Pre-AP Summer Workshops: Pre-AP Middle School Social Studies, Option 1

This workshop will focus on bringing Pre-AP ideals into the concrete realities of public education.

Male student biking through Academic Quad at Rice University

Participants will practice and discuss Pre-AP strategies and inculcating Pre-AP skills in the classroom while meeting the unique and varied needs of middle school students. In addition, participants will learn how to accomplish these tasks without sacrificing content and apply teaching strategies in ways that make content coverage more effective.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42514 Dallas Koehn On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Instructor: Dallas Koehn

Dallas Koehn taught Pre-AP and “On-Level” American Government, U.S. History, and Oklahoma History at Union Intermediate High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma for nearly 20 years. He now teaches AP World History at Concord Community Schools in Elkhart, IN. He has been a consultant for the College Board and worked with middle school and high school teachers in a variety of settings over the past fifteen years, including summer institutes in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He has worked with his department, his district, and a variety of institutions to improve implementation of Pre-AP strategies with all levels of students, and served in a variety of other professional development roles as circumstances allow.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: June 26, 2018

End Date: June 29, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $485

Early Registration: $435 if registering by March 26

Late Registration: $535 if registering after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 26

  • Pre-AP: What it is, what it isn’t and how it promotes equity, access and success for all students
  • Asking good questions: the key to understanding, retention, critical thinking and world peace
  • Document analysis for beginners
  • Teaching reading when you thought you signed up to teach social studies
  • How literacy strategies can help students retain content
  • Laying the foundation for historical writing
  • Combining interactive, fun activities with the skills students need to succeed


  • Your best lesson plan or idea
  • Your greatest challenge or weakness in the classroom
  • Something to write with and on for various activities