Teachers attending this Academy will engage with faculty from Rice and other universities in an in-depth discussion of topics and documents commonly taught in AP U.S. History. Teachers will also explore the connections between AP and college-level courses and examine new research in the field, with special attention paid to the most recent changes to the AP U.S. History curriculum. Readings and documents will be provided during class.
Tuesday, June 27, 8-9:45 AM
Speaker: Jim Smith, College Board Consultant
Teaching AP U.S. History
This presentation will provide teachers with an overview of the the pedagogy and historical content necessary for creating a successful AP U.S. History course. The presentation will focus on ways to connect significant historical information to the broader historical themes that shape U.S. history.
Tuesday, June 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Speaker: S. Wright Kennedy, Rice University
An Introduction to Spatial History and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
This presentation will showcase online spatial history projects that can be incorporated into secondary education. Additionally, the presentation will include a demonstration of ESRI's ArcGIS Online, the industry-standard GIS software, and present pedagogical resources for American History available through ESRI's website.
Tuesday, June 27, 12:30-3:30 PM
Speaker: Steven Shetzer, Pershing Middle School (Houston ISD)
“Toto, I Don’t Think We are in Kansas Anymore”: Using Popular Culture in a U.S History Classroom
Teaching U.S. History can sometimes be full of reading texts, answering questions, and taking tests. What if we could engage our students in U.S. History through the use of popular culture? This presentation will help you learn how to bring U.S. History alive by integrating popular culture into your lessons.
Wednesday, June 28, 8:15-9:45 AM
Speaker: Blake Ellis, Lone Star College-SyFair
Running for President: The Evolution of Presidential Campaigning in the 20th Century
This presentation will explore the evolution of US presidential campaigns in the 20th century. It will examine how Americans’ changing views on race, economics, gender, and technology fueled the rise of modern presidential campaigns. It will analyze how these changes both democratized the presidential selection process and created a new kind of presidential politics requiring years of campaigning and huge sums of money.
Wednesday, June 28, 10-11:30 AM
Speaker: Theresa Jach, Houston Community College
The Slaughterhouse Cases and US v Cruikshank: The Supreme Court and the Destruction of African American Rights in the South
This presentation will examine the landmark Reconstruction Era Supreme Court cases of United States v. Cruikshank and the Slaughterhouse Cases. The presentation will include an exploration of the facts of the cases and how they negatively affected the rights of African Americans in the South. The cases not only marked a turning point in the federal government's protection of African Americans and signaled the end of Reconstruction, they also had a chilling affect on the rights of women.
Wednesday, June 28, 12:30-3:30 PM
Speaker: John Barr, Lone Star College-Kingwood
“Light Will Be Thrown on the Origin of Man and His History”: Integrating Evolutionary Science into AP U.S. History
Near the end of his seminal book, The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin predicted that with the insights gained from his theory of evolution by natural selection “light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.” Darwin’s theory heralded an intellectual revolution, one that is now reaching into historical studies with a new “synthetic field called evolutionary history” (Edmund Russell). This presentation will examine how history teachers can apply this pioneering, interdisciplinary work to the teaching of AP U.S. History courses. In addition to gaining a basic introduction to Darwin’s key ideas and how to introduce such concepts into a history classroom, topics covered will include the Declaration of Independence and the question of universal human rights (“He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than [John] Locke,” wrote Darwin), the debate over slavery in the nineteenth-century Atlantic World, social Darwinism, women’s suffrage, and current controversies and developments surrounding Darwinian ideas.
Thursday, June 29, 8:15-9:45 AM
Speaker: Jim Smith
Building a New Nation: The Ideological Foundation for the Creation of the United States
Beginning with ideas promoted by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke in the eighteenth century, this presentation will focus on the ideological conflicts that led to the American Revolution and the creation of the United States.
Thursday, June 29, 10-11:30 AM
Speaker: Mark Scalia, Kingwood High School, Humble ISD
The Civil War’s Shadow Theater: Post-Emancipation Union and Confederate Foreign Policy
Conventional wisdom holds that the Emancipation Proclamation put the issue of foreign recognition of the Confederacy to rest. In fact, the proclamation created a new dimension to foreign policy which caused social and political problems for European powers, problems that emboldened the Confederacy. This presentation will cover foreign policy issues confronting Abraham Lincoln, William Seward, and the Confederate government after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Thursday, June 29, 12:30-3:30 PM
Speaker: Lisa Mundey, University of St. Thomas
Cold War American Global Leadership
During World War II, the United States abandoned its traditional non-interventionist approach to Europe and embarked on a new role as a global power. Postwar containment policy drew the United States into military interventions worldwide, but also included non-military assistance in the Marshall Plan, Berlin Airlift, and Peace Corps. In reviewing America’s role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as well as the country’s long and generally antagonistic relationship with Russia, teachers can help students understand the historical context for current events.
Friday, June 30, 8:15-11:30 AM
Speaker: John Boles, Rice University
Jefferson, France, and the Creation of an American Identity
Thomas Jefferson was appointed U.S. minister to France in 1784 and for five years experienced life in Paris with its intellectual salons, art, architecture, music, culture, food and wine. This presentation will examine Jefferson's time in France and how that time shaped Jefferson as our nation’s first secretary of state, third president, and architect of American liberty.
Friday, June 30, 12:30-3:30 PM
Speaker: Jim Smith
Building a New Nation, Part 2
Putting It All Together