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Hollie Kelly

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Hollie Kelly has been teaching AP Psychology since 2007 and has been a teacher at Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District for over 20 years. She has participated in the AP Psychology annual reading since 2015 serving as a Reader. Early in 2018, Hollie served as a consultant for the 2019 College Board AP Psychology course and exam description guide.  In 2019-20, Hollie contributed to the revision of several teaching texts which reflect the changes recently made by the College Board.  In her spare time, Hollie enjoys the beautiful Colorado weather and scenery with her two very spoiled, well-behaved golden retrievers, beautiful family and forever friends.

Course Description

The four-day institute is structured to guide new and experienced teachers of AP Psychology through the course and exam description guide.  Participants will be exposed early on to the format of the exam.  Both multiple-choice and free-response questions will be explored and strategies on how best to teach the two formats will be explained.  A backwards planning approach will be presented to help with how best to allocate time for every unit and how much review time one should set aside for the national exam.  Pedagogy will be used to assist participants with gaining a better understanding of how the content and skills can be taught and reinforced.  By the end of the institute participants will leave with having a calendar of how the year can be accomplished and a toolbox full of resources to help them and their students find success in such an engaging AP course.

  • Computer
  • Google drive (all materials will be distributed through Google Drive)
  • Textbook (knowledge of what textbook you will use)
  • Register for and have access to an AP Central account.
  • School Calendar- If possible, know when school wide testing, school-wide events & breaks are scheduled to take place.
  • A lesson, demonstration, activity that you wish to share with others. This can be psychology related and/or skills based.


Participants will be introduced to the new 2024 CED.

  • Everyday pacing recommendations will be discussed for year-long & block schedules.
  • Textbook, supplemental & website resources will be explored.
  • Sharing of materials from past & present participants.
Day 1


  • AP Course Audit- All teachers will need to do this for the 2024-25 school year.
  • Introduction to Course Exam and Description
  • Course Framework: Science Practices
  • Course Content- Calendar/Planning
  • CED Units #1- Biological Bases of Behavior (15-20%)
Day 2

AP Exam Overview

  • Free Response Questions- Strategies & Approaches on how best to coach students with the writing of the Evidence- Based Question (EBQ)
  • AP Classroom & AP Daily Resources
  • CED Units #2- Cognition (15-20%)
  • #3- Development and Learning (15-20%)
Day 3

AP Exam Overview

  • Free Response Questions- Strategies & Approaches on how best to coach students with the writing of the Article Analysis Question (AAQ)
  • AP Classroom
  • CED Units #4- Social Psychology and Personality (15-20%)
  • #5- Mental and Physical Health (15-20%)
Day 4

Assess & Reflect: Instructional Planning Report

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Course Calendar/Planner Due