This course will cover both the content and pedagogy necessary for teaching the AP U.S. History course successfully. In addition, participants will receive an overview of the AP Program and any changes on the horizon. Approximately 30% of the course will be dedicated to the course and exam redesign, as directed by the College Board. Presentations and discussions of teaching strategies will be divided equally between strategies for improving student success on the AP Exam and the content necessary to create an engaging and successful course. Teaching strategies will focus on the development of critical thinking skills, document analysis, and writing skills. Historical content will focus on American social, political, economic, and intellectual thought and we will explore the ever-changing interpretations of U.S. History (for a meaningful and on-going discussion of current historical literature, participants are encouraged to bring favorite books or articles to share). Note all content, lessons, and activities for the course in 2013 will be from the second half of the course, Reconstruction to the Present. Participants will also explore classroom resources, including online and multimedia resources.
We are currently planning AP Summer Institute 2014!