AP Capstone Professional Development

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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 either course, instructors must complete a 4.5-day workshop.
  • 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 are required to attend separate workshops during two different weeks.
  • During the school year, they must complete additional online assessment scoring training.

Who Should Take Part

All teachers of AP Capstone courses 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 on a space-available basis.

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, given space availability, requests to attend training are granted to teachers at non-participating schools. Please contact apcapstone@info.collegeboard.org for more information. 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.

Important Facts

The summer workshop consists of sessions that take place over a consecutive 4.5-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.

During the school year, teachers must also participate in online training in scoring student performance tasks. 

New AP Seminar or AP Research teachers who do not attend 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.

Cost

For the 2017-18 school year, the cost of professional development was $1,050 per participant. 2018-19 fees will be posted once available. 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. The fee is subject to change annually.

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 result of program expansion.

Costs, fees, and payments for professional development are non-transferable 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. Applications for 2018 scholarships will be available in December 2017.  To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, visit the APSI scholarship webpage.

Summer Workshop

The AP Capstone professional development summer workshop trains instructors to teach college-level 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.

Program

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 2017 workshops have now concluded. Dates and locations for summer 2018 professional development will be announced during the school year. For reference, 2017 workshop locations are listed below.

AP Summer Institute (APSI)

City, State

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, TX

Walton High School | Cobb County School District

Marietta, GA

Boca Ciega High School | Pinellas County Schools

Gulfport, FL

Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

Colorado Education Initiative | AP for All

Denver, CO

McBride High School | Long Beach USD

Long Beach, CA

Mass Insight Education | Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

How to Register

Participating AP Capstone schools will be informed by email when registration for 2018 summer professional development is available. If you have any questions, please contact apcapstone@info.collegeboard.org.

Travel

Participants are responsible for booking their own travel. Early departure will not be accommodated; participants are expected to attend the entirety of the 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 no earlier than 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.

Lodging

You must make your lodging reservation in advance of the start of the training, and no later than the deadline provided for each site. Lodging options will vary by site.

Agenda

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

Dress Code

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.

On-Site Check-In

All participants must confirm attendance each day at the workshop, typically in their classrooms with their workshop. Failure to attend the entirety of the workshop may cause a participant to not be authorized to teach an AP Capstone course. The number of CEUs awarded is dependent on attendance.

Meals

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.

More Information

Registered attendees will receive additional details about their training site via email prior to the training.