APSI: AP U.S. History for New Teachers, Week 2, Option 2

This week long summer institute will provide participants with an overview of the AP program, irrespective of your degree of experience in Advanced Placement teaching.  

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

The central focus of the week will be to familiarize participants with the “New World Order” that is the realm of Advanced Placement United States History as a result of the course redesign effective with the 2014-2015 exam cycle. This course will also address the “redesign of the redesign,” or “redesign Version 2.0,” which has involved the 2015-2016 exam cycle and the continuous tweaks to the program into the present day.  


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42794 Bill Polasky On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Instructor: Bill Polasky

Bill Polasky has taught history for 25 years – currently at Stillman Valley High School in Stillman Valley, Illinois, where he is Division Chair and Lead Teacher for Social Sciences. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Rock Valley Community College in Rockford, Illinois teaching United States History survey.  Bill holds two B.A. degrees and two M.A degrees from Northern Illinois University, in Political Science and History, and History and Educational Administration, respectively.  Having established the AP History program at Stillman Valley, he is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certified Master Teacher, and well over 700 of his students have taken the national exam.  Bill is active within the College Board community; beyond serving as an Educational Testing Service Exam Item Writer of DBQ, Short Answer, and Multiple Choice Questions for the National Exam, Bill has attended the National AP U.S. History Exam Reading since 2000, serving as a Reader, Table Leader, or Early Arriving Table Leader (formerly called Exam Leader) during that time. As a National Consultant to the College Board, he has served or currently serves as the faculty consultant or presenter for numerous one day training sessions and AP US History Summer Institutes throughout the country, providing training for hundreds of teachers across the country over the past 20 years.  He is the Online Presenting Faculty Instructor of AP US History for The Princeton Review's GETAFIVE Online AP Learning Platform (2013-present), a co-author of the Bedford AP US History Survival Guide (2014), the author of the Teacher's Manual for Documenting United States History: Themes, Concepts, and Skills for the AP Course (2015), and has served as a contributing author on numerous AP US History textbook ancillary and support materials. This is his first year teaching summer sessions at Rice, and he looks forward to making your acquaintance.

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

  • Historical thinking skills and key concepts
  • Challenges of student writing
  • Strategies for teaching the document based question, the long-form essay questions and the new short answer components
  • Construction of the new-format multiple choice questions
  • Insights into the creation and expansion of an AP U.S. History program
  • Selection of texts and course materials
  • Development of syllabi, daily lessons and assessments, both objective and wtritten
  • A copy of your current textbook
  • One of your favorite lessons or activities
  • 3-ring notebook for materials
  • Flashdrive
  • Laptop (optional)
  • Suggested: umbrella, sweater, walking shoes