Monday, August 3rd thru Friday,  August 7th, 2015

APSI 2015 price: $880 ($930 after July 17th!)

Drew University is pleased to offer training to teachers of Advanced Placement Program® courses in several academic disciplines. The 2015 Drew University AP® Summer Institutes for Teachers will be held from August 3rd – 7th. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., on the Drew University campus in Madison, NJ. Drew is located on almost 200 wooded acres in the foothills of northern New Jersey, 30 miles from New York City and five minutes from Morristown, the military capital of the Revolutionary War.

The Drew University Summer Institute has been endorsed by the College Board and all workshops are led by experienced AP® instructors.

For more information about the 2015 AP® Summer Institute, please email or call 973-408-3257.

Tuition and Fees for 2015

Tuition and fees for each course are $880 an additional $50 late fee will be added for all registrations submitted after July 17th). Calculators and laptop computers, which may be required for some courses, are not included in the tuition.

2015 Courses

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  • AP® Calculus AB
  • AP® English Language and Composition
  • AP® English Literature and Composition
  • AP® Government & Politics
  • AP® US History
  • AP® World History
  • AP® Biology

Brochure/Registration Form

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing (via fax, email or USPS) prior to end of business on July 20, 2015, or the applicant will be held responsible for tuition and fees. No refunds will be issued after July 20, 2015. The University reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment or for any other reason.

Refreshments and Lunch

Tuition includes morning coffee and lunch in the campus dining hall.

Pre-course Information

Information for registered participants, including directions, campus map and check-in locations, parking details and welcome letters from instructors, is available on the APSI Pre-course Information web page, and will be updated throughout the months of June and July.


FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center East Hanover in East Hanover, NJ
130 Route 10West
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936

The Ramada Inn & Conference Center, which is a 10 minute drive from the Drew University Campus, is offering a special rate of $69 per night plus tax for either double or single occupancy to participants of the Advanced Placement® Summer Institutes. The hotel includes free transportation to and from Drew’s campus at appointed times,  daily Monday through Friday.

Reservations must be made directly with the FairBridge Hotel by July 13, 2015. The special APSI rate cannot be guaranteed after this date and/or after the reserved block of rooms has been filled. You are responsible for making your own roommate arrangements. Please mentioned when making your reservations that you are with the Drew University AP Summer Institute to receive the discounted rate.

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2015 Course Descriptions / Instructor Biographies

AP® Calculus AB for Teachers

This course will provide a complete overview of the AP® Calculus AB course and is appropriate for teachers who are both new to the course or experienced seeking new strategies and methods to improve their calculus programs. The purpose of the course is to enhance teachers’ understanding of the topics covered in Calculus AB, to help them understand and experience the construction of the Calculus AB exam and scoring rubrics and to understand the process of scoring the Calculus AB exam. The course will focus on instructional strategies for helping students learn calculus concepts and techniques. We will focus on the College Board outline for Calculus AB, with special emphasis on those topics that have given students problems on the exam.  Participants will be provided opportunities to share practices and activities that they have found to be successful in their own classrooms.

Instructor Bill Compton has been teaching AP calculus, AB or BC, for the past 31 years and AP computer science for the past 25 years at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. 
He has been a reader or table leader at the AP calculus reading for 20 of the past 24 years and has been a College Board endorsed consultant in the southern region for the past 14 years. He has presented one day, student review, teaching and learning, and week long summer workshops. From 2005-07, he conducted the College Board’s online “New AP Teachers Open-Workshop for AP Calculus,” presenting a six-hour introduction for new teachers to AP calculus. He graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. degree in mathematics and from Duke University with a MAT in mathematics. This will be his seventh summer to teach the Drew University AP Calculus AB Summer Institute.

AP® English Language and Composition for Teachers

This class will discuss, evaluate, and investigate the AP® Language and Composition Essay and multiple choice questions from past AP® Exams. Participants will create their own lessons and curricula to prepare students for these examinations. Practices and strategies for each part of the exam will be explored and examined. The class will emphasize, but not be limited to, the recent examinations and their changes, and will also focus on a study of rhetoric and writing. The class will also investigate and practice holistic scoring and develop appropriate assessment vehicles for language and rhetoric. Participants will be expected to be active members of the class and to make presentations to the class. At the end of the class, participants will be required to submit a course of study or a syllabus as a final project.

Instructor Denise Hayden has been teaching at Floral Park Memorial High School since 1988. She has taught all levels of English grades 7 through 12 as well as electives in public speaking, dramatics, and journalism. She has been teaching AP® English Language and Composition since 1997. She currently teaches AP® English Language and Composition in a linked program with AP® United States History. She and her colleague Nicholas Simone presented this interdisciplinary program at the AP® National Conference 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two articles written by her about interdisciplinary approaches to teaching AP® and a comparison between the synthesis prompt and the document based question can be found at AP® Central. In 1992 she was named the Teacher of the Year from Floral Park Memorial High School by the Sewanhaka Central High School District. In 2002 she was named an Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council.

AP® English Literature and Composition for Teachers

This course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP® English literature. It will examine various aspects of the course from selecting texts to lesson plans, taking the exam and handling the paper load. There will be practice in applying the AP® rubric to actual student essays from past years, managing multiple choice and debriefing on the ‘15 exam. Participants will practice passage analysis, timed writing and multiple choice as well as share teaching strategies that have worked in the AP® English literature classroom. Participants are asked to read Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying prior to attending the summer institute.

