The AP® Institute of the Cascades
Bend, Oregon
August 15-18, 2017

AP Institute of the Cascades

The High Desert Education Service District and Central Oregon Community College are proud to announce a partnership to create the only AP Institute currently available in Oregon. This new AP Summer Institute is designed to provide educators from around the globe with the training and skills they need to develop or expand their high school Advanced Placement programs. Located in the destination town of Bend Oregon, AP Institute of the Cascades participants can also enjoy all of the breath-taking beauty and recreational activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

For current and future AP educators

Whether you are seeking to begin teaching AP courses or you are already teaching and want to expand your skills, the AP Institute of the Cascades offers a unique summer learning experience that includes:

  • More than 30 hours of subject-specific professional development for K-12 teachers to equip and enhance teaching of AP courses (content, structure and methodology)
  • Opportunities to become a member of an extended learning community where educators exchange ideas and information with peers worldwide.

About Central Oregon Community College

Central Oregon Community College is the oldest two-year college in Oregon, a long-standing partner to local high schools and an active participant in the region’s Advanced Placement programs. COCC offers two-year associate degrees, transfer/lower division programs, career and technical education degrees and certificates, developmental courses, continuing education and community learning classes, industry-specific training programs, and business management assistance.

The College’s main campus – home to AP Institute of the Cascades — is located on the western edge of Bend. The location affords spectacular views of the mountains from nearly every point on the 201-acre campus. The campus is conveniently located approximately 20 miles south of the Redmond Municipal Airport.

Courses & Instructors

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Courses & Instructors: AP Institute of the Cascades

The AP Summer Institute will offer ten courses. There’s only room for 30 attendees per course, so register soon.

Biology

Whether a teacher is a new AP Biology teacher or someone who has taught the course for years, there will be something for everyone at this Advanced Placement Summer Institute.

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Cheryl Hollinger

Cheryl Hollinger

Calculus

In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the AP Calculus AB curriculum with emphasis on appropriate use of graphing calculator, content and pacing, and global review for the AP exam.

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Eliel Gonzalez

Eliel Gonzalez

Chemistry

This course will be pay particular attention to laboratory work, the structure and content of the AP course including the Six Big Ideas and the Science Practices, the AP examination, and a number of key curricular areas.

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Marian DeWane

Marian DeWane

Computer Science Principles

Learn how to effectively teach the new AP Computer Science Principles course. This course will give your students a broad background in computer science including programming, algorithms, abstractions, data and the workings of the Internet.

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Chuck Powell

Chuck Powell

Environmental Science

My goal is for teachers to enhance the quality of their APES program through the use of inquiry labs and data analysis. We will look at strategies to improve test scores while motivating an environmentally literate student population. We will run many of the lab activities in their entirety so that you can get comfortable with the techniques, strategies and data analysis.

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Amy Fassler

Amy Fassler

Human Geography

Participants in this session will learn how to set up an AP® Human Geography course and curriculum that will prepare students to learn to love geography and be successful on the AP® test.

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Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall

Language and Composition

The course will explore rhetoric as a way for our students to become “citizen orators,” understanding the powerful role of language in our world. Special emphasis is given to fostering independent reading skills.

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Christopher Hall

Jennifer Troy

Psychology

The content of the AP Psychology course is so applicable to our students. I enjoy the challenge of creating a course that both prepares students to pass the AP® Psychology exam and think more deeply about how these concepts impact their daily lives.

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Kristin Whitlock

Kristin Whitlock

Statistics

This course will focus on effective strategies for helping students master the essential concepts and methods of AP Statistics. We will examine resources for classroom instruction, assessment, technology, projects, and AP exam preparation. In addition, we will discuss issues related to planning and administering the course, such as student selection, pacing, and the AP Audit.

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Darren Starnes

Darren Starnes

US Government and Politics

This course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP U.S. Government and Politics. The class focuses on development of AP Government content knowledge, pedagogy, and strategies to reach diverse learners.

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Rebecca Small

Rebecca Small

US History

George Henry currently teaches AP U.S. History at East High School, History Teaching Methods at the University of Utah, and U.S. History in the Venture Program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah. He is a Consultant in AP U.S. History and Social Studies Vertical Teams for the College Board, and a Table Leader at the AP U.S. History reading. George was a contributing writer for the teachers edition of Bedford-St. Martin’s America’s History, and is currently working with the Colorado Education Initiative to develop an online AP U.S. History review series for students and teachers to help students prepare for the AP exam.

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George Henry

George Henry

Lodging

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Lodging: AP Institute of the Cascades

Central Oregon Community College has residence halls available at an affordable price while they last. You can book a room at the COCC Residence hall during your registration process.

To view a list of hotel discounts and other local hotels, visit our lodging page for more details.

Important
Book your lodging as soon as possible
August is high tourist season in Bend. Additionally, Central Oregon is a prime viewing location for the solar eclipse occurring only days after the Institute. As a result, hotels are expected to be at maximum occupancy. Be sure to reserve your lodging early.

While you’re here…enjoy Bend

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Explore Bend, Oregon: AP Institute of the Cascades

Summer is an amazing time to be in Bend, Oregon with an endless opportunities to experience the outdoors! After a day of learning, you will have plenty of time wander the trails of Ponderosa Pine and Juniper, float on the Deschutes River, go shopping in the Old Mill District or visit one of our many breweries.

To learn more about all there is to do go to the Visit Bend website.