2017 UT Tyler Advanced Placement Summer Institute


Course cancellations: AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Psychology

Course FULL: Pre-AP English. Email for waiting list.

Along with certification, the institute provides instructors the opportunity to aid students in achieving college success, stimulating peer interaction, receiving endorsed practices from College Board consultants and earning continuing education units.

Each course is instructed by College Board endorsed consultants as defined by the College Board:

  • Have attended a College Board consultant training event,
  • Be affiliated with (or recently retired from) an accredited secondary or higher education institution,
  • Have active classroom or administrative experience within the last three years (filed consultants excepted; other allowances possible under extraordinary circumstances),
  • Teach in a discipline in which she/he has an undergraduate major or its equivalent or a demonstrated competence in an area to the discipline,
  • Show evidence of continuing to remain current in the relevant subject area,
  • Be currently teaching an AP® course (high school faculty) or have recent experience teaching a comparable college course (college faculty),
  • Show evidence of supporting successful student growth in the AP® course and effective participation on the AP® Exam (high school faculty), and
  • Participate in an AP® Reading or attend appropriate training for the Reading within the first three years of endorsement.

Contact Betsy Rountree, brountree@uttyler.edu, for further details.

Institute Schedule

Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13, 2017 (30 hours of credit)
Course schedule is from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday thru Thursday.

Cost and Registration

The institute fee:

  • $525 early registration by May 15, 2017
  • $575 regular registration starting May 16, 2017
  • No registration after July 2, 2017

Fee includes four days of AP® sessions including daily continental breakfasts and on-campus lunches.


    • No cancellations. You may substitute another teacher from your district in the place of someone who cannot attend. If there is space, it can be in any content area. Notification needs to be sent to brountree@uttyler.edu by Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Registration Deadline:

      • Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm
      • LATE REGISTRATION:  None available.

All Purchase Orders must be submitted by July 2, 2017 or the registration will be cancelled and offered to those on the waiting list.  No money will be refunded.

Registration open now!

Institute Check-In

On the first day of the institute participants will meet to check in and receive course materials before heading to their respective classrooms. Check-in will begin at 7:15AM.
Continental breakfast will be served.


Lunch is included in the registration fee.


Upon completion of your registration, and approximately a week prior to the institute, we will email you a parking permit to be used on campus during the institute. Please print this pass and place on the front dash of your vehicle for the week. Please see attached campus map for a listing of buildings and parking lots.

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of completion will only be issued to participants who have attended the institute in its entirety and after payment has been verified.


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  • No on-campus housing being offered.
  • Pre-AP® English - FULL - Email for waiting list.

    Course Description:
    The Pre-AP® English summer institute is a four-day intense training focused on best practices for engaging students in critical reading and writing.  Participants gain hands-on activities and lessons to develop analytical skills.  Specific topics explored include genre studies, poetry analysis, close reading, analyzing author’s craft, crafting lessons and units of study at the appropriate Blooms level, utilizing interactive notebooks, and research.

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant:  Pat Conquest

    Pre-AP® Math

    Course Description:
    Teaching Pre AP® mathematics provides a wide variety of math lessons to explore. Preparing students to understand AP® mathematics begins with a solid understanding of Pre-Algebra and Algebra. Teaching Algebraic skills in the context of a problem is developed in four ways; numerically, verbally, algebraically and graphically. There will be a variety of lessons comprising Pre-Algebra and Algebra skills as well as ways to help students see patterns that lead to a deeper understanding and application of Algebra. Manipulatives will be explored and used by the participants. This institute will be a hands on workshop with a variety of activities that you will make and take.
    You will delve into different concepts with a Goldilocks type of approach. Within the concept there will be a simple beginning lesson, a more in depth lesson and then a lesson with more rigor. This will provide you with a variety of ideas and a way to reach a diversified group of student in your classroom.
    There will be time to discuss different components of The College Board and its philosophy as well as taking time to learn how to create and tailor your own performance task activities.

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Donna Speer

    Pre-AP® History and the Social Sciences

    Course Description:
    Participants should bring:
    We welcome you to the Pre-AP History and the Social Sciences summer institute at the University of Texas at Tyler. Participants should bring a laptop computer, textbooks they are using, and a willingness to share ideas and strategies. The institute will run from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily. I look forward to working with you and doing all we can to encourage the academic growth of students so they will be willing and able to assume more rigorous academic challenge.

