The Human Geography Institute focuses on both the initial development of a course and the continued development of existing programs.
The week will consist of content lectures, model lessons, discussions of strategies for teaching the course, the creation of lessons by participants and ways to prepare students for the AP Human Geography exam.
Kenneth H. Keller is an instructor of Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography and AP European History at George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta, GA. He has taught the AP Human Geography course since its inception in 2000-2001. He is currently a table leader at the APHG scoring/reading in Cincinnati, OH and has also worked in the role of question leader. He has been attending the reading and working in other roles since June 2002. Ken is a past member of the AP Human Geography Test Development Committee (2006-2010). He was elected in late 2015 to a three year term as a member of the National Council for Geographic Education’s Executive Board. He has been teaching AP Human Geography weeklong summer institutes and one day workshops for teachers since 2004. He is also a 2004 recipient of a NCGE Distinguished Teaching award. Ken is also Past-President of the Connecticut Council of Social Studies. He also taught as an adjunct professor of Geography for five years at Western Connecticut State University. He took on other various positions related to geography education during his time teaching at Danbury HS, Danbury, CT before relocating to Georgia in August, 2013.
Increase participants’ content knowledge of Human Geography
Familiarize participants with texts and other resources
Discuss effective implementation of the Human Geography course
Review the content, structure, and scoring of the AP exam
Build a collaborative network with other Human Geography teachers
All major topics in the Human Geography course outline will be covered.
Participants will leave with classroom tested strategies, activities and lessons for AP Human Geography
Address issues of access and equity
Become aware of the whole College Board support system
Discuss how to develop and modify your new or existing syllabus
A copy of your syllabus, if you have made one
Experienced teachers of APHG - Bring a lesson that you have had success with in class.
New Teachers of APHG – Bring some ideas or source material that you think could be used to develop a quality lesson.
A copy of the textbook you will use are using in class – if you have one. Access to Ken’s dropbox with lots of materials will be provided to you
The reading that is expected of participants prior to class:
Review the textbook that you are using in class, come in with any questions or associated concerns and preview the new course description and associated video tutorial of APHG as listed at the top of the APHG page on AP Central’s website.
Please bring any ancillaries you have available that you feel would be helpful for others to view and potentially utilize in their own classroom.