JULY 8-11, 2019


The agenda for this year’s AP Summer Institute in art history will be designed to both prepare teachers who are new to teaching the course content, including upcoming changes to the AP curriculum effective in the fall 2019, and to assist experienced teachers with implementing teaching strategies to effectively address learning objectives. Teachers will be provided with materials such as powerpoints and sample exams to assist them in teaching the course. For the benefit of returning teachers, the agenda will address works and themes not covered the year before. 

 Time may be allotted for a trip to a nearby museum to view and analyze works that are similar to in the AP Art History course description. For more information on the AP Art History course itself, please click here.

Art and Design - NEW TEACHERS

The AP Studio Art Summer Institute for new and beginning teachers of AP will explore the 3D Art and Design, 2D Art and Design and Drawing portfolios, facilitate the creation of valuable curricula and corresponding art making. 

The requirements of the portfolio will be examined in depth through digital presentations and discussions geared to generate curriculum development through studio practice. Topics addressed during the week, will include:

  • An overview of The College Board materials provided,

  • The Reading process,

  • An overview of the training materials from the 2019 Reading,

  • Changes to the portfolio requirements,

  • Engage in inquiry and investigation through practice, experimentation, revision and reflection;

  • Mock Readings using the rubric from the 2019 Reading,

  • Developing sketchbook strategies,

  • Selecting art for the Selected Works section,

  • Generating ideas for the Sustained Investigation that can support investigative research about an artistic concern,

  • AP Studio Art goals and the National Core Art Standards, and

  • Investigating themes from Contemporary Art to inspire curriculum.

An emphasis will be placed on ideation and strategies for assisting AP students to select sustained investigation topics that are viable and inventive. Studio sessions will be dedicated to the development of a mini concentration, using action research, investigation and exploration. Participants will engage in the same kind of creative problem solving that they will ask of their students.

The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. Group critiques and activities will be conducted with an emphasis on process and the development of a theme or idea that can generate continued investigation.

Participants will be asked to bring some studio supplies for their own art making. Please bring a Laptop or tablet and flash drive for sharing of teaching materials. Some materials will be provided and announced at a later date.


This course will survey all tenets of the AP Art and Design Portfolio including Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design and Three-Dimensional Design.  There will be special emphasis on the Drawing portfolios. The many subtle and nuanced differences between the portfolios especially those regarding the Drawing and 2D Design portfolios will be clarified. Participants will be involved with intensive training exercises of student portfolios utilizing the BRAND NEW official rubrics.

In addition a special focus will be placed on ideas for encouraging student voice and creativity within the Sustained Investigation section of the Drawing portfolio in order to elevate the students’ artworks to authentic college level performance. Since the mandated writing inclusions of this portfolio section will be assessed,  discussion of how and what students need to do in order to succeed will be of utmost concern to all participants.   Discussion of the legitimacy of appropriation will also be a focus in this course. Participants will also have the opportunity to create their own skeletal domain of “portfolios” based on the Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section of the Drawing portfolio. Participants will also create artworks based on some of my own successful college-level assignments. Examples of successful college artworks will be shared with all participants.  Required reading-(The Blank Canvas by Anna Held Audette) will be discussed as well as a possible excursion to an art gallery or museum will be scheduled during this Summer Institute to offer participants an enriching experience necessary to fostering creative energies. Discussion concerning some of the changes in the AP ART and Design portfolios will be on the agenda. 

Participants are encouraged to bring with them examples of their own student artworks which can be “mock-scored” utilizing the new official rubric. Participants are invited to share some of their “best practices” connected to their successful teaching experiences. Upon successful completion of this Summer Institute participants should be able to design and successfully teach their own AP Art and Design course with special emphasis on Drawing.

Music Theory


This workshop will focus on teaching strategies designed to help students develop an understanding of the materials and processes of music. Special emphasis will be given to creating a curriculum employing techniques and activities similar to those presented in the vertical teams guide for music theory published by the College Board. Significant critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills will be fostered. Discussions will make direct reference to the national AP Music Theory examination. Suggested materials and resources for teaching AP Music Theory will be introduced and teaching techniques will be demonstrated throughout the workshop

Topics will include visual and aural analysis, sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation and composition; and synthesis of musical knowledge into practical and usable musical understanding, especially with regard to music of the common practice period.

Participants should bring a laptop computer, music manuscript paper, and pencils with erasers



The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help you become a skilled reader of a variety of texts as well as becoming a skilled writer. You’ll achieve this through awareness of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the ways that writing rules and language use contribute to effective writing.

Skill in writing proceeds from your awareness of your own composing processes: the way you explore ideas, reconsider strategies, and revise your work. This experience of the process of composing is the essence of the first-year college writing course, and the AP English Language and Composition course emphasizes this process. In the course, you will write essays that proceed through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by your teacher and peers. These extended, revised essays are not part of the AP English Language and Composition Exam, but the experience of writing them will help you become a more self-aware and flexible writer (which may help your performance on the AP Exam!).

In addition to engaging in varied writing tasks, you will read and become acquainted with a wide variety of prose styles from many disciplines and historical periods. Due to the increasing importance of graphics and visual images in texts published in print and electronic media, you will learn to analyze images as they relate to written texts and serve as alternative forms of texts themselves.

Using research materials and synthesizing information from various sources are integral parts of the AP English Language and Composition course. You will learn to evaluate the legitimacy and purpose of sources used. One way to do this is through the researched argument paper, which will require you to sort through various interpretations of information to analyze, reflect upon, and write about a topic. When you bring the experience and opinions of others into your writing in this way, you enter into conversations with other writers and thinkers, which in turn helps your writing become more thoughtful and substantive — just what is required in college and careers!