Summer AP Academies: AP U.S. History Academy

Teachers attending this Academy will engage with faculty from Rice and other universities about topics and sources important to college survey courses in U.S. History, and their uses in the AP U.S. History course. The special attention given to using new scholarship to teach historical reasoning skills will include successful methods to teach college-level writing suited to the AP exam. Teachers will be provided with curricular materials including diverse primary sources and secondary readings.

Male student biking through Academic Quad at Rice University

The 4-day academy features sessions run by six excellent professors including Elaine Tyler May from the University of Minnesota on 20th century US culture and politics. From Rice University John Boles will present on Jefferson, Nathan Citino on 20th century US-Arab foreign policy, and Fay Yarbrough about American Indians in the early nation.  Jesse Esparza from Texas Southern University will offer insights about Hispanics in the Southwest, and Martin Melosi from the University of Houston will guide participants through modern US topics related to energy, pollution, and cities.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42502 James Sabathne On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Instructor: James Sabathne

James Sabathne (MA, NBCT) teaches AP U.S. History and AP World History at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois. He has served as an AP U.S. History reader, table leader, and exam leader since 2001 and most reently worked as the Co-Chair of the AP U.S. History Test Development Committee. He presented at numerous conferences including AP annual meetings, the American Historical Association annual meeting, Best Practices Night at the AP US reading, and the Organization of American Historians Conference. His publications include: Past Forward: Articles from the Journal of American History Volumes I and II, (Oxford University Press, 2016); Course Planning and Pacing Guide resource for Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty 3rd Edition, (WW Norton, 2014); Strive For A 5: Preparing for the AP* World History Exam, (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013); and is a contributor to Robert Strayer and Eric Nelson’s Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3rd Ed, (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2016).

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: $555 Tuition includes course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by March 26

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 26