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Teachers of AP Capstone™ courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—are required to take part in professional development offered by select AP Summer Institutes.
- The summer before their first year teaching AP Seminar or AP Research, instructors must complete a five-day workshop for that course. Instructors are required to attend a five-day workshop offered by select AP Summer Institutes one time prior to teaching each course—this is not an annual requirement.
- The workshop is course-specific—instructors will complete an entire workshop for each course that they are assigned to teach. Instructors who need to be trained for both AP Seminar and AP Research in the same year must attend separate workshops during two different weeks.
During the school year, instructors must complete additional online assessment scoring training—this is an annual requirement. For more information about this training, visit the AP Seminar and AP Research pages on AP Central.
Who Should Take Part in the Summer Workshop
All teachers of AP Capstone courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—are required to participate in professional development.
School leaders don't have to take part but may use this opportunity to deepen their understanding of the program. Supporting teachers, librarians, media specialists, and district representatives may also consider participating. Requests to train staff members other than teachers of record are honored if space is available.
Teachers who do not work at participating AP Capstone schools are not eligible to attend summer workshops for AP Seminar and AP Research. On occasion, if space is available, requests to attend training are granted to teachers at non-participating schools. For these schools, attendance at summer workshops does not guarantee the opportunity to implement the program—interested schools must apply and be accepted to the program, as well as sign a letter of agreement, in order to participate.
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The summer workshop consists of sessions that take place over a consecutive five-day period for 30 contact hours.
On completion of the summer workshop, attendees receive three continuing education credits (CEUs) from IACET. Currently, graduate credit is not awarded for participation in the summer workshop.
New AP Seminar or AP Research teachers who do not attend or do not complete summer training will not be authorized to teach the course. They will not have access to upload a syllabus in the AP Course Audit system, nor will they be able to access the AP Digital Portfolio. Additionally, schools with untrained AP Seminar or AP Research teachers will not be able to order exams associated with these courses.
The cost of professional development is $1,075 per participant for the 2020-21 school year. Fees are subject to change annually and may vary for sessions held outside of the United States. Additional fees for late registration, registration cancellation, and/or late payment will apply. Schools should refer to their program letters of agreement for an outline of these fees.
This fee includes tuition and materials for the summer workshop, as well as access to the online scoring training. It does not include travel, lodging, meal expenses, and incidental costs.
Schools should be aware that this fee will be incurred for AP Seminar teachers in year 1 of implementation, AP Research teachers in year 2 of implementation, and any new teachers that need training as the program expands.
Costs, fees, and payments for professional development are nontransferable and may not be applied to future workshops or training.
AP Capstone Scholarships
A limited number of AP Capstone scholarships—which cover the full tuition fees for recipients—may be awarded to eligible applicant teachers who register to attend a professional development session this summer for AP Seminar or AP Research. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, go to APSI Summer Institute Scholarships.
About the Summer Workshop
The AP Capstone professional development summer workshop trains instructors to teach college-level critical thinking and research skills while exploring academic and real-world questions, problems, and issues from different disciplines and from multiple perspectives. Special focus is given to facilitating student learning in collaborative settings, while motivating students to think critically and innovatively about research questions.
The summer workshop will include these features:
- Outline of course goals, objectives, content, and resources
- Examination of the curriculum framework of the program
- Overview of teaching strategies and best practices
- Creation of course calendar, class activities, lesson plans, and formative assessments
- Development of course syllabi for the AP Course Audit
- Walk-through of through-course and end-of-course assessments
- Demonstration of AP Digital Portfolio
Dates and Locations
Summer 2020 AP Seminar and AP Research workshops will be offered at select sites across the United States and internationally. Participants may attend the session of their choosing, though registration is first-come, first-serve. The dates and locations of U.S. workshops are listed below; international sites and dates will be posted once available.
Note: Schools must be approved to offer AP Capstone in order to register for a workshop. If your school has not yet applied to participate in the program, please fill out the online application.
|AP Summer Institute (APSI)||City, State/Country||2020 Workshop Dates||Link to Register (AP Capstone schools only)|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington, TX||
|University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington, TX||
|Walton High School | Cobb County School District||Marietta, GA||June 22–26||Register Now|
|McBride High School | Long Beach USD||Long Beach, CA||June 22–26||Register Now|
|East China Normal University–North Zhongshan Road Campus||Shanghai, China||June 29–July 3||Register Now|
|University of St. Michael's College–University of Toronto||Toronto, Canada||July 6–10||Register Now|
|Loyola University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||July 6–10||Register Now|
|Colorado School of Mines | Colorado Education Initiative||Golden, CO||July 13–17||Register Now|
|Goucher College||Baltimore, MD||July 13–17||Register Now|
|Boca Ciega High School | Pinellas County Schools||Gulfport, FL||July 20–24||Register Now|
|Bridgewater State University | Mass Insight Education||Bridgewater, MA||July 27–31||Register Now|
|Pacific Lutheran University||Tacoma, WA||Aug 3–7||Register Now|
|Fordham University||New York, NY||Aug 3–7||Register Now|
|Emirates College of Advanced Education||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Aug 23–27||Register Now|
How to Register
Participating AP Capstone schools will be informed by email in early 2020 when registration for 2020 summer professional development is available. Participants can register using the links in the email and on this webpage. Note: Schools must apply to participate in, and be approved to offer, the AP Capstone Diploma program before registering teachers for professional development.
Participants are responsible for booking their own travel. Early departure will not be accommodated; participants are expected to attend the entire five-day training in order to be authorized to teach AP Seminar or AP Research in the fall.
By air: If you are traveling by plane, you should plan to arrive the evening before the first date of your assigned session (Sunday), and plan to depart after 3 p.m. on the last date of your assigned session (Friday).
By car: Parking details will vary by venue. Further details will be provided by the APSI site.
Daily transportation options to and from the APSI site vary by location. Participants should refer to guidance given by their chosen site.
You must make your lodging reservation before the start of the training, and no later than the deadline provided for each site. Lodging options will vary by site.
Each summer workshop runs Monday through Friday. The workshop begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the workshop begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 12:30 p.m. Timing may vary by site. Participants will be informed of the exact agenda at their chosen site prior to the start of training.
What to Bring
- Pen, pencil, and notepad
- Fully charged laptop computer and power cord
- School-year calendar (either a hard copy or electronic copy)
- Extra room in luggage to accommodate materials from the training
The dress code is casual, appropriate for a school setting. Bring sweaters or other layers, since training facilities are air-conditioned and temperatures can vary.
All participants must confirm attendance each day at the workshop, typically in their classrooms with their workshop. Failure to attend the entire workshop may cause a participant to not be authorized to teach an AP Capstone course. The number of CEUs awarded is dependent on attendance.
Some meals and/or snacks may be provided during the workshop. Offerings may vary by site. Participants will be informed of meal options at their chosen site prior to the start of training.
Registered attendees will receive additional details about their training site via email prior to the training.