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AP* Summer Institute - 2018

Community School of Naples' AP Summer Institute offers educators the information, tools, and strategies they need to build successful Advanced Placement programs in their schools.

 JUNE 11 - 14, 2018

8:00am - 4:00pm


Tuition for the Institute, including CollegeBoard© materials and boxed lunch, is $645 per person. In addition to this fee, there is a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Biology and Physics courses have a $75 lab fee in addition to the tuition price. After May 24th there will be an additional $50 late fee.

Without sufficient enrollment, CSN reserves the right to cancel any course up to 15 days before the start of the APSI.  In this case, all money paid by the participants will be refunded.  In the event a participant needs to cancel, at least a 30-day notification is required.  The registration fee, and lab fee if applicable, is non-refundable.

If you have specific food allergies/needs you will need to provide your own lunch.

Please contact Dana Gilligan at if you need further assistance.

Course Offerings:

Biology - Dr. Megan Faliero (Limited to 16 participants)

About Megan Faliero

Dr. Megan Faliero has served in the field of education for 20 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, and Director of Instructional Development.   Dr. Faliero was the recipient of the 2016 NSTA Robert Yager Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2014 Lignell Engineering Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2014 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.  She was awarded a five-year Noyce Master Teacher Fellowship position at The University of South Florida where she is currently working with and mentoring new STEM teachers in the field of education  Dr. Faliero was also accepted into two research experiences for teachers (RET) at The University of South Florida; one in the Chemical Engineering Department, where she worked with functional materials and learned different ways to incorporate engineering into her classroom, and the other in the Integrative Biology Department, learning how field work and real-world data analysis can be adapted for a high school classroom. She is currently teaching AP Biology at Durant Senior High School in Tampa, Florida and serving as an independent consultant for The College Board.  She attends the AP Biology Exam reading yearly and serves as a College Board consultant for the Quantitative Skills in AP Biology training. 

Course Description

This is a comprehensive workshop which will provide information and experiences in the best practices for teaching your AP Biology course. We will use much of our time during the four days to develop a deeper understanding of the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, while developing rigorous lessons, activities, and investigations to support the learning objectives for your course. We will dive into the needs and learning of an AP student, while discussing the importance of metacognition in the classroom as well as the use of formative assessment for students to develop ownership over their own learning. The benefits of student-centered instruction will be presented along with activities and strategies to support inquiry-based learning. 

Teachers will be introduced to AP Biology level lab investigations and learn how to organize the course in order to balance discussion of content material as well as time to “do” science. We will discuss how the Science Practices can be incorporated into daily lessons to ensure that students have the skills as well as the content knowledge in order to be successful on the AP Biology Exam. Format of the AP Biology Exam will be discussed as well as specifics of the 2018 AP Exam grading. We will practice scoring FRQs with the official rubrics and develop a list of tips that students can use to prepare them to successfully answer the Free Response Questions.

Computer Science A - Mr. Rob Schultz

About Rob Schultz

Rob Schultz graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a degree in Systems Analysis. After seven years in Information Technology, he realized that his true passion was in teaching. After earning a Master’s in Education from the University of Dayton, he accepted a position at Bellbrook High School where he is now in his 18th year. Although he has taught numerous math and computer science courses at both the high school and college level, he considers AP Computer Science A his favorite. He has been teaching this course since 2001, and has been involved with the AP Reading since 2008. 


This AP workshop will increase the participant's knowledge of AP Computer Science A course content, and will provide materials, resources, and strategies for use with students. A broad range of curriculum topics will be covered, including Object-Oriented Programming concepts, 1D and 2D arrays, Lists/ArrayLists, recursion, common algorithms, and the labs: Magpie, PictureLab, and Elevens. Participants will also work with AP CS A Free Response Questions and receive the latest information from the 2018 Reading. A basic knowledge of the Java programming language is necessary in order to receive maximum benefit from this workshop.

