:: 2014 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

Pre-AP High School Geography for New Pre-AP Teachers

Institute Code AP14037
July 28 - 31, 2014, 8AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center
This institute is now closed for registration.

This institute will focus on preparing new teachers to teach a year-long high school class in Pre-AP World Geography. The session will thoroughly explore of the geographic patterns and processes that shape human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth by using strategy-based instruction techniques, technology integration as well as experiential exercises. Significant time will be spent on how to develop the skills and habits of mind that students need to be successful in future Advanced Placement History and Social Science courses.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  • Using strategy-based instructional techniques to develop reading, writing, questioning, critical thinking, and document analysis skills
  • Developing realistic and practical Pre-AP strategies to prepare their students for long-term academic success
  • Identifying opportunities to enrich the curriculum by integrating technology
  • Creating assessments appropriate for Pre-AP and aligned with the AP Exam

Participants should bring the following:

  • A mobile learning device, preferable a laptop or tablet, as the course materials will all be electronic.
  • A favorite lesson or idea to share with other participants during lightning talks (30 copies or electronic version)
  • Questions and concerns with which you’d like assistance
  • A positive attitude and an open mind

Lead Consultant: Adalia Davis

Adalia Davis currently teaches AP Human Geography and AP European History at George Ranch High School in Richmond, Texas. She spent the 14 years in the Katy Independent School District as a Pre-AP World Geography teacher and charter member of the AP Social Studies Vertical Team. Adalia has consulted for The College Board since 2001. She also mentors new geography teachers and promotes geographic education as a Texas Alliance for Geographic Education Teacher Consultant. Her particular areas of interest include project based learning, multiple intelligence theory and Geographic Information Systems.


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