This summer institute is designed for both new and experienced teachers of US History AP.
Each participant will receive a copy of the 2018 Workshop Handbook and Resources Guide, the Curriculum Framework Evidence Planner and a curriculum module. In addition, each participant will receive a CD with thousands of US AP essay questions, plus activities, resources, lessons and web sites focused on the teaching of US AP.
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 2018
- A review of the course audit process
- An analysis of the results of the 2018 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.
- Material Review and introductions
- review of AP packet handouts
- introduction of participants
- clarification of the goals and expectations of AP
- “equity and access” – reaching out to more students
- history of AP and controversies (“gate keeping”)
- Identification of “What’s New” in US AP
- AP Annual National Conference
- AP Central – important updates
- web sites for AP teachers and students (CD resource)
- a preview of the US AP History Course and Exam Description
- review of the new US AP practice exam
- curriculum development and planned courses (state standards)
- an introduction to the Audit: teachers will work on developing a syllabus
- AP Audit process - sample syllabi and review of requirements
- Analysis of the AP exam
- overview of the Curriculum Framework
- historical thinking skills
- clarification of the skills and content being tested
- thematic learning objectives
- the Concept Outline
- focus on primary and secondary sources
- clarification of the scoring process
- US AP “Funnies”
- Diverse Strategies for teaching AP – Classroom Connections
- the US AP History Exam, cont.
- introduction to the new Multiple Choice items
- introduction to the new Short Answer items
- sample lesson plans, writing projects, research papers
- suggestions for support materials (videos, computer programs, etc.)
- textbooks for US AP – textbook samples and analysis
- Strategies for helping students prepare for the exam
- the US AP History exam, cont.
- introduction to the new Document Based Question
- introduction to the new Long Essay
- test taking tips and test preparation
- how to demystify the exam for students
- “homemade” DBQ’s
- teach a lesson – create a homemade DBQ
- Preparing for this year’s Exam
- samples available (developing a thesis and brainstorming)
- exploring student samples and scoring the DBQ and Long Essay
- Strategies for improving your AP program
- staying current – attending conferences and summer institutes
- network with other AP teachers – become an exam reader
- Exchange of “Best Practices"
- share ideas with others
- sample lessons from participants
- panel discussion
- Open discussion
- concluding questions and evaluation of conference
Teachers will be able to...
- Explain how the historical thinking skills tie the course together.
- Explain how the parts of the curriculum framework fit together and complement one another.
- Explain the scope of the course.
- Explain the themes of AP U.S. History and describe how the thematic learning objectives define what students should know and be able to do by the end of the AP U.S. History course.
- Explain how student understanding will be assessed on the exam.
- Explain the rubrics for the free-response questions and applying them to students’ responses.
- Describe the Instructional Planning Report and evaluate the information in order to improve instruction.
- Explain and apply the historical thinking skills.
- Utilize effective instructional strategies to develop historical thinking skills and content knowledge.
- Apply their knowledge of content and pedagogy to build a unit of instruction.
- Align instruction and assessment, as well as instruction and the learning objectives.
- Assess student understanding and provide effective feedback.
- Implement the curricular requirements and include them in their syllabi.
- Select resources to illustrate concepts and use them in their classroom.
- Explain how students demonstrate understanding.
- Sequence their courses to scaffold concepts and historical thinking skills.
- Explain the value of including all students in AP.
- Describe the equity and access policy and how they can implement it in their classrooms.
- Identify the supports available to teach the AP U.S. History course.
“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.
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