Bring a hard copy and an electronic version of your favorite activity, lab, or lesson which you can share with the class! Also, bring a USB drive which has plenty of available space to fill with electronic copies of handouts given by the instructor as well as the participants. A CD will be distributed with copies of old AP Exams not available on the AP Central website which are useful for student practice and/or assessment. Laptops would also be helpful. I look forward building a professional network of physics educators with whom to share this summer at TLU!

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Session II: July 28-31 (from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

European History   |    Human Geography   |    Physics   |    Psychology   |    U.S. History   |    Pre-AP History and Social Sciences   |    Pre-AP Math Junior High

European History with Robert Wade

This Summer Institute is designed for both those teachers inexperienced in teaching AP European History, as well as those who have experience in teaching the course. Teachers will learn to develop their AP course from the basics. They will receive instruction on how to choose a textbook (if they are lucky enough to do so!), as well as choosing ancillary materials that will help. The teachers will work on developing a calendar that will help finish covering necessary material before the administration of the AP Exam and breaking up the course into either six or nine week blocks. Teachers will also receive help in developing lessons that they can use in their classrooms, as well as exchanging best practices and ideas. It is important that each teacher bring their best lesson to share with their peers, whether it is an AP lesson or not!

Teachers will also receive Power Point Presentations that they may use in class, as well as looking at other types of lessons that can be used to enhance learning. In addition, attendees will receive guidance in developing lessons based on the use of primary source documents, as well as primary source documents themselves, and instruction on helping students develop the necessary skills to analyze those documents. Teachers will also receive instruction on how to help students write answers to Free Response Questions as well as Document Based Questions. This will include lessons on developing the thesis, and adding factual information as well as analysis to the essay.

Teachers attending this APSI will receive instruction on scoring the DBQ and have the opportunity to practice this skill with actual AP DBQ’s. Teachers will also work with actual Free Response AP questions and practice scoring these using the actual rubrics. Teachers attending the APSI will receive instruction on helping the students actually prepare for the AP Exam, as well as guidelines for the review.

Approximately 20% of the APSI will be devoted to going over changes in AP Euro with the introduction of the new AP Euro Course and Exam that will be rolled out in.

The AP European History course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the principle themes and eras in European History. These themes include; intellectual and cultural history, political and diplomatic history, and social and economic history. In addition the student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of basic chronology as well as important events and trends from the fifteenth though the twentieth century, the Renaissance through the European Union. The student is also expected to develop the ability to analyze primary source documents, recognizing the bias often found within, and the ability to express their understanding of history in a written format.

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Human Geography with Susan Hollier

This course will focus on helping teachers prepare to teach a one semester college- level course in Human Geography. Employing a blend of content presentations, effective teaching strategies, and technology, the Institute will provide an overview of the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. In addition, strategies to help students prepare for the AP exam will be addressed. All materials are updated for 2014. 


  • The role literature plays in the geography classroom
  • Using current events daily to strengthen critical-level thinking
  • Strategies to create an exciting, innovative classroom atmosphere
  • Incorporating writing methods that actually improve students' skills
  • Tap your local resources to bring the world into your classroom

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Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism and Physics C: Mechanics (combined) with Mark Kinsey

This course is designed for new or experienced Physics C teachers with emphasis on topics which are more difficult to teach and challenging for the students to learn. We will spend the first two days on topics in mechanics emphasizing rotational and vibrational motion (including oscillation) followed by two days on topics in E & M with emphasis on Gauss’s Law, Ampere’s Law, Biot-Savart Law, and Flux & Emf. RC, RL & LC circuits will also be studied. Labs will be performed ranging from “no-tech” to “high-tech” for each of the concepts studied. Throughout the week, syllabus construction, testing and problem solving strategies, course organization, developing grading rubrics, and additional labs (not actually performed) will be discussed. Please bring your text, a copy of your district’s curriculum guide and a graphing calculator of your choice. Bring a hard copy and an electronic version of your favorite activity, lab, or lesson which you can share with the class! Also, bring a USB drive which has plenty of available space to fill with electronic copies of handouts given by the instructor as well as the participants. A CD will be distributed with copies of old AP Exams not available on the AP Central website which are useful for student practice and/or assessment. Laptops would also be helpful. I look forward building a professional network of physics educators with whom to share this summer at TLU!

