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A P Summer Institute: English Language and Composition
AP Instructor Vinetta Bell

AP Institute-English Language and Composition
Instructor Vinetta Bell

Instructor Bio: Vinetta Bell is a Research Associate in the Division of Data, Research and Federal Policy, under the supervision of Dr. Louis M. (Lou) Fabrizio, Director, in the Office of the State Superintendent, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).  She holds an Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) from North Carolina State University (NCSU), two masters degrees (M.A. and M.Div.), as well as a B.A. degree in Political Science.  A recertified National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts, Dr. Bell taught 11th grade English and was a mentor in the Wake County Public Schools System (WCPSS) for 18 years before joining the DPI staff in June 2007 in C&I.  Her current DPI research focus is primarily the achievement gap and its attending issues.  She has also been assigned to be the Project Manager of a major policy review project by the State Superintendent. 

Vinetta Bell presents the AP English Language and Composition workshop for College Board and is a former reader of both AP English exams.  Since January 1992, she has volunteered in Raleigh as a Clergy Volunteer in a large nursing home where she sings hymns, prays, and listens to residents, some of whom are under Hospice care.  Her previous work as a hospital chaplain has prepared her for her continuing interest in the elderly, among whom she is now a member.  During retirement, she has been led to found and to administer a K-12 Christian school.

Summer 2014 Syllabus:

To Participants:         2014 Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI)
AP English Language and Composition workshop


Welcome to the 2014 APSI in AP English Language and Composition!

We will explore together as colleagues the major components, characteristics, and requirements of College Board’s AP English Language and Composition, the high school course and examination that are typically associated with the first semester of undergraduate English.  The goals for this APSI complement the goals of the AP English Language and Composition course and exam.  My expectation is that by the end of this APSI, participants will know and be able to do the following learning activities:

  • Close reading of different, increasingly complex texts so that comprehension can be expanded into higher levels of critical thinking and communicating;
  • Progressively mature and sophisticated communicating of our reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing so that we understand and can apply those lessons for students who represent different levels of achievement and interest;
  • Strategic generating of several texts so that we can model for ourselves before we model for our students the discipline, structure, style, and persistence required to write and to communicate, using several forms of selected academic, work, and personal documents;
  • Clear understanding of the College Board examination in AP English Language and Composition as administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS); and
  • Professional and personal reflecting upon the manner in which and the purposes for which each of us will implement the lessons learned during this APSI.

As you consider these APSI goals and objectives, please remember that each of us will need to be an active participant in order to contribute meaningfully as a community of learners and to achieve our individual goals for attending this workshop.  I do not promise to know everything, but I do promise to impart to you what I know about this subject.  Your contributions are always welcomed.

Please let me know when and how I can improve this presentation, and I will try to oblige.  I also ask that all of us respect each other as valued colleagues.  Thank you for your participation!


Dr. Vinetta Bell, NBCT
College Board Consultant (#4200)

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