Social Studies

Week One: June 23-26, 2014

 

I. Pre-AP Social Studies for High School Teachers--World Geography (1001)

This workshop will focus on helping teachers prepare to successfully teach a high school class in Pre-AP World Geography. Employing a blend of content presentation, effective teaching strategies, and technology, the workshop will provide an overview of the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped our understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. In addition, writing skills and habits of mind that students need to be successful in an AP class will be addressed.

Ms. Susan Hollier has taught Advanced Placement Human Geography, World Geography, and Honors World History at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas for 17 years. She consults for the College Board in Advanced Placement Human Geography and Pre-Advanced Placement World Geography, and is a National Training Leader for Soapstone, as well as having served as a reader for the Advanced Placement Human Geography Qualifying Test. She served on the TEA Lighthouse AP/TEKS Document Writing Team for Social Studies.

Susan is a 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council of Geographic Education and is listed in Who's Who in American Teachers. Her classes have received national recognition for winning the National NewsBowl Current Events Competition and placing in the National Geography Olympiad. She is the World Affairs Council Houston's 2004 International Educator of the Year, a recipient of the Coca-Cola Scholars Joseph B. Whitehead 2006 Educator of Distinction Award and the 2007 Nobel National Society of High School Scholars Educator of Distinction Award. She has served as the K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Committee Member of the NCGE Executive Planning Board and was selected to present at the inaugural International Symposium on Territorial Geography in Seoul, Korea. The Marshall Legacy Institute selected her as the 2010 Joan Wismer CHAMPS Award recipient. In 2011, MS. Hollier received the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Secondary Education. Ms. Hollier holds a BS degree from Louisiana State University.

 

II. AP Human Geography (1002) 

You will review lesson strategies and resources of teaching each of the major course topics. This workshop will focus on effective teaching strategies, activities, and the student preparation necessary for success on the AP Exam. Upon completion of the institute, you should be able to begin developing your own course outline, syllabus, and assessment tools. The workshop will be interactive and discussion-oriented. You are encouraged to interact with one another and the instructor all week. No question or comment should be considered too large or too small.

This workshop will focus on setting up the AP Human Geography (APHG) classroom and strategies for first-time teachers. Experienced APHG teachers can bring their perspectives and lesson ideas to assist new teachers. Both new and experienced APHG teachers will come away with new content, ideas, and approaches to the course. Class discussion will focus on the seven units of instruction, available classroom resources, and strategies and techniques to use in the AP Human Geography classroom.

Topics will include:

  • AP access and equity
  • AP audit
  • Qualifications for teaching AP Geography
  • Teaching the content of the APHG Course Outline
  • Using multiple textbooks and supplementary materials
  • Videos, YouTube, blogs, and other online resources
  • Photographs, signage, and local geographies
  • Thinking geographically, spatially, and applying academic materials to real-world examples
  • Course Outline (Geography's nature and perspectives, population, culture/ethnicity/gender/language/religion, politics, agriculture, urban, economic)
  • Field work, field trips, and class research projects
  • Rigorous classroom exams and the AP exam
  • AP exam preparation

Homework: Please bring 3-5 of your favorite lessons, 3-5 favorite teaching webpages, and your classroom textbook.

Mr. Paul Gray has taught social sciences and humanities for the past 21 years, AP Human Geography since 2000, and combined AP Human Geography/AP Environmental Science for two years at Russellville High School in Russellville, Arkansas, where he is chair of the social sciences and humanities department. Paul is a National Board Certified teacher and an adjunct instructor of human and regional geography at Arkansas Tech University. He has been a reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader at the AP Human Geography Reading for the past twelve years, and has presented at numerous geographic conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He is a former member of the AP Human Geography test development committee. In 2008, he was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Education. Also in 2008, Paul was selected as the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by the National Geographic Society and traveled on a National Geographic expedition to Antarctica. Mr. Gray received the distinguished teaching award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) in 2003, and was named Russellville's teacher of the year in 2004 and 2008. Paul was the 2013 President of the NCGE and 2014 Past-President.

Paul is co-author of the recently released AP Study Guide companion to the Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture textbook by Fouberg, Murphy and de Blij, published by Wiley. Paul was also a committee member of the writing team of Geography for Life, the newly published national geography standards, and the writing team of the Road Map for the 21st Century Geography Education Project instructional materials and Professional Development Committee.

III. AP United States History for New Teachers (1003)

This workshop will combine content and pedagogy geared toward the successful implementation of an AP United States History course. You will receive instruction on teaching essay writing and document analysis with a special emphasis on the changes to the AP United States History exam. 

Homework: You will receive numerous resources--please bring a 16 GB flash drive or a laptop, and your favorite United States History lesson plan to share.

Ms. Christine Bond currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History and AP World History at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, OK.  She has been a College Board consultant since 2003, and has been a reader for the AP US History and AP World History exams since 2011.  She completed her masters degree in 2002, and her National Board Certification in 2008. 

IV. AP World History for Experienced Teachers (1004) 

The teaching of AP World History is always changing...and now even more so as the new format dawns on the horizon. This week-long workshop promises to address the new format, emphasizing lesson plans and essay evaluation, but also tailoring workshop content to your needs as teachers. In the past, participants have asked for guidance and discussion about pace, test book selection, note-taking strategies, MC decoding strategies, teaching the essay formats, and the audit. We will discuss all of this and more! You will return from your workshop with a 3GB CD-rom containing many lesson plan ideas, a 180 page test bank, sample essay questions, as well as power point presentation on how to teach the continuity and change over time essay, the DBQ, and the comparison essay. I promise no one will go away disappointed, and everyone will leave with a bevy of new ideas to incorporate into their course, as well as several sample tests.

Mr. Charles Hart has taught social sciences and humanities for the past 21 years, AP Human Geography since 2000, and combined AP Human Geography/AP Environmental Science for two years at Russellville High School in Russellville, Arkansas, where he is chair of the social sciences and humanities department. Paul is a National Board Certified teacher and an adjunct instructor of human and regional geography at Arkansas Tech University. He has been a reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader at the AP Human Geography Reading for the past twelve years, and has presented at numerous geographic conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He is a former member of the AP Human Geography test development committee. In 2008, he was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Education. Also in 2008, Paul was selected as the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by the National Geographic Society and traveled on a National Geographic expedition to Antarctica. Mr. Gray received the distinguished teaching award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) in 2003, and was named Russellville's teacher of the year in 2004 and 2008. Paul was the 2013 President of the NCGE and 2014 Past-President.

V. AP Psychology (1005) 

This workshop is designed for a combined group of new and veteran AP Psychology teachers. We will review the updates in the College Board curriculum, AP Audit, various syllabi for one and two semester courses, pacing, textbook options, materials, and other important resources for the AP classroom. Emphasis will be on nuts-and-bolts best practices with plenty of time for questions and answers. We will cover some content areas that are typically more difficult for students, including neurophysiology and the biochemistry of behavior, research methods and statistics, and sensation and perception. Classroom activities will be demonstrated, including draw-and-color activities and building brains from play-doh. Additionally, the recent AP exam will be reviewed and "best practice" ideas for exam success will be shared. A professor of psychology from the university may be a guest speaker during the week. Come ready to learn and leave energized and excited to be teaching AP Psychology.

Homework: Please bring 20-tab dividers for a 3-ring notebook, a 4-pack of play-doh (4 cans--20 oz total), paper for note taking, a yellow highlighter, 3X3 post-it notes, and 6-8 sharpened colored pencils. If you have taught psychology and care to share a favorite lesson, plan to bring handouts with instructions for 30 people.

Ms. Katherine Minter is a past National Chair of the American Psychological Association's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). With over 25 years teaching experience at both the high school and college level, Katherine is experienced with AP, IB, and regular psychology curriculums. As a College Board Consultant traveling nationally for over 18 years, and as an AP reader of psychology exams for many years, Katherine offers innovative, engaging ways to cover the content of a typical college introductory course. Recipient of the College Board's Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996, Katherine was "Teacher of the Year" at Westwood High School for 2000-2001, and was selected National Teacher of the Year for APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools for 2009. In 2007, Katherine wrote an AP Psychology Instructor's Manual to accompany a McGraw-Hill college textbook, and she is co-author of a psychology textbook, Psychology, published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall in 2011.

 

Week Two: July 7-10, 2014

 

I. AP United States History for Experienced Teachers (2014) 

This workshop will combine content and pedagogy geared toward the successful implementation of an AP United States History course. You will receive instruction on teaching essay writing and document analysis with a special emphasis on the changes to the AP United States History exam. 

Homework: You will receive numerous resources--please bring a 16 GB flash drive or a laptop, and your favorite United States History lesson plan to share.

Ms. Christine Bond currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History and AP World History at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, OK.  She has been a College Board consultant since 2003, and has been a reader for the AP US History and AP World History exams since 2011.  She completed her masters degree in 2002, and her National Board Certification in 2008. 

II. AP World History for New Teachers (2015)

 Designed to integrate the AP World History curriculum into the open-enrollment classroom, this course will include discussions and updated techniques covering the successful introduction and implementation of AP "habits of mind" into the classroom.  Emphasis will be placed on the six chronological periods covered in the new AP World History course description. 

Hands-on activities, simulations and presentations will include the following:

  • The scope and framework of changes to AP World History curriculum
  • Establishing and maintaining college-level academic standards while making the course enjoyable
  • Building teacher success and confidence through preparation
  • Using creative lessons and activities to open the door to student confidence and success, and to address issues of, "but my students can't do this"
  • Writing a practical course syllabus for an accelerated block and/or a traditional school schedule
  • Making art and culture part of the unit lessons
  • Improving student organization and opening their eyes to the possibilities of interpreting and understanding world history
  • Teaching effective essay writing and critical thinking skills using “Law & Order”/”CSI” investigative style
  • Examining the 2014 exam for test-taking strategies
  • Learning how to grade the three essays and comparing the results with grades given by AP test readers

What participants should bring

  • 2014-2015 school calendar, if available
  • Note-taking materials (laptops or iPads, if you want)
  • Know the textbook and document reader titles used in your class, if practical
  • Portable-sized monthly lesson-planning calendar with squares big enough to write in for planning purposes (digital calendars are fine)

Lead Consultant
James Rowland is a National Board Certified secondary social studies teacher who teaches AP World History, AP European History and World History at The Woodlands High School, a 5A public high school located in The Woodlands, Texas. He has taught AP World History in an open enrollment classroom, since its inception in 2002 and is an endorsed national and international College Board consultant for Pre-AP and AP World History and AP European History. Last year, Mr. Rowland had more than 200 students take the AP World History exam. Mr. Rowland is an AP World History table leader/exam reader and a certified trainer for TCI’s History Alive program.

III. AP Art History (2016)

This workshop, designed to address the needs and concerns of both beginning and experienced AP teachers, focuses on jump-starting your preparations for the new AP Art History curriculum that will commence in the fall of 2015.  We will analyze and practice the pedagogical techniques that make art history come alive for our students as they master the knowledge and skills necessary for success on the revised AP Art History examination.  We will familiarize ourselves with the Big Ideas, Essential Questions, and Learning Objectives in the new curriculum, and we will discover how to help our students demonstrate convincing evidence of what they learn by discussing and writing about art with intelligence and sophistication.  We will look carefully and deeply at the list of 250 required works, begin learning about works with which we are unfamiliar, examine resources outside standard textbooks, and study strategies for helping students do effective independent research on the internet.  We will explore various models for organizing the course, and you will begin creating your own syllabi.  Throughout the week, we will study models of effective, innovative teaching, seizing every opportunity to explore and share "best practices," enrichment activities, and actual teaching materials. 

Ms. Marsha Russell has been teaching AP Art History and sophomore Humanities at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, for the past thirteen years, following ten years with the Liberal Arts Academy, a magnet program for gifted students at Austin's A.S. Johnston High School.  She founded the AP Art History program at both schools and was the first to teach the course in the Austin metropolitan area.  She has served as a College Board consultant, conducting teacher training events across the nation since 2003, and has been an AP Art History examination reader, table leader, or question leader for the past decade. In 2009, she was one of four high school faculty representatives to the College Board colloquium for college art history professors, and her address to the group, "AP Art History: The Keystone of the High School Curriculum," is published on the College Board course webpage.  She has served as a consultant for Prentice-Hall, the Florida Virtual School, AP Strategies, and ArtStor.  She wrote a Course Planning and Pacing Guide for the AP Art History course that will be launched in 2015.  She has been named Tracor Teacher-Scholar and received grants from the Texas Council on the Humanities and the Austin Area Junior League to integrate art history into the World History curriculum.  Marsha received her degrees from Southwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin. 

