United States History

Instructor: Susan Pingel

DATES: July 3-7, 2023 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; off Tuesday, July 4)

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2023 APSI U.S. History Online Course Description

This online/virtual AP® United States History summer institute will focus on key takeaways involving Understanding the Course, Planning the Course, Teaching the Course, Assessing Student Progress and Understanding, and Becoming a Member of the AP® Community.  It will be conducted through synchronous and asynchronous components.  These include exploration of the course framework, the exam structure and preparation practices, and AP® digital resources — including those providing yearlong class and individual student feedback.

This session is relevant for teachers beginning their AP® United States History course and experienced AP® United States History teachers. Strategies to help create and rethink or reorganize your APUSH class will be demonstrated and shared throughout the week. This includes insight into the creation and expansion of an APUSH program, selection of text and course materials, development of syllabi, pacing suggestions, lessons, and assessments. Expect instruction on the scoring of Free-Response Questions (FRQs), including Short Answer Questions (SAQs), the Document-Based Questions (DBQs), and Long Essay Questions (LEQs).  

Please be ready to share ideas, ask questions, think broadly about your educational practice, work hard and enjoy your experience. A welcome letter, with an agenda, will be available prior to this workshop. Looking forward to a wonderful week!

About The Instructor:

Susan Pingel taught AP® United States History for over 25 years at a public high school in New York’s Finger Lakes region. She received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. A veteran College Board® consultant, Susan has led one-day workshops and APSIs for teachers serving in a variety of school settings; served as an AP® Mentor; read AP® United States History exams (including serving as a Table Leader); and is a member of the Pre-AP® National Faculty. As a recipient of teaching awards, she extended her own learning through opportunities from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Colonial Williamsburg. These experiences and others led to multiple opportunities to develop and review curricular and test prep materials in print and digital formats.  

Susan is prepared to facilitate participants' understanding and implementation of the skills, content, and concepts called for in the AP® U.S. History (APUSH) classroom. She will demonstrate and share a variety of time-tested techniques and explore new ones. Susan is looking forward to working with participants to help them find their voices as effective and efficient APUSH teachers.

Pre-Session Prescript: There will be an hour of preliminary work before the session kicks-off. Participants who register late can do this during the course of the week.

Timing Postscript: Participants should anticipate four full days of sessions [Tuesday-Friday].

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