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Carleton College Summer Teaching Institute 2015
June 23 - 26 and July 7 - 10

Dear Teachers,

Welcome to the 35th Annual Carleton College Summer Teaching Institute. The Institute is designed for teachers of existing or proposed Advanced Placement Program*, enriched, or accelerated classes for students in grades 7 through 12 who are capable of college-level work. Since 1980 more than 5,500 teachers from over 700 schools nationwide have attended these week-long workshops.  In 2014, we welcomed 671 teachers to our June and July workshops.  These teachers were represented from 26 different states, and we also had 27 international teachers take advantage of our workshop.  Teachers who have attended our workshops have loved their experience; so much so, that we had more than 40% of the total institute as repeats!  

Did you know?  Physics and U.S. History just went through a redesign.  Physics B is now divided into "Physics 1" and "Physics 2" and U.S. History has moved to a thematic approach.  The summer workshops will again focus heavily on these changes and take an extensive look at the results from the first year of the new exams. 

Have you heard?  Art History and European History are undergoing a redesign for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.  The summer institutes will be the first opportunity to learn all about the new curriculum for each of these courses.  You will also start to work on the new syllabus that you will need to submit to be audited (this is a requirement of every redesign).

Even if you have been teaching your AP* subject for a while, we have courses that will challenge you.  We are trying to extend the number of "Advanced Topics" courses we offer at the institute.  American Themes is a hybrid model for interdisciplinary learning in English Language and U.S. History while other workshops have been designed around one subject.  The American Themes course needed to be cancelled for the summer of 2015, but it will return in the summer of 2016.  We have decided to offer a specific "Advanced Topics" workshop in English Language to help me the needs of experienced teachers.  The Advanced Topics courses will put less emphasis on the AP* exam and more on content that can be used in your class.

Since a one-week workshop cannot cover all of the materials that are taught in a year-long AP* or similar course, our workshops instead provide an in-depth look at select topics.

We invite you to join high school teachers from across the country (and the world) for this exceptional professional opportunity! We look forward to seeing you this summer.  If you would like to see a different course offered, please feel free to contact me as well at  I hope to see you at this year’s institute.


Jeremy Updike
Director of Summer Academic Programs
Director of Summer Teaching Institute

Workshops: June 23-26, 2015

Workshops: July 7-10, 2015

Summer Academic Programs