Terry Filippo

Terry Filippo teaches AP English and AP Capstone and serves as the Chair of the English Department at The Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology, an internationally accredited STEM school in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A National Board Certified teacher who was the recipient of the 2012 South Carolina English Teacher of Excellence Award, he has been an educator for over thirty years. In addition to his secondary work in Advanced Placement English Language, Literature, and Capstone, he has taught English and education classes at Clemson University for many years. Terry has served as an AP English Language and Literature Reader for sixteen years, and as an endorsed College Board Consultant in both English subject areas for the past thirteen years. In this role he facilitates AP English workshops and summer institutes around the country and mentors new College Board AP English consultants. In 2015 he was selected to facilitate an international AP English Language and Literature Combined workshop in Dubai, UAE. He also serves as an independent ELA educational consultant and has been invited by many school districts around South Carolina to present professional development workshops for English teachers. A former president of the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English, he continues to serve on the SCCTE Board of Directors as Advanced Placement Outreach Coordinator.


English Literature & Composition Course Description

Participants in this institute will engage in a comprehensive, collaborative exploration of designing and teaching an Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course. We will review and discuss ways to help students engage in critical reading and analytical writing.  Special topics and focus areas will be determined by participant needs, experience, and interests, but our primary work will include syllabus development, AP Audit planning, assessment strategies, exam preparation, text/materials selection, and teaching strategies. A fair amount of time in the 2019 institute will be dedicated to discussion, review, and application of the new resource materials recently released by the College Board.

While we will read and discuss poems, stories, novels, and plays, throughout the week, time will also be provided for teachers to collaborate on syllabus development and create resources and special unit plans. Finally, we’ll engage in a simulated AP essay reading that will include a review of prompts and sample student essays from past AP English Language exams.

Participants should bring a laptop, course text if available, an e-file of a favorite teaching idea or lesson, and a copy of one or more of the following novels: Fasting, Feasting (Anita Desai), Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte), and/or Purple Hibiscus (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie).