:: 2015 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

Pre-AP Middle School Social Studies

Institute Code AP15034
July 27 - 30, 2015, 8:00AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center
Registration for this institute has closed.

This Pre-AP institute will assist teachers in developing lessons that will prepare students for the challenges of the Advanced Placement Program. The sessions are for new, as well as experienced, social studies teachers. Participants will learn a variety of instructional strategies that will motivate middle school students and foster the development of skills necessary for success in subsequent history courses in high school and in college. Teachers will have many opportunities to share ideas and engage in hands-on lesson activities. Topics for the institute will include wars/revolutions, presidents/world leaders, Texas history, cultures/religions, current events, geography, and economics. Nancy promises an informative and intellectually stimulating session.

The goals of the four-day institute will be:

  • to acquaint teachers with the Advanced Placement Program
  • to equip teachers with Pre-AP strategies that will lay the foundation for student success in rigorous course work
  • to promote greater enthusiasm for teaching history and other social studies courses at the middle school level
  • to offer lesson ideas for middle school students that include document analysis, vocabulary building, critical reading, student-directed discussions, essay writing, AP-style assessments, research, interdisciplinary projects, and the use of technology
  • Participants should bring the following:

    • A positive attitude
    • A lesson plan to share
    • Curriculum requirements/standards for the social studies course that they teach

    Lead Consultant: Nancy Schaefer

    Nancy Schaefer draws from her teaching experiences in private and public schools to present ideas and strategies that work well with young adolescents. She holds B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Nancy is a College Board Consultant in the Southwestern Region, and she has twenty-two years of teaching experience at the middle school level with fifteen years as a Pre-AP teacher. She has presented at three AP National Conferences (2003 in Los Angeles, 2004 in Orlando, and 2012 in Orlando). In addition to Pre-AP workshops and summer institutes in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Illinois, Mississippi, and Alabama, Nancy spends her time developing curriculum for middle school social studies. Her instructional experience includes U.S. history, world cultures, economics, and English. Nancy has membership in the National Council for Social Studies and the Arkansas Council for Social Studies, and she is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board on Economic Education at the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.

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