2018 Advanced Placement® Summer Institute
June 18 - 21

(AP® Biology course will be held Tuesday, June 19 through Friday June 22)

Join us for four days of AP® instruction at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! Gulf Coast State College AP Summer Institute combines learning and leisure by offering the essentials for a successful AP® Institute designed for new and experienced teachers and held in a beautiful beachside community. Spend your free time dining on fresh gulf seafood, shopping or relaxing on white sand beaches!

The AP® experience reflects the heart of what America’s education leaders envisioned when they conceived the need for a national curriculum of excellence. It provides teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP® courses. Gulf Coast State College is committed to bring the most qualified and enthusiastic College Board-endorsed consultants to our APSI. Just as important as the many fine attributes of the AP® program is the transformation that takes place in teachers who embrace the AP® perspective.

This AP® Summer Institute has been endorsed by the College Board.

Experience - outstanding faculty consultants

Excellence - affiliation with a major state college

Environment - a beautiful campus along the bay that is the ideal setting for a quiet and calming escape

Education - an AP* experience that will change the way teachers look at education


The AP* Summer Institute (with the exception of Music Theory) will be held on the campus of Gulf Coast State College in Student Union East and West.

Parking on campus is free and within easy walking distance to all classes. Required parking passes will be sent to registered students prior to Summer Institute.

Those wishing to travel by air may choose to fly into Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) with daily flights provided by Southwest Airlines and Delta Airlines. Panama City Beach is one of the premier tourist destinations in the Southeast.

Recommended Hotels

COMFORT INN & SUITES • 3602 WEST HWY 98, PANAMA CITY, FL 32401 • (850) 522-5200 • DRIVING DISTANCE: 1.49 MILES

Newly renovated Comfort Inn & Suites, a Panama City hotel. The Comfort Inn & Suites® hotel in Panama City will get you rested and ready for anything. We’re merely minutes away from Panama City Beach. Get going with a great breakfast. Start your trip to Panama City with our free hot breakfast offering everything from eggs, waffles and meat to healthy options like yogurt and fresh fruit. Each guest room is furnished with a TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, desk, microwave, refrigerator and an iron and ironing board.


Soak up the sun in style at Fairfield Panama City Beach. Just 2 miles from the sugary white sands and crystal-clear waters of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches and 20.4 miles from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP). The hotel offers flat-panel TVs and mini-refrigerators in guest rooms and suites, or stay productive with our free Wi-Fi, flexible work desks & ergonomic chairs. Enjoy a complimentary tasty Hot Breakfast buffet.


NEWLY RENOVATED! The Holiday Inn Panama City has been the premier business hotel in the area for nearly 2 decades. When business or pleasure takes you away from home, welcome to the Holiday Inn – a favorite Panama City Hotel! Surrounded beautifully by gardens & fountains, this award winning full service hotel & convention center is convenient for business travelers and vacationers alike.

HOLIDAY INN RESORT • 11127 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407 • (850) 234-1111 • DRIVING DISTANCE: 6.55 miles

This Panama City Beach hotel has it all! Relax beach side, take a dip in the gulf-front pool, be entertained, be a pirate, indulge in the Spa, work out in the Fitness Center, enjoy the convenience of on-site dining & lounge options, splash in the water playground, play games as a family, or kick back and enjoy a Dive-Inn Movie, the Holiday Inn Resort has something for you!

Accommodations for Music Theory:

Recommended Hotels in Tallahassee:

Close walking distance (about 3-4 blocks from the College of Music):
University  Inn & Suites Tallahassee (a former Travelodge) is the closest (2 blocks) and cheapest, but it is old and despite the recent renovation is somewhat scruffy! Safe, but noisy— we don’t recommend it, but some choose to stay there for the location and cost. 691 W. Tennessee Street ? Tallahassee, FL 32304 Phone: (850) 224-8161 ? Fax: (850) 222-5688 Email:

Residence Inn - Tallahassee, Universities at the Capitol
(south of the College of Music; recommended; walk is up and down a steep hill) 600 W Gaines St, Tallahassee, FL (850) 329-9080

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
(NEW! very close and completely renovated, recommended; has a pool)
316 West Tennessee Street • Tallahassee, FL Phone: (850) 422-0071
• Fax: (850) 422-0067 3626/so.htm?PS=PS_aa_SpecialtySelect_Google_tallahassee_+four_+points_by_sheraton_Broa d_012612_NAD_FM

(NEW! About 4 blocks, easy walk; this one has a nice bar and pool, though about a block further from campus than the hotel above; this has been our choice for College of Music guests this year)
200 North Monroe Street · Tallahassee, Fl Phone: (850) 513-0313 Hotel Reservations: 866-932-6282

A little farther walking distance, closer to downtown—about a mile
Hotel Duval
(A boutique hotel on North Monroe Street; relatively expensive. Has a Shula’s Steak House and a very fancy lounge on the 8th (top) floor.)

