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The 2020 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: TBA

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: Alfonso Correa

Syllabus: TBA


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.

I am from Brownsville, a small border city in deep South Texas. After high school (Class of 1986), i joined Navy and saw the world from inside a submarine. Didn’t see Iraq. Received medal for fighting against it (go figure). Left Navy, 1991. Attended the University of Texas-Brownsville. Bachelor’s in English, Texas Teaching Certificate. Now, the important stuff. I started teaching in August 1996 and I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve taught AP English Language, African-American Studies, Latin American Studies, Debate and Independent Studies (Senior Thesis) at the School for the Talented and Gifted since August 2000. I also serve on several committees and as the coach/sponsor/adviser for a variety of organizations on campus—the necessary benefit of a small faculty.

I have been an AP English Language and Composition reader since 2003, a Table Leader since 2007, a Question Leader from 2015-2018. I served on the Development Committee from 2011-2015, a member of the AP English Lang. & Comp. Instructional Design Team, and I’ve been an AP PD consultant since 2015. I am a member of NCTE, ATPE (Association of Texas Professional Educators), and the Teachers Academy Advisory Board at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. I have attended the Aspen Ideas Festival as a Bezos Educator Scholar in 2007 and the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar in 2005. I have presented at APAC in 2012 and the NCTE Conference in 2013 and 2014.

My already-sainted wife and I accomplish this while raising three kids (TWO teens and an 9 year-old). Our youngest has Down Syndrome, which has given us a unique perspective on parenting and on education.


English Literature & Composition

Instructor: Skip Nicholson

Syllabus: TBA

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: Jerry Brown

Syllabus: TBA

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.

Jerry Brown, a graduate of Abilene Christian University and Texas Christian University, has been teaching for over fifty years. His professional classroom experience spans small to large schools, private to public schools, and early childhood to college-aged students. He holds certifications in English, music, theatre, and speech. He has taught music, speech, theatre, television production, and debate as well as acting and directing in various productions in community and professional theatre and television. For numerous years, he taught all levels of Pre-AP and AP English and mentored both students and teachers.

As an AP consultant in English and Pre-AP English, he served as an AP Literature Reader and Table Leader for the Educational Testing Service. He has presented throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Florida, California, North Dakota, Minnesota, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, and Alabama at AP conferences, summer institutes, and as a trainer for NMSI and Laying the Foundation. He continues to develop materials for students and teachers for Pre-AP English, AP English Language, and AP English Literature.