Advanced Placement Summer Institute
July 13-16 & July 20-23, 2015
Texas Lutheran University is pleased to partner with the College Board® to offer several four-day-long workshops of the AP® / PRE-AP® Summer Institute, July 13-16 and July 20-23, 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.
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.
WHY PARTICIPANTS CHOOSE TLU
- 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.
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 13-16 (from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Comparative Government & Politics with Bonnie Herzong
Designed for new and experienced teachers of AP Comparative Government Politics, this workshop will cover the various aspects of the course. All the following countries are required to be taught: United Kingdom, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria and Iran. Important conceptual course material, syllabi, evaluation instruments, teaching materials and strategies will be covered. The format will include lecture – introduction of material, discussion, evaluation and use of websites, analysis of sample textbooks, and supplemental readings, audio-visual materials, including independent application of the materials presented. The purpose is to give the participants hands-on material and ideas that can be taken back to the classroom while also reviewing the AP examination process. Each participant will have time to develop and share course materials such as lessons, projects, and assessment forms.
English Language Composition with Jamie Stanley
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition teachers will explore to improve and enhance junior English courses by focusing on the five curricul of essay writing: close reading, language analysis, rhetorical analysis, construc argument, and personal voice development. Emphasis will be placed on non-f selections and methods to approach the Synthesis Question. Participants will refine major units to more closely reflect Advanced Placement goals, will revi discuss the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam, an brainstorm what AP teachers can do to help students achieve necessary skills.
What participants should bring:
- A willingness to share a successful/engaging lesson used with students
- One non-fiction essay you will use with your AP students in the coming year
- One non-fiction book you think your students should read
- Post-its, notepaper, and note-taking supplies
Spanish Language with Alma Gonzalez
The objective of this AP Spanish Language institute will focus on the format and content of the latest AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. It will consist of a thorough overview of the new exam including and not limited to the 6 themes and essential learning skills for a successful AP program. This is an activity-based approach that will provide participants with useful strategies and activities for not only developing but maintaining a successful AP program. Additional topics include applying the new rubrics, and integrating other important components such as literature, music, culture videos and online resources.
What participants should bring:
- Copies of your favorite activity, project
- Video, or ancillary materials to share with other participants on the last day
- If you have a favorite and successful unit of study pertaining to the new format please bring 25 copies to share with classmates
- Lots of sticky notes and a couple of highlighters
Physics I with Christopher Bruhn
This summer we will be having fun as we dive into the redesigned AP Physics 1 course.
The course goals are for each participant to have:
- Awareness of the redesigned course mindset and requirements
- Understanding of the new exam format
- Practical methods for utilizing physics education research instructional strategies
- Hands on experience with guided inquiry labs
- Self-confidence in the new curricular topic of rotational motion and the other topics of the courses
What participants should bring:
- A good attitude and readiness to participate in a collaborative environment!
- Laptop (These will be used during the institute.)
- Digital camera and a method to transfer video files to your laptop. (We will be practicing how to use of video analysis in class.)
- A method for taking notes
Physics C Mechanics with David Brink
The goal of the AP Summer Institute is to help prepare teachers for the AP Physics C Mechanics course. The institute will focus on the content of the AP Physics C Mechanics course, problem-solving and laboratory activities, available resources and research-based strategies for making the most of class time. Participants will receive a comprehensive review of the AP Physics C Mechanics curriculum and an electronic collection of course materials, including problems, solutions and grading standards. Meeting others who are developing their AP Physics C courses in their schools will give you many contacts for working together and sharing ideas.
What participants should bring:
- a graphing calculator
- an electronic version of a favorite lab or activity to share
- a thumb drive and/or laptop computer to copy all the information from the week
Statistics with Tom Parker
- Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
- Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
- Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
- Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
Macroeconomics with Mary Walters
The purpose of this institute is to give teachers an understanding of the expectations of the AP Macroeconomics course. This course will cover syllabus development and course organization, resources available to assist both the teacher and the student, and methods for improving student performance on the AP exam. Participants will have opportunities to share best practices and favorite lessons.
