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UCR University Extension | APSI

Advanced Placement® Program Summer Institute

APSI will be held ONLINE July 13 - 17, 2020

Developed in collaboration with College Board, and the only one of its kind in the nation, this online summer program spotlights the latest instructional strategies for teaching AP classes. By keeping up-to-date with AP course content, learning the latest instructional strategies, and approaches to grading procedures, you will be able to provide students with an intellectual experience comparable to their freshman year at college.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS: All participants are required to register via Cvent with their College Board login. If you do not have a College Board login create one below.


Math & Computer Science

Calculus AB

Exploration of mathematical content for teaching AP Calculus AB. Discuss:

  • limits and continuity
  • derivatives and applications
  • integrals and applications
  • differential equations
  • pedagogy using graphing calculators
  • the AP examination and its grading

You will also learn effective planning and teaching methods for a successful AP Calculus AB class.

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.

Computer Science Principles

Introduces you to the foundation concepts of computer science, and challenges you 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
  • global impact

Discuss the learning objectives which will be the targets of assessment for the AP course.


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.



This course covers curriculum content, strategies, criteria and materials for teaching Advanced Placement Biology. You will discuss content covered in the three major topics of an AP Biology course:

  • molecules and cells
  • heredity and evolution
  • organisms and population

You will also explore strategies to improve your students' performances, and help them think about both broad and specific concepts to better express their knowledge and understanding of Biology.

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.

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.


English Language and Composition - Beginners

Curriculum content, strategies, criteria and materials for teaching an AP Language and Composition class. Explore:

  • general concepts in rhetoric
  • rhetorical analysis
  • composition
  • analyzing the reasoning and expression of ideas in prose passages
  • expository, analytical and argumentation writing
  • hands-on curriculum development

You will also cover how to best prepare your students for the AP Exam. This course is specifically designed for instructors who have taught AP for two years or less.

English Language and Composition - Experienced

In-depth review of curriculum content, strategies, criteria and materials for teaching an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition class. Topics include:

  • helping students deal with pre-twentieth century prose
  • rhetorical analysis
  • argumentation writing
  • hands-on curriculum development
  • preparing students to take the AP Exam by focusing on reading closely, writing analytically and thinking critically
  • test-taking strategies
  • analysis of this year's questions and sample answers

This course is specifically designed for teachers who have taught Advanced Placement for more than two years.

English Literature and Composition - Beginners

Methods of teaching AP Literature and Composition classes. You will examine:

  • content
  • focus

You will also assess the AP Examination in order to explore how you 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 AP classes for one year or less.

History & Social Sciences

European History

Reviews the entire AP European History content from 1450 to the present. Instruction includes:

  • how to design and teach European History
  • selection of textbooks
  • use of supplementary materials
  • preparing your students to take the AP examination


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
  • 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.

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. You will learn how to introduce key political subjects that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the U.S. today, including:

  • concepts
  • ideas
  • institutions
  • policies
  • interactions
  • roles
  • behaviors

You will also be guided on how to choose the specific historical and contemporary contexts for your students to explore, as they develop related concepts and skills. Grading rubrics and methods for building a successful AP program are presented.

Human Geography

An overview to help you implement and teach the curriculum in AP Human Geography. The AP Human Geography course content reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012), and is organized around the discipline's main subfields:

  • economic geography
  • cultural geography
  • political geography
  • urban geography

This course will show you how to guide your AP student to become more geoliterate, more engaged in contemporary global issues, and more multicultural in their viewpoints. You will review course content, discuss teaching techniques and strategies, explore resources, and review the AP syllabus, auditing, and AP exam.

World History

Content and methods for teaching AP World History. Discussion includes:

  • appropriate instructional practices
  • methods for integrating technology into the curriculum
  • grading rubrics

Methods for building a successful AP program are also presented.

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.

World Languages and Culture

Spanish Literature and Culture

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 your AP courses. You will also read, examine and score student essays from the most recent AP Spanish Literature Exams. Various resources including developed materials are distributed to use in your classroom. You will develop a curricular unit of your own to use in your classroom.

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