APSI: AP Psychology for Experienced Teachers, Week 1

This course is designed for AP Psychology educators who are just beginning the exciting adventure of teaching AP Psychology or have a level of experience. A special focus will be to introduce interactive learning skills that will assist teachers in presentation of the content required for student success.

Topics will be drawn from the College Board Acorn book with particular focus on changes in content requirements, strategies for multiple-choice questions and for skills for successful writing of free-responses as required on the AP Psychology Exam. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas on expanding and invigorating current courses in AP Psychology and to participate in brainstorming sessions to develop new student-based activities. Specific time will be devoted to addressing issues for educators face in teaching AP Psychology.  Successful teaching tips will also be shared.



Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42275 Margaret Davidson On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Margaret Davidson
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 18, 2017

Instructor: Margaret Davidson

Lead Consultant

Margaret Davidson teaches Introductory Psychology and AP Psychology at Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. She has participated in the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for the Teaching of Psychology at Texas A&M University, has served as lead teacher at the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Psychology Teacher Institute at Nebraska Wesleyan University and has presented at numerous one-day and weeklong College Board AP Psychology institutes as well as College Board’s National Conference. She has been an AP Psychology reader for many years and currently is a free-response table leader.  In addition, she has served as chair of the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools with an affiliation with the American Psychological Association. Ms. Davidson is a recipient of Richardson ISD’s RISE award, the Moffet Memorial High School award from the American Psychological Association Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the College Board’s Southwest Region AP Special Recognition award. Currently Margaret is working with College Board’s mentoring program as well as providing training for teachers in international schools.  She has also been recognized by her students in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”

Term: Spring/Summer 2017

Start Date: July 18, 2017

End Date: July 21, 2017

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

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

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  • The 2017 AP Psychology exam
  • Specific content areas from the College Board Acorn book
  • New resources and teaching strategies focusing on academic and psychological terminology
  • Best Practice Techniques to be applied to multiple topics
  • A focus on successful writing on the AP Exam
  • Course Outline for 4-Day Summer Institute / Workshop
  • Course Outline

Day One

  • College Board Update/ College Ready or College Eligible?
  • Bag of Tricks for AP Psychology
  • History and Perspectives of Psychology
  • Statistics

Day Two

  • Bright Ideas for Teaching the Brain
  • Development Across the Lifespan
  • Evolutionary Psychology Primer

Day Three

  • Cognition: Memory
  • Cognition Stations
  • The Multiple Choice Monsters
  • What’s New with the FRQ?
  • IPR: Instructional Planning Report

Day Four

  • Health, Stress, Coping
  • Disorders and the DSM
  • Treatment
  • Social Psychology Jig Saw/Concept Chart
  • Review Games
  • Fabulous Resources
  • What to Do After the AP Exam
  • Thirty copies of a sample lesson to share with participants
  • Select a successful lesson plan that you would like to share with the group; If not currently teaching AP Psychology, bring a lesson from another content area that could be modified for AP Psychology use
  • Specific issues/challenges for student success for discussion
  • Specific time will be allowed for sharing questions and concerns as well as best advice to newer teachers