Week Three: July 14-17, 2014

 

I. Pre-AP Social Studies for Middle School Teachers (3027) 

This workshop is loosely constructed around essential Social Studies skills, like practicing inquiry, analyzing primary sources, reading effectively, and bringing it all together to write a reasonable argumentative thesis.  (We might go really crazy and outline a basic essay, if the spirit so moves.)  Our focus will be on practical, usable, classroom-ready ideas, both those aimed at effective content crunching and those designed to help shift the responsibility for learning back into the students' hands.  We'll attempt to balance discussions of pedagogy and Pre-AP philosophy with a scattershot of actual activities, with more "doing" than mere listening on the part of participants.  In our Pollyana fervor, we will explore the ways in which digging in a bit more deeply on some subjects, skills, and historical touchstones can help make the rest of what we want our little darlings to learn a bit "stickier" (so that while what we care about most is their long-term academic, professional, and personal success, maybe they'll also remember enough other content to pass a state test or two, and not embarrass us with next year's history teachers).  In short, we'll try to do lots of usable stuff while collaborating over pretty much anything we can try to unlock the signs of life and smartness our little darlings work so hard to bury and deny.

Homework: Please bring your best lesson plan or idea to share; your greatest challenge, insecurity, or weakness in the classroom (don't worry-we'll be gentle); and something to write with and on for various activities. 

Mr. Dallas Koehn has taught various Social Studies and History classes of all ability levels at Union Public Schools in Tulsa, OK, for 14 years.  he has been a consultant for the College Board for 10 of those years, and has helped lead his department in implementing Pre-AP strategies at all levels (a work always "still in progress").  Dallas has worked with both the State Social studies and Fine Arts Conference and numerous school districts in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas to throw as many starfish back into the ocean as possible--whether they wish to go or not.  He is National Board Certified and is fairly tolerable after enough caffeine.

II. AP European History (3028) 

This workshop will provide you with an overview of the AP program and the European History course. It will address the equity and access principle of the College Board, as well as content, strategies, and skills that increase student interest and knowledge. A full day will be dedicated to the upcoming revisions to the course and new exam. You will also grade free response questions with a rubric and will work with Document Based Questions (DBQ) and establishing Point of View.

Homework: Please bring some of you best practices to share.

Mr. Lou Gallo teaches AP European and U.S. History at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has taught AP European history since 1996 and has served as a reader since 2000 and as a College Board consultant since 2001. He also serves as a consultant for AP U.S. History. In 2003, Lou received the Milken National Educator Award as well as West High School teacher of the Year. He was named Knox County Teacher of the Year in 2008, and was one of five teachers selected to run the Olympic torch for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

III. AP United States Government & Politics (3029)

In this course, participants will cover the six areas of AP U.S. Government and Politics and practice scoring the AP exam. AP U.S. History teachers transitioning to AP U.S. Government will have the opportunity to examine the different scoring method of the free response section of the exam.  New teachers will be given assistance in writing their syllabi. The course will also cover test item design and construction, and participants will be able to exchange ideas with their colleagues.  Of special interest will be the development of a "hybrid" course (partial online instruction).  Participants are encouraged to being their favorite lessons.  Additionally, please bring a 4GB flash drive.

Eugene Chase teaches US and Comparative government and politics at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he also serves as social studies department chair. A table leader at the AP US Government reading, he has been consulting for the College Board since 1999 and has presented at AP and Pre-AP workshops nationwide and at the AP National Conference. He is a National Board Certified Teacher (AYA Social Studies - History) and has also served as an assessor for the National Board. Gene has been an AP Government advisor to two textbooks and has provided staff development to many school districts including Chicago Public Schools and Boston Public Schools.  Also working with the Education Testing Service, he has been an item writer for the US and Comparative Government and Politics Exams and has been assessor for the Praxis Series teacher licensure tests.  He holds a BA in political science from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Continuing his relationship with UCO, Gene also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts teaching Social Studies Methods and American National Government.

 

 

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