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.

The building of mathematical knowledge and understanding can be a complex and daunting endeavor for high school students. This course is designed to delve into the content and activities appropriate for a Pre-AP Precalculus course. Participants will experience classroom activities designed to help prepare students for AP Calculus and other higher-level mathematics courses.


Activities will include using multi-representational approaches to examine problems algebraically, graphically, numerically and verbally. Time will also be spent modeling and selecting appropriate strategies for teaching linear through trigonometric functions, accumulation and area, limits, optimization, piecewise functions, rational functions, rates of change, polar functions and other topics. In addition to constant focus on content-rich mathematics, time will be dedicated to adapting AP test questions, assessments and technology. Answering the question “What makes a test question Pre-AP?” will be addressed. Participants are asked to share best practices and strategies.

What participants should bring:

  • Graphing calculator, laptop (nice but not required)
  • flash drive
  • note-taking materials
  • energy/excitement to participate in the learning experience

Lead Consultant Biography:

Dickie Thomasson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a BSE in mathematics and a minor in English. He received his MSE in secondary education from the University of Arkansas and an administrator’s certificate from the University of Central Arkansas. Dickie has taught mathematics for 42 years in grades six through college in public schools in Arkansas. He is currently teaching at Prairie Grove High School. This year he is teaching precalculus and AP Calculus AB and BC. He has been active in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, having served as membership chairperson, treasurer and president. Dickie was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2001. He is a College Board–endorsed consultant and presents at one-day and two-day AP and Pre-AP conferences as well as conducts summer institutes. Dickie has presented at summer institutes at the University of Arkansas, the University of Tulsa, University of Texas El Paso, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M International University, University of Colorado, TCU and Rice University. One of his favorite things to do each summer is reading for the AP Calculus exam. Dickie presents workshop sessions at the local, state and international levels. He was an original participant and trainer for the Arkansas Math Crusades and is a national trainer for the National Math and Science Initiative. Dickie has presented AP Calculus two-day follow-ups and Mock Exam trainings for NMSI as well as Saturday calculus preps for students. During the 2018 school year, Dickie was named a member of the College Board national faculty for the new Pre-AP program.om The University of Texas at El Paso.


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