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Mark Howell teaches mathematics and computer science at his alma mater, Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1976 and Master of Arts in Teaching in 1981, both from the University of Chicago. He has served the AP® Calculus community since 1989 in a variety of roles, including AP® Exam Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader. A long-time College Board Consultant conducting workshops and summer institutes, Mark was a member of the AP® Calculus Development Committee from 1997 to 2001. He has spoken at professional conferences in the United States and internationally.
He is co-author of the popular prep book Be Prepared for the AP® Calculus Exam from Skylight Publishing, and authored an AP® Teachers Guide for Calculus. He is a contributing author to each of the College Board's Topic Focus publications in AP® Calculus, including Differential Equation, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Approximation, and Series. He won the Presidential Award from the District of Columbia in 1993, was a national Presidential awardee in 2017, and received the Tandy Technology and Siemens Awards in 1999. He has a special interest in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, and has served as a consultant to both the Hewlett-Packard and Texas Instruments calculator operations.
This institute will focus on instructional materials and methodologies for an AP Calculus AB course. Hands-on student centered activities and explorations are a prominent component of the institute. A multiple representational approach provides the framework for these activities and explorations, emphasizing the connections among graphical, numeric, symbolic, and verbal representations of Calculus concepts. The new Curriculum Framework, course pacing, reviewing for the AP exam, using old AP Exam problems, assessments, textbooks and online materials, and a discussion of the 2020 AP Reading are all included. Discussions about the appropriate use of technology, both calculator and computer, are also held during the week. Teachers will walk away from the institute with a substantial collection of resources that are ready to use in the classroom.