What participants should bring:
- Laptop or tablet
- Flash drive
- Experienced teachers may bring a favorite lesson to share
U.S. History with Gwen Cash
The 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 the redesigned AP course and exam.
Topics and Activities of the Course:
- Curriculum Framework and Content Objectives
- Discussion of the redesigned AP Exam
- Developing a syllabus
- Simulated Reading of the Exam
- Selecting texts, readers, and other course resources
- Developing Social Studies Habits of Mind (Reading, Writing, 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 AP Strategies
What Participants Should Bring:
- An example of a best practices lesson to share with fellow participants
- Enough handouts for all participants will be greatly appreciated
- Your textbook
Pre-AP High School Mathematics with Donna Speer
This course is designed to help teachers incorporate AP/Pre-AP strategies and concepts into their math curriculum. It will emphasize math topics such as: accumulation, area, coordinate geometry, functions, limits, optimization, sequences and series, rate of change, probability and statistics and how these topics can be appropriately included in different math courses. There will be a variety of teaching strategies including activities, projects, alternative assessments, graphing calculators, CBLs, and internet. Participants will discuss Pre-AP philosophy, resources, vertical teaming, AP exams and grading and how to get support from parents, and administrators.
Participants are encouraged to bring:
- Their graphing calculator (if they have one)
- Their best lesson or activity to share
Session II: July 20-23 (from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Calculus AB with Linda Hall
The AP Calculus AB Institute will cover the content of the AP course, with an emphasis on approaching the material both graphically and analytically. Participants will receive materials to use with their students including teaching notes, discovery lessons using the graphing calculator, worksheets for extra practice and AP practice problems. Discussion of how to fit all of the topics into the school year and how to review for the AP test will also be included.
What participants should bring:
- graphing calculator (preferably the same one that their students will be using).
- a package of notebook paper
- graph paper
Comparative Government & Politics with Eugene Chase
The course will focus on the content and skills necessary to successfully teach AP Comparative Government and Politics. Particular attention will be paid to teaching major concepts as well as six countries features on the Comparative Government exam. Teaching will be given tips to improve student writing and analysis of documents and data. At least one day will focus in integrating technology into the classroom to deepen student understanding of course material. Teachers are highly encouraged to bring their wireless device (tablet or laptop).
European History with Peggy Syers
Peggy divides her institute into the following components:
- Content: Emphasis on historical facts, anecdotes, and overall information. I find this especially useful for teachers relatively new to the class and more experienced teachers often re-connect with their interest in the subject matter. The more you know, the more you can teach.
- Methodology: Emphasis on ways and means to approach the material. This year, special attention will be paid to the upcoming course revisions. I have received training in Chicago from College Board on these revisions and will return to Chicago for another 2 days of training this April. I will contrast the current approach to the class with the required revisions and how to blend or in some cases change the approach.
- Ways and means to successfully tackle the National Exam.
- How to write a no-fail historical essay and how to assess it quickly,
- I listen to teachers’ concerns and try to address each one. I ask: what is your best practice and what is your worst problem?
- Classroom management: new approaches to due dates, time management, and homework.
- How to establish vertical teams and the benefits of team-teaching & inter-disciplinary learning.
- Resources: books, secondary & primary sources, guest lecturers, tapping into community resources which are relevant to & which enhance the class.
- I use a hands-on approach to each skill; teachers must be comfortable with doing themselves what they ask their students to do.
- The time period covered is 1450-present.
Human Geography with Linda Hammon
Designed for new and experienced AP Human Geography teachers seeking to expand their knowledge of concepts and teaching strategies, this course will look at providing in-depth discussion of specific content areas to help participants gain a broad understanding of the various topics. Participants will look at exam preparation, especially related to writing skills by reviewing past and current FRQs from the AP exam. Attention will be paid to developing a syllabi, modeling lessons, and various teaching resources. Participants will be encouraged to share best practices and to learn from one another and the workshop leader.
