AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 8 July 15 July 22

European History

Session 1: James Kirkcaldy

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Lenore Schneider


For Experienced and New teachers! Major changes in the AP European History exam! The main focus will be on the new changes in the structure of the course as well in the new exam. The workshop will also concentrate on teaching strategies, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading the A.P. exam – all designed to reflect the new changes in the course. The workshop is also designed to share and discuss student centered teaching strategies and activities. Participants will receive numerous PowerPoint’s, and ancillary teaching materials and readings as well the instructor’s 250-page workbook.

AP European History provides a rich interdisciplinary experience for students, and prepares them for most college level humanities courses as well. The workshop is designed to enable both new and experienced teachers to plan an effective and dynamic course. The workshop includes strategies to help students to learn the content, 1500 to the present, and all aspects of the course: politics, economics, social history, intellectual history, art history, and historiography. Participants can learn how to structure the syllabus to include appropriate activities and assessments, as well as content. An explanation of the AP test and scoring will include in depth training of the Document Based Question and guidelines for the Short Answer, free response, and multiple choice questions. Numerous handouts will supplement the explanation of teaching strategies, especially involving the critical thinking skills vital to the course. Participants will also engage in abbreviated simulations, role plays, and student centered activities. Discussion is encouraged, and teachers should bring textbooks, relevant materials, books, films, and strategies to share. The participants will receive a flash drive of hundreds of sample lessons and materials. The instructor will focus on the latest changes to the course and exam, and ways to enable students to succeed, especially in terms of the writing components of the exam.

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US History

Session 1: Anna Keegan

Session 2: Tracey Wilson

Session 3: Tracey Wilson

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced teachers and will focus on the recently redesigned AP US History course and exam. The new curriculum framework establishes a specific set of historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives which helps teachers organize the content starting in 1491 and ending in the present. The workshop will explore best practices for bringing together skills, themes, and content in the classroom and will provide opportunities for participants to work with peers, share ideas, lessons, and best practices. Teachers will learn how they have more freedom to develop courses that challenge their students in their schools.

Teachers will wrestle with how to teach the best US History college level survey course they can teach through addressing compelling questions, primary sources, the course syllabus, and running classroom discussions.

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World History

Session 1: Lenore Schneider

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Deborah Johnston

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The AP World History workshop is designed to help both new and experienced teachers and will focus on recent changes to the AP World History Exam. The instructor, who has taught the course for sixeen years and has been a Table Leader at the Reading for many years, will address some of the key challenges of the course: coverage of the content in the new Curriculum Framework, pacing, development of critical thinking skills, success on the test questions, and stimulating student engagement. Participants will examine the Multiple Choice questions, Short Answer Questions, the Document Based Essay and the Long Essay Question in terms of strategies to succeed on the new test. They will examine the College Board scoring rubrics and will utilize them to analyze sample student exam essays. The workshop is interactive so that teachers can replicate the activities in their own classrooms. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group. The instructor will provide a thumb drive of hundreds of files, including Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments, and teaching strategies. Most of the strategies are also applicable in regular section world history classes.


The institute will provide participants with an overview of the course including content, skills, and AP strategies. Most of the time will be spent on the 2017 assessment revisions, as well as on work to develop materials on teaching the historical thinking skills using the 2018 samples. Deb believes that AP world history is best taught through interactive strategies so participants will be actively engaged in doing world history during the institute through discussions, simulations and group activities, similar to what teachers might choose to do in their own classrooms. She will share world history content and resources, as well as model lesson plans. Working with AP sample essays, the session will discuss effective teaching techniques for the new AP essay writing and for AP test-taking. Deb will specifically work to ensure that participants(and their students) feel confident with the stimulus based multiple choice questions as well as the use of skills in the free response portion of the test. In addition, Deb will provide tips on how to add new case studies that address less well known topics and challenging subject matter from the required curriculum frameworks to AP World history courses in time efficient ways.

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