APSI: AP English Language and Composition for Experienced Teachers, Week 2

This AP English Language workshop for will focus on the full implementation of the AP English Course Description (revised in the Fall of 2014), as well as discuss ways to extend the course as it relates to college composition programs.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

This course will require extensive discussion of existing and developing writing pedagogy. In addition, we will focus on ways to incorporate various genres of writing to help AP Language courses serve their vertical teams. The session will also incorporate a sample reading of the student samples from the May 2018 Exam.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42783 Kevin McDonald On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Kevin McDonald
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 24, 2018

Instructor: Kevin McDonald

Lead Consultant

Kevin McDonald is completing his 21st year of teaching; he has taught Pre-AP English II and AP English Language for 20 of those 21 years. He has also taught on-level English courses, Humanities, and Shakespeare to various grade levels, and is currently teaching his first year of AP Seminar. He has been an AP English Language and Composition Exam Reader since 2002, and a Table Leader at the exam since 2007 (including being on the sample selection committee twice). He has been an active consultant for the College Board since 2004, presenting one and two-day workshops, Advanced Placement Summer Institutes, and workshops at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference. He also authored the Teacher’s Manual for Writing America, a textbook published by Pearson. He has also served as the high school co-chair for College Board’s Curriculum Design and Assessment Committee for their Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course and is currently the High School Co-Chair for the AP English Language and Composition Development Committee.

Initially employed at Guthrie High School, he has taught at Edmond Memorial High School since the fall of 2004. He started AP language programs at both schools, including co-teaching AP language with an AP US history course for eight years at Edmond Memorial. He completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University and his masters in literature at the University of Central Oklahoma. He was voted by his peers as the 2014-2015 Edmond Memorial teacher of the year. He was then selected as the Edmond Public Schools teacher of the year for 2015-2016.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 24, 2018

End Date: July 27, 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

  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Argumentation
  • Composition Theory
  • Exam Prep
  • Vertical Teaming
  • A device with internet access for doing research on various topics
  • Lists of works of fiction that you teach (if applicable)