This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP United States History course. During this training, teachers will explore the historical thinking skills and the components of the curriculum framework, including the periods, concept outline, and thematic learning objectives. Participants will understand how to use activities that organize the concepts and essential questions to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. In addition, participants will work on a course plan that will help them decide how they will teach the skills and content of the AP United States History course.
The following topics will be addressed in the US AP Summer Institute:
• Current College Board Policies regarding the
new US AP Curriculum Framework
• A review of the new US AP Exam scoring rubrics for 2015
• A review of the course audit process
• An analysis of the results of the 2015 US AP exam
• The College Board philosophy of access and equity
• Strategies that promote a diversified and inclusive AP classroom
• Strategies to develop skills for success on the short answer section of the exam
• Strategies to develop skills for success on the multiple choice section of the exam
• The critical thinking and reading skills necessary for success on the US AP exam
• Strategies to develop skills for success on Long Essay and DBQ sections on the US AP exam
• The importance of embedding these skills in instruction
• Instructional strategies and activities that promote critical thinking and reading skills
• Lessons, strategies, and activities that promote learning among students with diverse needs
• Multiple approaches to exam content through practicing activities, lessons and strategies
• Ideas for expanding participants repertoire of classroom activities and strategies
• A variety of review strategies that reinforce the course and ensure success on the exam
• A variety of Web-based resources
• Sharing of “Best Practices” by the participants
• The range of Pre-AP professional development workshops
• A variety of non-College Board resources that are discipline-specific
• Professional organizations that can aid the AP teacher
• A review of the most useful tools of the day
• The importance of commitment to access and equity
After attending the summer institute, the participants will be able to have a clear understanding of the implementation of the US AP Curriculum Framework, an understanding of the scoring rubrics on the new exam and have the information necessary to offer a successful US AP course in their schools.
Participants are asked to bring a sample U.S. AP lesson to share with other U.S. AP teachers at the session.
TuesdayUnderstanding the Course:
WednesdayHistorical Thinking Skills:
ThursdayHistorical Thinking Skills (cont.):
FridayTeaching the AP U.S. History Course (cont.):
“I could not imagine doing AP teaching without this training.”
Ed was the US AP teacher, Department Chair and Social Studies Lead Teacher at William Tennent High School in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He has presented Pre AP and AP workshops and summer institutes for the College Board Advanced Placement program in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ed has been a reader for the US AP exam since 1994 and is presently a certified consultant and national leader for the College Board. Recently Ed attended a number of training sessions sponsored by the College Board focused on the new US AP Curriculum Framework.
The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.
Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.
Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.
Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.
Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.
Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.