This is a great question, @susi_price!
There are two different kinds of workshops at play here: AP Summer Institutes (APSIs) and Endorsed Workshops.
- APSIs are curriculum agnostic, meaning that they’re designed to cover the CSP framework, AP exams (both fixed response and performance tasks), and general strategies and techniques like recruitment and running an equitable classroom.
- Endorsed Workshops have been reviewed by the College Board to ensure that providers are putting emphasis on the same topics (the framework, AP exams, recruitment, equity, etc), but they ALSO provide support with the specific curriculum they’re associated with. Code.org is not the only endorsed partner, others include Project Lead the Way, Mobile CSP, Beauty and Joy of Computing, and Thriving in our Digital World. All of these projects have been evaluated by the College Board to make sure that their PD covers the same material as an APSI (plus some), and the curricula have been been reviewed to ensure that they cover the curriculum framework.
Note that the College Board doest not require attendance at a Summer Institute in order to teach an AP course (your district, however, may have requirements related to completing an APSI). In the case that you are planning to teach an endorsed curriculum, the College Board recommends participating in the associated PD program. Also note that because we are an endorsed PD partner, we will not show up on the APSI list, as that’s a different program.
Please let me know if you have other questions!