APSI: Pre-AP Middle School Math for New Teachers: Algebra I Focus, Week 1

Teaching Pre AP mathematics provides a wide variety of math lessons to explore. Preparing students to understand AP mathematics begins with a solid understanding of Pre-Algebra and Algebra.  Teaching Algebraic skills in the context of a problem is developed in four ways; numerically, verbally, algebraically and graphically.

There will be a variety of lessons comprising Pre- Algebra and Algebra skills as well as ways to help students see patterns that lead to a deeper understanding and application of Algebra. Manipulatives will be explored and used by the participants. This institute class will be a hands on workshop with a variety of activities that you will develop, along with some make and take activities. 

You will delve into different concepts with a goldilocks type of approach. Within the concept there will be a simple beginning lesson, a more in depth lesson and then a lesson with more rigor. This will provide you with a variety of ideas and a way to reach a diversified group of students within your classroom.

There will be time to discuss different components of The College Board and its philosophy and well as taking time to learn how to create as well as create and tailor your own performance task activities.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42260 Lisa LoConte-Allen On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

Instructor: Lisa LoConte-Allen

Lead Consultant

Lisa LoConte-Allen has taught for 40 years, not only in different states but also in private and public schools, including title one schools. She has taught various subjects and grade levels but her favorite remains middle school math and Algebra where she has remained for the last 26 years. Retirement is still in a distant thought as her love of creating new math lessons is still a creative priority in her life. Looking for new and fresh ideas has always kept her interest in the classroom.

Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Education along with two endorsements from the state of Virginia: in middle school education and in Algebra. Within her career she has been named Reading Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Year and named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She is Math Department Chair at her school. Lisa is on the board of the Tidewater Council of Teachers of Mathematics. TCTM works with 10 school districts in the southeastern corner of Virginia bringing the districts together through conferences, a website and newsletters. She is also the TCTM middle school representative as well as the area representative to VCTM, Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and to NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She is often a regular at local and state conferences presenting workshops besides presenting workshops for The College Board and APSI institutes.

Lisa has been an independent Certified College Board consultant for the last 17 years, teaching workshops for The College Board in over 24 states. This is her 8th summer teaching APSI summer institutes.

Lisa lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband of 25 years along with her two sons and their cat, Tommy. Besides gardening and reading.

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

  • Your state’s standards
  • Your computer
  • Some extra paper
  • A small amount of Post-it-notes
  • Pencils, pen, highlighter
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Colored pencils and at least one permanent marker
  • A lesson or idea you could share with the group that you have found successful in your classroom
  • If you have a graphing calculator you can bring it but I will have calculators as the workshop