Instructor: Katherine Minter
AP® Psychology for teachers "new" to the course will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain a successful program. This AP® summer institute will address the particular needs of teachers new to the curriculum of AP® Psychology. We will review the latest updates and emphasis in the College Board® Curriculum Handbook, AP® Audit, various syllabi for one and two semester courses, sequence & pacing, textbook options, supplemental materials, and other important resources to help in the AP® classroom. Emphasis will be on nuts-and-bolts best-practices with plenty of time for questions and answers. We will also cover some content areas that are typically more difficult for students and teachers including neurophysiology/biochemistry of behavior; research methods and statistics; and sensation and perception. Successful classroom activities will be demonstrated, including draw-and-color activities and building brains from Play-doh. If you have taught on-level Psychology and have a favorite lesson or activity, please plan to share it and bring instructions and handouts for 25 people. Additionally, the recent AP® Exam will be reviewed and "best practice" ideas will be shared for both Multiple Choice and FRQ sections. Come ready to learn and leave energized and excited to be teaching this wonderful course!
About the Instructor
Katherine Minter is a past National Chair of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) organization. After more than 33 years of teaching experience at both the college and high school levels, Katherine is a seasoned instructor for Advanced Placement® (AP®), International Baccalaureate (IB), and regular Psychology curriculula. As a College Board® International Consultant who has traveled for over 20 years throughout the United States and abroad, Katherine offers innovative, engaging ways to cover the most challenging content of a typical college introductory course. Additionally, Katherine has been an AP® Reader for Psychology exams for many years and is an IB Workshop Leader and IB Examiner in Psychology for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
Over the years, she has been asked to present at the National Science Teachers Association convention on "Psychology as Science," and has been an Invited Presenter at the College Board® Annual Conference. Katherine has been an international representative for IB Psychology meetings in Cardiff, Wales, and has also presented the AP® Psychology Workshop in Shanghai, China in 2015, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2016. Recipient of the College Board's Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996, Katherine was the 2001 "Teacher of the Year" at Westwood High School, Austin, Texas, and was selected "National Teacher of the Year" for the APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools in 2009.
Katherine wrote an AP® Psychology Instructor's Manual to accompany a McGraw-Hill college textbook, and recently co-authored a textbook, Psychology, published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall in 2012 and now in its second edition as of 2016. For 28 years, Katherine has enjoyed being a full-time classroom teacher at Westwood High School, Austin, Texas.
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