(An older, but kept up business hotel, just off Park Avenue near downtown)
101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301-7774, USA TEL: 1-850-224-5000 THLAPDT/index.html?009=e&008=&007=Search&006=11806158374&002=00221379560216 40461&WT.srch=1&012=doubletreeTallahassee

Farther Away: There are hotels of every major chain here in Tallahassee, most near I-10 and not near campus (15-20 minute drive).

Area information

Located steps from the Bay, Gulf Coast State College has some of the most beautiful classroom window views. We are minutes away from Panama City Beach, known for its stunning white sand beaches. Spend evenings taking in the sunset, walking along the coastline, shopping or savoring fresh gulf seafood at one of our many local restaurants. Extend your stay and explore the Florida Panhandle from historic Apalachicola to the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, Destin.

Here’s a taste of what our area has to offer:

 classes  - click here to register

Deposit:  $50 
CRN: 95059

AP® Biology (AP® Biology course will be held Tuesday, June 19  through Friday June 22)
CRN: 95069 | Supply Fee CRN: 95073
Instructor: Dr. Megan Faliero

AP® Calculus AB
CRN: 95072
Instructor: Jill Bell

AP® English Language and Composition
CRN: 95065
Instructor: Sandra Coker

AP® English Literature and Composition 
CRN: 95063
Instructor: Gretchen Polnac

AP® Music Theory - held at FSU Tallahassee Campus. 
CRN: 95081
Instructor: Jane Clendinning

AP® US History
CRN: 95062
Instructor: Barbara Ramsey


Jill Bell

Jill Bell, AP® Calculus AB

Jill Bell is the AP Calculus BC teacher at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, GA. A veteran of 28 years in the classroom, she has developed the Pre-AP and AP math programs at two of the former schools where she has worked, and has been teaching AP and Pre-AP Math for most of her teaching career. As a consultant, she has presented workshops across the US in Pre-AP Math, AP Calculus, and SAT Math preparation, and has been a College Board consultant for thirteen years. Ms. Bell is also one of 8 teachers featured in the College Board’s video series “Teaching and Assessing AP Calculus.” Ms. Bell holds a BS in Secondary Education from Baylor University and a MS in Mathematics from Texas A&M University. She holds secondary certifications in Mathematics, Spanish and Gifted/Talented Education.



 Jane Clendinning

Jane Clendinning, AP® Music Theory
Jane Piper Clendinning is a Professor of Music Theory at Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee, Florida, where she has taught since 1990. She holds degrees in music theory from Samford University (B.S. and B.M.), North Texas State University (M.M.) and Yale University (M.Phil. and Ph.D.).  She has served as a member (1998-2002) and chair (2002-2006) of the AP Music Theory Test Development Committee, has been an AP reader, and is an active College-Board approved consultant for AP Music Theory.  Her textbooks The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis (W. W. Norton, 3rd edition 2016), The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills (W. W. Norton, 3rd edition 2017), and The Musician’s Guide to the Fundamentals (W. W. Norton, 3rd edition 2017) were co-authored with Elizabeth West Marvin (Eastman School of Music), Paul Murphy (Muhlenberg College), and Joel Phillips (Westminster Choir College of Ryder University).


Sandra Coker 

Sandra Coker, AP® English Language and Composition
Sandra Coker taught high school English and social studies for twenty-seven years. She most recently taught AP English Language at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. She is a veteran AP teacher and College Board consultant for AP English Language professional development. Ms. Coker is also a faculty consultant for The College Board and the Educational Testing Service as a Reader, Table Leader, Exam Leader, and Question Leader for the AP English Language Exam. In addition, she is a consultant and mentor for Louis Educational Concepts, and she led a team in creating and writing the professional development series of Star Quality Resources, English III for the Center for Educational Revision.  Ms. Coker is co-author of Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis and Writing the Synthesis Essay, and she authored the online professional development Reading to Write for The College Board.  She also served as a member of the committee to write and compile the Texas Education Agency’s Lighthouse Initiative for English Language Arts Classrooms, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Advanced Placement Program.


 Megan Faliero

Dr. Megan Faliero, AP® Biology
Dr. Megan Faliero has served in the field of education for 21 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, and director of instructional development.   Dr. Faliero was awarded the 2016 NSTA Robert Yager Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the 2014 recipient of the Lignell Engineering Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and the 2014 recipient of the Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award awarded by the National Association of Biology Teachers.  Faliero was awarded a 5-year Noyce Master Teacher Fellowship position at The University of South Florida where she is currently working with and mentoring new STEM teachers in the field of education  Faliero was also accepted into two research experiences for teachers (RET) at The University of South Florida; one in the chemical engineering department, where she worked with functional materials and learned different ways to incorporate engineering into her classroom, and the other in the Integrative Biology Dept, learning how field work and real-world data analysis can be adapted for a high school classroom.

