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Excellence in Advanced Placement Calculus and Chemistry


4th & 5th August 2017
Nairobi, KENYA


The goal of this institute is to equip high school teachers with the strategies and tools they need to engage their students in active, high-level learning in calculus and chemistry, thereby ensuring that every high school student develops the skills, habits of mind, and concepts they need to succeed in college.

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Registration Details


  Full Members Affiliate Members Individual Member
Early Bird Rate (5th June 2017 $ 150 $ 150 $150 
Full Registration $ 200 $ 200 $200

Cancellation Date

Any cancellation received in writing before 4th July 2017 is eligible for a refund, less a $25 administration fee

View our cancellation policy.

Maximum Number of Participants

30 participants for each subject area

Institute Details

AP Calculus:

This two-day institute will focus on the mathematical practices for AP Calculus AB and BC, the components of the curriculum frameworks, and strategies for building conceptual understanding.

Discussion of the Four Big Ideas of Limits, Derivatives, Integrals, and Series will include correct justifications for Free Response, ideas for building concepts all year, making connections between data based, graphical, and symbolic presentations as well as graphing calculator techniques as seen on currently released multiple choice and free response questions. Delegates will discuss the AP Course Audit and pacing guide. They will learn activities that organize the course content in order to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. Time will be devoted to developing strategies for teaching students how to break apart and interpret free response and multiple choice questions. Finally, each session will include time for reflection and sharing of teaching practices and resources.

Delegates will receive a USB thumb drive loaded with handouts and resources.

Key learning outcomes include:

  1. identify the skills students will need in order to be successful in the AP Calculus course and on the exam,
  2. align your curriculum with the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge,
  3. implement formative assessment strategies that can gauge student understanding during the learning process and inform next steps for instruction, and
  4. make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

AP Chemistry:

This two-day institute in AP Chemistry is designed to meet the needs of both beginning and experienced AP Chemistry teachers.

Course sequencing, test design, grading, lab selection, and AP test preparation will help prepare chemistry teachers to set up and conduct a quality course with confidence. The institute will discuss how teachers and students can shift toward an inquiry-based lab curriculum. During this institute, delegates and the facilitator will share approaches and ideas through day-to-day activities, demos, projects, and class management strategies in order to create a positive, high-impact learning environment.

Inquiry-based labs allow students to think and act like scientists. As such, participants will focus on inquiry and its place in the classroom, and learn how to confidently create inquiry-based labs. Participants will analyze how traditional labs differ from inquiry-based labs and practice planning and modifying traditional labs to make them inquiry based.

Key learning outcomes:

  1. Align instruction with the goals of the AP Chemistry course.
  2. Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation.
  3. Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course.
  4. Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

Institute Schedule

Day 1: 8.30 - 16.00

Day 2: 8.30 - 16.00

Target Audience

AP Chemistry and Calculus teachers

Proficiency Level

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Entry Pre-Requisites



This Institute is being facilitated by the College Board. College board

Peter Kaczmar: Advanced Placement Calculus

Peter Kaczmar has served as a math teacher for 30 years. Currently, he teaches both the AB and BC versions of AP Calculus. He has served as an AP Calculus Exam Reader since 2004. Peter has a delivered a number of professional development events including APSI workshops, has taught in the The University of Pennsylvania STEM Teacher Fellows Program, has worked with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, and has delivered a number of in-house professional development workshops. He has consulted on a popular statistics textbook, as well as, an Algebra video series. Other curricular work found him developing Bridge Courses to help remedy the achievement gap.

Through the nomination of former students, Peter has been awarded the MAA’s Edyth Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching, and was, named in Cornell’s Merrell Scholars Program.

Raquel Rivas: Advanced Placement Chemistry

Raquel Rivas studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, graduating as a Pharmaceutical Chemical Biologist. She later earned a master’s degree in Education from Framingham State University. Raquel is currently teaching regular, Honors, and Advanced Placement Chemistry at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara. She has taught Chemistry for 24 years and has had an average passing rate of ninety percent over her fourteen years of teaching Advanced Placement Chemistry.

In addition to teaching, Raquel is also the HS Science Department Head and has served as a reader for nine years and as a College Board consultant for AP Chemistry since 2012.


Visa and Health

Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Exempt countries include all those travelling with a passport from an East African Country. For other exempt countries see the new Kenyan Government eVisa website where you can also apply for an entry visa.

A visa MUST be obtained prior to travel. Visa cost US$51

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Host School

Rosslyn Academy will host this institute.

Rosslyn Academy will provide a shuttle to pick up delegates from the Windsor hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.


Windsor KenyaHotel Name: The Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club

Physical Address: Kigwa Road, Ridgeways off Kiambu Road

Phone No: +254 (20) 8647317

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast per night): US$200
Double Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast per night):  US$240

Booking Process

Send an email to Tabitha This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your check in/out details. Mention the event you are attending and indicate whether you require airport transfers.

Airport Transfers

1. Send the hotel's reservations department your arrival/departure details to arrange for your transfers - US$ 50 per way.

2. You can book through the transfers company, ProLog Seven by sending an email to Kevin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with your arrival/departure details - US$ 35 - 50 per way.

3. Uber is available in Kenya and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the mobile App.