SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Four Union Catholic Advanced Placement teachers, Mrs. Marla James, Mrs. Mary Jo Raite, Mrs. Kathleen Sagendorf, and Ms. Kathy Webber, have been selected to present at the 2020 AP Annual Conference, which will run from July 16-19 in Boston. 

The AP Annual Conference brings together thousands of education professionals to engage in workshops, content-driven sessions, and exhibits meant to provide educators with the best opportunity to learn, share, and gather the most current information and strategies. These strategies will then be implemented to enhance the learning environment for the students at UC.

Mrs. Marla James, a member of the Humanities Department, will be running a session titled “The ‘Phigital’ Generation and the Four C’s.”

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“Having been inspired by Sister Percylee, I will again be incorporating the premise that Gen Z functions in a world in which the physical and digital worlds intersect,” said Mrs. James. “Nicknamed the phigital generation, our current students also have attention spans that typically span only 8 seconds. Thus, students, now more than ever, need a stimulating, interactive classroom environment to drive successful student-centered learning. This session will also focus on the 4 C’s of AP European History: comparison, causation, and continuity and change.”

Mrs. Mary Jo Raite, a member of the Science Department, will be running a session titled “Using Videos/Animations for Lab Presentations Instead of Formal Lab Reports.” 

“I will be presenting with my husband David Raite who is an AP Chemistry teacher,” said Mrs. Raite. “We will be demonstrating how to film a lab and how to embed the video into a lab presentation. Being able to present at this conference is an honor and a privilege. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with my peers from all over the country.”

Ms. Kathy Webber and Mrs. Kathleen Sagendorf, members of the Humanities Department, will be running a session titled “The Power of Poetry: A Project-Based Approach to Poetry Analysis.” 

“I am excited to present at this year's conference in Boston with Mrs. Sagendorf,” said Ms. Webber. “We have worked hard to engage our students more in poetry, and we realize that we could help other teachers by sharing our approach to poetry.”

Mrs. Sagendorf is equally as excited to bring new ideas and strategies back to her students at UC.

“The AP Program is thriving here at UC, and it’s thrilling to be a part of its growth,” said Mrs. Sagendorf. “Our courses provide students with essential skills that will be helpful to them long after they leave the hallways of UC.”