This year’s advanced topics course is centered on the teaching of the historical thinking skills and the re-written world history exam that students encountered in May.
The advanced Topics course will continue the opportunity for participants to hear various voices within the high school and college world history community, including question leaders from this summer's reading as well as the current Chief Reader, Tim Keirn. In addition, we will delve into the importance of religion as part of teaching world history, and the unique role of Korea in east Asia. I hope you will join me for a week of learning, networking, and honing our skills as veteran world history instructors.
Tuesday, June 27 morning
Barbara Ozuna: Welcome, norms, overview
Tuesday, June 27 afternoon
Tim Keirn, AP World History Chief Reader: Overview of the course and the exam
Wednesday, June 28
Angela Wainright and Deborah Wing-Leonard: Digging into the test and the course
Thursday, June 29
Boniuk Institute, Rice University: Religion and culture in AP world history
Friday, June 30 morning
Michael McCarty, Rice University: The influence of China on Japan, Korea and Vietnam
Friday, June 30 afternoon
Barbara Ozuna: Wrap up and application of what we learned
Barbara Brun-Ozuna moved from Switzerland to Fort Worth, Texas in 1979, and other than summers in the Swiss alps has not moved very far since! Barbara has taught history in the Fort Worth Independent School District for 24 years. She graduated with a BA in History and Spanish from Texas Christian University in 1990 and while teaching, attended the University of North Texas from where she graduated with a Masters of Arts in History in 1995.
Barbara has taught the AP world history class since its inception in 2001, first piloting the course for the District and then formally proposing its adoption by the school board. Barbara has also spent time on vertical articulation within the discipline, aligning the pre-AP world geography course to the AP world history course and writing its curriculum for the district. In addition to working on AP ancillary materials for world history with numerous publishers, Barbara has written a book about teaching students to write for the AP world history course entitled Writing through Time. She is currently the Dean of Instruction, working to maintain high academic standards for her school while continuing her involvement with AP World History by teaching one class. When not kept busy with the course, the school, and her extra-curricular interests, Barbara is the mom of two kids - Courtland and Sydney - and the wife of a band-director, musician husband.