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.
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 14-17 (from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Session II: July 28-31 (from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Computer ScienceRobert 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.
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.
What participants should bring:
- Textbook that will be used, if available
- Paper/pen or laptop computer for note-making
GermanElizabeth SmithInstitute 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 workshopEconomics: Macro & MicroUlrich 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
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
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!
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.
Human GeographySusan Hollier
U.S. HistoryPenny Rosas
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
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!
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.
Pre-AP History and Social Sciences
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.Pre-AP Math Junior HighDebbie 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
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 at www.tlu.edu/apsi.
|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.
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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 am – 10 am and 12:00 - 7:00 pm
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.