APSI: AP World History for New Teachers, Week 1

Designed to integrate the AP World History curriculum into the open-enrollment public school classroom, this course will include discussions and updated techniques covering the successful introduction and implementation of the AP "habits of mind" into the classroom.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Emphasis will be placed on the six chronological periods and the five themes covered in an AP World History course. Special focus will be placed on the changes to the 2018-2019 AP World History course, curriculum and test.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42778 James Rowland On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Instructor: James Rowland

Lead Consultant

James Rowland

A National Board Certified secondary social studies teacher, James spends his days teaching AP World History, AP European History and World History to sophomores at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. In addition, James serves as the AP Program Facilitator and Coordinator for The Woodlands High School. James volunteers as an AP Advocate, sharing information and statistics to promote AP courses for students of all backgrounds and abilities. He has taught AP World History in an open enrollment classroom, since its inception in 2002 and is an endorsed national and international College Board consultant for Pre-AP and AP World History and AP European History.  Last year, Mr. Rowland had over 180 students take the AP World History exam. James is an AP World History exam reader and table leader and loves spending the first week of every summer, in quiet seclusion, with one thousand teachers and professors, reading student-generated essays for eight hours a day.  When not corrupting the youth of The Woodlands, James is at home with his pet menagerie, grading essays, working on his computer, watching the Smithsonian Channel, reading books and journals to create historical chaos in his classroom, or devising ways to further torture his students.

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

Hands-on activities, simulations, and presentations will cover the following:

  • Establishing and maintaining college-level academic standards while making the course enjoyable for students
  • Building teacher success and confidence through preparation
  • Creating and building a perpetually successful AP program
  • Using creative lessons and activities to open the door to student confidence and success and to address the issues of, “But my students can’t do this.”
  • Writing a practical course syllabus for an accelerated block and/or a traditional school schedule to prevent, “I’ve fallen behind and I can’t catch up!”
  • Making art and culture a part of your unit lessons
  • Improving student organization and opening their eyes to the possibilities of interpreting and understanding world history
  • Teaching effective essay-writing and critical-thinking skills using Law & Order/CSI investigative style
  • Examining the NEW 2017-2018 exam and preparing test-taking strategies
  • Learning how to grade the NEW essays and short answer questions using the NEW rubrics and sample essays from the 2018 APWH read.


  • 2018-2019 school calendar, if available
  • Note-taking materials (laptops or tablets, if you want)
  • Know the titles of the textbook and document reader used in your class
  • Portable-sized monthly lesson-planning calendar (for the academic year) with squares big enough to write in for planning purposes (digital, if you want)