AP® Summer Institute

Preparing the next generation for greatness, one teacher at a time

Upcoming Start Dates

UH Main Campus    June 12, 2017

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The UH AP® Summer Institute (APSI®) provides specialized, face-to-face workshops taught by expert AP® industry consultants.

Whether you are a new or experienced AP® teacher, our customized courses will provide you with the specific support and training needed for you to develop effective strategies for successfully teaching an AP® course. 

For New AP® Teachers

You will learn the process of developing or refining your AP® course.

For Experienced AP® Teachers

You will learn new teaching strategies and share best practices.

Endorsed by the CollegeBoard®

 University of Houston APSI® is fully endorsed by CollegeBoard®.

Program at a Glance

Course Format:
In-person workshop

Four days, Monday-Thursday

UH Main Campus

Expert AP Instructors

CPEs: 30

CEUs: 3.0

Early Bird: $475
Standard: $550 Enroll Now

Why an AP® Instructor Should Take Professional Development

82% More AP® Programs

Schools have seen exponential growth of AP® programs over the last five years.  AP® testing offered in high schools has grown by 82% in the U.S., an increase from 17,861 in 2010 to 21,594 schools in 2015.

—CollegeBoard® (2015)

Continued Growth

More students are testing in high schools for college credit every year. According to 2014 data from Texas high schools, 174,182 AP® exams were taken and sent to colleges. And in 2015, the number increased to 195,490.

—CollegeBoard® (2015)

Demand for AP® Teachers

More high school students are taking AP® courses, resulting in an increased demand for skilled AP® teachers. According to CollegeBoard®, students can save up to $19,000 by taking AP® courses.

—USA Today College (Nov. 2011)

AP® Summer Institute Cancellation and Refund Policy

All AP® Summer Institute refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee. All cancellation requests must be received in writing to outreach@uh.edu. Notification deadlines and fees are as follows:

For All June Institutes - Week One and Two:

  • Refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be given if written notification is received by May 22, 2017.
  • No refunds will be issued after May 22, 2017.

For All July Institutes - Week Three:

  • Refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be given if written notification is received by June 19, 2017. 
  • No refunds will be issued after June 19, 2017. 

Course Offerings

All courses will be taught face to face in a classroom

Please Note: Course registration for UH APSI® 2017 is now open.

UH APSI® 2017 Course Schedule

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
June 12-15, 2017
June 19-22, 2017
July 10-13, 2017
Calculus BC
(New Teachers)
Dixie Ross
Calculus AB
(New Teachers)
Cedric French
Calculus AB
(Experienced Teachers)
Cedric French
Robert Dennison
World History
Mason Logerot
Macro & Micro Economics
Theresa Fischer
Ulrich Kleinshmidt
Computer Science A
Kyle Gillette
English Language
(New Teachers)
Patricia Cain
Pre-AP Chemistry
Casey Akin
Robert Dennison
English Literature
(New & Experienced Teachers)
Nancy Dickenson
CS Principles
Fran Trees
(New Teachers)
Casey Akin
Human Geography
Ann Linsley
Santos Gutierrez
(New Teachers)
Kay Kubena
(Experienced Teachers)
Kay Kubena

US History
John Irish
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What Will You Learn?

In addition to earning Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), you will:

Design an Engaging Curriculum

Apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP® curriculum, drawing from the AP® CollegeBoard® Curriculum Framework.

Use Course Themes and Concepts

Use course themes and concepts to develop a curriculum that cultivates your students' thinking skills and focuses on critical trends and global processes.

Implement Strategies 

Implement strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP® exam.

Develop or Revise a Syllabus 

Develop or revise a syllabus to align with your course requirements.

Align Goals

Align your instruction with the goals of the AP® course in which you are teaching.

Prep Students

Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation.

