AP Summer Institute European History

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European History

This AP European History Summer Institute course is designed to assist both new and experienced AP teachers as they prepare to teach this recently redesigned course.  The instructor will address the changes made to the course and help participants prepare to meet some of its key challenges.  Ideas for how to effectively pace your course to cover the necessary content in the new curriculum framework will be shared, as well as strategies to help your students develop the literacy and critical thinking skills necessary for success.  Additionally, student-centered activities will be offered as a way to develop student interest and depth of knowledge. Participants will examine the revamped exam format, which now includes stimulus-based multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and a new Document-Based Essay and Long Essay.  Many examples of each type of assessment will be shared, as well as suggestions on how to create your own.  Participants will practice analyzing actual student papers using the College Board rubrics released in July 2015 and insight from the instructor’s work grading pilot SAQs at the annual reading will be offered.  The workshop is interactive and participants will be asked to bring some of their best practices (lessons, resources, unit plans, books, films, and/or syllabi) for sharing and discussion with the group.  A Google folder will be shared on day one that contains Power Point presentations, assignments, tests, projects, performance assessments and teaching strategies.  All course activities were designed to help you guide your students to success in the newly redesigned course. 

Meet the Facilitator

Susan Barry

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Susan has been teaching AP European history at Franklin High School since 2001. She has been actively involved in the course’s redesign since 2011 and served most recently as the College Board Advisor to AP European history and as a member of the Test Development Committee.  As an author of one of the three Planning and Pacing Guides for the redesigned AP Euro course available online at the College Board website, she has a keen understanding of the changes made to the course.  At the annual AP Euro reading in May Susan served as one of the pilot exam’s SAQ Question leaders gaining insight into how the newest portion of the exam will be scored. 

Contact: susan.barry@franklin.k12.wi.us

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