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Psychology with Kay Minter

This APSI is designed for a combined group of new and veteran AP Psychology teachers. We will review the updates in the College Board curriculum, AP Audit, various syllabi for one and two semester courses, pacing, textbook options, materials, and other important resources to help in the AP classroom. Emphasis will be on nuts-and-bolts best-practices with plenty of time for questions and answers. We will cover some content areas that are typically more difficult for students including neurophysiology and the biochemistry of behavior, research methods and statistics, and sensation and perception. Classroom activities will be demonstrated, including draw-and-color activities and building brains from Play-doh. Additionally, the recent AP Exam will be reviewed and “best practice” ideas for exam success will be shared. A professor of psychology from the local university may be a guest speaker during the week. Come ready to learn and leave energized and excited to be teaching AP Psychology!

Materials Needed for Participants:

Participants are asked to bring 20 tab dividers for a 3-ring notebook, a 4-pack of Play-Doh (4 cans - 20-oz total), paper for plenty of note taking, a yellow highlighter, 3x3 post-it notes, and 6-8 sharpened colored pencils. If you have taught psychology and care to share a favorite lesson, plan to bring handouts with instructions for 30 people. Come ready to eliminate any fears about teaching this wonderful course!

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U.S. History with Penny Rosas

The primary focus of the institute will be to address the parameters of the course redesign and look closely at the new Curriculum Framework, including Historical Thinking Skills with thematic learning objectives. In addition, time will be spent examining the new exam—multiple choice, short answer, long essay and DBQ. 

This workshop will also provide strategies and resources for every new teacher to organize their course, reflecting content specified in the College Board guidelines. Participants should come expecting to gain information and skills including writing instruction, grading essays, specific instructional strategies focused on analytical thinking, and student centered activities. This institute has something for every teacher, regardless of experience.

To organize the course each participant should bring their textbook, calendar/syllabus, and district calendar.

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Pre-AP History and Social Sciences with Nancy Schaefer

Pre-AP Social Studies will assist teachers in developing lessons that will prepare students for the challenges of Advance Placement. The course is for new, as well as experienced, teachers. Participants will learn a variety of instructional strategies that will motivate students and foster the development of skills necessary for success in subsequent history classes in high school and in college. Teachers will have numerous opportunities to engage in hands-on activities and to share ideas and lesson activities with each other. Participants should come ready for an informative and intellectually stimulating week.

Topics for the workshop will be selected from AP U.S. History and AP World History courses and will include current events, cultures/religions of the world, wars/revolutions, world leaders/United Nations, Texas history, geography, and economics. Additional workshop activities will include journal writing, strategies for critical thinking, class notes, primary source analysis, vocabulary building, cartoon analysis, making generalizations, responding to document-based questions, research, student-directed discussions, close reading techniques, ladders of questions, timed writings, rubrics, designing effective test questions, interdisciplinary projects, and lesson activities involving technology.

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Pre-AP Math Junior High with Debbie Preston

The goal of the course is that teachers work together to experience and share ways to uncover the meaning and use of the concepts and basic skills needed for success in middle school pre-AP mathematics. A variety of activities, strategies, and methods, including manipulatives, graphing calculators, and other tools, will be used to increase student understanding. Emphasis will be on exploration and problem solving algebraically, numerically, graphically, and verbally, since facility changing a problem's representation is often critical in revealing a method of solution. This course is targeted towards both inexperienced (2 years or less) and experienced teachers. 

Materials to Bring
*A TI-83 of TI-84 graphing calculator, if you have one

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Gwendolyn Cash (U.S. History) teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History at Clear Creek High School which is a suburb of Houston. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a College Board consultant and she has conducted workshops in both AP and Pre-AP topics for the Southwest Region. She is trained in the Interdisciplinary Strategies workshop for Pre-AP teachers as well as the Smithsonian’s Using Artifacts workshop. She was one of the members of the team who developed the AP Vertical Teams Guide for Social Studies. She has served on the AP Advisory Council for the Southwest Region as well as the committee that developed the Guidelines for Consultants who conduct Summer Institutes. She has been trained in the Advanced Placement and TEKS A Lighthouse Initiative for Texas Social Studies Classrooms that was sponsored by the Texas Education Commission. She has also served as a mentor for new AP teachers who receive grants to start new AP Programs. Recently she was a member of the College Readiness Committee established by the Texas Education Agency as well as a member of the Teacher Advocacy Committee established by the College Board. In 2009 Gwen collaborated with NASA in order to produce a DBQ on The Presidents and Space to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Man’s Landing on the Moon. The DBQ is available on the Smithsonian’s website. In 2010 she was chosen as the Gilder-Lehrman Preserve American History Teacher of the Year for the State of Texas. In 2011 she was chosen as the Teacher of the Year for Clear Creek High. In the spring of 2011 she was selected as one of the Presidential Recognized Teachers in the United States. In 2012 she was chosen to work on the APUSH Alignment with State Standards Committee for the College Board’s re-design of the AP US History course.

Susan Hollier (Human Geography) taught Advanced Placement Human Geography, World Geography and Honors World History at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas for 17 years. She consults for The College Board in Advanced Placement Human Geography and Pre-Advanced Placement World Geography and is a National Training Leader for SoapsTone, as well as having served as a Reader for the Advanced Placement Human Geography Qualifying Test. She served on the TEA Lighthouse AP/TEKS Document Writing Team for Social Studies. Susan is a 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council of Geographic Education and is listed in Who's Who in American Teachers. Her classes have received national recognition for winning the National NewsBowl Current Events Competition and placing in the National Geography Olympiad. She is the World Affairs Council Houston's 2004 International Educator of the Year, a recipient of The Coca-Cola Scholars Joseph B. Whitehead 2006 Educator of Distinction Award and the 2007 Nobel National Society of High School Scholars Educator of Distinction Award. She has served as the K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Committee Member of the NCGE Executive Planning Board and was selected to present at the inaugural International Symposium on Territorial Geography in Seoul, Korea. The Marshall Legacy Institute selected her as the 2010 Joan Wismer CHAMPS Award recipient. In 2011, Ms. Hollier received the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Secondary Education. Ms. Hollier holds a BS degree from Louisiana State University.

Ulrich Kleinschmidt (Economics) has been an AP consultant for College Board since the late 1990s and has conducted institutes in the Southwest Region, Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, California and the People’s Republic of China. Ulrich also taught economics in eastern Russia and has been a government and economics teacher in Sugar Land, Texas for 26 years. Prior to working as a teacher, Ulrich was an archeologist for the Federal Government. Ulrich is the lead author of Kaplan’s AP Government and Politics text and a contributing author and editor for Pearson Education’s AP Economics Study Guide.

Mark Kinsey (Physics) currently teaches Physics I H/GT and AP Physics C at William P. Clements High School in Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, Texas. Prior to his 13 years in FBISD, he taught for 17 years at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas and for 3 years at Memorial High School in Spring Branch ISD. At St. John’s School, he held the Neva & Wesley West Master Teaching Chair in Science (1991-1993) and was instrumental in implementing new technology into the physics labs for data acquisition and analysis. He has also taught regular physics and AP Physics B for over 25 years in addition to AP Physics C for over 30 years. He is active in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and has been a Physics Teacher Resource Agent (PTRA) since 1988. He is currently the Lead PTRA for the Arkansas MSP and NSF Grants at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He has been presenting 1-day, 2-day AP conferences and APSI’s for the College Board in AP Physics B & C at universities in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Arkansas for over 20 years. He has received numerous awards such as The Jesse A. Dorrington Teacher of the Year Award, Science & Engineering Fair of Houston, Senior Division (2003), the Excellence in Physics Teaching Award, Texas Section, AAPT, (2004) and the Sigma Xi Outstanding Teacher Award, Rice/Texas Medical Center Chapter of Sigma Xi (2006). He has been a curriculum writer for physics in FBISD. He served as a member of the State Physics Textbook Review for Texas in 2001. Mark received a BS in Physics from Sam Houston State University in 1979 and enjoys directing handbells at his church.

Robert Glen Martin (Computer Science) is a computer science teacher at the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas (US News and World Report’s Best High School). His program has been recognized by the College Board for "Leading the nation/world in helping the widest segment of their total school population attain college-level mastery of AP Computer Science."
He is also a member of the AP Computer Science A Test Development Committee and serves as an AP Computer Science A Reader and Leader.
Glen’s recognitions include the National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, O’Donnell Texas AP Teacher Award Finalist, the Texas Instruments STEM Innovation in Teaching Award, and the Siemens Advanced Placement Teacher of the Year Award for Texas.

Katherine Minter (Psychology) is a past National Chair of the American Psychological Association's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). With over 25 years teaching experience at both the high school and college level, Katherine is experienced with AP, IB, and Regular Psychology curriculums. As a College Board Consultant traveling nationally for over 18 years, and as an AP Reader of psychology exams for many years, Katherine offers innovative, engaging ways to cover the content of a typical college introductory course. Recipient of the College Board’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996, Katherine was “Teacher of the Year” at Westwood High School for 2000-2001, and was selected "National Teacher of the Year" for APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools for 2009. In 2007 Katherine wrote an AP Psychology Instructor’s Manual to accompany a McGraw-Hill college textbook, and she is co-author of a psychology textbook, PSYCHOLOGY, published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall in 2011.

Yvonne Pittman (Government & Politics) is a summa cum laude graduate of Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas, with degrees in both political science and history. Mrs. Pittman spent 25 years as a classroom teacher and social studies department chairman in Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas. She left the classroom to work in administration as the Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Katy ISD where she designed curriculum, provided staff development, and promoted various district social studies programs. In addition, as a founding member of the Katy ISD AP Vertical Team, Mrs. Pittman worked to promote increased rigor and vertical alignment of the curriculum in all KISD high schools. She was selected to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute at Harvard University in 2008. In 2009, she was one of twelve teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the House of Representatives Fellows Program. She has been a College Board Faculty Consultant since 1999 and was an Exam Reader for nine years. Mrs. Pittman has also been a presenter at the National AP Conference and other national venues on numerous occasions in recent years. Since her 2010 retirement Mrs. Pittman has continued her consulting duties with the College Board, authored an online curriculum guide for the San Jacinto Museum of History in La Porte, Texas and written a children’s book about Montpelier. Her professional affiliations include Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Council of the Social Studies, National Council of the Social Studies, Texas Association of Social Studies Supervisors and Delta Kappa Gamma (International Association of Women Educators).

Deborah B. Preston (Pre-AP Math Junior High) attended Rice University and received her BS in mathematics from UTSA, and her Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has been teaching for 28 years, 24 of which have been in AP and Pre-AP mathematics classes at Keystone School, where she chairs the Upper School Mathematics Department. A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, she co-authored the Instructor's Guide to accompany Paul A. Foerster's Calculus: Concepts and Applications. For 12 years, she and Mr. Foerster taught mathematics summer institutes for teachers through the University of California at Berkeley. She makes presentations at national conferences on technology use in the mathematics curriculum and is an experienced writer of standardized mathematics tests. A national consultant for the College Board for 17 years, she has presented many AP summer institutes in middle-school pre-AP mathematics and calculus and has spoken at numerous 1- and 2-day conferences regionally and nationally. Ms. Preston has been recognized as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Radio Shack/Tandy Technology Outstanding Teacher, and was a recipient of the state-level Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. In February 2006, the College Board's Report to the Nation reported that the 2005 Calculus BC AP scores for Ms. Preston's students were the best in the nation for small schools under 300 students.

Penny Rosas (U.S. History), an educator for over 25 years, has been a College Board consultant and exam reader for over ten years. Receiving her undergraduate degree from Pan American University and her M.Ed. from University of Texas—Pan American, both of Edinburg, Texas, Penny has taught junior high school through college history classes and finally found her true calling with high school juniors. Teaching high school students and working with educators are her passions. Celebrating 34 years of marriage, enjoying her grandsons, reaping the benefits of an empty nest, Penny loves reading on her Kindle Fire.

Nancy Schaefer (Pre-AP History and Social Sciences) graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with B.A. and M.Ed. degrees. She has 21 years of teaching experience, both in the private and public school arenas, and she currently teaches at Cabot Junior High South in Cabot, Arkansas. Nancy is a College Board Consultant in the Southwestern Region, and she has presented at three AP National Conferences, as well as numerous AP Workshops and Summer Institutes in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Florida. In addition, she has developed curriculum for middle school social studies, and her instructional experience includes U.S. history, world history, world cultures, economics, Model United Nations, and English. Nancy has membership in the National Council for Social Studies and the Arkansas Council for Social Studies, and she is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board on Economic Education at the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.

