Monday, July 31st thru Thursday, August 3rd

APSI 2017 price: $895 ($945 after July 10th!)

Drew University is pleased to offer training to teachers of Advanced Placement Program® courses in several academic disciplines. The 2017 Drew University AP® Summer Institutes for Teachers will be held from July 31st – August 3th. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 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 2017 AP® Summer Institute, please email or call 973-408-3257.

Tuition and Fees for 2017

Tuition and fees for each course are $895 an additional $50 late fee will be added for all registrations submitted after July 10th). Calculators and laptop computers, which may be required for some courses, are not included in the tuition.  There is a $50 lab fee for AP® Biology.

2017 Courses

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  • AP® Computer Science Principles  
  • AP® English Language and Composition NOW CLOSED
  • AP® English Literature and Composition  NOW CLOSED
  • AP® Government & Politics
  • AP® US History
  • AP® World History
  • AP® Biology (additional $50 lab fee)
  • AP® Calculus AB

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, 2016, or the applicant will be held responsible for tuition and fees. No refunds will be issued after July 20, 2016. The University reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment or for any other reason.

Refreshments and Lunch

Tuition includes morning and afternoon coffee/snacks 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.


The Madison Hotel
One Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
800-526-0729 (toll free)
973-285-1800 (local)

The Madison Hotel is conveniently located one mile from the Drew University Campus, is offering a special rate of $164 per night Monday – Thursday plus tax and $99 per night Friday – Sunday plus tax to participants of the Advanced Placement® Summer Institutes. The hotel includes complimentary breakfast and free transportation to and from Drew’s campus at appointed times,  daily Monday through Friday.

Reservations must be made directly with The Madison Hotel by July 10, 2017. 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 APSI to receive the discounted rate.

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2017 Course Descriptions / Instructor Biographies


AP® Computer Science Principles for Teachers

This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP Computer Science Principles course. During this training, teachers will explore the computational thinking practices and the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. Participants will understand how to use activities that organize the course content to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. In addition, participants will work on a course plan that will help them decide how they will teach the skills and content of the AP Computer Science Principles course.

Instructor Barbara Froehlich is currently the Computer Science and Engineering Teacher at East Orange STEM Academy.  She has been a pilot instructor for the College Board, helping to develop and implement the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course for the past three years. She also brought FRC First Robotics, to the East Orange STEM Academy, establishing and coaching FRC Team 5310.  Barbara has been a teacher for nine years teaching courses in programming, engineering, biology, Intro to STEM, as well as, CS Principles.  She holds a B.S. in Biology from William Paterson University, a B.S. in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Currently, she is completing her M.S. in Educational Technology.   She was the recipient of the 2014 Teacher that Rocks award sponsored by NJEA.


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 course will cover the  new AP® Calculus AB/BC Curriculum Framework which will go into effect during the 2016-2017 school year. The purpose of the institute 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 32 years and AP Computer Science, A or AB, for the past 26 years at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. He has been a reader or table leader at the AP® Calculus Reading for 21 of the past 25 years and has been a College Board endorsed consultant in the Southern Region for the past 15 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 eighth summer to teach the Drew University AP® Calculus AB Summer Institute.

AP® English Language and Composition for Teachers – CLOSED

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 – CLOSED

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 holds a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MA in English Literature from Simmons College, Boston and has done graduate work at Oxford University, Oxford, England.  She 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, NJ.  In addition to high school teaching, she has taught composition at colleges in Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey and South Carolina. She has been a reader and table leader of the AP English Literature exam for the past 15 years and is an endorsed consultant for the College Board, presenting workshops in English Literature and 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, Maria Schmidt, was the supervisor of social studies K-12 for the Westfield Public Schools in Westfield, N.J. She began teaching social studies at Westfield High School in 1972 and authored the curriculum and initiated the law-related education program and AP United States Government and Politics course there. She is an attorney, former adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and currently serves as a member of the Law-Related Education Committee of the NJ State Bar Foundation. Dr. Schmidt has served as a reader, table leader, and question leader at the annual scoring of the AP Government and Politics examination and currently serves as a consultant for the College Board, leading AP workshops and summer institutes throughout the United States. She authored the 1993 edition of the Teacher’s Guide for Courses in AP United States Government and Politics, and in 2002 and 2005 edited the fourth and fifth editions of Multiple-Choice and Free-Response Questions in Preparation for the AP United States Government and Politics Examination and the accompanying teacher’s manual. Over the past several years, she has worked with various publishers in developing AP U.S. Government and Politics teaching material ancillaries for use with their college-level U.S. Government textbooks.




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 for the 2016 – 2017 course redesign
  • The 2017 AP Examination: how it was developed and will be graded
  • Syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments
  • Changes in AP Course
  • Strategies for teaching students at beginning or intermediate levels

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

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.  Recent College Board changes to the AP® US History exam will be covered. These will include an analysis of the free response questions and the short-answer section. Students will also review the revised format and scoring rubrics for both the document-based and long-essay questions. Teachers will have an opportunity to plan and prepare a one- or two-year curriculum. A variety of materials will be available to enhance this process, including sample research assignments, classroom exercises, 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 and Economics. Tim served as a reader for the AP® examination for twelve years and presently teaches professional development seminars for the College Board.  A James Madison Scholar, Tim was named Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teacher and he received the Singer Prize from the University of Rochester. Married to the former Claire Jacoby, they have three children and six grandchildren: Kevin, Luke, Nola, Brody, Mila and Connor.

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