U.S. History

May 15, 2014: U.S. History has filled. We regret that we cannot accept additional registrations.

Offered June 17-20, 2014

“I learned a lot and plan to come back next year to learn more about the new test. Kathy was very knowledgeable and helpful.” 2013 AP* Summer Institute, U.S. History Participant

Course Syllabus

Course Description

In order to help prepare teachers for these changes the AP* Summer Institute at Augsburg College will address all aspects of the new course. A substantial amount of time will be spent on how to write the new syllabus for your course and where to find resources and materials that will support the new changes. In addition, participants will have time to work with each other in developing lesson plans that address historical thinking skills, the thematic learning objectives and the key concepts. The new rubrics which address the DBQ, the short answer question, the long answer question, and the new multiple choice format will also be addressed.

Finally, assigned readings will be given in order to revisit content and stimulate historical classroom discussion. Most importantly, participants will leave the Institute with confidence that they can deliver the new course whether they are experienced AP* teachers or new to the course.

Consultant: Kathleen Mullin

Kathy is currently an adjunct at the College of DuPage west of Chicago. Since retiring from 35 years of high school teaching, she has been teaching American history classes for the Continuing Education Department at her local community college. She enjoys designing her own history classes, such as one on First Ladies for audiences of life-long learners.

In addition to her college work, she continues to be a consultant for the College Board. Over an eighteen-year period she has taught week-long Summer Institutes in AP* U.S. History, and one and two-day workshops. Kathy has presented workshops in Historical Thinking Skills, Vertical Teams in Social Studies and Pre-AP* Social Studies. Scoring AP* exams for the past 18 years has helped her to keep current in her field. She has been both a Reader, a Table Reader, and for the past three years has scored the international exam.

Kathy’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history are from Northern Illinois University. Additionally, Kathy has over 60 hours in post-graduate study in education and history.

When not teaching or presenting for the College Board, she enjoys reading and traveling with her husband.