About Our Instructors

Casey Akin teaches Pre-AP® and AP® Chemistry at College Station High School in College Station, Texas.  This is her 14th year of teaching and her 8th year of teaching AP® Chemistry.  She has been honored each year as a district Star Educator and a Hall of Fame Teacher by the College Station Education Foundation. Casey has been a College Board consultant for four years. Casey's students have been extremely successful on the AP® test with greater than a 98% pass rate with many students going on to careers in chemistry.  Her students have participated and advanced in competitions such as the Siemens Foundation, BEST Robotics, Chemistry Olympiad, UIL Academics in science and National Science Bowl.

Lead Consultant: Over the last eleven years, Patricia Cain has served as the Lead AP® English teacher for Pasadena ISD in Texas where she assists both AP® English Literature and AP® English Language teachers at six separate high schools. In addition, she has 36 years of teaching experience, including 21 years in AP® English Language and Composition. Mrs. Cain is a College Board consultant, a veteran reader for the AP® Language Exam, a presenter at the AP® National Conference, a writer for the College Board's publication College Ed, and an AP® Language presenter for the National Math and Science Initiative.  

Robert Dennison has taught all levels of biology during his 36-year career in public schools. He has been a consultant for the College Board since 1995 and has presented at local, state, national and international science conferences. He was a featured general session speaker at both the 1999 and 2009 annual conventions of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and the opening general session speaker at the 2003 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching. Mr. Dennison served as president of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers (TABT) in 2003 and has served on the NABT Board of Directors. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher award, the TABT Honorary Life Membership award, the College Board's Southwestern Region AP® Special Recognition award, the H-E-B Lifetime Achievement award for excellence in teaching and the O'Donnell Texas AP® Teacher award. Mr. Dennison holds a BS in biology and a MEd in science curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston.

Nancy Dickenson teaches at Ridge Point High School in Fort Bend ISD. Certified in secondary English and ESL, she is a veteran English teacher with over twenty-two years experience. Dickenson has been a reader for both the AP® English Language exam and the AP® English Literature exam. She has conducted workshops and summer institutes in Language and Literature in Maine, Wisconsin, and Texas. Dickenson holds a BA in English from Texas A&M University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was named the 2010 National Council of Teachers of English Central Area Teacher of the Year as well as 2014 FBISD Teacher of the Year Finalist. Dickenson is a recipient of the 2015 College Board AP® Fellows scholarship.

Theresa Fischer has been teaching AP® Economics (as a combined course of Macro and Micro) since 1990 at Ridgefield, Connecticut. The course has expanded at the high school from one class of 15 to 5 classes of over 100 students for seniors. Theresa has served on the Development Committee for AP® Economics and later on the Macroeconomic committee from 2008-2012. She has been a grader and a table leader for the AP® Macroeconomics/ Microeconomics exam, the last 12 years. This year was awarded the Alfred Sloan Visionary Teacher of Economics Award from the Council of Economic Education.  Theresa has been awarded Teacher of the Year in 2010 in her district and was awarded the Northwestern University Secondary Teacher National Award for Excellence. She works with new teachers as a TEAM leader and mentor. She has participated in Federal Reserve Bank Challenge in NYC and Euro Challenge through Moody's Analytics. Her teams have twice won the National title in Euro Challenge. She is an adjunct professor at Fairfield University helping teachers understand economics for their secondary certification.

Cedric French has taught math for 22 years and taught AP® Calculus AB/BC at Westside High School in Houston, Texas for 14 years and is now at Katy-Taylor High School in Katy. He has been a College Board Consultant since 2004 and has presented at many AP® Calculus Workshops and NMSI Prep Sessions. In 2005 he was awarded Teacher of the Year for all Houston ISD secondary schools. He has been an AP® Calculus Reader the last six summers and will be a Reader again this summer.

Mr. Kyle Gillette has been teaching computer science and mathematics for 27 years, the last 15 in Colorado's Jefferson County Public Schools.  He attended Austin College '81 - '86 and received a BA in Mathematics and English and an MA in Secondary Education. Then he attended University of Texas at Dallas from 1986 - 1990 pursuing an MS in Computer Science. Mr. Gillette is a current faculty consultant for the College Board (since 2002) and has been an AP® Computer Science exam reader in the past.