Instructor Mary Filak is a veteran of 30 years in the English classroom, including eleven teaching AP® English literature and AP® English language at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J. In addition to high school teaching, she has taught composition at colleges in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey. She has been a reader and table leader of the AP® English literature exam for the last 14 years and is an endorsed consultant for the College Board, presenting workshops in English Literature & Composition. She currently teaches adult education courses at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. Ms. Filak can be reached at


AP® US Government and Politics for Teachers

The instructor will focus on the development of content for each of the six units included in the course outline, as well as the use of essential questions, course objectives, learning activities, teaching strategies, and the interplay of multiple resources. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for the AP® examination. An analysis of past AP® examinations will be included as well as a review of the standards established for grading the annual exams. A major portion of the course is devoted to the development of units for an AP® Government and Politics course by participants including the resources necessary for the implementation of such a course.  Additional instruction will be provided on lesson preparation, block teaching strategies, and the use of internet based assignments.  The course will provide assistance for those instructors who teach the AP ®US Government and Politics course for one high school semester as well as for an entire year.

The Instructor, Noah Lipman, is a retired trial attorney who has taught at the law school, college and high school level.  For the last 10 years he has been a professor at Monmouth University in the history department, where his courses have been cross listed with the political science department.  He is also the CO-AP® Coordinator at Long Branch High School where he teaches AP® American Government and Politics; AP® US History; and AP® Macro Economics.  He created and maintains a dual credit program with Monmouth University for the students in his AP courses.  He has served as a Reader for the annual scoring of the AP® Government and Politics exam for the last seven years. In 2010 he was honored by College Board as one of their national teachers of the year.  In 2012 he was named as a finalist at Monmouth University for the Martin Luther King Unsung Hero award. He currently serves as a consultant for College Board leading Advanced Placement workshops and summer institutes throughout the United States. 

AP® World History

An AP®World History Summer Institute provides teachers with the support and training needed to teach an AP®World History course.

Topics covered in this summer institute session include:

  • AP courses: goals, objectives, content, resources, bibliographies, and equipment
  • The AP Examination: how it is developed and graded
  • Syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments
  • How to refresh and improve existing AP courses
  • Recent changes in AP Course Descriptions
  • Strategies for teaching students at beginning or intermediate levels

Instructor Frank Passaro is currently leading the Social Studies Department at Calvert Hall High School in Towson, MD. He teaches World History and Historical Research.  Frank has been an educational consultant for the Advanced Placement® program in World History since 2004.  Asked to return as an AP Reader for 10 years, he has consulted with schools and school districts in Maryland, New York, Georgia, and Florida.

AP® Biology

Every biology teacher whether new or experienced can learn something to enrich and improve their teaching after taking this AP®Summer Institute. This APSI will provide information and experiences on how to teach both the classroom and laboratory components of an AP Biology course. Activities to support an understanding of the revised structure and design of the AP®Biology Framework will be a major part of this summer institute. Included, will be instruction on how to prepare an audit for any teachers new to teaching AP®Biology.

Teachers will be introduced to the laboratory investigations that are in the newly revised AP Biology Student Laboratory Manual. In addition, activities to support inquiry-based instruction will be presented and shared among colleagues along with tips of how to incorporate these inquiry activities into the course. Finally, participants will learn how to organize the course in order to have time to present the material as well as to conduct the inquiry style labs. Alternative teaching techniques such as using case-studies and the flipped classroom will be included.

The specifics of the AP®Biology Exam and the importance of the grading processes will be presented. A review and discussion of the standards for the four free response questions from the 2015 Exam will also be included. Teachers will learn methods to better prepare their students for writing the answers to the free response portion of the AP®Exam. The format for the 2015 AP®Biology Exam will be presented.


 The AP®Program and AP®Biology Materials
 The AP®Biology Redesign
 Transitioning to the New Curriculum Framework
 The New AP®Biology Labs (Inquiry-based)
 The AP®Biology Redesigned Exam
 Review for the AP®Biology exam
 Grading for the Free Response Questions
 Pedagogical strategies to enhance teaching
 Teacher Sharing of Teaching Strategies, Activities and Lab Alternatives, Field Trips, Projects etc.

Instructor  Maureen Nosal taught High School Biology including AP® Biology for 25 years and middle school science for 7 years. She has been an AP® Biology exam reader since 1997 and in addition has been a Table and Question Leader. Maureen is an experienced AP® Biology and Pre AP® Science consultant who has done workshops throughout the United States and abroad. She currently is an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey in both the Biology and Education departments.

AP® United States History for Teachers

This course focuses on helping teachers develop a comprehensive program of study for their individual classes.  In addition to examining methods and materials, participants will learn how to best prepare students for the AP® examination in May.  Upcoming College Board changes to the 2015 AP® US History exam will be covered. This will include an analysis of the free response questions, the document-based question, and hands-on work with grading rubrics. Teachers will have the opportunity to plan and prepare a one- or two-year curriculum. A variety of materials will be offered to enhance this process, including sample research assignments, classroom exercises, user friendly documents, and a review program to help students review for the test.

Instructor Tim Cullen is a teacher as well as the department supervisor for Social Studies at Leonia High School in New Jersey. His classroom duties include Advanced Placement® courses in Social Studies, Economics and Government-Politics. Tim served as a reader for the AP® examination for twelve years. He presently teaches professional development seminars for the College Board and mentors teachers in his district.

A James Madison Scholar, and Associate Program Director for the Stratford Hall Seminar on Slavery, Tim was named Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teacher, Outstanding Educator by The College of New Jersey, and he received the Singer Prize from the University of Rochester. Most recently, he was named Teacher of the Year by Foundation for Free Enterprise and the Bergen County American Legion. Married to the former Claire Jacoby, the couple has two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren: Kevin, Luke, Nola Claire, and Brody.

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