APSI: AP U.S. History for New Teachers, Week 1

This course will cover both the content and pedagogy necessary for teaching the AP U.S. History course successfully.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

This APSI Summer Institute provides AP U.S. History teachers with instructional strategies, activities, and resources to help students make connections between historical thinking skills and developing student understanding of U.S. history based on the most recent changes to the AP U.S. History Scoring Rubric.  These skills represent a central component in sequencing AP U.S. History courses for students to expand the range of their historical knowledge, skills, and understanding in preparation for the AP U.S. History Exam.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42831 Derrick D. McKisick On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Instructor: Derrick D. McKisick

Derrick D. McKisick, assistant professor of History at Texas A&M University – Commerce, holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Arkansas. His research interests include the following: nineteenth-century American history and the impact of Emancipation and Reconstruction on African Americans and Native Americans. He has served as both an AP Exam Reader and Table Leader for ten years and joined The College Board as a Professional Workshop Consultant in 2016.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 10, 2018

End Date: July 13, 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

  • Strategies to help students understand and apply historical thinking skills
  • Assess and analyze both primary and secondary documents
  • Use AP rubrics to develop student writing skills
  • Create and support historical arguments based on the new AP US History rubrics
  • Laptop or other electronic device