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Pre-AP® Middle School History

Workshop Description

The Pre-AP® History and Social Sciences has been developed to address the needs of the various Pre-AP® courses, especially at the middle school level with special attention to skills development. Participants will focus on the content and pedagogy necessary for developing an academically rigorous course.

Discussions will include strategies for improving student success in critical reading, and writing, as well as, the content necessary to create an engaging and successful course. This institute will be presented in an active learning environment. Many of the strategies will engage the attendees in the demonstration.

Topics will include but will not be limited to the following: crafting historical arguments, writing and supporting a thesis, state TEKS and test requirements, using historical cartoons to create writing and review opportunities, Texas history, U.S. history, world cultures content areas, creating rigorous test questions that align with state requirements, development of critical thinking skills, document and data analysis. During the week, the group will examine classroom resources, and online multi-media resources. In like-course groups we will work together to develop sample lessons for all to share.

What to Bring

Participants are encouraged to bring the following:

  • Post-it note pad and/or flags

  • A laptop

  • Flash drive

  • Spiral or composition book

  • Copy of the TEKS or curriculum requirements for your course & textbook, if available

  • Please bring questions related to specific content and TEKS so the group may address possible approaches

Consultant Bio

Lori Dumerer graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with an AB and MAT in History and the Teaching of Social Studies and an advanced certification from Southern Methodist University in Gifted and Talented Education with advanced work from Texas Woman's University in Reading. She has read for the AP® Government exam for 12 years and is an consultant in government and Pre-AP® Social Studies. She has presented nationally and internationally for the College Board's Pre-AP®: Advanced Topics for AP® Vertical Teams in Social Studies-Developing Reading Habits and Crafting the Historical Argument. 

Currently, her assignment includes teaching AP® US Government, AP® United States History, and AP® Macroeconomics at R.L. Turner HS in Carrollton, Texas. Previously, she taught Pre-AP® US and Texas History as well as sheltered classes.  In 2002, the Texas Council for the Social Studies named her Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year and in May 2014, she was named the Texas Humanities Teacher of the Year by the Texas Council of the Humanities.

Additionally, she participated in the Train the Writers program in Bucharest, Romania, sponsored by the NCEE, the Departments of State and of Education.  During 2008, she became an IREX Fellow training teachers in American social studies strategies in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Registration for this course is now closed. Please use the form below to receive notification when new course dates are available. We hope to see you next year!

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