Keith has taught in private and public schools in Utah since 1974. He currently teaches Honors Sophomore English and AP* U. S. History. He taught introductory college writing at Salt Lake Community College for sixteen years as an adjunct instructor. He is a graduate of the University of Utah with a major in history and English and a M.Ed. in instructional technology from Utah State University. He was an on-site AP* reader 1999-2007 and is currently a distributed reader scoring short answer responses online. He has been a College Board faculty consultant since 2001.
4-day AP U. S. History Institute Agenda
AP* Seminars Silicon Valley
Please come to the institute with the following:
• A computer—notebook, tablet, PC or Mac. An essential part of this institute is to give you specific information about the online resources—content and assessment—that you will use in your course.
• A detailed calendar for the 2020-2021 year with holidays, testing dates, ends of term, etc.
• Introductions & discussion about needs & concerns for new AP teachers and experienced AP teachers.
• Begin developing a course pacing guide by unit/topic to incorporate the full scope of the AP U. S. History course into your school’s academic calendar.
• Discussion of the AP Historical Thinking Skills and Reasoning that form the basis of the tasks on the AP history exams.
• Discussion of the topics (periodization) and themes in the CED.
• In depth discussion of how the course units are based on the historical thinking skills and the themes of the course.
• Discussion of the Unit Guides structure content with suggestions linking them to essential course themes, skills, and reasoning processes.
• AP* classroom Personal Progress Checks are based on a paring of skill and topic.
• Discussion of different ways of effectively using AP Classroom throughout the course in a consistent way from student activation through all 9 periods of the course.
• Practice interpreting data within the Planning Report to identify student strengths and weaknesses and discuss implications for instruction.
• Discussion and practice applying the scoring guidelines from the most recent AP exam to samples of student work.
• Work time on unit development and pacing, individually and cooperatively.
• Discussion of instructional strategies and tools, in addition to AP Classroom, so that teachers can incorporate them in their lesson plans to teach the content and skills in the CED.
• Continuation of the discussion of instructional strategies and tools included in the CED.
• Discussion of the types of different materials that are being used or could be used to enhance historical thinking and skill development.
• Argument development discussion.
• Any and all topics not covered in the previous sessions.