Topics will include the following:
- Thinking geographically, globally, spatially, and conceptually
- Prevailing themes of globalization, urbanization, population, and development
- Field studies, class research projects, and case studies
- An examination of the cultural landscape
- Course outlines and syllabi
- Preparing students for success on the AP exam
- Using multiple textbooks, supplementary materials, internet, and videos
What participants should bring:
- Classroom text currently used
- Sample of materials from each unit of AP Human Geography (if you have been teaching the course)
- 4 or 8 GB flash drive
- Digital photographs or artifacts of your local cultural landscape
- Two favorite AP Human Geography lesson plans to share (these may be electronic)
Physics II with Beatrice Rasmussen (For new and experienced AP teachers)
The learning objectives of this course are the following. After this course the participants will be able to:
- Develop a syllabus to pass an AP audit.
- Understand the emphasis on the AP exam and effectively prepare students for the AP exam.
- Understand the content in the AP Physics 2 curriculum and apply strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Physics 2 curriculum.
- Understand the different types of laboratory experiments and activities and effectively apply strategies for designing and implementing these activities.
- Share with other participants ideas for classroom demonstrations, labs and activities.
Included in this course are the following materials:
- College Board Workshop Handbook
- Curriculum Materials and Activities
What To Bring:
- Note taking materials
- Laptop for electronic curriculum
- Flash drive
Spanish Literature with Delia Montesinos
The 2015 Spanish Literature and Culture Institute is designed to assist teachers in preparing or enhancing their AP Spanish Literature and Culture course and guiding students to a richer, deeper understanding of and appreciation for Spanish and Latin American literature. Using works from the course Reading List participants will review and design strategies to urge students to relate content to historical, geopolitical, socioeconomic, and literary contexts, and to understand the six course themes and their organizing concepts. An essential part of the institute will be the discussion of activities and strategies to enhance student performance on the various parts of the exam, including the listening sections, the multiple-choice section, and the free-response section, including preparing students for writing short-responses and organized analytical essays. Results from past administrations of the exam will be reviewed to better understand how to effectively prepare students for the exam.
Spanish Language and Culture with Victoria Sullivan
This APSI is designed primarily for teachers new to the AP Spanish Language and Culture course, but will be beneficial to experienced teachers, who will be encouraged to share their expertise during the week. Participants will be involved in developing and sharing lesson plans and strategies that reflect the course changes that will allow them to teach the new course and prepare their students to be successful on the new exam. This course will be conducted primarily in Spanish, however there will be some material coming from the College Board that is presented in English.
Topics will include the following:
- Study the changes in the course’s curriculum and the exam for 2014, focusing on the new format.
- Get to know the Audit process, and also develop or review the Syllabus.
- Analyze and take the new Exam.
- Study the thematic units, suggested context and essential questions as developed by the College Board.
- Use authentic literature in AP Spanish Language.
- Find and use authentic resources from the Internet.
- Connect the learning of Language and Culture through products-‐practices and perspectives in the Hispanic world.
- Approach grammar in a proficiency-‐oriented classroom
- Use projects to integrate and develop thematic units.
Teachers should bring with them:
- A flash drive for saving and sharing download materials.
- A copy of the main textbook used in the current AP Spanish course.
- A copy of the syllabus used in the AP Spanish class last year.
- Any lesson plan that has used a thematic approach, specific contexts and essential questions as suggested by the College Board.
Studio Art with Quiquia Calhoun
The AP Summer Institute will be a valuable resource for teachers in connecting middle and high school students to a higher level of learning in the visual arts. It will give teachers the strategies and tools they need to engage their students in the development of higher visual studio art skills and computer knowledge.
Teachers will have an understanding of Advance Placement Studio Art Program to help students to prepare a portfolio. The teachers will learn a variety of approaches to visual art styles and techniques, abstraction, expression, and the investigation of the principles and elements of Drawing, 2-D-Design and 3-D, art standards.
The institute will provide lesson ideas for three levels for student learning; emerging, proficient, and advanced. These levels will not necessarily correspond to a particular grade level. Teachers will view a power point showing works in a portfolio demonstrating a Breadth and a Concentration of conceptual compositional and technical works of art, to address a very board interpretation of drawing, 2-D Design and 3D issues. Photography and various drawing and printing techniques will be incorporated in the activity lessons.
