July 11-14, 2022

Instructor: Penny Smeltzer

Penny Smeltzer began teaching AP Statistics when the course began and quickly created one of the largest programs in the nation in Austin, Texas. Her recognition includes Presidential Award Finalist, O’Donnell AP Teacher of the Year, Intel Teacher of Merit, Texas Exes Outstanding Teacher, the national winner of the Siemen’s Teacher Award, and Toyota International Teacher Award. Her passion for AP Statistics continues with years of experience as an AP Statistics exam grader, grading leader, rubric writer, Test Development Committee member, and Question Leader. Her passion is creating meaningful interdisciplinary lessons with science using topics that matter in the lives of the human population and the planet. Penny presents lively, interactive workshops to teachers in AP Statistics and integrated sessions with Lessons That Matter. On a good day, Penny has her camera, a notepad, and a ridiculous amount of curiosity as she explores the world for new interesting lessons.

Course Description

AP Statistics Course Description


This AP Statistics course will highlight topics from the four basic content areas for new teachers as well as provide enrichment activities for experienced teachers.  The workshop is designed to be flexible enough to focus on the needs of all registered participants. You can count on fun, information, classroom lessons, and strategies to meet your students’ needs.


Topics of the course include

  • Strategies to build your AP program
  • Higher level thinking skills required for students’ success
  • Experimental design
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability
  • Inference
  • Course calendars and pacing
  • College Board website materials
  • Exam grading and rubrics
  • Statistics labs designed to enrich the content and add the fun


Participants should bring a TI-84+ or similar calculator, school calendar, and possibly a laptop to gain the maximum benefit from the institute.  Experienced teachers should bring a list of topics they wish to enrich or improve in their classrooms.  New teachers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the course and exam description and their textbook.