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The 2019 Silver State AP* Summer Institute is offering the following AP sessions. Please note some AP sessions are split by participant's years of teaching the specified AP subject; this may be different than years of experience teaching. Please register according to the following requirements:

    • New is designed specifically for teachers with 0-3 years of experience teaching the specified AP subject.
    • Experienced requires the participants have taught the specified AP subject for a minimum of 3 years.

Please understand that years teaching AP may be different than total years of teaching experience.

English Language & Composition

Instructor: Nanci Bush

Syllabus: English Lang/Comp New

Special Instructions for Participants:

English Language & Composition-New

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Nanci Bush is an English educator with 28 years of experience, including 20 years as an AP English Language and Composition teacher, 17 years as an AP Consultant, and 12 years as a scorer of AP exams, including five years as a Table Leader. She presented a full-day workshop for Experienced AP English teachers at the AP Annual Conference in 2012 and is scheduled to present in 2018. Her professional awards include being named as Ohio’s Outstanding Language Arts Educator in 2000 and being honored as a Presidential Scholar’s Honorary Teacher in 2003.

Instructor: David Jolliffe

Syllabus: English Lang/Comp Exp


Special Instructions for Participants:

  • Bring a copy of your "best assignment" for an AP Lang/Comp course.
  • Please read this Chapter prior to the institute.

English Language & Composition-Experienced

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

David Jolliffe is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Arkansas, where he was the initial occupant of the Brown Chair in English Literacy. Prior to earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1984, Jolliffe taught at Triadelphia High School and Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, West Virginia; at West Virginia University, where he received his M.A.; and at Bethany College, his undergraduate alma mater. He came to Arkansas after 21 years in Chicago, where he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University. Beginning as an AP English Language reader in 1992, Jolliffe then served as a table leader, question, leader, and eventually chief reader for two terms, from 2003 through 2007 and from 2010 through 2011. He is co-author, with Hephzibah Roskelly, of two books specifically created for the Advanced Placement English Language course: Everyday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing and Writing America: Language and Composition in Context.


English Literature & Composition

Instructor: Skip Nicholson

Syllabus: English Lit/Comp New

English Literature & Composition-New

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Skip Nicholson is a veteran of 40 years at high schools in Burbank and South Pasadena, California, where he was Head of English, and of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was chosen a Visiting Associate in Rhetoric. He holds a BA from UCLA, a Certificat from the University of Bordeaux and completed graduate work in comparative literature at Cal State, Fullerton; and at American University; and Georgetown. He served as a reader for the AP English Lit exam and has led AP workshops throughout North America and was named a Senior Reviewer for the AP Course Audit. He chaired the Secondary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English for five years. Now part of the Folger Shakespeare Library National Teacher Corps, Skip was a master teacher in Folger summer institutes in Washington, and for conferences of the Shakespeare Globe Center. He also chairs school accreditation teams. Skip is the consulting editor for five plays in National Textbook Company’s Shakespeare series and co-author of Five Steps to a Five. skip@nicholson.net

Instructor: Mary Filak

Syllabus: English Lang/Comp Exp

English Literature & Composition-Experienced

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

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 18 years and is an endorsed consultant for the College Board, presenting workshops in English Literature and Composition. Ms. Filak can be reached at Shatzie2@aol.com.