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Professional Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement

Professional Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement

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Required (11 units)
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Foundations of Advanced Placement

History, foundations and philosophy of Advanced Placement, how honors, Pre-AP and AVID programs prepare students to succeed in AP courses and strategies for increasing access and equity for all students. Ways to collaborate and communicate with AP and AVID teachers are discussed.

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2 units

Instructional Design and Management for Advanced Placement

In-depth discussion of academic content and methods for delivering instruction in Advanced Placement Program classrooms such as interdisciplinary teams, block or alternative scheduling and school academies. Methods for understanding multiple types of assessment and rationale for the different types of assessment in AP classes are discussed. Other topics include technology for providing online AP courses, intervention and support strategies that ensure student success, methods for working with diverse student populations and support systems, and ways to encourage students to consider the Advanced Placement Program.

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3 units

Leadership for AP Teachers

Methods for meeting the needs of both new and experienced Advanced Placement Program* teachers, developing teachers as leaders and working with administrators to develop an AP* program. Participants explore ways to assess local AP* programs, development of a site plan for articulation between Honors and AP* teachers in the same discipline and strategies for strengthening local, current AP* programs. Ways to assist AP* programs in a school budget, fiscal and grant opportunities for these programs and methods for working effectively with each school's unique culture are examined. Roles and responsibilities of Advanced Placement Program* coordinators and chairs are discussed.

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3 units

Advanced Placement Academic Content Seminar

A culmination course for Advanced Placement teachers which addresses in-depth discussion, field experiences and current research covering all content areas. Each participant addresses the specific content area in which they teach and develop a portfolio in the course.

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3 units

Elective (6 units)
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Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Physics I

Designed to enable AP teachers to help students develop a deep understanding of physics content, and a focused application of knowledge through inquiry-based labs. An overview of the AP Physics I Curriculum Framework will be explored, with an emphasis on preparing new teachers for the audit and focus on inquiry-based pedagogies. Special attention will be given to activities that promote student understanding, and to the assessment of student written responses. New sample multiple-choice and free response question items will also be discussed. Particular attention will be paid to developing new classroom material for Physics I (especially regarding rotational mechanics) with significantly more depth than in the AP Physics B course. Although a non-calculus approach will be used, AP Physics C teachers would also benefit from the discussion of these topics, as this has been an area of weakness for students in the past on the AP Physics C exam.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement* Physics II

Develop a deep understanding of content and apply focused knowledge through inquiry labs. Overview of the AP Physics I & II Curriculum Framework, covering a variety of content specific topics organized under "seven big" ideas that articulate the foundational principles of introductory physics, will be covered. Planning and teaching methods for effective AP Physics II classes and exams will be discussed.

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3 units

Shakespeare Text and Theatre

A study of Shakespearian plays presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon and at Shakespeare's Globe in London. You will participate in small group seminars on play preparation, post- play discussions, and Q & A's with the actors. You will have access to the archives and resources of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Birthplace Trust's Shakespeare Center. Includes attendance at nightly performances by the RSC.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Calculus AB

Exploration of mathematical content for teaching AP calculus AB. Discussions include limits and continuity, derivatives and applications, integrals and applications, differential equations; pedagogy using graphing calculators; the AP examination and its grading; planning and teaching methods for an effective class.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Calculus BC

Exploration of mathematical content for teaching AP calculus BC. Topics include: differential equations; arc length; Euler's method; logistic growth; L'Hopital's Rule; parametric equations and vectors; series of constants and the various tests for convergence; Taylor polynomials and error bounds; Taylor Series; pedagogy using graphing calculators; the AP examination and its grading; planning and teaching methods for an effective AP Calculus BC class.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Physics I & II

Exploration of the redesigned Physics B new courses Physics I and Physics II which will enable AP students to develop deep understanding of content and focused application of knowledge through inquiry labs. Topics include: Newtonian mechanics; electric circuits; fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics and atomic and nuclear physics as well as an overview of the AP Physics I & II Curriculum Framework covering a variety of content specific topics organized under seven "big ideas" that articulate the foundational principles of introductory physics. Planning and teaching methods for effective AP Physics I and AP Physics II classes and exams are discussed.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Art History

Successful and innovative techniques for teaching Advanced Placement Art History. Topics include: curriculum, organization, sample assignments, slide selection, tests, and preparation and grading strategies for the Advanced Placement Exam. Art topics reflect the following periods: ancient through medieval, Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, art of the Americas to 1900 and art of the 20th century.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Biology

