APSI: AP Human Geography for New Teachers, Week 2

The Human Geography Institute focuses on both the initial development of a course and the continued development of existing programs.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

The week will consist of content lectures, model lessons, discussions of strategies for teaching the course, and ways to prepare students for the AP® Human Geography exam. Participants will conduct a geographic field study outside of class-time using various locations in the metro area and then present their conclusions to the class participants. In addition participants should bring a lesson idea to share with other students during the week.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42834 David Palmer On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Instructor: David Palmer

David Palmer currently teaches AP Human Geography and World Georgraphy, and has previously taught Social Studies at Eaglecrest High School in the Cherry Creek School district for over 20 years. Nearly 200 Eagle Crest students (grades 9-12) take AP Human Geography each year. David is a Colorado Geographic Alliance Teacher consultant, College Board consultant, 2012 NCGE Distinguished Geography Teacher Award winner and is a lead table leader during the scoring of AP Human Geography exams. David has taught and presented at numerous institutes and conferences. He has also traveled to India and Japan to develop case studies for the AAG’s Center for Global Geography Education. He was the lead author and senior consultant of the book, Human Geography: Preparing for the AP Examination (AMSCO/Perfection Learning). David has an bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a master's degree from Colorado Christian University. 

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 24, 2018

End Date: July 27, 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

  • Increase participants’ content knowledge of Human Geography Familiarize participants with texts and other resources
  • Discuss effective implementation of the Human Geography course
  • Review the content, structure, and scoring of the AP exam
  • Build a collaborative network with other Human Geography teachers
  • All major topics in the Human Geography course outline will be covered.
  • Participants will leave with classroom-tested strategies, activities and lessons for AP Human Geography
  • Address issues of access and equity
  • Become aware of the whole College Board support system
  • Discuss how to develop and modify your new or existing syllabus
  • Laptop
  • Copy of their textbook if chosen
  • Experienced teachers - a lesson idea to share
  • Willingness to learn and collaborate