AP® Psychology

This AP Psychology session will be for new and veteran AP Psychology teachers and will include an update and overview of the entire College Board curriculum­­, the newest areas of emphasis noted by the College Board, and many “Best Practices” that make even the hardest units fun for students.  Course members will participate in hands-on activities through a variety of mini-lessons. Topics will be drawn from the College Board Acorn book with a particular focus on changes in content requirements, strategies for multiple-choice questions and for skills for the successful writing of free-responses as required on the AP Psychology Exam.  We will discuss how to build and recruit for an AP elective.

Participants should bring the following:

  • Note-taking materials
  • Laptop for electronic curriculum & charger
  • 12G Flash drive (optional)
  • 30 copies of your best lesson or activity to share (If you are a new teacher, please bring 30 copies of your favorite activity in any subject for us to adapt to psychology together.)

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Day 1

  • Introductions and expectations
  • Inclusion-equity-access
  • Goals and Organization of an AP Psychology course
  • Syllabus and audit
  • Various ACORN topics (Biology, Statistics, etc.)

Day 2

  • Various ACORN topics (Biology, Statistics, etc.)
  • Psych Sprints
  • Best Advice and Questions

Day 3

  • Various ACORN topics (Biology, Statistics, etc.)
  • Psych Sprints
  • Best Practices:  FRQ and Multiple Choice
  • 2019 FRQ Training

Day 4

  • Various ACORN topics (Biology, Statistics, etc.)
  • Psych Sprints
  • Resources, Concluding questions and concerns
  • Evaluations


Jill Compher Jill Compher is currently teaching AP Psychology in her 20th year in public education, and her fifth year at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, TX with previous experience at Northwest ISD.  She is a nationally certified consultant in AP Psychology for the College Board, Consultant in Psychology to The National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI), and is a contributor to the AP Psychology Course Overview.