AP workshops are offered in person or through online modules. Participants will walk away from an AP subject workshop with ready-to-use strategies and pedagogical tools shared by an experienced educator within the AP community. Exploration of the AP course and exam description, the AP Exam, and the AP Classroom resources will help you plan and focus your instruction.
We’re excited to continue to offer the online workshop model. With this online format, we can support you whether your school is in person, blended, or online. Attend an online workshop to explore the AP course and exam description, discuss what the AP Exam assesses, and learn how AP Classroom can help you plan and focus instruction as well as give you data-driven feedback. Complete the following four modules over the period of one week to receive a certificate completion with 0.6 CEUs.
Module 1: Course and Exam Description and Course Planning (90 mins)—Introductory live synchronous session on Zoom led by an experienced AP educator focused on the course and exam description, curricular requirements, and course planning.
Modules 2 and 3: On-demand (asynchronous) sessions to be completed before Module 4.
- Module 2: AP Classroom (90 mins)—After watching an on-demand recording led by an experienced AP teacher on how to leverage AP Classroom to help support students and teach your AP course, receive feedback on one of your lesson plans to implement in your classroom.
- Module 3: Assess and Reflect (60 mins)—After watching an on-demand recording led by an experienced AP reader, practice scoring student responses based on the rubric.
Module 4: Strategies and Pedagogical Tools (120 mins)—Concluding live synchronous session on Zoom led by an experienced AP educator focused on instructional strategies, tools, and best practices to be used in your classroom, whether online, in person, or in a blended teaching environment.
Note: Although both new and experienced teachers are welcome to register, the online AP workshops were developed with the new AP teacher in mind.
Achieving Equity in AP Workshops
Each Achieving Equity in AP workshop is customized for teachers and administrators in a single district or school to explore how to create an AP program devoted to improving access to and equity in advanced academics for students from all populations.
During the workshop, you’ll:
- Identify policies, procedures, and tools that can be used to increase diversity in the AP student and teacher population.
- Discuss curriculum adjustments and instructional strategies that will help to recruit and retain students who have traditionally not had access to AP classes.
- Identify district-, school-, and classroom-level policies and practices that enhance or restrict student opportunities to take AP classes and exams.
School/District/State Hosted Workshops or Summer Institutes
School/district/state hosted workshops or Summer Institutes are one-day and multi-day workshops, offered both face-to-face and in an online* setting, and managed in conjunction with the sponsoring school, district, or state education agency. Upon receipt of a school/district/state hosted workshop request, the AP Program will find facilitators who match the requirements of the requested school/district/state education agency. The selected facilitator will work with the host to tailor the session(s) to meet goals while also addressing the key takeaways.
Schools/districts/state education agencies may also request to follow the one-day workshop model described above.
*For online workshops, facilitators can opt to leverage the host’s infrastructure to model best practices within their own platform.
AP Workshop Key Takeaways
By attending a workshop, participants will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways:
Understand the Course
AP courses focus on building conceptual understandings and developing transferable skills.
Plan the Course
Helping students develop mastery of the course skills requires careful planning to sequence skills in a developmentally appropriate way so that students master prerequisite skills before being asked to complete more complex tasks.
Teach the Course
Students need multiple opportunities to practice skills in order to develop mastery over time. Specific strategies can help students explicitly practice those skills.
Assess Student Progress
Assessments, instruction, and resources should be aligned to learning goals and matched to performance standards and/or expectations. Students should be progressively challenged, just beyond where they are, to apply their knowledge and skills in different contexts to deepen their understanding.
Engage as a Member of the AP Community
AP teachers are part of a community with many opportunities to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and more.