This week long summer institute will provide teachers with the pedagogy and historical content necessary for creating a successful AP U.S. History course.
Teaching strategies will focus on helping students develop historical thinking and writing skills through an analysis of both primary and secondary sources. Teachers will also explore ways to connect significant historical information to the broader historical themes that shape U.S. history.
Jim Smith has taught high school history and humanities for over 30 years in New Mexico. He has 25 years experience teaching AP U.S. History and 19 years experience training AP U.S. History teachers. Mr. Smith is the author of four books: “Ideas That Shape a Nation: A Survey of Historical Ideas Important to the Development of the United States,” “Catherine’s Son: The Story of a Boy Who Became an Outlaw” and “Skipper Hall: The Life and Religious Philosophy of a Methodist Minister in New Mexico.” He has also authored articles and reviews published by The Journal of Southern History, Phi Delta Kappan, AP Central, Historical Times and several other publications. Mr. Smith taught as an adjunct professor of history at New Mexico State University, where he developed a class titled “Teaching History.” In 2014 he taught a MOOC for Rice University titled “The Art of Teaching History” that reached over 6700 students in 148 nations. He has received the James Madison Senior Fellowship, the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and has twice been awarded the William Robertson Coe Fellowship. He has earned two masters degrees (history and government) from New Mexico State University and has completed graduate and post-graduate work at American University and Stanford University. Mr. Smith has been recognized as the Gilder-Lehrman U.S. History Teacher of the Year, the New Mexico Teacher of the Year, and finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame.