PHOENIX INSTITUTE - PINNACLE HIGH SCHOOL
3535 E MAYO BLVD, PHOENIX, AZ 85050
JULY 16-19, 2018


PHOENIX DESERT AP® SUMMER INSTITUTE
Phoenix Institute Classes 2019
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Framework.AP BIOLOGY:  Presenter - Sharome Minzenmayer
Class Description:
The workshop will cover the material necessary to successfully teach AP Biology and promote student achievement. Topics covered will include the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, exam, recommended labs, content updates, course syllabus, inquiry labs, free response questions and materials for the course. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop their individual courses during the workshop.
Learning Outcomes 
Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to:                            
    Share hints for improving student achievement
    Participate in content updates
    Discuss the AP Biology Curriculum Framework
    Explore the AP Biology exam
    Learn how to incorporate inquiry into the AP Biology curriculum
    Perform selected lab investigations and share ideas for implementing these labs
    Receive suggestions on how to develop and/or revise an AP Biology course
    Network and develop a support system with other workshop participants
The Fee for this class is $795.00 plus a $20 lab fee for a total cost of $815.00                                                                                                                                                                             
AP CHEMISTRY: Presenter - Tom Greenbowe
This workshop will feature an interactive approach for new and experienced chemistry teachers to experience 
guided-inquiry activities in the classroom and in the laboratory through Process Oriented
Guided-Inquiry Learning and the Science Writing Heuristic. Teachers will work through three of the 
Gelder-Abraham-Greenbowe computer simulations and accompanying guided-inquiry tutorials, as well 
as four of Marian DeWane’s chemistry laboratory activities using inexpensive materials and supplies 
available from local stores. We will provide activities that illustrate a different approach to introducing. 
Teachers will have plenty of opportunities to experience how one can leverage both classroom and laboratory
 activities to help students attain a college level understanding of chemistry. Insights into the 2019-2020
changes in the AP Chemistry curriculum – the new Learning Objectives and Science Practices – and how 
they will impact the 2020 AP Chem Test will be discussed. Teachers will work through the 2019 APChem 
Test Free Response Questions. All of the College Board approved student samples from the 2019 AP 
Chemistry Test Free Response Questions will be analyzed. All of the resources used in the workshop, and 
many others, will be available at no additional cost through an AP Chemistry Drop Box, through the 
University of Oregon “chemdemos” web site, and through Prof.John Gelder’s AP Chem web site. By 
attending and participating in this workshop, teachers will gain a deeper understanding of six of the core
topics in chemistry and effective pedagogy to teach these topics.  Teachers will also be in a better position to help their students do
well on the 2020 AP Chem Test.

​AP* CALCULUS ABPresenter- Mike Campbell
During this training you will explore the mathematical practices for AP Calculus (MPACs) and the 
components of the curriculum framework. You will learn activities that organize the course content in 
order to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework.
After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
Identify the skills students will need in order to be successful in the AP Calculus course and on 
the exam.
Align your curriculum with the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, 
enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge.
Implement formative assessment strategies that can gauge student understanding during the
learning process and inform next steps for instruction.
Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.
























AP* ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION: Presenter: Jerome Evans
This workshop for new and experienced teachers will review materials, course outlines, content-related handouts, 
student samples, and scoring guidelines (including the new analytical scoring guides, if available) that focus on 
pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that you can use in the classroom. And we will gain an 
overview of the new AP Literature & Composition Course Framework.
After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
      Align your instruction with the goals of the AP English Literature and Composition 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.
      Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.
Please bring: your summer reading text
​    read and bring Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia 
​    materials on which you’ve been working for your course
Consider:
1. What do you want your students to remember from your course in AP Literature?
2. What must students know, be able to do, and understand from participating in your course?

AP* ECONOMICS- Presenter: Nora Seager
Throughout our short four days together, my goal is for each participant to come away better prepared to teach 
AP Economics. This objective will be achieved through an intensive review of specific content, as listed in the Acorn 
Book, published by the College Board. Lessons on more difficult concepts will be modeled. Second, participants will 
study the design of the currently available part two questions and learn the use of rubrics in the grading process. Third, 
a session will be dedicated to setting up the course, either for a single semester or for a year. Early in the week, each 
participant will identify their schools need for Macro only, Micro only or a combination of both. Various texts and ancillary 
materials will be available for evaluation. Finally, we will establish a network of support for teachers seeking help in 
any content area.

AP* U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: Presenter: Dennis Randall
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:
 Design and implement an AP U.S. Government and Politics course.
 Develop activities and assessments to build students’ proficiencies in the disciplinary practices and reasoning processes.
 Implement strategies to prepare your students for the AP Exam.
 Devise or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.
 Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY:  PRESENTER - RITA CRON HINES
According to the College Board Course Description for AP® Human geography, APHG is “a systematic study of patterns 
and processes that shape human understanding, use, and alteration of Earths’ surface. Students learn to employ spatial 
concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socio-economic organization and environmental consequences.” 

During the course of the Summer AP® Institute, participants in the AP® Human Geography workshop can expect to learn 
about College Board resources, the Course Audit, textbook selection, appropriate sequencing and timeframes for teaching 
the seven required units of study, and tips and lesson sharing from the instructor and fellow participants. 



AP PHYSICS:  Presenter - Stephen Fuerderer
It is expected that the AP® Physics workshop participants will have a variety of needs and come from a variety of 
settings including public schools, private schools, semester schools, international schools and even virtual schools. 
This Institute will address the needs of the participants, and time will be allocated based on these needs. Topics addressed
 will include Physics content knowledge reinforcement, AP® curriculum topics, teaching strategies, demonstration ideas,
 lab ideas, student assessment, and the AP® exam makeup and grading. In addition, Physics resources (text, software,
 technology, and web) will be discussed and demonstrated. We will do our best to meet the needs of the each participant 
and your valuable experience and expertise will help to make the summer institute a rich and professionally rewarding 
experience.
Workshop participants will become more familiar with the AP® Physics curriculum, laboratory activities, and multimedia to 
enhance their instruction. Participants will learn how to construct and design open-ended labs that foster higher learning, 
practice grading sample AP® exam questions from recent exams.
The fee for this class is $795,plus a $20 lab fee for a total of $815



AP* PSYCHOLOGY: Presenter- Scott Reed
This summer institute will provide teachers with a solid plan for having a successful Advanced Placement® Psychology 
program. The course will cover teacher needs such as pacing, unit and lesson development, syllabus approval, 
activities, and available resources. The students’ needs of being able to write the essay, study for unit exams, 
as well as the AP® test will be covered. Teachers should leave feeling confident in teaching psychology as a science 
and having solid content knowledge and activities for the majority of the units covered in AP® Psychology.  





AP* SPANISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE:  Presenter- Sandra Franco
This workshop is designed to familiarize teachers with the new AP® Spanish Language and Culture 
Course and Exam. The course will provide sample materials and classroom activities relating to the 
2019 exam. Participants will be asked to actively participate and share best practices with the entire 
group on a daily basis.




AP* STUDIO ART : Presenter - David Tamori
Participants will experience a lecture, demonstration and several art making experiences that will encourage discussion
 and reflections on their practice as art educators. The discussions will target the aesthetics that AP readers are trained
 to recognize as benchmarks for the assessment of students work that are presented in the AP Studio Art Drawing, 
2-D Design and 3-D Design national portfolio reading session. Participants are asked to bring drawing supplies, X-acto 
knife favorite acrylic painting brushes, student works and if possible a digital camera and laptop with image processing 
software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photo Shop Elements or I photo. The camera and computer can be used to 
prepare works for digital slide production. Participants are encouraged to bring successful lessons to share.
This institute will provide USB drives to all students. Also provided will be: 2B pencil, 4B general Black and White pencils,
fine point Vis-a-vis pen – Black, Aluminum foil, 12 Color Prisacolor Pencils, Black Paper 12x18, White Drawing Paper 12 X18,
 8X11 Plastic Sheets, LCD Projector
The fee for thsi class is $795 plus a lab fee of $20 for a total of $815.


AP* STATISTICS: Presenter - Josh Tabor
Welcome to the wonderful world of AP Statistics! I look forward to working with you and hope that you leave feeling prepared and excited about the opportunity to teach AP Statistics. During the workshop we will:
Discuss the new Course and Exam Description (to be released in late May 2019). This includes new 
information about the AP exam and a very detailed course framework that defines what teachers need 
to cover in their course.
Discuss how to use other new resources from the College Board, including Personal Progress Checks, 
the Question Bank, and the Progress Dashboard. 
Participate in many classroom-tested activities that illustrate key Learning Objectives. 
Review important topics from the course, often using actual free-response questions from the AP exam.
Discuss how the AP exam is created and how it is scored, with a focus on the most recent year’s AP 
exam. We will also discuss common student errors and how to avoid them. 
Practice using various types of technology, including graphing calculators and applets.
Discuss other important topics for running an AP Statistics course, including textbook selection, 
recruiting students, assessing students, and other day-to-day issues. 
Answer as many questions as possible!

You will be receiving electronic copies of my lesson plans, chapter tests with answer keys, examples of 
projects, and many other resources. It might be helpful to have a laptop computer, but it is not necessary. 
It will be necessary, however, to bring a graphing calculator. I will be modeling instruction using a TI-84, 
so bringing a TI-84 would be great. You will also be receiving copies of several textbooks, so you will not 
need to bring any of your own. 



AP* U.S. HISTORY: Presenter- Michael Smith
This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP® United States History 
course. During this training, teachers will explore the historical thinking skills and the components of the 
curriculum framework, including the periods, concept outline, and thematic learning objectives. Participants 
will understand how to use activities that organize the concepts and essential questions to develop students’ 
proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. In addition, participants will work on a course 
plan that will help them decide how they will teach the skills and content of the AP® United States History course.




AP* WORLD HISTORY
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:  
  Design and implement an AP World History course.
  Develop activities and assessments to build students’ proficiencies in the historical thinking skills.
  Implement strategies to prepare your students for the AP Exam.
  Devise or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.
  Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction





AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION - Presenter - Carol Elsen
This session for new and experienced AP English Language and Composition teachers will focus on close-reading strategies, rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and synthesis. Participants will leave with an understanding of a practical approach to the AP* English Language and Composition course and exam, and its relevancy to its college level counterpart. Participants can expect to review the recent scoring of the 2016 AP* English Language and Composition Exam. Also, participants will learn strategies for teaching elements of rhetoric and will spend time with some "hands on activities" for teaching prose analysis and argumentation as well as synthesis, using essays from a wide spectrum of writers. Participants will leave the institute with many practical ideas for creating or augmenting their own AP English Language and Composition class.
AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES -Presenter Charles Powell
Learn how to effectively teach the AP Computer Science Principles course; give your students a broad background in computer science including programming, algorithms, abstractions, data and the Internet. Select the curricular materials that will work best for you and your students from all that are available. Practice programming activities in different languages and environments, so that you can transfer your knowledge to the language and environment you choose for your class. Differentiate your learning activities to effectively reach students of diverse backgrounds, and effectively prepare your students for the Performance Tasks and the multiple choice AP Exam.