Sandy Gutiérrez is a 4th generation Texan. She grew up in Houston and received her BA and MEd at the University of Houston. She started teaching at 21 and never stopped. She has been a teacher for 40 years at all levels from third grade through college. She taught the AP® Spanish language course for 20 years and the AP® Spanish literature course for 14 years, 10 of those years via television (distance learning) to students throughout Fairfax County, Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sandy teaches at the University of Texas. Sandy has been an AP® consultant for over fifteen years. Sandy has led one-day workshops for the College Board® and has conducted summer institutes in both Spanish language and literature. She has been an AP® Spanish Reader for over ten years and reviews/scores syllabi for both the AP® Spanish Language and Culture Course and the Spanish Literature and Culture Course.

John P. Irish teaches AP® U.S. History, American Studies AP®, and Special Topics in Humanities Honors courses at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is a nationally certified consultant in AP® U.S. History and AP® European History for the Southwestern Region of the College Board and serves as a SAQ Question Leader for the AP® U.S. History Exam. He is currently the College Board Advisor for the AP® U.S. History Test Development Committee. He has published a new series of workbooks on the Historical Thinking Skills for the redesigned AP® History courses, all three titles (e.g., U.S., World, and European History) are published by Norton. He is currently editing a collection of gothic short stories by Fitz-James O'Brien, an early nineteenth-century Irish immigrant and follower of Poe. Mr. Irish holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, M.A. in Philosophy, and a M.L.S. in Humanities from Southern Methodist University. He is finishing a Doctorate in Humanities from SMU. His dissertation research is on early 19th century American Gothic literature, art, and philosophy, with particular focus on Fitz-James O'Brien. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Society for History Education, and the Organization of American Historians.

Ulrich Kleinschmidt has been teaching government and economics at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas since 1987 and has presented AP® government and AP® economics classes since the early 1990s. He also holds the position of department chairperson. His College Board experiences include working as a reader and table leader for the US government and politics exam from 1999 to 2015. He has presented economics and government training sessions at multiple universities in College Board's Southwest Region, Florida, California, Colorado, and Massachusetts. He has also had the chance to present economics training programs in eastern Russia, has led a national AP® conference in Guanzhou, China and presented at the national AP® conferences in California and Pennsylvania. He is the lead author for Kaplan's AP® Government and Politics review text and is a contributing author and editor for Pearson's Test Prep Series for Economics. Currently, his duties also include working with the College Board consultant mentor program in the fields of macro and micro economics.

Kay Kubena received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1984 and her Masters in Math Education from the University of Houston in 1989. She currently teaches AP® Statistics and PAP® Precalculus at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas, as well as serving as math department chairperson. During her 30 year teaching career, she has taught just about every math course from Algebra 1 to BC Calculus, along with AP® Computer Science. She believes in a very high energy, hands on, activity based approach to create engaging and challenging lessons at every level of math instruction. In 2013, she won Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Houston Independent School District and was also a finalist for Region IV Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas. Mrs. Kubena is a master teacher for the Rice University School Mathematics Project, providing quality mathematics professional development to teachers in the Houston area. She is also a brand new College Board consultant, offering training in PAP® mathematics and AP® Statistics. She is married to Brian Kubena and has two daughters, one a December graduate of Rice and the other a current Rice sophomore.

