History

Session 1 — JULY 7-12

The workshop sessions are small, averaging fewer than 15 participants. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual participants to ensure that each teacher returns to the classroom with increased confidence and strategies for success.

The leaders are experienced AP teachers with outstanding reputations in public and private schools. All serve as readers at their respective AP readings and are endorsed by the College Board to lead AP workshops. Many of our consultants are table leaders and members of their respective course’s test development committee.

European History

Instructor: James Kirkcaldy

This will be an intensive five-day workshop for new and experienced teachers of AP European History. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities that are especially designed for use in a tightly paced AP course. We will concentrate on pacing, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading rubric for the A.P. exam. Participants will also receive a 300 page AP European History Workbook prepared by the instructor, plus over 200 powerpoint presentations (each with a worksheet) that have been especially created for students to use at home in order to give teachers the option to “flip” their classroom allowing for more student centered learning in the class. Participants will also receive hundreds of activities, supplementary readings and visuals suitable for AP instruction. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to share lessons and activities with their colleagues. The workshop is designed to be an enjoyable sharing experience that will give participants the confidence and ability to affectively teach a great course.

US History

Instructor: Susan Pringel

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

World History

Instructor: Lenore Schneider

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for sixeen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. Participants will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Short Answer Questions, the Document Based Essay and the Long Essay Question in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. They will examine the College Board scoring rubrics and will utilize them to analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies. Most of the strategies are also applicable in regular section world history classes.

Session 2 — JULY 14-19

The workshop sessions are small, averaging fewer than 15 participants. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual participants to ensure that each teacher returns to the classroom with increased confidence and strategies for success.

The leaders are experienced AP teachers with outstanding reputations in public and private schools. All serve as readers at their respective AP readings and are endorsed by the College Board to lead AP workshops. Many of our consultants are table leaders and members of their respective course’s test development committee.

European History

Instructor: James Kirkcaldy

This will be an intensive five-day workshop for new and experienced teachers of AP European History. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities that are especially designed for use in a tightly paced AP course. We will concentrate on pacing, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading rubric for the A.P. exam. Participants will also receive a 300 page AP European History Workbook prepared by the instructor, plus over 200 powerpoint presentations (each with a worksheet) that have been especially created for students to use at home in order to give teachers the option to “flip” their classroom allowing for more student centered learning in the class. Participants will also receive hundreds of activities, supplementary readings and visuals suitable for AP instruction. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to share lessons and activities with their colleagues. The workshop is designed to be an enjoyable sharing experience that will give participants the confidence and ability to affectively teach a great course.

US History

Instructor: Tracey Wilson

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

World History

Instructor: Lenore Schneider

The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for sixeen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. Participants will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Short Answer Questions, the Document Based Essay and the Long Essay Question in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. They will examine the College Board scoring rubrics and will utilize them to analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies. Most of the strategies are also applicable in regular section world history classes.

Session 3 — JULY 21-26

The workshop sessions are small, averaging fewer than 15 participants. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual participants to ensure that each teacher returns to the classroom with increased confidence and strategies for success.

The leaders are experienced AP teachers with outstanding reputations in public and private schools. All serve as readers at their respective AP readings and are endorsed by the College Board to lead AP workshops. Many of our consultants are table leaders and members of their respective course’s test development committee.

History Topic Course: Teaching with Digital History

Instructor: John Rosinbum

Teaching with Digital History

Based off his popular series “Teaching w/#DigHist”, high school and college instructor John Rosinbum will discuss the various reasons and ways that high school teachers can integrate digital history into the classroom. In the past two decades, historians have entered the digital age, designing a host of exciting projects that use technology to better understand, analyze, and visualize the past. These projects offer outstanding avenues teachers to engage their students in the study of the past while building digital literacy. This workshop will examine a wide range of digital projects on subjects that examine American history from many different perspectives, creating concrete strategies and lesson plans for how they can be used in the classroom.

During the workshop participants will:
    Create a best practices sheet for teaching with digital history
  • Explore ways to teach the transatlantic slave trade using the Voyages database
  • Devise an activity revolving around Gapminder and Continuities and Changes
  • Build lesson plans centered around digitized copies of 19thcentury newspapers
  • Develop strategies to better integrate indigenous history throughout the year using digital sources
  • Collaborate with fellow participants on digital history projects
  • Identify a project of their choice and build a lesson plan

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will:
  • Understand the basics of the digital turn in American history
  • Possess a better knowledge of the types of digital history projects and how to find them
  • Leave with classroom-ready lesson plans, units and activities
  • Obtain 30 hrs Continuing Education Units

Art History

Instructor: Yu Bong Ko

Throughout the week, we will place special focus on topics of immediate concern related to preparing and teaching the redesigned AP Art History curriculum, while reflecting on the lessons learned and the road ahead for maximizing student success. Topics include: how to better pace the teaching of the course; balancing depth of knowledge and breadth in content coverage; improving student’s critical thinking, reading, writing, and note-taking skills; demystifying the AP exam scoring and accessing practice questions; strategies for creating a learner active and fun classroom; resources for teaching individual works of art in the 10 course content areas; incorporating digital technology infused and multimedia classroom; revising the course syllabus (and submitting a syllabus for the AP Audit).

Participants will have ample opportunities to acquire and share best teaching practices and walk away with practical materials and strategies to immediately promote active student-centered learning in the classroom, including ways to enhance visual literacy: how to help students develop skills in looking at, thinking about and communicating ideas about works of art. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to receive and work with valuable handouts that are in electronic format, such as on a flash drive.

US History

Instructor: Susan Pringel

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

World History

Instructor: Deborah Johnston

The institute will provide participants with an overview of the course including content, skills, and AP strategies. Most of the time will be spent on the 2017 assessment revisions, as well as on work to develop materials on teaching the historical thinking skills using the 2018 samples. Deb believes that AP world history is best taught through interactive strategies so participants will be actively engaged in doing world history during the institute through discussions, simulations and group activities, similar to what teachers might choose to do in their own classrooms. She will share world history content and resources, as well as model lesson plans. Working with AP sample essays, the session will discuss effective teaching techniques for the new AP essay writing and for AP test-taking. Deb will specifically work to ensure that participants(and their students) feel confident with the stimulus based multiple choice questions as well as the use of skills in the free response portion of the test. In addition, Deb will provide tips on how to add new case studies that address less well known topics and challenging subject matter from the required curriculum frameworks to AP World history courses in time efficient ways.