APSI: AP Calculus AB for New Teachers, Week 3

In this workshop, participants will learn how to present calculus topics in order to develop student conceptual understanding as well as skills and problem solving capabilities.

Strategies for differentiating instruction to address student need and for building an inclusive calculus program will be shared.  All of the major topics of the AP Calculus curriculum framework as well as the MPAC’s will be addressed.  Teachers will learn what to teach, how to teach it and how to assess student understanding as well as ways to prepare students for the AP Calculus AB exam. 


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42805 Dixie Ross On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Instructor: Dixie Ross

Lead Consultant

Dixie Ross teaches AP Calculus at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas. She has taught in Texas public schools for 33 years and has taught AP Calculus for 28 of those years. She has served as an AP consultant for summer institutes and other teacher professional development workshops since 1994 and has been a reader for the AP Calculus exam. Ms. Ross served on the development committees for the Math Vertical Teams Guide, and the Laying the Foundation project. She received the College Board’s Southwestern Region AP Special Recognition award in 1992, the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement and the Texas Excellence award for outstanding high school teachers. In 2008, Ms. Ross was a finalist for the O’Donnell Texas AP Teacher of the Year award and was recognized as a Math Hero by the Raytheon Company for her efforts to involve more students in advanced mathematics. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2012. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a B.A. and a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 31, 2018

End Date: Aug. 03, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • Limits and continuity
  • Differentiation and applications of derivatives
  • Integration and applications of the definite integral
  • Motion
  • Differential equations
  • Graphical analysis
  • Scoring the free response questions on the AP exam
  • Graphic calculator
  • Textbook
  • Notebook paper
  • Post-it notes