U.S. History

July 5-8, 2022
Susan Pingel

Register for U.S. History


Course Description:

This online 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.  This includes exploration of the course framework, the exam, and AP® digital resources - including those providing yearlong class and individual student feedback. Strategies to help create or reorganize your APUSH class will be demonstrated and shared throughout the week.

Relevant for teachers beginning their AP® United States History course and experienced AP® United States History teachers, this workshop will give participants an overview of the AP® program in US History (APUSH), concrete information about developing course curriculum, the examination, and best practices to use with your students. 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 question (DBQ), 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 agenda will available prior to this workshop. Just prior to the start of the APSI, registered participants will be contacted by the instructor with further details for the week. Looking forward to a wonderful week!

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

Pre-Session Note: 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.

About the Instructor 

Susan Pingel taught AP® United States History for more than 25 years at Skaneateles High School, 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; and read AP® United States History exams, including serving as a Table Leader, and is a member of the PreAP® National Faculty. A recipient of teaching awards, Susan 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.

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