Pre-AP Summer Workshops: Pre-AP Middle School Social Studies, Option 2

This Pre-AP Social Studies workshop will assist middle school teachers in developing lessons that will prepare students for the challenges of Advanced Placement. 

Student biking through Academic Quad at Rice University in front of Lovett Hall

Participants in the summer workshop will have opportunities to share ideas and engage in hands-on learning activities. Teachers will learn a variety of instructional strategies to motivate their students and help foster the development of skills necessary for success in history classes in high school and in college. Middle school teachers should come ready for an informative and intellectually stimulating week. 


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42854 Nancy Schaefer On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Schaefer
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
START DATE: June 26, 2018

Instructor: Nancy Schaefer

Nancy Schaefer draws from her teaching experiences in private and public schools to present ideas and strategies that work well with young adolescents. She holds B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Nancy is a College Board Consultant in the Southwestern Region, and she has twenty-five years of teaching experience at the middle school level with eighteen years as a Pre-AP teacher.  She has presented at three AP National Conferences and at numerous workshops and summer institutes throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Illinois, Mississippi, and Alabama.  Nancy spends much of her time developing curriculum for middle school social studies, and her instructional experience includes U.S. history, world cultures, economics, Model United Nations, and English.

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

  • journal writing
  • close reading techniques
  • critical and analytical thinking
  • ladders of questions
  • note-taking
  • timed writing
  • vocabulary building
  • rubrics
  • cartoon analysis
  • designing effective test questions
  • generalizations
  • technology
  • research
  • interdisciplinary projects
  • document-based questions
  • student-directed discussions.
  • laptop computer or another electronic device
  • post-its
  • one lesson or teaching idea to share with the class
  • The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Social Studies