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AP® U.S. History

Workshop Description

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.   


What Participants Should Bring:

  • Personal laptop/tablet

  • Jump drive

  • Single subject notebook or composition notebook

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the AP® U.S. History curriculum framework

  • Understand the four distinctive sections of the AP® exam

  • Experience in writing the new style multiple choice and short answer questions

  • Developing methods for teaching historical thinking skills

  • Techniques for completing the course audit

  • Pacing using the new curriculum framework

Consultant Bio

Michael Hjort just finished his 19th year of teaching Social Studies, 13th year teaching AP US History and is in his 8th year as an AP Reader and Table Leader in Louisville, KY 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, and one-week AP Summer Institutes. Michael has postponed his 16 year coaching career after leading the Rouse tennis team to a Sweet 16 Finish as a team in the fall 0f 2014 and was named 4A District 25 Coach of the Year. Michael also is the UIL Academic Coordinator at Rouse HS and Social Studies/Current Event Academic Coach (District Champions 2015).


Michael Hjort has been the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year Award Nominee (2014 - 2017), 4A District 25 – Fall Varsity Tennis Coach of the Year, HEB Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award Nominee (2013-2016), 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 wife Kristy for 23 years with his oldest child working to become a fire fighter and his daughter just finished her first year at Texas A&M.


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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