    • Review basic and advanced Java programming concepts
    • Discuss ideas for presenting course material and preparing students for the exam
    • Discuss the AP Computer Science Curriculum and Recommended Labs
    • Discuss the AP Computer Science Exam and the Summer AP Exam Reading
    • Discuss resources that are available to teachers (public and secured)

English Language & Composition - Ms. Shirley Counsil

About Shirley Counsil

Shirley Counsil has been teaching AP English at Spanish River Community High School since 1987. She became a reader for the AP Language and Composition Exam in 1992 and a table leader in 1999.  She began as a consultant for the Southern Regional Office in 1998 and currently presents several week-long AP summer institutes every year in both Language and Literature. In 2005 Shirley served as a Project Manager for the College Board in developing two new Pre-AP workshops and has served as a College Board Mentor to other Consultants for a number of years. She also presents several Pre-AP Workshops throughout the country.  


During the workshop, participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the exam and what is required for students to successfully perform on the test. The goals for these four days will focus on close reading, inference, analysis, argument, and rhetorical strategies, with a strong emphasis on the multiple-choice section of the exam. Participants will have many experiential activities in order to facilitate mastery over the materials that they might desire to use in teaching their students. There will also be practice in both responding in writing to the exam questions and as well as scoring student samples from past exams. Questions will be encouraged as well as teachers sharing some of their best ideas and practices. 

Environmental Science - Dr. Scottie Smith (Limited to 16 participants)

About  Scottie Smith

Dr. Scottie Smith is an Upper School Science Teacher at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida.  Scottie received her B.S. in Microbiology from Auburn University, and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University.  She was an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa teaching Environmental Science for several years.  She has been teaching AP ES since 1998 and has been an AP Environmental Science Reader since 1999.  She served as a Table Leader at the Reading from 2003-2008 and 2014-2016.  She has been a College Board Consultant since 2001, presenting workshops and week-long institutes.  She is a College Board Endorsed Consultant for AP Environmental Science, Vertical Teaming in Science, and Strategies for Success in AP Sciences.  She published the AP Achiever Environmental Science Exam Preparation by McGraw-Hill to allow students to best prepare for the AP Environmental Science examination, and is the AP Contributor to the textbook Environmental Science:  A Global Concern. 14th Ed.  2017 McGraw-Hill.  She is the editor of College Board’s AP Environmental Science Special Focus:  Ecology, published in the fall of 2008.  Scottie has spent over 25 years preparing students for the Envirothon, North America’s largest environmental competition.  Her 1999 and 2003 teams were the Florida Envirothon champions.  


This intensive workshop for new and experienced teachers provides an opportunity to get hands-on experience with AP ES labs and activities.  We’ll examine the course content, focusing on pollutants and mathematics involved in AP ES.  We’ll examine prior free-response questions in detail, learning to properly score using an AP ES rubric. We’ll focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that you can use in the classroom.

You’ll learn to better coach your students to read and write for an AP exam.  You will be receiving several textbooks during the week to use to prepare your class.  We will be going on some field trips, as well as carrying out labs each day. The main goal of this week is to help you develop a comprehensive and successful course which will allow your students to become good environmental citizens and excel on the AP ES exam.

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
    • Align your instruction with the goals of the AP Environmental Science course.
    • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation.
    • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course.

European History - Dr. Don Baeszler

About Don Baeszler

Dr. Don Baeszler has established a novel method for preparing teachers for leading the instruction of Advanced Placement European History (APEH): his student-centric method, emphasized in the Summer Workshop, places the student as primary and the teacher as the “sage on the side.” He is a teacher of AP World History and a longtime teacher/reader of APEH. Don also works as a Teacher/Examiner for the International Baccalaureate in The Theory of Knowledge and I.B. Dance. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in the Performing Arts from NYU, has Master’s Degrees in Education and History, and wrote his Doctoral Dissertation on the use of Heuristics in Historical Education (awarded 2011). Don is also an accomplished artist and musician. He has lived and taught in multiple disciplines in South America, Denmark, Finland and Australia. In Australia, Don was the recipient of numerous awards for his work with Indigenous Studies as Chair of Social Studies at St. Joseph's College, Melbourne. He currently teaches both APWH and APEH at Riverview High School's International Baccalaureate Program, in Sarasota, Florida.

