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The Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute is a subject-specific professional development opportunity. It provides teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses and to utilize AP teaching strategies. Teachers from West Virginia, as well as other states, come together at this institute to learn techniques and tactics for teaching. Participants also engage in discussion and exchange ideas and information with peers about AP courses and exams.
Topics that are often covered in AP Summer Institute sessions include:
· AP courses: goals, objectives, content, resources, bibliographies, and equipment
· The AP Examination: how it is developed and graded
· Syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments
· How to refresh and improve existing AP courses
· Recent changes in AP course descriptions
Instructor: Valerie Mervine
Valerie Mervine is an AP Human Geography teacher and the Social Studies Department Chair for Landstown High School, Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She earned her B.A. in Political Science at Georgia Southwestern State University and MAS in Geographic Education from Arizona State University. She is a College Board Consultant for AP Human Geography, has been an APHG table leader since 2008 and an exam reader since 2005. She received the Distinguished Teacher Award for Landstown High School in 2008, 2013, and 2014 and was the Teacher of the Year for 2015. Ms. Mervine wrote the APHG course for Virtual Virginia, an online school for AP and foreign language courses and currently teaches AP Comparative Government for this school. Ms. Mervine is also an Adjunct Professor in the Geography Department for Old Dominion University.