I have been an AP European History exam reader since 1996 and over the years have served as a question leader, a table leader, and a sample selector. I am a College Board endorsed presenter and have taught AP workshops and summer institutes since 1998. I have written curriculum modules for the College Board, along with teachers’ manuals and review guides for several publishers.
Currently, I am a member of the AP European History Test Development Committee, the AP European History Course Audit Scoring Guide Development Committee, and the AP European History Instructional Design Team. I am also the chairperson of the History Academic Advisory Committee and a member of the College Board Academic Advisory Council.
I am passionate about helping every student succeed and received both the Spokane Public Schools Distinguished Teacher Award and the Spokane Public Schools Equity Award for promoting racial and cultural equity and for encouraging more students to challenge themselves in AP classes at my school. I am excited about the opportunities that AP European History can provide to students, and I am very much looking forward to working with you this summer!
The following are some of the goals for the week:
1. To understand some of the basic elements involved with teaching the AP European History course:
• AP European History Curriculum, Themes, and Skills (CED)
• Understanding the Course Requirements
• Mapping out the Year—Pacing the AP European History Course and Outlining the instructional plan by Unit and Topic in your academic calendar
• AP Classroom Instructional Resources
• Using Instructional Planning Reports
• Instructional Strategies and Tools to teach the Content and Skills in the CED
• College Board Processes
• The AP Audit
• Test Taking Strategies
• Document Based Question Writing
• Long Essay Writing
• Stimulus Based Multiple Choice Questions
• Short Answer Questions
• Student Enrollment
• Textbook Selection
• Supplemental Readers
• Test Development
• Equity and Access
2. To understand the content and structure of the AP* European History exam, and to develop appropriate strategies for maximizing student scores and to examine ways to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the content, skills, and materials in AP European History.
3. To achieve an understanding of necessary course content for the course curriculum and exam by looking at sample questions provided by the College Board, examining the latest AP reading samples released by the College Board, and analyzing the rubrics for all parts of the exam.
4. To examine a variety of ways to structure the course so that students will be prepared to score well on the AP exam.
5. To acquire many resources from the instructor and from other participants to help make the teaching of the course more manageable. These will include:
• Available samples from the most recent AP Reading
• College Board information concerning the themes and skills in AP European History
• Long Essay Rubrics
• Document Based Question Rubrics
• Instructional Handouts
• Instructor-prepared Classroom Resources in an instructor-created google drive
• Online access to materials provided by publishers
• Materials provided by College Board
• What to Have Available for our Online Workshop: