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U.S. History

Instructor: Susan Pingel

July 8-12

Designed primarily for teachers beginning their AP® United States History experience, but also relevant to experienced AP® United States History teachers, this 2018 APSI will explore the structure, content and practices necessary for creating and executing an effective AP® United States History course. We will analyze the component parts of the course, provide suggestions for creating or reorganizing your course, and explore strategies to foster student success. This APSI for United States History will provide curricular materials and resources; explore materials provided by the College Board®, including sample syllabi and the audit process; suggest content pacing; demonstrate classroom-tested techniques and strategies, including testing changes; and test preparation. 

Participants will have the opportunity to prepare and analyze data sets; write questions; deconstruct the writing process; and engage in other experiences to improve the quality of their APUSH classrooms. In addition, participants will score student samples of short answers, document-based questions (DBQs) and long essay questions, and work with the current scoring rubrics. Participants should have access to their current APUSH textbooks, along with any primary and secondary sources used, AND be prepared to demonstrate and share at least one "best practice". In addition, participants will work with each other in different settings to create classroom-ready materials. Consequently, plan on bringing five primary or secondary sources you intend to use in your classroom next year. Just prior to the start of the APSI, registered participants will be contacted by the Instructor with further details for the week.

Register: U.S. History

About the Instructor

Susan Pingel taught AP® United States History at Skaneateles High School, a Finger Lakes Region public high school in Skaneateles, New York, for 25+ years. A College Board® consultant for decades, Susan has led one-day workshops and APSI's for teachers serving in a variety of school settings; served as an AP® Mentor; and read AP® United States History exams, including as a table leader. As the recipient of numerous teaching awards, Susan has attended a great number of summer programs, including offerings from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Colonial Williamsburg. These experiences and others led to opportunities to develop and review curricular and test prep materials.

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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