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The AP Preparedness Summer Workshops are designed to help teachers increase the rigor of content so students develop the strong foundation necessary for success in secondary advanced academics and post-secondary courses.

Course descriptions for each section are available below.

This course will provide strategies for incorporating AP concepts into the middle school English classroom and for working with an AP vertical team to develop a coordinated, articulated curriculum.

Topics:

  • Pre-AP strategies
  • Close reading and analysis
  • How to incorporate Pre-AP strategies into your current coursework and/or units
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Fiction, nonfiction and poetry
  • Modifying and adapting the AP test

What participants should bring:

  • Poem, novel or short piece of literature currently used or that you would like to use
  • Notebook paper, Post-it notes, highlighter, pen/pencil
  • If you are experienced and have an activity that incorporates technology with AP strategies, bring it to share. You are also welcome to share a non-technological lesson that incorporates AP strategies.
  • If you are totally new to teaching PAP, bring your questions.

Instructor Biography:

Penny Crofford is teaching Honors and core language and literature to sixth and seventh graders for her fourth year at Monte Cassino School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after 26 years at Childers Middle School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where she taught sixth through eighth graders for 26 of the 43 years she has taught. She previously taught junior high English and reading in the Dallas Independent School District. At Broken Arrow, she was the department chair and ELA/PLC leader at her school, a member of her district’s AP Governing Board and the district’s Total Instructional Alignment Team, and was a presenter for professional development. In 2012, she served on the Pre-AP English Curriculum Framework Team and a national College Board committee, and was a reviewer for “Advanced Language & Literature,” a 10th-grade PAP textbook for Bedford St. Martin, which was published in 2015. Ms. Crofford has presented at College Board summer institutes and conferences in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and New Mexico since 1998 and is also a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative. She was Childers’ Teacher of the Year twice, was the recipient of the KOTV Channel 2 Salute to Education Award and is an AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow. She received the Benedictine Award for Excellence for the middle school at Monte in 2017. She holds a BA in English and education from the University of Tulsa. She is also a Pre-AP national faculty consultant for the College Board.

This AP Preparedness middle school English course will focus on creating a middle school curriculum anchored in the skills, concepts and strategies needed for success in AP English Language and Literature courses for all the curriculum strands of the state standards.

Topics:

  • Identifying the skills and concepts necessary for success in Pre-AP middle school English courses
  • Analyzing how the new ELAR TEKS will correlate to the AP goals and objectives
  • Adapting existing curriculum and lesson plans to the new ELAR TEKS
  • Focusing on specific topics including critical reading, annotation, essay writing, grammar and other aspects of the curriculum
  • Developing realistic and practical Pre-AP strategies to prepare students for long-term academic success
  • Using technology as a vehicle for student success and teacher resources

What participants should bring:

  • Curriculum requirements and/or standards
  • Computer or device
  • List of all reading selections taught
  • General note-taking supplies
  • Lesson plan book or lesson plan template on computer

Lead Consultant Biography:

Kristina Janeway is a Pre-AP, GT and PSAT/Pre-AP English teacher at Terra Vista Middle School. In her 24-year career, Kristina has had 22 years of experience working with gifted and talented as well as Pre-AP, AP and full-inclusion students in the western Texas area. She has written curriculum for grades seven through 12, designed an academic vocabulary course for the high school, designed a Pre-AP/PSAT English course for eighth graders, designed a SAT/ACT course for seventh graders in the Duke University Talent Search Program and designed the seventh- and eighth-grade GT course. Kristina has presented at numerous state and national conferences, several districts and various AP Summer Institutes for universities while working as a consultant for the College Board. She has completed a master’s in education administration and holds a principal’s certificate. Kristina was the recipient of the Frank and Nancy Newton Excellence in Education Award from the Beaumont Foundation in 2010 and the Panhandle South Plains TAGT Teacher of the Year for 2014. Most recently, Kristina has published numerous books on writing instruction, reading materials and poster projects with Teacher’s Discovery and writing assessments with Kamico.

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