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Dallas Koehn


    Pre-AP® Science

    Course Description:

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Umadevi Garimella
    Dr. Umadevi Garimella, a College Board Consultant for AP Biology, is the director of UCA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Institute. She received her PhD degree in botany and double masters’ degrees in botany and in chemistry. Dr. Garimella has 20 years of successful college level teaching and research career. She published 23 scientific research papers in peer-reviewed journals and gave several presentations at professional meetings. As a director of the STEM Institute, Dr. Garimella is responsible for the development, use and promotion of research-proven pedagogies and rigorous content in P-16 STEM education in Arkansas.

    AP® Biology

    Course Description:
    This course is designed to provide a framework for establishing a successful AP Biology program. Teachers will become familiar with the AP® Biology Curriculum Framework and the AP® Biology Exam. Participants will gain firsthand experience in the set up and delivery of many of the recommended labs that support the curriculum.

    Topics will include the following:
    • Syllabus – components of the Curriculum Framework and pacing
    • Managing the lab component of AP® Biology
    • AP® Exam
    • Lab reports
    • Exploring proven instructional strategies
    • Assessing students’ understanding

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Shamone Minzenmayer

    AP® Calculus AB

    Course Description:
    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.

    Participants should bring:
    Graphing calculator
    3 ring binder (one is being provided for your use by UT Tyler APSI)

    Consultant:  Linda Hall
    I grew up in Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University. I hold a BS in Education and a Masters in Mathematics. I moved to Texas and have lived in the Sugarland area for almost 40 years. I am currently teaching mathematics at Stephen F Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD. I have taught AP Calculus for 26 of my 42 years of teaching. I have a wide range of strategies to help students be successful in AP Calculus. I am a College Board consultant and have presented at numerous College Board two-day conferences and week long summer workshops.

    AP® Chemistry

    Course Description:
    Designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college, this course is structured about the six big ideas: structure of matter; properties of matter-characteristics, states and forces of attraction; chemical reactions; rates of chemical reactions; thermodynamics and equilibrium.

    Participants should bring:
    Apron and Goggles if readily available
    Wear closed toe shoes

    Consultant: Valerie Ferguson


    AP® English Literature and Composition

    Course Description:
    AP® English Literature and Composition for Teachers
    This course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP® English literature. It will examine various aspects of the course from selecting texts to lesson plans, taking the exam and handling the paper load. There will be practice in applying the AP® rubric to actual student essays from past years, managing multiple choice and debriefing on the 2017 exam. Participants will practice passage analysis, timed writing and multiple choice as well as share teaching strategies that have worked in the AP® English literature classroom.

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Jerry Brown

    AP® English Language and Composition

    Course Description:
    The AP® English Language and Composition course requires students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both reading and writing should make students aware of interactions among a writer’s purposes, reader expectations, and an author’s propositional content, as well as the genre conventions and the resources of language that contribute to effectiveness in writing. Reading various texts, and engaging with outside sources in their reading, writing, and research is an important measure of intellectual growth.

    Participants should bring:
    1. A binder – provided by UT Tyler APSI
    2. flashdrive
    3. post it notes for tabs
    4. highlighters
    5. A passage from an essay or a compete essay that they would like to teach. They will be given time to work on rhetorical strategies to use in teaching this passage(s).
    6. In Cold Blood. Try to read or be familiar with Capote’s true crime novel. Most AP Language and Composition courses use this work, and it is excellent for teaching rhetorical strategies.

    Consultant: Becky Cox
    Rebecca (Becky) Cox has taught AP English Language and Composition for over 25 years at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has also served as adviser for Connotations, the school’s literary magazine. To strengthen her skills in this area, she became a member of the Board of Judges for several journalism associations: Columbia Scholastic Press, National Scholastic Press, and Southern Interscholastic Press. She continues to judge literary magazines in areas of writing and design. In 1990, she became a reader for the AP English Language and Composition Exam and then became a table leader in 1997. She will continue her role as a table leader this summer at the reading. In 1997, she became a College Board Consultant and has conducted APSIs and College Board Conferences in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.
    This summer she will conduct APSIs in Texas and Louisiana.   She has also worked for Pearson as a professional scorer for the SAT and other state tests.

    After teaching for forty years, she retired from the Fayetteville Public School District but continues her work with the College Board.

