The redesigned course and exam for AP® United States History launched in the fall of 2014. The summer institute will focus on the three parts of the new curriculum framework: historical thinking skills, the concept outline, and the thematic learning objectives. Through the exchange of ideas in discussion and in the study of materials prepared by the College Board for teachers of the redesigned course, participants will consider ways to incorporate the three parts into their AP® U.S. History curriculum.
Teachers will learn the vocabulary of the curriculum framework—key concepts, historical thinking skills, chronological reasoning, contextualization, etc. Participants will be introduced to many strategies to help students perform better on the multiple choice, short answer questions, the long essays, and the DBQ. We will work together to develop ways to prepare participants students to respond to each section by creating examples of each type of question and instructional strategies which will provide guidance on how to approach each section of the test.
The main question to be considered is “How do I teach AP® U.S. History to help my students meet the requirements to achieve a passing score?” Scoring of each section and any changes that have taken place over the past two years will be discussed in order to give the best pedagogical strategies for a successful AP® US History course.
Michael Hjort just finished his 20th year of teaching Social Studies, 14th year teaching AP US History and is in his 9th year as an AP Reader and Table Leader in Louisville, KY and Tampa Bay, FL reading and scoring the APUSH essays. Michael currently teaches 5 sections of AP US History and is the Social Studies Department Chair at Rouse High School in Leander, TX. He has been a College Board consultant since 2013, presenting one-day conferences, two-day conferences, multiple AP Summer Institutes. Michael also is the UIL Academic Coordinator at Rouse HS and Social Studies/Current Event Academic Coach (District Champions 2015, 2017, Region Champion 2017, 4th place in State 2017). Coach Hjort has also coached Tennis, Golf and Baseball in his career.
Michael Hjort has been the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year Award Nominee (2014 - 2018), 4A District 25 – Fall Varsity Tennis Coach of the Year, HEB Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award Nominee (2013-2018), Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation Student Teacher Academic Recognition Award Winner (2014 – double nominee and 2012), Coaching Hall of Fame Inductee Tolleson Union HS – Golf (2009), CEAI National Educator of the Year Runner-up (2006), National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher (2005/2006), Teacher of the Year Tolleson Union HS (1998 – 1999 & 2004 - 05), Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2002, 03, 04, 05) Disney Teacher of the Year nominee (2002 – 2004) West Valley Region Golf Coach of the Year (1997 & 1999), Tolleson HS Excellence in Education Award (1999 – 2004).
Michael Hjort has been married to his lovely wife Kristy for 24 years with two children who are both in college (ACC and A&M).