AP Summer Institute Courses


The course will provide information and experiences on how to teach both the context and laboratory components of the course pairing these with the CED - (Curriculum Exam Design), especially the learning objectives.  Activities to support an understanding of the revised structure and redesign of the AP Biology Framework will be a major part of the summer institute.  There will be instruction on how to prepare an audit based on the new CED for new teachers to the course.  Teachers will do some of the inquiry based laboratory investigations in the AP Biology Student Laboratory Manual or alternatives to these labs.  Additional activities and strategies to support inquiry-based learning will be discussed.  The importance of the inclusion of math within the AP Biology Course will be emphasized.

The design of the AP Biology Exam and the importance of how to take the test based on experience with the grading process will be presented and discussed. We will review, analyze and discuss some of the multiple choice and free response questions from the 2020 exam. Teachers will learn methods to better prepare their students for writing the free response portion of the exam as well as analyze knowledge and skills involved in the multiple choice section.

Maureen Nosal has been a reader, Table and Question Leader at the AP Reading for over 20 years. Maureen serves as a consultant for College Board presenting AP workshops and Summer Institutes throughout the world as well as a member of the APAC Steering Committee. She has also been an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey in the Biology and Education Departments. 


 AP Chemistry - New   and Experienced Teachers

 This online course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. It is geared toward, but not limited, to new AP Chemistry teachers. During the week, we will look at the unique features of AP Chemistry, review content, and explore the depth of content required by the course. Considerable time will be spent reviewing the syllabus required by the College Board for all AP courses as well as conducting labs throughout the workshop specifically designed for the course requirements. Topics to be covered include kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. In order to create a culture of collaboration and community, experienced teachers will have the opportunity to share what has worked well in their course as well as brainstorm solutions for any challenges faced. In addition, we will examine past AP tests with the goal to develop strategies to enable students to perform well on the exam. Virtual labs/demonstrations are included, as appropriate.

Stephen Pulliam is a passionate educator inspiring and challenging students to reach their potential in the classroom and beyond. For nearly 25 years, he has been shaping the minds of his students in the sciences and other STEM classes. In 2003, he began teaching AP Chemistry, became an AP Reader in 2009, and a Table Leader in 2012. In 2015, Stephen piloted materials for the AP Insight Chemistry program and soon thereafter became a consultant conducting workshops across the country. Stephen also serves as a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative, leading workshops and student study sessions nationwide. Currently Stephen is the Chair of the Science Department at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, in addition to teaching AP and Honors Chemistry. He also serves as the assistant coach to girls’ varsity basketball and middle school baseball. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys spending downtime with his wife and children, and especially venturing off on fishing trips with his son.


AP English Literature and Composition is a skills course, and reading, writing, and thinking skills at the highest level are the heart of this challenging English program.  Participants will closely and actively examine the AP English Literature exam format and the scoring of sample responses using the analytic rubrics.  Once the skills are identified and resources are fully explored, the focus of this hands-on workshop will be the presentation, modeling, and practical application of strategies to teach close reading, analysis, questioning, grammar, rhetoric, and writing. All strategies are adaptable to any material currently in use in the participant’s curriculum. 

The course will be taught by Brian Sztabnik.



The Advanced Placement Summer Institute in Calculus provides a detailed analysis of the Advanced Placement Calculus course (AB level) including the recent revisions made to the calculus program.  The AP calculus program requires teachers and students to work at a high academic level and encourages students to think as mathematicians.  This weeklong program will examine ways to do this.  We will look at the big ideas of calculus and the enduring understandings, the learning objectives, and the essential knowledge our students must obtain.  We will look at what topics must be taught and how the topics may be taught.

We will review the concepts of AB calculus highlighting limits, derivatives and their applications, and integrals and their applications.  In all sections we look at ways to develop a conceptual understanding of the topics along with the computational skills needed to be successful. 

As we examine these topics, we will explore AP Classroom. AP Classroom includes unit topics and unit guides. The unit guides have links to formative Topic Questions where students can check their understanding of material being studied. They include Personal Progress Checks where students learn of their strengths and weaknesses. And conclude with the summative questions found in the Question Bank that may be used in preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination.

The week is intense but filled with teachers working together in order to build a strong AB Calculus course.

The course will be taught by Michael White.


AP Physics C

AP C Mechanics and AP C Electricity and Magnetism

In this workshop, participants will strengthen their understanding of the content of AP* Physics C curriculum and familiarize themselves with teaching techniques that have been designed to increase student understanding through inquiry lab practices and problem solving. The content coverage is flexible according to participant need with emphasis on topics which are more difficult to teach and more challenging for the students to learn. This will likely include in mechanics: rotation (rotational inertia, torque, angular momentum, etc.) and oscillation, and in E & M: Gauss's Law, Ampere's Law, Biot-Savart Law, and Induction. The consultant will share an extensive set of AP problems, quizzes, tests, labs, and other materials. Participants will learn content with an emphasis on what is difficult for students; become familiar with College Board expectations of students and teachers; author their own AP-style questions and rubrics; practice a set of guided inquiry labs (including low-tech options and labs for rotation); investigate teaching resources developed from Physics Education Research; work collaboratively to share and practice new strategies that maximize student understanding. Participants should bring: Laptop (a USB or other external drive may be helpful); Labs, demonstrations, or teaching tips to share (optional).

The course will be taught by Jesus Hernandez.


This session will inform teachers of the latest changes in the redesigned AP U.S History exam with the most recent revisions emphasized. It will review techniques for dealing successfully with the new multiple choice and essay questions, as well as for the revised Document-based Question (DBQ) and Free Response Essay. The new Themes, Historical Thinking Skills, and Rubrics, along with the Curriculum Framework will be major areas of discussion in the sessions. Both content and methodology will be emphasized throughout the course. This course provides the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history, teaching students to assess historical materials and weigh the evidence. The course develops the skills to reach conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. Many new teaching techniques and materials will also be examined and demonstrated.

 The course will be taught by Paul Dickler. Dr. Paul Dickler is the Associate Director of the Wachman Center at The Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. He is a retired professor/teacher from the University of Pennsylvania and Neshaminy High School. He taught Advanced Placement History for more than 25 years and remains a consultant for the College Board after 31 years. Dickler consults for several organizations including the Transatlantic Outreach Program, The European Union, and several school districts. He lives in Pennsylvania and has a farm in Wisconsin. He teaches at several colleges/universities, part time. He has received numerous teaching awards as well as national grants, and he leads teacher study tours in Asia. He has been published in Orbis and several other journals. Dickler received his Bachelors Degree from Wharton and his Masters and Doctorate Degrees also from The University of Pennsylvania.