Elizabeth Smith (German) recently retired from teaching German for 42 years. She taught AP German since 1991 at Plano Senior High School. After graduating with a BA in Modern Language from Kansas State University, she received her MA in German Education from the University of Kansas. She has served as table leader and a question leader for the AP reading and has been presenting workshops on the teaching of AP German since 1993. She co-authored a workshop for the College Board on Vertical Teaming in the Language classroom and has collaborated on a book published by the College Board to prepare students for the exam. She is a reviewer of materials on the website, AP Central, and has contributed to focus materials on reading and writing for the College Board. She is currently working with the College Board on materials for use in workshops to train teachers for the new AP Exam. As past president of the American Association of Teachers of German, she has had the opportunity to work with the latest materials and pedagogy. She was honored by the AATG as National German Educator of the Year at the Secondary Level in 2006.

Robert Wade (European History) has been a teacher at John Paul II HS in Plano, Texas for the past 4 years. Mr. Wade teaches College Prep World Cultures, College Prep U.S. Government, as well as AP European History, and serves as a sophomore class sponsor. Prior to teaching at a private school he taught at a large urban high school in Dallas for 32 years. Robert has served as a reader for the AP European History Exam for 14 years and a National College Board AP Consultant for 13 years. He is the author of the Teacher’s Resource Guide for “The Making of the West by Lynn Hunt.“ He received his BA in education from Texas Tech with minors in History and Political Science, and a M. Ed. from Texas A&M, Commerce. He enjoys Cycling, Swimming, Reading, spending time with his wife, Karen, 3 children, and 3 grandchildren.

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Tuition is $500 per institute conducted at TLU. Tuition includes instructional materials, CEUs, certificates, lunches, and breaks. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) helps fund the attendance of public school AP and Pre-AP teachers (grade 6-12) at AP Summer Institutes endorsed by the College Board.

Other Costs - See below for information about late enrollments, changes, cancellations, and no shows. If a session must be canceled due to low enrollment, registrants will be notified as soon as possible, and a full refund will be issued if the registrant does not choose to attend an alternate session. Other state departments of education also fund participants with prior approval. Please consult your state’s department of education.

  • The cost for each of the workshops is $500.
  • The deadline for regular enrollment is May 30.
  • There is a $50 fee for processing late enrollments and changes after May 30. Changes include, but are not limited to, late/new enrollments, substituting participants, and cancellations.
  • Refunds on cancellations, minus the $50 processing fee, will be given through June 30.
  • Cancellations after June 30 and No Shows must pay the full amount of tuition.

All changes must be sent in writing via e-mail or mail before the deadlines listed above. No telephone changes will be accepted.


All sessions include instructional materials and packets/manuals prepared by The College Board and the consultants. Book companies typically have been very generous in sending textbooks to be distributed during the institutes. Other materials needed for each course are noted in the course descriptions.

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Area Events and Sites of Interest

One of the oldest towns in Texas with a history dating back to the days of the Republic, Seguin is laced with a rich heritage and a variety of things to see and do. Historic and colorful San Antonio is one of the nation’s most-visited cities, and Austin is our beautiful, bustling capital city, both less than an hour from Seguin. Nearby are unique German communities, the Texas Hill Country, and rivers and lakes that provide water fun. Shopping bargains reign in San Marcos, only 20 minutes away, at the country’s busiest outlet mall.

For more information, see the following websites:
The Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce
San Marcos Convention and Visitors’ Center
New Braunfels Convention and Visitors’ Center
The Historic Town of Gruene, Texas


As a participant in our APSI you may use the TLU Fitness Center while you are here. However, you must print, complete and have your physician complete and sign the Physical Activity Clearance Form.

The Dr. Burton E. Grossman Fitness Center

The fitness center, opened in 1998, is well equipped with Nautilus machine equipment, including a full line for all major muscle groups and some minor groups. Equipment promoting cardiovascular wellness includes four treadmills, one elliptical cross trainer, four stair-steppers, three upright stationary bikes, and three recumbent stationary bikes. Also, the center offers free-weight equipment, including a large area for free weights, an area for squat racks, four bench presses, one incline, one decline and one military press, three power clean platforms, one Smith machine, a free-weight leg press, a hack squat, and a flat bench area for various exercises.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

TLU Mabee Aquatic Center

The Mabee Aquatic Center is an outdoor heated pool.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 12-8 p.m. - Open Swim; July 9-19, the pool will close at 6pm for swim lessons.

Other on Campus Recreational Facilities

Nine lighted tennis courts and a jogging track are available for 24-hour use.

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