APSI: AP Human Geography for New Teachers, Week 1, Option 1

Designed for new AP Human Geography teachers seeking to expand their knowledge of concepts and teaching strategies, this course will look at providing in-depth discussion of the course description to help participants gain a broad understanding of the various topics.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Teachers will review course content, lesson strategies and resources for teaching each of the major course topics. The workshop will focus on effective teaching strategies, activities, and the teacher and student preparation necessary for success in the AP human geography course and exam. Upon completion of the institute, participants should be able to begin developing their own course outline, syllabus, and assessment tools. The workshop will be interactive and discussion-oriented. Teachers are encouraged to interact actively throughout the week. No participant question or comment should be considered too small or too complicated.

This course will focus on setting up the AP Human Geography (APHG) classroom and strategies for first-time teachers. Experienced APHG teachers should bring their perspectives and lesson ideas to assist new teachers. Both new and experienced APHG teachers will come away with ideas, materials, and approaches, which will enable them to be successful in teaching the course. All participants will discuss the seven units of instruction, available resources, and strategies and techniques to use in the AP Human Geography classroom.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42775 Paul Gray On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Instructor: Paul Gray

Dr. Paul Gray has taught social sciences and humanities for the past 25 years and AP Human Geography since 2000 at Russellville High School in Russellville, Arkansas, where he is chair of the social sciences and humanities department. He also teaches world religions, world geography, Teacher Cadets, and coaches the Quiz Bowl team.  Dr. Gray is a visiting instructor of human and regional geography at Arkansas Tech University. Paul has been a reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader at the AP Human Geography Reading for the past 17 years and has presented at numerous geographic conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He is a former member of the AP Human Geography test development committee. In 2008, he was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Education.  Paul was selected as the 2008 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by the National Geographic Society and traveled on a National Geographic expedition to Antarctica. Paul received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) in 2003 and was named Russellville High School’s teacher of the year in 2004 and 2008. Paul was elected and served as the 2013 President of the NCGE.  Paul is co-author of the 11th edition of the AP section of the Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture textbook by Fouberg, Murphy, and de Blij and the11th edition of the AP Study Guide companion both published by Wiley.  Paul is also a co-founder and partner of iScore5™ which produces AP exam prep games and materials for AP human geography, psychology, world history, and government/politics for mobile phone applications. Paul has served on the standing committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in geography.  Paul was also a committee member on the writing team of Geography for Life, the second edition of the national geography standards Geography for Life and member of the writing team of the Road Map for the 21st Century Geography Education Project - Instructional Materials and Professional Development Committee.  

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 10, 2018

End Date: July 13, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • AP Access and Equity
  • AP Audit
  • Qualifications for Teaching AP Geography
  • Navigating and effectively utilizing the APHG Course Articulation
  • Teaching the content of the APHG Course Outline
  • Using Multiple Textbooks and Supplementary Materials
  • Online approaches and resources
  • Using Photographs, Signage, and other real world geographies
  • Thinking Geographically, Spatially and Applying Academic Materials to Real-World Examples
  • Field Work, Field Trips, and Class Research Projects
  • Constructing rigorous classroom exams and the AP Exam
  • AP Exam preparation and materials
  • Student preparation for the APHG Exam
  • 3-5 of your lessons you teach in APHG, if you are experienced
  • 3-5 of your favorite geography lessons to share if you teach geography
  • Textbook you use (if you have one)