Cameron Stephen 

    • College Board endorsed consultant for AP Spanish Language and Culture
    • This session is offered in Event 1:June 22-25 Tuesday through Friday

College Board endorsed consultant for AP Spanish Language & Culture

This session is offered in Event 1:June 22-25, 2021 – Tuesday through Friday

Please note: due to the overlap of AP Exam Reading and the start of the 2021 WaltonAPSI, this session will run Tuesday-Friday June 22-25, 2021.

This session is also offered in Event 2: June 28-July 1 Monday through Thursday

Meet your Consultant and read the APSI Online Course Description for AP Spanish Language & Culture!

Cameron Stephen teaches at Cy-Fair High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District located in Cypress, Texas. He has taught there since 2000 and has served as the department chair of Foreign Languages since 2009.  He has taught Pre-AP Spanish and AP Spanish Language since his first day in the classroom at Cy-Fair and was responsible for re-starting the Native Speakers program at the school in 2001 and started the AP Spanish Literature program in 2002.   

His passion for teaching was born while serving a mission for his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to the Dominican Republic from 1994 to 1996. Upon returning home, Cameron graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Utah in 2000 and then completed a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Houston in 2009.  

He has served as a reader for the AP Spanish Literature exam since 2005, a Table Leader since 2009, and as a Question Leader since 2015. He has been a College Board Consultant since 2011, conducting workshops and summer institutes all over the country.  From 2012-2019, he was a member of the College Board’s Test Development Committee for AP Spanish Literature & Culture serving as the high school co-chair of the committee from 2015-2019. In 2016, he received the prestigious Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities award from Texas Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Publications:

  • Recursos didácticos para la enseñanza de la primera crónica europea de Texas: La relación por Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.  Houston, 2009. (Master’s Thesis available through the Library of Congress and the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston)
  • Las sociedades en contacto: perspectivas del imperialismo. New York: The College Board, 2012. (Professional Development Curriculum Module)
  • AP Spanish Language & Culture: Changes in the Natural Environment. New York, The College Board, 2017. (Service Learning Curriculum Module)
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture Course & Exam Description. New York, The College Board, 2019.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • ​Texas Foreign Language Association
  • Texas State Teachers Association
  • National Eagle Scouts Association

APSI Course Description for AP 

Objectives    Learning Goals and Key Takeaways

By attending this workshop, you will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways, among several others:

  • Understand the Course. AP courses focus on building conceptual understandings and developing transferrable skills.
  • Plan the Course. Helping students develop mastery of the course skills requires careful planning to sequence skills in a developmentally appropriate way so that students master prerequisite skills before being asked to complete more complex tasks.
  • Teach the Course. Students need multiple opportunities to practice skills in order to develop mastery over time. Specific strategies can help students explicitly practice those skills.
  • Assess Student Progress. Assessments, instruction, and resources should be aligned to learning goals and matched to performance standards and/or expectations. Students should be progressively challenged, just beyond where they are, to apply their knowledge and skills in different contexts to deepen their understanding.
  • Engage as a Member of the AP Community. Specific attention will be paid to the following AP Resources: Unit Guides, Personal Progress Checks, AP Teacher Community, and the AP Question Bank.

To reach these Learning Goals, participants will:

  • Explore the Course & Exam Description
  • Investigate the course framework, exam format, and objectives
  • Preview AP Classroom and its resources that help plan and focus instruction through data collection
  • Identify new ways to collect and interpret feedback to guide instruction for individual students
  • Set up digital activation process for the beginning of the school year to prepare for AP exam registration in the fall
  • Access and evaluate numerous resources

Agenda

Day #1- Introducing the Course and Exam

Time

Topic

(Times and Topics to be adjusted as necessary)

8:00-9:00 am

Announcements, Introductions, Expectations, and Key Takeaways

9:00-10:00 am

Course Introduction*

10:00-10:30 am

Break

10:30-12:15 pm

Course & Exam Description Overview*

12:15-12:30 pm

Feedback, Closing, Instructions for Asynchronous Assignments

12:30-1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00-4:00 pm

Asynchronous Assignments:

Choosing Authentic Resources and Evaluate List of Resources

*College Board Required Component of our APSI

 

Agenda:  Day #2- Interpretive Communication, Instructional Strategies, and AP Classroom

Time

Topic

(Times and Topics to be adjusted as necessary)

8:00-8:15 am

Review of Day #1

8:15-10:00 am

Exam Format & Testing Strategies:

MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

10:00-10:30 am

Break

10:30-11:00 am

Diving into Unit 1

11:00-12:15 pm

AP Classroom Part 1*

·      Topic Questions

·      Personal Progress Checks

·      AP Question Bank

12:15-12:30 pm

Feedback, Closing, Instructions for Asynchronous Assignments

12:30-1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30-4:00 pm

Asynchronous Assignments:

Create Formative Assessments using Instructional Strategies

Agenda. Day #3- Formative Assessments, Presentational Communication, and Lesson Planning

Time

Topic

(Times and Topics to be adjusted as necessary)

8:00-8:20 am

Review of Day #1 and #2

8:20-9:00 am

AP Classroom Part 2*

·      FRQs

·      Feedback

·      Create Quizzes

9:00-10:00 am

Assess & Reflect *

10:00-10:30 am

Break

10:30-11:15 am

Exam Format & Testing Strategies:

FRQ 4 Culture Comparison

11:15-12:15 pm

Exam Format & Testing Strategies:

FRQ 2 Argumentative Essay

12:15-12:30 pm

Feedback, Closing, Instructions for Asynchronous Assignment

12:30-1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30-4:00 pm

Asynchronous Assignment:

Lesson Plan including AP Classroom

Agenda. Day #4- Culture, Interpersonal Communication, and Unit Planning

Time

Topic

(Times and Topics to be adjusted as necessary)

8:00-8:15 am

Review of Day #1, #2, and #3

8:15-9:00 am

Strategies for Teaching:

The 3 Ps of Culture: Perspectives, Practices, and Products

9:00-10:00 am

Exam Format & Testing Strategies:

FRQ 3 Conversation

10:00-10:30 am

Break

10:30-11:30 am

Exam Format & Testing Strategies:

FRQ 1 Email Response

11:30-12:15 pm

Purposeful Unit Planning*

12:15-12:30 pm

Feedback, Closing, Instructions for Asynchronous Assignment

12:30-1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30-4:00 pm

Asynchronous Assignment:

Unit Plan incorporating two Instructional Strategies