:: 2014 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP US History for New AP Teachers

Institute Code AP14038
August 4 -7, 2014, 8AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center

This class has reached maximum enrollment and registration is now closed.

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 Historical content will focus on American social, political, economic, and intellectual thought and we will explore the ever-changing interpretations of U.S. History. Participants will also explore classroom resources, including online and multimedia resources.

Participants are encouraged to bring:

  • Favorite books or articles to share (for a meaningful and on-going discussion of current historical literature)
  • 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.

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 a Reader and Table Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He was a member of the College Board AP U.S. History Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee (CDAC) for the redesign, which oversaw the changes in the course curriculum and exam. He is currently a member of the College Board AP U.S. History Test Development Committee (TD), 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 published the Student Guidebook for the 15/e of American Pageant and has published the Instructor Resource Guide and the Testbank for previous editions of that textbook. He was also 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. 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 has also done post-graduate work in History from Rice University. He is currently working on a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in Humanities and American Studies. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Society for History Education, and the Organization of American Historians.

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