    AP® Environmental Science

    Course Description:
    AP® Environmental Science provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Elisa McCracken


    AP® Physics 1 - Algebra Based

    Course Description:
    This course is designed for new and experienced AP® Physics instructors.
    The learning objectives and what the participants will be able to do after this session:
    • 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 1 curriculum and apply strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP® Physics 1 curriculum,
    • Understand the different types of laboratory experiments and activities and effectively apply strategies for designing and implementing these activities, and
    • 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

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Brian Monson

    AP® Psychology - CANCELLED.

    Course Description:
    AP Psychology will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain a successful program. Particular emphasis will be on needs of the teachers new to AP Psychology. We will review the updates to the College Board curriculum, AP Audit, various syllabi for one and two semester courses, sequence & 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 and teachers including neurophysiology/ biochemistry of behavior; research methods & statistics; and sensation & perception. Successful 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 will be shared. Come ready to learn and leave energized and excited to be teaching AP Psychology!

    Participants should bring:
    20 tab dividers for a 3-ring binder
    4-pack of Play-Doh (4 cans – 20-oz total – four different colors is needed)
    Computer/white paper for draw-and-color activities
    6-8 sharpened colored pencils
    Notebook paper (or spiral) for plenty of note taking
    1 yellow highlighter
    Package of 3×3 post-it notes

    Consultant: Kay Minter
    Katherine Minter is a past National Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). With over 26 years teaching experience at both the high school and college level, Katherine is experienced with AP, IB, and Regular Psychology curriculums. As a College Board International Consultant traveling for over 18 years, and as an AP Reader of psychology exams for many years, Katherine offers innovative, engaging ways to cover the content of a typical college introductory course. Recipient of the College Board’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996, Katherine was “Teacher of the Year” at Westwood High School for 2000-2001, and was selected “National Teacher of the Year” for APA’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools for 2009. In 2007 Katherine wrote an AP Psychology Instructor’s Manual to accompany a McGraw-Hill college textbook, and she is co-author of a psychology textbook, PSYCHOLOGY, published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall in 2012, now in its second edition first available January, 2015.

    AP® Spanish Language and Culture - CANCELLED.

    Course Description:
    This workshop is for new and experienced AP Spanish Language and Culture teachers. Other levels of Spanish are encouraged to attend to acquire pre-AP skills as the courses should be vertically aligned for successful outcomes.
    Each participant receives a copy of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Workshop Handbook, which contains:
    • The Curriculum Framework for the AP Spanish Language and Culture course
    • AP Spanish Language and Culture Course Audit information
    • Sample syllabi for AP Spanish Language and Culture and a Syllabus Development Guide
    • Audio files for units and exam tasks
    • Activities that the structure of the course and suggest appropriate instructional strategies and practices.
    • 2017-2018 course and exam information
    • Complete Curriculum Module
    The participants in this four-day workshop will:
    • explore the six themes and recommended contexts of the revised course and understand the importance of teaching through integrated thematic units
    • will discuss the importance of guiding Essential Questions placing emphasis on cultural products, practices, and perspectives
    • be provided with new tasks and strategies for student success in the AP course
    • focus in understanding the six objective areas that cover interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skill requirements

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Santos Gutierrez

    AP® Statistics

    Course Description:
    This workshop, designed for both new and experienced AP® Statistics teachers, will provide an overview of the topics included in the AP® Statistics syllabus including the broad conceptual themes: Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Anticipating Patterns and Statistical Inference. It will include curriculum design, in-class activities, simulations on the TI-83+, software demonstrations, text selection, AP® examination expectations, grading, and information regarding the College Board audit. This will definitely be a hands-on workshop.

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Tom Parker

    AP® US History

    Course Description:
    This interactive institute will have something for every teacher, regardless of experience. A closer look at the curriculum framework and the new test is a given. Other topics include organizing the course, teaching strategies and skills, content specific lessons, grading essays, resources, and creating test questions. Participants will take home activities that can immediately be used in the classroom.
    The primary focus of the institute will be to address the parameters of the course and look closely at the Curriculum Framework, including Historical Thinking Skills with thematic learning objectives. In addition, time will be spent examining the 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.

    Participants should bring:

    Every participant should bring their course syllabus (hard and electronic copy), questions regarding APUSH, district calendar, textbook, and memory stick.

    Consultant: Penny Rosas

    AP® World History

    Course Description:

    Participants should bring:

    Consultant: Krista Boivie

    CANCELLED COURSES - AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Psychology AND FULL COURSE - Pre-AP English - email for waiting list.

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