Math & Computer Science

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.

Mathematics

Instructor: Pario-Lee Law

Syllabus: AP Calc AB-New

AP Calculus AB-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.

Pario-Lee Law earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Averett University and her M.A. in Mathematics Education/Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech University. She taught high school mathematics for 19 years in Virginia and was named the Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher in Virginia by the National Science Foundation in 1997. Moving to the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, Pario-Lee taught 18 years at D’Evelyn Jr. Sr. High School. Her teaching experience includes 29 years teaching AP Calculus AB, 10 years teaching AP Statistics, and other courses beginning with Algebra 1 though Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry. Pario-Lee’s Advanced Placement Reading experience includes serving as a Reader for 6 years, a Table Leader for 7 years, and a Question Team Member and/Question Leader since 2010. Pario-Lee also serves a College Board Consultant, presenting 1-day and 1-week workshops for high school teachers (primarily in the Western Region) for the past 19 years. Also, Pario-Lee is one of the Davidson NEXT Instructors featured in the Calculus Instructional Videos on AP Central (Calculus Pages) available to high school teachers and students. Currently, Pario-Lee lives in Jacksonville, FL and has been teaching part-time at Duval Virtual Academy.

Instructor: Paul Gruber

Syllabus: AP Calc AB-Exp

AP Calculus AB-Exp

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.

Paul Gruber has a passion for teaching. He has taught high school Mathematics in an urban area since 1983 and still looks forward to going to work every day. In the 1990s, in a school where the passing rate on the NY Regents was very low, his scores were constantly in the 90th percentile. On the APs, where the passing rate in Calculus in urban districts is usually in the 20th percentile, at Elizabeth HS, he was in the 70th percentile. Rather than try to get a higher percentile to pass the course, because of his belief in equity, he goes out and recruit’s more kids to take the course. In the school that he currently teaches, the number of students taking AP Calculus has jumped from 12 in 2011 to over 120 in 2018. This year, the district is offering BC Calculus for the first time Over the years, aside for grading the AP exam, Paul Gruber has done workshops for the College Board in Calculus and has inculcated much of what he knows on Brain-Based Learning to enhance student learning. In the past, in district, he has also done workshops on the use of Patty Paper, Using a Visual Approach in Algebra and more. In the 1990s , he used Educationally, Paul has earned his undergraduate degree from Baruch College, his masters from City College of NY, his administrative license through Kean University and he was 80% complete with his Doctorate from Columbia University / Teacher’s College. Paul's goals in doing an APSI is fourfold. He will share his knowledge of Calculus and will include a variety of hands-on activities that will enhance the learning of Calculus. He will review questions from prior AP exams and review the nuances to answer the question where a student can get the most points. Since he is a true believer in Brain-Based Learning, he will share with you how to maximize student learning through the use of transfer, Discovery Learning, proper use of closure within the Calculus presentation and he for the new teachers, he will help you in register to teach the AP and share resources in improving your skills Currently, Paul teaches in Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, NJ. He resides in Hillside, NJ with his wife of 35 years. As a side note, if there are any specific topics or things that you want to discuss, please e-mail Paul at P_Gruber@yahoo.com and I will try to accommodate your needs.

Instructor: Chris True

Syllabus: AP Stats New

AP Statistics- 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.

Chris True has been teaching AP Statistics and AP Calculus in Nebraska since 1998. He has served as an AP Statistics reader, table leader and a member of the rubric team for the past 15 years. He has presented dozens of AP Statistics Summer Institutes, College Board workshops, AP Annual Conferences, National Math and Science teacher trainings and student study sessions. He has also presented at several regional, national and international Texas Instruments conferences. He has served as the Director of Mathematics Programs for the National Math and Science Initiative. He currently teaches Multivariable Calculus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he also serves as a coach and mentor to the graduate teaching assistants who are teaching the recitation sections of Calculus I and II. In addition to teaching, he has served as a co-author of an online Statistics textbook for Cengage Publishing and has worked as an AP Calculus and AP Statistics curriculum consultant for Propel Educational Strategies.

Instructor: Penny Smeltzer

Syllabus: AP Stats Exp

AP Statistics- 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.

Penny Smeltzer created one of the largest AP Statistics programs in the nation with eleven full classes at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as the Statistics Content Specialist for the national Math & Science Initiative and teaches AP Statistics for the Austin Peace Academy. Her recognition includes 2015 Presidential Award Finalist, 2011 O’Donnell AP Teacher of the Year, 2010 Intel Teacher of Merit, 2009 Texas Exes Outstanding Teacher, the 2008 national winner of the Siemen’s Teacher Award, 2007 District Teacher of the Year, and 2006 Toyota International Teacher Award. Thirteen years experience as an AP Statistics exam grader, grading leader, rubric writer, and current Test Development Committee member keeps her in touch with the focus of the AP Statistics course. Her passion is creating meaningful interdisciplinary lessons with science. Penny presents lively, interactive workshops to teachers in AP Statistics, New Teacher Survival Skills, and Math & Science Integration.

AP Computer Science

Instructor: Emmanuel Onyeador

Syllabus: AP CSP

AP Computer Science Principles

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 have been teaching computer science since 1996 when I founded the computer science academy at Oakland Technical High School to increase the participation of all students. I have taught computer science principles for 9 years. First as a pilot for the University of California Berkeley where I participated in development workshops and teaching the course as CS 10 in my classroom for 9 year. I one of the College Board national pilots that help teach the class in my classroom contributed to the numerous drafts for the 3 years before 2017 release date. I have attended numerous computer science training workshops, professional developments, and conferences. I am an oracle Computer science instructor have been part of the first 35 teachers to pilot the Oracle University data modeling, database design and programming, and the java programming class in high school back in the year 2000. I am also a Cisco academy instructor. I am still passionate about broadening the participation of all students in computer science. It is not just recruiting but also retaining girls and minorities in computer science. I continue to explore strategies that work best to engage all students in teaching AP computer science principles. I earned my undergraduate degrees in physics, computer science, and a masters in Education. I am currently completing my doctoral degree in educational technology.