Course Description

This four-day workshop will provide an overview of the curriculum framework and expectations for the APEH Curriculum. It will navigate through the three years of changes to the course, and help master an understanding of the exam, course planning and pacing, instructional design, and course audit-development. The AP European History Summer Institute will focus on the shifting methods of the newly revised Course Curriculum (last revision 2017-2018): a new Short Response Section, a Revised DBQ writing model and Rubric, and a recently re-configured Long Essay Model and Rubric and the stimulus-driven Multiple Choice Questions. An equal focus will be placed on skills students need to maximize scoring opportunities on the essay portions of the new exam and the analytical skills associated with these. Portions of the week will include course content and preparing for the new style multiple-choice section of the exam. Analysis of visual documents and work with abstraction techniques will also be covered.



    • Introduction of APSI Concepts and Leader
    • Changes to the Exam and Overview
    • Interpretation of Documents/Luther Example/CAPPFLASH
    • Interpretation of Secondary Sources/MISROW
    • Contextualization as a HISTORICAL REASONNG SKILL (HRS)/examples from Multiple Choice
    • Comparison as a HISTORICAL REASONNG SKILL (HRS)/examples from Multiple Choice/Long Essay Question
    • HW- Continuity and Change Over Time (CCOT)


    • CCOT as a HISTORICAL REASONNG SKILL (HRS)/examples from Long Essay Question
    • Causation as a HISTORICAL REASONNG SKILL (HRS)/ examples from Short Essay Question
    • Using Source Material in Multiple Choice, SAQ, DBQ, and LEQ
    • HW: Key Concepts, Course Periodization


 Key Concepts and Applications using Source Material in Multiple Choice, SAQ, DBQ, and LEQ





HW: THEME Projects


THEME Projects, Mastery, Question Development, Reading Practice

Government & Politics (U.S.) - Dr. Terri Susan Fine (Revised for 2018 -19)

About Terri Susan Fine

Dr. Terri Susan Fine is professor of political science at the University of Central Florida (Orlando) where she has taught for 29 years. She is the recipient of 10 undergraduate teaching excellence awards, and one university-wide award each in faculty leadership, professional service, scholarship and academic advising. Her courses include “Teaching American Politics and Government” and “American Politics and Policy” at the graduate level, and “American National Government,” “Research Methods,” “Politics and Civil Rights,” “Religion and Politics,” “Civic Engagement,” “Teaching American Politics and Government,” and “Political Psychology” among others at the undergraduate level.  Dr. Fine has taught courses face to face, on-line and in hybrid formats. She also serves as the content specialist for the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, which takes an active role supporting the implementation of the Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Education Act (2010). 

Dr. Fine’s involvement in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government & Politics program goes back to 1992 when she first served as a reader.  Since that time, she has served as a table leader and, since 2004, as a workshop facilitator.  She took part in the College Board mentoring program in 2010, and was project director for the “Civics Connection,” a freely available, on-demand AP-centric U.S. Government resource that includes video interviews of former members of Congress and extensive teacher support materials, including primary source, graphic tools, and contemporary news analyses.  Dr. Fine served on the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee for AP U.S. Government & Politics, which completed the U.S. Government & Politics course redesign, and is now a member of the Development Committee.  She has also written multiple-choice questions for the AP exam and serves as a College Board mentor for new facilitators.  

Course Description (REVISED For 2018 - 19)

This workshop will address the scope and sequence of the AP US Government and Politics redesigned course, including a basic outline, important concepts, and suggested time lines for instruction.  There will be a strong emphasis on utilizing multiple pedagogical strategies within a strong content-driven approach, and the assessment linked to the redesigned course.   

