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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 apsi@drew.edu 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® European History  NEW EXAM!!
  • AP® US History
  • AP® Psychology
  • 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.


Ramada Inn & Conference Center
130 Route 10West
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936
973-386-5622 or Ramada Inn East Hanover

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 15% tax for either double or single occupancy to participants of the Advanced Placement® Summer Institutes. This rate includes a complementary hot breakfast buffet and transportation to and from Drew’s campus at appointed times,  daily Monday through Friday.

Reservations must be made directly with the Ramada Inn 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.

For other lodging suggestions, please visit http://www.campustravel.com/university/drew/

2015 Course Descriptions / Instructor Biographies

AP® Calculus AB for Teachers

This course will provide a complete overview of the AP® Calculus course and is appropriate for teachers who are both new to the course or have limited teaching experience seeking new strategies and methods to improve their calculus programs. The course will focus on instructional strategies for helping students learn calculus concepts and techniques. Participants will get a deeper understanding of the concepts and techniques of calculus. We will focus on the College Board outline for Calculus, with special emphasis on those topics that have changed most recently due to calculus reform and the introduction of technology.

Instructor Bill Compton 


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, internet activities 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 ‘14 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 will be asked to bring copies of lessons and 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 13 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 Caroline, Beaufort. Ms. Filak can be reached at shatzie2@aol.com.

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® Psychology

Course information to come.

Instructor TBA

AP® European History for Teachers

Course information to come.

Instructor TBA

AP® Biology

Course information to come.

Instructor  TBA

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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