Course Description:
AP® Psychology is designed especially for teachers “NEW” to the course and will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain a successful program. This APSI will address the particular needs of new teachers to help implement the curriculum of AP® Psychology. We will review the latest updates and emphasis in the NEW College Board CED (Course & Examination Description); AP® Audit; various syllabi for one and two semester courses; sequence & pacing; textbook options; supplemental materials; and other important resources to help in the AP® classroom. Emphasis will be on nuts-and-bolts best-practices for teachers new to AP Psychology with plenty of time for questions and answers. We will also cover some content areas that are typically more difficult for students and teachers including neurophysiology/biochemistry of behavior; research methods & statistics; and sensation & perception. Successful learning strategies and classroom activities will be demonstrated, including draw-and-color activities and building brains from Play-doh. If you have taught On-Level Psychology and have a favorite lesson or activity, please plan to share it and bring instructions and handouts for 25 people. If available, a recent AP® Exam will be reviewed and best-practice ideas will be shared for both Multiple Choice and FRQ sections. Come ready to learn and leave energized and excited to be teaching this wonderful course!

Psychology Agenda – APSI – 4 Days
(Adjustments may be made to day and time for Agenda items depending on “Wish List” the first day.)

MONDAY – 2 Breaks, AM & PM / LUNCH
• Introductions / Class Agenda / Protocols
• Wish List for the Week
• Overview of new CED – Sequencing / Pacing
• Overview of Materials for the Classroom
• CONTENT SESSION: Overview of The Nervous System
• Q&A / Comments / Reflection
• Adjourn

• Nuts and Bolts for Building an AP Psychology Course
• The CED, continued – Scope and Syllabus Development
• CONTENT SESSION: Neuroanatomy
• Textbook Selection
• Audit Information
• CONTENT SESSION: Neurophysiology
• Overview AP Teacher’s Manual for AP Psychology
• Adjourn

• Nuts & Bolts for Build an AP Psychology Course
• CONTENT SESSION: Research Methods
• Learning Strategies for Optimum Learning
• The CED, continued – Best Practices
• Lesson Planning from New CED (Group Work / Breakout Session)
• CONTENT SESSION: Making Brains From Play-Doh
• Adjourn

• Nuts & Bolts for Build an AP Psychology Course
• The CED – Final Q&A
• The AP Exam: Multiple Choice – Best Practices
• The AP Exam: The FRQs – Best Practices
• Final Wrap Up: Q&A / Lesson Plan Presentations (Participants)
• GRADUATION!!! (Adjournment)


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184

Instructor Biography

Katherine Minter, B.S. / M.A. – APSI Biography

Katherine Minter is a past National Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), headquartered in Washington, D.C. With 35 years teaching experience at both the college and high school levels, Katherine is experienced teaching Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Regular Psychology curriculums. As a College Board International Consultant Katherine has traveled for over 24 years throughout The United States and abroad, including to Shanghai, China, in 2015, and to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2017. Katherine offers innovative, engaging ways to cover the most challenging content of a typical college introductory course. Additionally, Katherine has been an AP Reader of exams for The College Board, and an IB Examiner in Psychology for the International Baccalaureate program headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the years, she has been asked to present at the National Science Teachers Association convention on “Psychology as Science,” and has been an Invited Presenter at the College Board Annual Conference. Recipient of the College Board’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996, Katherine was “Teacher of the Year” at Westwood High School, Austin, Texas, for 2001, and was a recipient of the “National Teacher of the Year” for APA’s TOPSS – Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools in 2009. Katherine wrote an AP Psychology Instructor’s Manual to accompany a McGraw-Hill college textbook, and recently she co-authored a psychology textbook published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall in 2012, now in its second edition beginning in 2016. In 2017, Katherine was invited to join The National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) as a Consultant for AP Psychology. In this capacity she mentors teachers around the country who are just beginning an AP Psychology course in traditionally underserved and low-performing schools.

Katherine Minter