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Social Studies   ( Week 1 )
AP US History (Combined teachers)
Gwen Cash
Target grade(s): 11

Course Description

The course will focus on developing and improving an AP Program for U.S. History. Emphasis will be placed on the skills, strategies, and concepts that engage students in active learning. Participants will explore writing and reading strategies, document and artifact analysis techniques, and critical thinking and questioning strategies as well as types of formative and summative assessments.A major focus will be the redesigned AP course and exam highlighting the most recent changes to the Course Description.

Topics and Activities of the Course:
Re-designed Curriculum Framework and Content Objectives
Discussion of the New APUSH Exam
Developing a Syllabus
Simulated Reading of the Exam
Selecting texts, readers, and other course resources
Developing Social Studies Habits of Mind (Reading, Writing, Argumentation, Document Analysis Skills)
Historical Thinking in the AP Classroom
Incorporating Technology
Assessing Student Performance
Review Strategies for the Exam
After the Exam Activities
Participant Sharing of a Best Practices Lesson or Strategy

Items to Bring

  • An example of a best practices lesson to share with fellow participants.
  • Enough handouts for all participants will be greatly appreciated or a sample on a flash drive that can be shared with other participants.
  • Please review the online AP US History Curriculum Framework and Course Description Module on the AdvancesinAp site.
  • A Laptop Computer

Biographical Sketch for Gwen Cash

Gwen Cash has 23 years teaching Advanced Placement U. S. History at Clear Creek High School which is a suburb of Houston. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a College Board consultant and she has conducted workshops in both AP and Pre-AP topics for the Southwest Region. She is trained in the Interdisciplinary Strategies workshop for Pre-AP teachers as well as the Smithsonian's Using Artifacts workshop. She was one of the members of the team who developed the AP Vertical Teams Guide for Social Studies. She has served on the AP Advisory Council for the Southwest Region as well as the committee that developed the Guidelines for Consultants who conduct Summer Institutes. She has been trained in the Advanced Placement and TEKS ,A Lighthouse Initiative for Texas Social Studies classrooms that was sponsored by the Texas Education Commission. She has also served as a mentor for new AP teachers who receive grants to start new AP Programs. Recently she was a member of the College Readiness Committee established by the Texas Education Agency as well as a member of the Teacher Advocacy Committee established by the College Board. In 2009 Gwen collaborated with NASA in order to produce a DBQ on The Presidents and Space to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Man's Landing on the Moon. The DBQ is available on the Smithsonian's website. In 2010 she was chosen as the Gilder-Lehrman Preserve American History Teacher of the Year for the State of Texas. In 2011 she was chosen as the Teacher of the Year for Clear Creek High. She was also chosen to work on the APUSH Alignment with State Standards Committee for the College Board's re-design of the AP US History course. In the spring of 2011 she was selected as one of the Presidential Recognized Teachers in the United States. In 2012 she worked on the State Alignment Committee for College Board. This committee aligned the Texas TEKS with the new redesigned AP US History course framework.


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