Ann Linsley is from Houston, Texas and has taught at Bellaire High School in the Houston Independent School District for the past 29 years.  She teaches IB/AP® (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement) Geography and IB Environmental Science.  Ann earned a Master of Science in Geoscience from Texas A&M University in 2006.  She also holds an M.Ed.in Curriculum and GT and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, from the University of Houston.   Ann is a teacher consultant for the National Geographic Society, the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education and College Board.  She is the recipient of several national and state awards, teacher of the year recognition and honored with the opportunity to participate in national programs to extend her field work experiences sponsored by NOAA, NSF, NCGE, NGS.  Ann has worked with the College Board Geography program since its inception in 1998 as a reader, writer, consultant and summer institute trainer.  Ann was a PolarTrec teacher to McMurdo Station, Antarctica participating in a human impact study of the region with a team from Texas A&M, Dept. of Geography and sponsored by ARCUS/PolarTrec and the National Science Foundation.  She is also a National Geographic Fellow and a participant in the NGS Arctic-Svalbard program.  Ann's focus for her students is to develop a better understanding of the interdependent nature of our actions between man and the environment in an attempt to foster a sustainable world.  She believes that students better apply their knowledge when they can be in the field.  Fieldwork is a necessity for her courses and encourages her students to follow in the words of Rachel Carson, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

Mason Logerot is an AP® World History teacher at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas. He has been in the classroom for fourteen years and teaching AP® classes for nine years. For the last two years, he has been training teachers across the country from Florida to Hawaii as a consultant for the College Board. When he is not teaching or on the road, you will find Mason playing football or soccer in the backyard with his two sons and the family dog.

Dixie Ross has been a Texas public school teacher for over thirty years, teaching all levels of math from remedial through Advanced Placement Calculus BC. She currently serves as the lead teacher for Advanced Placement mathematics at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas. She became a College Board consultant in 1994 and has presented at one-day, two-day and week-long conferences all over the country since then with a special emphasis on math vertical teaming and on making advanced levels of mathematics more accessible to a diverse student population. She served on the development committees for the Math Vertical Teams Guide and the Laying the Foundation project as well as the new AP® Insight tool from the College Board. She has been a reader as well as an item writer for the AP® Calculus exam. She has earned numerous awards for both classroom teaching and educational leadership and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2012. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a BA and a BS from The University of Texas at Austin.

Nancy Stephenson recently retired after teaching high school mathematics for forty-five years. She most recently taught AP® Calculus AB and BC at St. Thomas High School in Houston. She is a College Board consultant who has presented at numerous College Board one-day and two-day conferences and has led AP® summer institutes at Rice University, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Southern Methodist University, and Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Stephenson has been a Reader, Table Leader and Question Team Member for the AP® Calculus exam for many years. She is also a former member of the AP® Calculus Development Committee. She received the Siemens Award for outstanding teaching of an AP® course in 2001. Ms. Stephenson holds a BS in education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and an MS in mathematics from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Fran Trees is the Director of Undergraduate Introductory Instruction in the CS Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she teaches introductory computer science and oversees CS courses for non-majors. She holds a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Computer Science from Pace University. Since 1985, she has been actively involved with the College Board as an AP® CS consultant having served as a member of the CSP Advisory Group and as the co-chair of the AP® CSP Development Committee. She is the primary author of Teacher's Guide for Advanced Placement Computer Science (C++) and Computing Concepts with Java Essentials, Advanced Placement Computer Science Guide.

Course Locations

Please Note: Course registration for UH APSI® 2017 is now open.

Week 1: 
June 12-15, 2017

  • Calculus BC (new): TBA
  • Biology: Science Teaching Laboratory Building - 202
  • Government: TBA
  • Pre-AP Chemistry: Science Teaching Laboratory Building - 206
  • CS Principles: TBA
  • Spanish: TBA

Week 2: 
June 19-22, 2017

  • Calculus AB (new): TBA
  • Calculus BC (new & exp): TBA
  • English Lit.(new): TBA
  • Biology: Science Teaching Laboratory Building - 202
  • Chemistry (new): Science Teaching Laboratory Building - 206
  • Statistics (new): TBA
  • World History: TBA
  • Computer Science A: TBA

Week 3: 
July 10-13, 2017

  • Calculus AB (new): TBA
  • Macro & Micro Economics: TBA
  • English Language (new): TBA
  • US History: TBA
  • English Lit. (new & exp): TBA
  • Statistics (exp): TBA
  • Human Geography: TBA

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