Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

AP* Psychology, July 22-25, 2013

Lead Consultant: Margaret Davidson


What to Bring

  • Thirty copies of a sample lesson to share with participants
  • Specific issues/challenges for student success for discussion

Course Description

This course is designed for AP Psychology educators with limited or vast experience. A special focus will be to introduce interactive learning skills that will assist teachers in presentation of the content required for student success.  Topics will be drawn from the College Board Acorn book with particular focus on changes in content requirements, strategies for multiple-choice questions and for skills for successful writing of free-responses as required on the AP Psychology Exam. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas on expanding and invigorating current courses in AP Psychology and to participate in brainstorming sessions to develop new student-based activities. Specific time will be devoted to addressing issues for educators new to AP Psychology.  Successful teaching tips will also be shared. 

Topics and activities:

  • The 2013 AP* Psychology exam
  • Specific content areas from the College Board Acorn book
  • New resources and teaching strategies
  • Best Practices Techniques to be applied to multiple topics

About Margaret Davidson

Margaret Davidson teaches introductory psychology and AP Psychology at Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. She has participated in the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for the Teaching of Psychology at Texas A&M University, has served as lead teacher at the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Psychology Teacher Institute at Nebraska Wesleyan University and has presented at numerous weeklong College Board AP Psychology institutes. She has been a free-response table leader and has served as chair of the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools. Ms. Davidson is a recipient of Richardson ISD’s RISE award, the Moffet Memorial High School award from the American Psychological Association Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the 2005 College Board’s Southwest Region AP Special Recognition award. She has also been recognized in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”


2012 Participant Testimonials

"Ms. Davidson was very knowledgeable and well-prepared. She made all participants feel comfortable and valued, regardless of level of experience...Course materials were very high quality and will be easily applied to 'real world' teaching."

"Quality summer institute! Very satisfied."

"I thought that this was one of the best training sessions I have ever been to. Ms. Davidson is outstanding. I can't believe how much I learned and materials I received during these 4 days."

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