:: 2015 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP US History for New AP Teachers

Institute Code AP15016
June 22 - 25, 2015, 8:00AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center
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This course will cover both the content and pedagogy necessary for teaching the AP U.S. History course successfully. This Summer Institute will be dedicated to the Course and Exam redesign, which will be in effect the 2014-15 school year (with the first test administration in May 2015), as directed by the College Board. Focus of the course will be on the new time periods in AP U.S. History, analysis of the Historical Thinking Skills, and breaking down the requirements for the new redesign Exam. Presentations and discussions of teaching strategies will be divided equally between strategies for improving student success on the AP Exam and the content necessary to create an engaging and successful course. Teaching strategies will focus on the development of critical thinking skills, document analysis, and writing skills. Historical content will focus on American social, political, economic, and intellectual thought and we will explore the ever-changing interpretations of U.S. History (for a meaningful and on-going discussion of current historical literature, participants are encouraged to bring favorite books or articles to share). Participants will also explore classroom resources, including online and multimedia resources. Participants are encouraged to bring successful lessons they have created and share these with the entire group. This AP U.S. History Summer Institute will create an active learning environment, all participants will be expected to read, write, and actively engage with the material, please come prepared to participate.

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

  • Use of the new Historical Thinking Skills
  • Understanding the new requirements of the writing rubrics: SAQs, LEs, and DBQs
  • Pedagogy necessary to teach a successful course under the new expectations
  • Use of the new Learning Objectives
  • Syllabus development
  • Course Planning and Pacing Guide

Participants should bring the following:

  • Adopted Textbook for the new course
  • Suggestions for resources to share with the other participants

Lead Consultant: John P. Irish

John P. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, coaches UIL Social Studies, and is the UIL Academic Coordinator at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is a nationally certified consultant in AP U.S. History and AP European History for the Southwestern Region of the College Board and serves as an Exam Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He is currently a member of the College Board AP U.S. History Test Development Committee (DC), which is the group responsible for creating the new exam, overseeing continuing changes to the curriculum, and developing / presenting trainings for teachers across the country at state and national venues. He was on the writing team that published a four volume updated edition of the AP U.S. History Workbooks by the Center for Learning, along with a curriculum unit on Edward Bellamy’s novel “Looking Backward” also by the Center for Learning. He just published a new workbook on the Historical Thinking Skills for the redesigned AP U.S. History course; this will be published by Norton. Mr. Irish holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. He is finishing up a second Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in American Studies, his thesis topic is: “The Enlightened Puritan: the Intellectual Thought of John Adams.” He will begin working on his Doctorate in Fall 2015. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Society for History Education, and the Organization of American Historians.




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