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APSI: Pre-AP English for Middle School for New Teachers, Week 1

This Pre-AP Middle School English APSI will focus on creating a middle school curriculum anchored in the skills, concepts, and strategies needed for success in Advanced Placement English Language and Literature courses.

Details in tabs below.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42252 Kristina Janeway On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Janeway
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 18, 2017

Instructor: Kristina Janeway

Lead Consultant

Kristina Janeway is a Pre-AP, GT, and PSAT/Pre-AP English teacher at Terra Vista Middle School. In her twenty-first year career, Kristina has had nineteen years of experience working with gifted and talented as well as Pre-AP and AP and full-inclusion students in the West Texas area. She has written curriculum for grades seven through twelve, 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 Advanced Placement Summer Institutes for universities while working as a consultant for the College Board. She has completed a Master’s degree in Education Administration and holds a Principal’s certificate. Kristina was the recipient of the Frank and Nancy Newton’s 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 17 books and counting on writing instruction, reading materials, and writing assessments with Teacher’s Discovery and with Kamico.

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

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

Note: This course is not currently accepting registrations. Please select VIEW CURRENT OFFERINGS to see similar classes offered by the Center for College Readiness.

  • Identifying the skills and concepts necessary for success in Pre-AP Middle School English courses
  • 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 their students for long-term academic success
  • Using technology as a vehicle for student success and teacher resources


  • Overview of course
  • Equity of Access realities
  • Teaching with the end in mind—why AP and SAT matter in middle school
  • Designing spiraled units
  • Designing scope and sequence
  • Critical reading strategies and activities for the genres


  • Various writing assessments
  • Writing, revising, and editing activities and strategies


  • Grammar skills role in revising and editing


  • Vocabulary skills
  • Technology applications

Pacing and emphasis may change a bit to accommodate the needs of the teachers attending the workshop. Teachers will have time throughout the week to develop lesson plans, novel units and activities.

  • 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