This course covers curriculum content, strategies, criteria and materials for teaching Advanced Placement Biology. Participants will discuss content covered in three major topics of an AP Biology course: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and population. Strategies for assisting students in thinking about both broad and specific concepts in expressing their knowledge and understanding of biology will be explored.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Calculus

Exploration of significant topics in both AB and BC, including some chosen by the participants. These could include the definition of the derivative, the chain rule, the fine points of locating maxima and minima, integration by substitution, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, area and volume, power series, Euler's Method, and logistic growth. The ability of technology to quickly compute an approximation to a definite integral has opened up easy solutions and new approaches to old problems., and this is reflected in some of the questions on recent tests.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Chemistry

Chemistry principles appropriate for introductory college chemistry (AP level) are reviewed and discussed in terms of how to enhance student understanding and affect high AP Examination performance. The course examines important features of the required curriculum and the experimental laboratory base that supports it. The AP Chemistry Examination and how it is scored are discussed through the analysis of past exams and typical student work.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement English Language and Composition for Advanced Instructors

In-depth review of curriculum content, strategies, criteria and materials for teaching an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition class. Topics will include advanced concepts in rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, composition, and analysis of the reasoning and expression of ideas in prose passages; expository, analytical, comparison, problem solving and argumentation writing; hands-on curriculum development; and preparing students to take the AP Exam by focusing on reading closely, writing analytically and thinking critically. This course is specifically designed for teachers who have taught Advanced Placement for more than two years.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement English Language and Composition for Beginning Instructors

Curriculum content, strategies, criteria and materials for teaching an AP Language and Composition class.Topics will include: general concepts in rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, composition, and analyzing the reasoning and expression of ideas in prose passages; expository, analytical and argumentation writing; hands-on curriculum development; and preparing students to take the AP Exam. This course is specifically designed for instructors who have taught AP for two years or less.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition for Advanced Instructors

Review of the nature and goals for teaching AP Literature and Composition. Focus will be on the complexities of dramatic irony in classic comic and tragic plays, prose passages and poems, and analysis of tone in satire or social commentary. Selected samples of classic literary texts in English prose, poetry and drama will be analyzed in reference to teaching Advanced Placement Program students. The course is specifically designed for instructors who have taught AP for more than two years.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition for Beginning Instructors

Methods of teaching literature and composition to Advanced Placement Program classes. Participants examine content, focus, and assessment of the AP Examination in order to explore how they may devise successful programs and coursework. The use of poetic devices, character analysis and other aspects of analyzing literary texts will be presented in combination with teaching strategies that promote critical and creative thinking. This course is specifically designed for instructors who have taught Advanced Placement Program for one year or less.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement European History

This course reviews the entire AP European History content from 1450 to the present. Instruction includes how to design and teach European History, selection of textbooks and supplementary materials, and preparation of students to take the AP examination. Curriculum design will be guided by an analysis of past exams and scoring rubrics.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics

This redesigned AP U.S. Government and Politics course explores the new curriculum which combines disciplinary skills with a deep understanding of political concepts.  The content is aligned with a one-semester introductory college course, prepares students for advanced political science coursework, and helps them become active, informed participants in our constitutional democracy. Participants will learn how to introduce key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the U.S. today. Participants will also be guided on how to choose the specific historical and contemporary contexts for their students to explore, as they develop related concepts and skills. Grading rubrics and methods for building a successful AP program are presented.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Macroeconomics

Curriculum content, strategies, techniques and materials for teaching Advanced Placement Macroeconomics. Instruction includes methods to improve students' performance on the AP Exam, ways to develop or update a course syllabus and examination of currently available resources for teaching AP Macroeconomics.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Micro and Macroeconomics

Curriculum content, strategies and techniques and materials for teaching Advanced Placement Program Micro and Macroeconomics. Instruction includes methods to improve students performance on the AP Exam, ways to develop or update a course syllabus and examination of current available resources for teaching AP Macroeconomics.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture

Curriculum content, methods and materials for AP teachers of Spanish. The Advanced Placement Examination, how it is scored and how to prepare students to take it are discussed through an analysis of exams and selected student work. Many materials written in Spanish, including newspapers, magazines and modern literature are studied.