She is currently teaching AP Biology at Durant Senior High School in Tampa, Florida and serving as an independent consultant for The College Board. She attends the AP Biology Exam reading yearly and serves as a College Board consultant for the Quantitative Skills in AP Biology training.

 Gretchen Polnac

Gretchen Polnac, AP® English Literature and Composition
Gretchen Polnac is a 41 year career teacher who taught AP literature and film for 31 years in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas, where she received numerous teaching awards. She then taught for six years at The University of Texas in UTeach Liberal Arts, guiding pre-service teachers though their professional sequence of methods courses. She continues to teach part-time at Austin Community College in the Developmental Writing Department. Gretchen’s undergraduate work was completed at The University of Texas and her graduate work at Texas State University and The University of Texas. She is a national consultant for The College Board and for the National Math & Science Initiative in both AP Literature and Language and was a long time reader for the AP Literature and Composition Exam. In January 2010, Gretchen participated in a three week Professor’s Study Tour with The Anti-Defamation League Echoes and Reflections Program in Israel, studying the Holocaust and its literature. In January 2012, 2013, and 2016 Gretchen trained teachers and students in O’ahu Hawaii on AP strategies and techniques. She also consults around the nation during the summer conducting Advanced Placement Summer Institutes and as an independent educational consultant.


Barbara Ramsey

Barbara Ramsey, AP® U.S. History
Barbara Ramsey serves a variety of roles in the College Board's Advanced Placement Program.  Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in Social Studies Education and her M.A. degree in History. Her professional experience includes teaching AP U.S. History for over 20 years, serving as Social Studies Department Chair and Instituting an Advanced Placement Scholars Program in Tampa, Florida.  Barbara has worked with College Board in developing and conducting professional development workshops in AP U.S. History, Pre-AP Strategies, Vertical Teams and Building AP Programs for Administrators.  She has served in a leadership role at the AP U.S. History training.  Barbara uses her extensive educational and consulting background to facilitate the College Board's mission of access and equity in providing the most rigorous opportunities for all students. 

 Q & A

What is APSI?

AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with at least 30 hours of pedagogical- and content-rich training designed to strengthen how they teach AP courses.

College Board-endorsed consultants will guide attendees through College Board resources such as course outlines, content-related handouts, and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary from the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

GCSC signed an endorsement agreement with the College Board to ensure quality and consistency.

Is college credit available?
GCSC is not able to provide college credit for this Institute. In compliance with the College Board, participants with 100 percent attendance records at the institute will receive 3.0 CEUs and a certificate of completion. Participants who attend 90 percent or more of the institute will receive a certificate that they participated in the workshop. Participants will receive up to 32 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits or 3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU).

When are classes held?
The 2018 AP Summer Institute will be held Monday, June 18th through Thursday, June 21st.
(AP® Biology course will be held Tuesday, June 19th through Friday June 22nd.)

How much does it cost?

Tuition and Fees

$50 lab fee for Biology

More Information?
Find out more about Gulf Coast State College Corporate College by visiting our website.

registration information

Registration is still available.  A $15 late fee will apply.
*Late Registration deadline is June 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm CST.

Register via mail or Online Registration Form

$50 non-refundable registration fee is required before registration is processed. The course fee includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee, cost of instruction, College Board training materials, and lunch Monday – Thursday. Lunch is not provided for AP® Music Theory.

  • Confirming your place in class will be finalized when full payment is made.
  • Final day for class refunds is May 18, 2018.
  • You may pay by district check, personal check, credit card, or school purchase order. You are not fully registered until payment is received.

Tuition and Fees:

$50 lab fee for Biology

Paying by check:

Mail checks and registration form to:
Gulf Coast State College
Attn: Business Affairs Office
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Make checks payable to Gulf Coast State College

 Cancellation Policy

  • Registrants canceling on or before May 18, 2018 are entitled to a full refund of tuition, excluding the $50.00 non-refundable deposit.
  • Registrants canceling after May 18, 2018 will have their tuition refund reduced by a $100 late cancellation fee.
  • Registrants who "no show" are liable for the full tuition amount.
  • Registrants whose sessions are canceled by the institute due to low enrollment are entitled to a full refund including the $50.00 non-refundable deposit.


Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm CST
AP® Biology Schedule  Tuesday – Friday (June 19 – 22) , 8:00 am – 4:30 pm CST
AP® Music Theory Schedule  Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST



If you need additional assistance, contact:
Lara Herter, Director, Advanced Placement* Summer Institute
T  850.873.3583
M  850.217.9952

Advanced Placement Logo

*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement Program, AP Vertical Teams,  Pre-AP and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.