Computer Science A with Glen 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 information about the current and future direction of the APCS A course as well as the latest information from the 2015 APCS A Reading.
A broad range of AP Computer Science A topics will be covered including 1D and 2D arrays, Lists/ArrayLists, generics, sorting, searching, recursion, object oriented programming, the APCS A Labs, and AP Examination free response problems.
Participants will obtain substantial hands on lab experience utilizing programming projects authored by the presenter. Participants will also 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.
David Brink currently teaches College Physics, University Physics, Physical Science and Astronomy at Frank Phillips College, Borger, Texas. In his 37 year career in Borger High School, he taught Pre-AP Physics and AP Physics B for 29 years, AP Physics C Mechanics for 11 years, with Calculus AP/AB, and Astronomy among his other classes. He was honored by being a Woodrow Wilson Master Teacher at Princeton University, Project NEWMAST Honors Teacher at Kennedy Space Center; Project SPICA Resource Teacher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Space Physics Resource Teacher at the NASA Space Physics Division at the University of Iowa; and the International Conference on High energy Physics at the Superconducting, Super-Collider site. He has been a College Board presenter at 2 Day Science Conferences in the Southwest Region since 2008, and has taught AP Summer Institutes since 2009. Mr. Brink holds a BS with a double major in Physics and Mathematics from Texas Christian University and a MEd in Physics and Mathematics Education from West Texas A&M University.
Christopher Bruhn was an aerospace engineer with Bell Helicopter before becoming a teacher. He taught 10 years as a physics teacher at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX and 10 more as AP Physics Lead Teacher for Dallas ISD at several of the district high schools. Before joining Summit International Preparatory, Chris was as a Regional Director at the National Math and Science Initiative. Chris has worked with students and teachers from around the country.
Quiquia Calhoun has taught AP Studio Art for twenty-seven (27) years of her thirty-seven (37) years teaching career with Oklahoma City Public Schools. She received her BA of Art and Education (Pre-K to Grade 12) from Oklahoma City University in 1977 and a Masters in Clothing and Textiles from Oklahoma University in 1978. While teaching at Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering, she has served as AP Studio Art National Consultant College Board consultant for nine (9) years. Quiquia was selected Southwest Region AP studio Art Teacher of the Year in 1998. She has been an AP College Board Reader since 2001. In addition, she was National AP Vertical Team Guide Co-Author for AP Studio Art and panelist at the AP Equity Colloquium in 2008. Previously, she received an Excellent Education Award from Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and was a Teacher of the Year nominee in the Oklahoma City Public school District. In 2009, Quiquia completed AP Summer Institute Workshops at the following locations: University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, and Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Texas at San Antonio, Pharr-San Juan- Alamo, McAllen, Texas, and New Mexico Highlands University.
Gwen Cash 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.
Eugene Chase teaches U.S. and Comparative government and politics at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he also serves as social studies department chair. A table leader at the AP US Government reading, he has been consulting for the College Board since 1999 and has presented at AP and Pre-AP workshops nationwide and at the AP National Conference. He is a National Board Certified Teacher (AYA Social Studies - History) and has also served as an assessor for the National Board. Gene has been an AP Government advisor for two textbooks and has provided staff development to many school districts including Chicago Public Schools and Boston Public Schools. Also working with the Education Testing Service, he has been an item writer for the US and Comparative Government and Politics Exams and has been assessor for the Praxis Series teacher licensure tests. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Continuing his relationship with UCO, Gene also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts teaching having taught Social Studies Methods and American National Government. Currently, Gene is working on his doctor of education degree.
Alma L. González has been teaching in the public schools for 30 years. She has served as Department Head of the Foreign Language Dept. for 18 years. She has been a Spanish AP Reader for 9 years and has served as a Table Leader as well. She has experience in teaching Spanish Language AP and Spanish Literature AP. She is also been an adjunct professor and University of Texas-Brownsville for 10 years and at Gladys Porter High School in Brownsville, TX. For 28 years. She has been a consultant for College Board for several years.
Linda Hall has lived in the Sugar Land, Texas, area for 35 years and is currently teaching at Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD. She has taught AP Calculus for 25 of her 41 years of teaching. She has seen many of her students go on to have exciting mathematics careers. She is a College Board consultant and has presented at numerous College Board two-day conferences and APSI summer workshops. She holds a BS in Education and a Masters in Mathematics from Illinois State University.
Linda Hammon is currently an adjunct lecturer at Texas State University in San Marcos, teaching Geography of Africa in the Honors College and World Regional Geography in the Geography department, and also teaches APHG at Canyon High School in Comal ISD. She has been teaching geography for more than 34 years and had taught Pre-AP World Geography for the past 15. Ms. Hammon taught 9th-grade Pre-AP Geography, AP Human Geography and AP Art History at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. She worked closely with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education as co-editor of its newsletter for six years and was a member of the steering committee and a teacher consultant for more than eleven years. Ms. Hammon has been a College Board consultant for sixteen years and a reader for the APHG exam for eight. She has received numerous honors including the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching award, two National Council for Geographic Education/CRAM awards for exemplary classroom teaching, the Comal Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year award, Austin ISD High School Teacher of the Year award, the Southwest Texas State University Geography Department Distinguished Alumni award and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education's Distinguished Service award. For the last 6 years she has been recognized as one of Comal ISD’s most influential teachers by a Canyon High School graduating senior. Ms Hammon holds a B.S. in geography and art and a M.Ed in curriculum and instruction and applied geography.
Bonnie Herzog, a 30-year teaching veteran, began teaching advanced placement in 1988 in the School District of Hillsborough County (Tampa), Florida. She also taught one year (2002-03) at Culver Academy in Culver, Indiana. She has taught AP United States Government and Politics, Comparative Politics and United States History. Ms. Herzog has been a Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader for Comparative Politics. She is an endorsed College Board consultant and thoroughly enjoys meeting teachers while conducting workshops and summer institutes for both United States Government & Politics and Comparative Politics courses She also served as a school district mentor in order to help new teachers develop courses in AP U.S. Government and AP Comparative Politics. Ms. Herzog is a co-author of Multiple-Choice & Free-Response Questions in Preparation for the AP U.S. Government and Politics Examination, 6th Edition for D & S Publishing and is currently working on the 7th edition of the book. She earned her B.A. at Northern Kentucky University and earned National Board Certification in 2007.
Robert Glen Martin 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 attains college-level mastery of AP Computer Science."
He is a member of the AP Computer Science A Test Development Committee and serves as an AP Computer Science A Reader and Question Leader. He is also a co-author of the APCS A Elevens Lab. 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.
Delia Méndez Montesinos is a former high-school AP Literature teacher; in 1995 she received the Southwestern Region Advanced Placement Special Recognition Award. From 1994-1997 she was a member of the Spanish Language and Literature Test Development Committee and currently she is the Co-Chair for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Development Committee. She has been a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader for the AP Spanish Literature Exam and for the past three years she has served as Exam Leader. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Ph.D.
Tom Parker taught for 30 years in NC / VA – currently AP Statistics and Math 3.
- SW Guilford HS; Kernersville NC
- Dual certifications in Math / Music
- Masters in Math Education (2012; Western Governors Univ.)
- Bachelor of Science in Management (1981; Virginia Tech)
- National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
- Adult and Young Adolescent Mathematics
- AP Statistics Exam Reader since 2009
- AP Statistics Consultant: National Math and Science Initiative
- Member: National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers
- Member: Barbershop Harmony Society (former judge/clinician)
Beatrice Rasmussen is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas. She obtained a B.S. in Marine Sciences from Texas A&M University of Galveston in 1981 and a M.S. in Physics from University of Texas at Dallas in 1996. She has completed research toward a Ph.D. Past projects include: a study of nuclear waste disposal, a neural network study for prediction of Equatorial Spread-F, and a power spectra study of Equatorial Spread-F. Currently she is working on a fourth project dealing with remote sensing data and self-organized mapping. Rasmussen has taught both algebra and calculus based physics at UTD for several years. She has graded AP Physics exams for five years and been a faculty advocate for a physics homework website. She currently holds webinars on how to create content for that homework website. She is working on developing new elective courses for the undergraduate physics students: Physics of the Human Body and Fluid Mechanics as well as a Peer Lead Team Learning project for physics.