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5 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture

Curriculum content, methods and materials for AP teachers of Spanish. The Advanced Placement Examination, how it is scored and how to prepare students to take it are discussed through an analysis of student work. Many materials written in Spanish, including newspapers, magazines and modern literature, are studied.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture teachers explore and analyze medieval, Golden Age and nineteenth- and twentieth-century works from the AP Spanish Literature and Culture list as well as discuss and study various teaching strategies to successfully incorporate the literary works into their AP courses. Participants also read, examine and score student essays from the most recent AP Spanish Literature Exams. Various resources including developed materials are distributed for participants to use in the classroom as they teach. Participants develop a curricular unit of their own to use in the classroom.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Statistics

Instructional strategies and content for teaching AP classes, including statistical procedures and concepts in exploratory data analysis; linear and nonlinear regressions; student projects; use of technology; assessment practices and design of studies using random selection and statistical inference. AP Exam preparation and grading, issues related to pacing, the World Wide Web, and implementing hands-on classroom activities are incorporated throughout the course.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement U.S. History

Content and methods for teaching AP U.S. History through both a chronological and thematic approach from colonial America to the present. Instructional practices, integration of technology, grading rubrics and methods for building a successful AP program are presented.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement World History

Content and methods for teaching AP World History. Discussion includes appropriate instructional practices and methods for integrating technology into the curriculum, grading rubrics and methods for building a successful Advanced Placement Program.

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3 units

Pre-AP for English (formerly Vertical Teaming -- Building Success for English)

This course will present strategies to teach higher-level thinking skills to prepare students for college preparatory and Advanced Placement* courses in English. Participants identify classroom approaches that support in-depth understanding of English literature and language, develop techniques that encourage students to ask questions and draw inferences, learn strategies for critical analysis and assessment, and develop vertical and horizontal collaboratives with English and history teachers.

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3 units

Pre-AP for Math (formerly Vertical Teaming -- Building Success for Math)

Various topics related to creating teams and developing and implementing strategies for strengthening mathematics programs at the elementary, secondary and high school levels, increasing student participation in higher-level mathematics and enhancing classroom instruction. Methods and resources for building seamless transitions between courses and levels of schooling and providing rich coursework at all levels are explored. Other topics include the principal strands of precalculus curriculum, innovations in curriculum and technology and their use in mathematics instruction, and instruction using graphing calculators, including a program to illustrate parametric graphs and motion.

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3 units

Computer Science Principles

The new Computer Science Principles course introduces students to the foundation concepts of computer science, and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world.  Explore the major areas of study organized around Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. Discuss the learning objectives which will be the targets of assessment for the AP course. 

 

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3 units

Pre AP Interdisciplinary

In-depth discussion of AP* District score data to design effective instruction in Pre-AP* courses. Topics will include a review of the benefits of the Advanced Placement Program* for schools, how to read/ analyze the AP* Instructional Planning Report and develop curriculum that emphasizes key concepts with concrete applications and researched based strategies at all levels of instruction. The creating of vertical and horizontal teams for strengthening programs in middle school and high school Pre-AP* and AP* courses are discussed. In-depth discussion of AP* District score data to design effective instruction in Pre-AP* courses. Topics will include a review of the benefits of the Advanced Placement Program* for schools, how to read/ analyze the AP* Instructional Planning Report and develop curriculum that emphasizes key concepts with concrete applications and researched based strategies at all levels of instruction. The creating of vertical and horizontal teams for strengthening programs in middle school and high school Pre-AP* and AP* courses are discussed.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Environmental Science

Environmental Science principles appropriate for introductory college environmental science (AP level) are reviewed and discussed in terms of how to enhance student understanding and effect high Advanced Placement Examination performance. The course examines important features of the required curriculum including earth systems and resources, the living world, population, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution and global change.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Psychology

An introduction to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, you will explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. You will employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Human Geography

Curriculum content and instructional strategies for teaching AP Human Geography. This course introduces participants to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Participants employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards.

Note: This course is offered as part of the Advanced Placement Summer Institute for high school Advanced Placement teachers. Participants in this course will be high school teachers who are assigned to teach or who are interested in teaching AP Human Geography.

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3 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course is designed to introduce high school students to the formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American and U.S. Hispanic literature. It provides opportunities for the students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The overarching aims of the course are to give students ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills " with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing " and to encourage them to reflect on the many voices and cultures included in a rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish. This course gives teachers the chance to explore the newly revised AP Spanish Literature and Culture course and exam. You will learn to use various resources, including developed materials that are distributed to use in your classroom. You will develop your own curricular unit, as well as a course syllabus suitable for submission to the AP Course Audit.

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5 units

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