Topics and activities of the course:
    • Succeeding on the national exam, including strategizing through the multiple choice portion and Free Response Question writing
    • Integrating AP-U.S. Government required components into the course
    • Fulfilling the requirements for the AP U.S. Government syllabus audit
    • Developing lesson plans, syllabi and course activities to meet course requirements
    • Utilizing freely available Internet-based resources into the course
    • Integrating individual and group work into the course
    • Developing course syllabi
    • Student preparation for the AP U.S. Government examination
    • Overview of the redesigned course, which will be taught beginning fall 2018
    • Sharing best practices

Human Geography - Mr. John O’Brien

About John O'Brien

John O’Brien has been involved with AP Human Geography since the first AP Teacher’s National Institute at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1997. His background includes a Master’s Degree in Geographic Education from State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, he participated in graduate work in geography at the Universities of Minnesota, Tennessee, Eastern Michigan, Princeton University, Ball State University and Macalester College. John has received Fulbright Fellowships to China, Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa, and a U.S.-Japan Foundation Fellowship for geographic research. Recently, John had the opportunity to share geographic methods and materials with Korean geography teachers on an expedition to South Korea sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education. John has received several awards as an educator at both the high school and college level. Over the past ten years, he has been the lead instructor at many summer institutes and workshops as a College Board Consultant. Currently, John is an AP Exam Table Leader, and has been reader for the AP Human Geography exam for 14 years.  

Course Description

This workshop for new and experienced teachers will review materials, course outlines, content-related handouts, student samples, and scoring guidelines that focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that you can use in the classroom.

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
    • Align your instruction with the goals of the AP Human Geography course
    • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
    • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
    • Utilize a multitude of resources from the consultant’s ‘Library”  

Physics I - Ms. Dolores Gende (Limited to 16 participants)

About Dolores Gende

Dolores Gende has been teaching science and math for over 30 years in different countries such as Mexico, Belgium, and the Netherlands Antilles. She has 27 years of experience teaching college-level introductory physics. Dolores is a Question Leader for the AP Physics reading, and recently served as the co-chair of the AP Physics 1 Development Committee. She currently teaches at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Course Description

The goal of this workshop is to help new and experienced teachers develop a successful AP Physics 1 course. We will focus on instructional methodologies, textbook overview, AP Course Audit syllabus development, curriculum resources, and the selection and planning of appropriate inquiry-based lab experiments. A highlight of this workshop will be learning how to create instructional materials to build and/or strengthen the students’ conceptual understanding of physics principles as suggested by the latest physics education research. A special session will be devoted to an overview of the development and scoring of the 2018 AP Physics 1 examination, including approaches to preparing the students for the exam. 

What participants should bring:

An electronic device (laptop, iPad) is required for this course. Participants are encouraged to bring labs and/or demo ideas to share with the other teachers.

Psychology - Dr. Kimberly E. Cruz

About Kimberly E. Cruz

Kimberly E. Cruz  is passionate about AP® Psychology – teaching for over 16 years, working as an AP Reader for over seven years, speaking at the AP® Annual Conference three times, and writing exam questions for over five years. She helped to initiate and facilitate a local professional learning community in Broward County, Florida, which focuses on best practices, mapping, and project-based learning. This PLC is the first of its kind to be evolved into a Local AP Credentialing.

Kimberly has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach State College and at various virtual “campuses.” Her favorite thing about teaching AP® Psychology is its connection to the real world and to students.

Course Description

The AP® Psychology Summer Workshop provides teachers with content, strategies, essential knowledge, science practices and activities to teach an entire AP® Psychology course in any given schedule. The focus is on psychology as a science and will emphasize the following: using new AP tools; helping students acquire the knowledge and test-taking skills they need to be successful on the AP® Psychology Exam; and helping teachers gain the skills and insight to allow for student success regarding the AP® Psychology curriculum, while supporting instructors with fresh ideas, insights, and pedagogical strategies. Course structure and sequence, free-response writing, exam preparation, AP® Psychology teacher network, and College Board’s policies will be focal points throughout the week. Emphasis will be placed on lectures and demonstrations within the major subfields that are both engaging and effective to boost student achievement. Teachers will share advantageous ideas and exciting resources to take home to employ a variety of “tried-and-true” lessons for immediate implementation.

Spanish Language & Culture - Dr. Monica H. Friedmann

About Monica Friedmann

Dr. Monica H. Friedmann is a three-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.  She taught college in Pennsylvania and in her native Uruguay, and recently retired after 18 years at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida, where she taught AP Spanish Language and Literature. She is an AP Spanish Language Reader and endorsed Consultant for AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature for the College Board.

Course Description

This Summer Institute will present the AP Spanish Language & Culture Course and Exam. The institute will provide information related to the new exam, with strategies to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Participants will participate and share best practices with the group on a daily basis, and will leave with strategies to successfully teach the course.

The Course
    • The College Board philosophy of Access and Equity
    • Prerequisites for the Course and Vertical Alignment
    • Overview of the Course Description
      • Learning Objectives and Achievement Level Descriptions
      • Instructional Design Using Themes, Contexts & Essential Questions
      • Course Audit: curricular requirements
      • Resources for the Course: authentic audio, audiovisual & print documents
The Exam

Participants will be given the opportunity to:

    • Review the Exam
    • Analyze sample items
    • Review a curriculum aimed at preparing students for the required tasks:
      • Thematic units
      • Contexts
      • Essential questions
    • Become familiar with scoring guidelines for free-response questions
    • Understand the focus of the free-response questions
Other topics for the APSI
    • Developing and integrating the three modes of communication:
      • Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational
    • Teaching the course across themes
    • Using authentic resources
    • Using a variety of web-based resources
    • Integrating culture in the AP Language & Culture course
    • Integrating literature in the AP Language & Culture course
    • Draft a syllabus, which includes prescribed curricular requirements for the new course
    • Building an AP Program, how to develop an AP Vertical Team
    • Developing vocabulary skills
    • Using projects in the classroom to develop language skills
What to bring to the APSI
    • Laptop computer recommended
    • An activity or project that has worked for you in your classroom. (20 copies to share with the group)

U.S History - Mr. Robert Topping

About Robert Topping

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Robert Topping will have completed 21 years of high school teaching, 20 of those years teaching AP U.S. History. He has been teaching at Palmetto Ridge High School in Collier County, Florida for the past 14 years after teaching in both Martin and Lee counties. Bob has led multiple day-long workshops on the new APUSH framework, rubrics and exam. He has also led many APSI U.S. History workshops across the Southern Region. Along with teaching and leading workshops, Bob has been a reader for the AP U.S. History exam since 2003, piloting a field test for the exam redesign and the new syllabi requirements.  He was the 2013-2014 Collier County Social Studies Teacher of the Year and helped write the curriculum maps and pacing guides for U.S. History in Collier County.

Course Description

This section is for all AP U.S. History teachers. Teachers of any experience level will benefit from the curriculum. In the four days, we will cover the content and skills students need to demonstrate mastery to earn a qualifying score on the AP Exam.   The focus will be on using the content to teach and practice the Practices, Skills, Thematic Learning Objectives, and Course Framework.   We will also go over each component of the exam, how students should frame their answers to demonstrate the content knowledge, Practices, Skills, and how the exam is graded. The course will also focus on best practices and sharing of ways the Content, Thematic Learning Objectives, Practices, and Skills can be taught and used.  We will also discuss who should be in an APUSH class, what the set-up of the class should look like, and the role of the teacher in an APUSH course, including pacing of the course, the course audit, and use of other resources.



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