Donna Speer is currently teaching Pre AP Pre Calculus, AP Statistics and Advanced Quantitative Reasoning at Northwest High School in Justin, Tx. She taught 10 years in the El Paso ISD before moving to the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Over the past 30 years she has taught a variety of math courses from 7th grade math to AP Calculus and Statistics to students from varied backgrounds. She has been a certified consultant for the College Board for the last 8 years and a reader for the AP Statistics exam for the 6 years. She enjoys her work with the College Board and the opportunity to work with other teachers to improve math education.
Jamie Stanley teaches at Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas. As Board consultant, she has worked with Pre-AP and AP English teachers through Southwest Region in one and two day conferences and AP Summer Institutes Methodist University, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas, the University of Arkansas, and others. She has been a Reader for the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam since 1999 an served as department chair and English Vertical Team Leader.
Victoria Sullivan was born in Chile, attended Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago) where she received a professional degree in Educational and Clinical Psychology. She received a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Ball State University and an Advanced Certificate Degree in Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She was trained as an oral proficiency tester in Spanish at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I completed eighteen graduate hours in Spanish Linguistic studies at the University of Houston main campus. She worked as a Spanish instructor at University of Illinois, Illinois State University and the University of Houston and as an Advanced Placement teacher at Kinkaid School in Houston.
Her experience includes: working with Spanish language Advanced Placement as a University Instructor, as an AP teacher for eight years, as an AP reader for five years and as an AP College Consultant for 11 years. She has conducted AP Spanish Language Institute in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. She has a passion and talent for teaching. Her hobbies include: hiking, bike riding, reading, and listening to music.
Peggy Syers has spent her 35-year teaching career educating students in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. She has taught AP World History, AP European History, AP Human Geography, and AP United States History. She also taught AP U.S. History for 3 years in a Boys’ Correctional Institution in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was 1 of 12 people who designed the AP curriculum and the Humanities curriculum for Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico. She is a reader for the National Exam and is a history and teaching methods consultant for College Board. She recently completed writing the Teachers’ Guide to David Kennedy’s new edition of American Pageant, the leading textbook for AP U.S. History and she also wrote the history teachers’ guide to Five Steps To A Five, a manual for effective ways to approach the U.S. National Exam. She enjoys working with teachers all across the country.
Mary McClintock Wolters Mary Wolters teaches AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, and economics at Westlake High School, Austin, Texas. Before she began her teaching career, she worked as an urban planning/economic consultant in Austin and Denver, Colorado, with a focus on environmental impact studies and land use planning.
For the last several years she has been an AP Economics exam reader for ETS/College Board as well as an AP Economics Consultant for the College Board, presenting one- and two-day workshops and week-long institutes in Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, and Florida.
She has a B.A. in economics from Tulane University, New Orleans, La., and a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas in Austin.
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 31.
- There is a $50 fee for processing late enrollments and changes after May 31. 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 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.
You MUST ENROLL ONLINE to confirm your place in our Summer Institute.
How to Enroll
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- Late enrollments and changes to regular enrollment after May 31 will be charged an additional $50 processing fee.
- ALL changes must be sent in writing via email or mail before the deadlines listed above.
- NO telephone changes will be accepted.
- The ‘Participant Packet’ will be sent to the same email address as on the registration form 10 days prior to the event.
- On the first day of APSI, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Tschoepe Hall Foyer.
Participants should ask if there are any specials if they are attending the APSI conference at TLU.
Seguin Bed & Breakfasts
Seguin RV Camping
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 6 p.m. for swim lessons.
Other on Campus Recreational Facilities
Nine lighted tennis courts and a jogging track are available for 24-hour use.
- Summer Programs
- Community Education
- Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
- Community Music Academy
April 18, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
April 17, 2015 all day
April 20, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
April 24, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
May 14, 2015 all day