APSI: Pre-AP High School Social Studies for New Teachers: World History Focus, Week 2

The Pre-AP History and Social Sciences has been developed to address the needs of the various Pre-AP courses.

This session will have a focus on Pre AP World History with special attention to skills development. Participants will examine the content and pedagogy necessary for developing an academically rigorous course. Discussions will include strategies for improving student success in critical reading, and writing, as well as, the content necessary to create an engaging and successful course. Those attending will apply the strategies to specific World History content and practice skills we ask students to perform. This institute will be presented in an active learning environment.

During the week, the group will examine classroom and online multi-media resources. In groups we will work together to develop original lessons on topics within the curriculum for all to share.



Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42299 Lori Dumerer On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Instructor: Lori Dumerer

Lead Consultant

Lori Dumerer teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP United States History at R.L. Turner High School in the Carrollton-Framers Branch ISD in Carrollton, TX. She earned her AB and MA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in history and political science, with a specialization in secondary education and holds a Talented and Gifted Endorsement from Southern Methodist University with additional training at TWU in Second Language Acquisition and advanced reading. During the past twenty years, she has taught and developed curriculum for Pre-AP courses providing a wealth of diverse teaching experiences, which led to the development of a variety of strategies and techniques, especially in the areas of reading within the content area and ELL. She has served as an exam reader for AP Government and Politics for 12 years. She presents the Pre-AP Reading Strategies for History and Social Studies and Crafting the Historical Argument workshop for College Board. In 2002, Mrs. Dumerer received the Texas Council of the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year Award and in 2014 the Texas Humanities Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she was selected for a NCEE Study Program to Romania, a Teaching Excellence Award Exchange to the Republic of Georgia, and a Trans Atlantic Outreach Program scholar study tour to Germany through the Goethe Institut.

Term: Spring/Summer 2017

Start Date: July 25, 2017

End Date: July 28, 2017

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

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

Note: This course is not currently accepting registrations. Please select VIEW CURRENT OFFERINGS to see similar classes offered by the Center for College Readiness.

  • Crafting historical arguments
  • Writing and supporting a thesis
  • Developing annotating skills
  • Integrating state TEKS and test requirements
  • Using historical cartoons to create writing and review opportunities
  • Creating rigorous test questions that align with state requirements
  • Analyzing documents and data
  • Developing critical thinking skills


  • Flash drive
  • Laptop or personal electronic device
  • Flags or small Post-it notes
  • Spiral or notebook and pen
  • Either hard copy or digital copy of state requirements (TEKS), and or district one
  • Written statement of what you find most difficult to understand or teach in World History (topic, concept, period, skill)