History & Social Sciences

The 2020 Silver State AP* Summer Institute is offering the following AP sessions. Please note some AP sessions are split by participant's years of teaching the specified AP subject; this may be different than years of experience teaching. Please register according to the following requirements:

    • New is designed specifically for teachers with 0-3 years of experience teaching the specified AP subject.
    • Experienced requires the participants have taught the specified AP subject for a minimum of 3 years.

Please understand that years teaching AP may be different than total years of teaching experience.

AP Economics

Instructor: Nora Seager

Syllabus: TBA

AP Economics: Macro and Micro (combined)

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Nora has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pomona College. She has twenty plus years of teaching in the Irvine Unified School District and teaching Advanced Placement Economics almost every year. Nora began working for the College Board as an AP Economics Reader, advanced to Table leader, presented at the AP Annual Conference and currently, a Consultant to share and support new and experienced Economics Teachers. Additionally, before teaching Nora worked as a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte for four plus years. She has consulted with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and is a member of the Board for the California Association of School Economic Teachers (CASET). Nora absolutley loves teaching Economics, "Economics is Everywhere!"

AP Human Geography

Instructor: David Palmer

Syllabus: TBA

AP Human Geography

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

David Palmer has taught Social Studies at Eaglecrest High School in the Cherry Creek School district for over 20 years and currently teaches AP* Human Geography, World Geography and World History. Each year Eaglecrest has nearly 200 students take AP Human Geography grades 9-12. David is a Colorado Geographic Alliance Teacher Consultant, College Board Consultant, 2012 NCGE Distinguished Geography Teacher Award winner and is a table leader during the scoring of AP* Human Geography exams. David has taught and presented at numerous institutes and conferences in the United States, China, India and Japan. He was one of the authors and senior consultant of Human Geography: Preparing for the AP Examination (Perfection Learning). David has an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters from Colorado Christian University.

AP Psychology

Instructor: Jill Compher

Syllabus: TBA

AP Psychology

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Jill Compher is currently teaching AP Psychology in her 20th year in public education, and her fifth year at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, TX with previous experience at Northwest ISD. She is nationally certified consultant in AP Psychology for the College Board, Consultant in Psychology to The National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI), and is a contributor to the AP Psychology Course Overview. Jill has been an AP Reader since 2005 and consultant since 2015, presenting at universities and school districts in Texas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Nevada, Southern Florida, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Southern China.

She is the chair of Texas Teachers of Psychology in charge of organizing the regional conference for the networking of local psychology teachers. She is the 2018 recipient of The American Psychological Association TOPPS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award is awarded to recognize outstanding psychology teachers who are committed to academic and professional excellence, a semifinalist in 2010 for the O'Donnell Texas AP Teacher Award, Teacher Award winner of the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair Division 1 in 2012, fair official for Intel ISEF 2012 Fair Official -Fort Worth Region, and earned the Distinguished Educator award at Northwest ISD from 2003-2014and GCISD in 2018.

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Instructor: Thomas Kuhn

Syllabus: TBA

AP U.S. Government & Politics (New)

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Thomas has taught Social Studies at Mundelein High School for 24 years. He has taught AP US Government and Politics for 15 years, and began teaching AP Comparative Government in 2017. He has also taught AP US History since 2012. Thomas sponsors the Mikva Challenge Civics Fair at Mundelein High School. Thomas has served as an AP Exam Reader in AP US Government Politics for 9 years, as well as AP US History for 3. Thomas has co-taught several AP Summer Institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and recently became an AP consultant for the College Board.

Instructor: Katie Piper

Syllabus: TBA

AP U.S. Government & Politics (Experienced)

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Katie Piper taught AP US Government and politics for 11 years, and is currently an Instructional Technology Curriculum Leader in Bellevue, Washington. As a member of the Instructional Design Committee for the College Board course redesign, she has extensive knowledge of how to best prepare students for the revised curriculum and exam. She has been part of the Knowledge in Action team for the AP US Government course, serving as a teacher leader and designer in partnership with the University of Washington and Lucas Education Research to create project-based curriculum for the course. She has also coached AP Government teachers in PBL implementation with the Buck Institute for Education. She is a contributing author for a new AP Government and Politics textbook, published by Bedford, Freeman and Worth specifically for the redesigned course—contributing to both the teacher’s edition and the Required Documents and Court Cases reader. She has presented at the National Council for the Social Studies conference, the Microsoft Redefining Learning Conference, the Washington State Social Studies conference, and elsewhere. As a presenter for the College Board, she enjoys helping teachers to develop a student-centered approach to the AP curriculum. She has a degree in history and received her Master in Teaching from the University of Washington in 2006. She was National Board-certified in 2011.

AP U.S. History

Instructor: G. Brooke Frederick

Syllabus: TBA

AP U.S. History - New

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Brooke enjoys sharing his love and appreciation for history with students and peers of all ages. After earning his BA in History from Whitman College, a small liberal arts school in Walla Walla, Washington, he has taught and traveled throughout the US and Europe. Brooke student taught in Exeter, ENGLAND, and also worked for the Dept. of Defense teaching at Augsburg American High School in GERMANY before making Central Washington his home in 1988. He holds a Masters Degree in Athletic Administration and has coached baseball and football at several levels. Currently at Moses Lake High School, this is Brooke’s 22nd year teaching APUSH to juniors. As History Department Chair he has been instrumental in the addition four new AP History courses to the curriculum at MLHS (Government, European, Economics, and Human Geography). He has been teaching APHUG to freshmen for the past four years in addition to APUSH. Brooke enjoys coaching the Varsity Knowledge Bowl team and serving as Key Club Advisor at MLHS. His 2016 and 2017 Knowledge Bowl teams were state champions. Brooke has been a College Board APUSH exam Reader since 2001, becoming a Table Leader in 2011. He has been a College Board Consultant since 2001, teaching workshops in Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Idaho, and Colorado. Brooke believes that even master teachers can learn from their peers; and he encourages professional growth through sharing of lessons, strategies, and experiences. Brooke enjoys traveling, fantasy sports, reading spy novels, and supporting the Seahawks, Mariners, and Washington State Cougars. He and Mary, his wife of 33 years, have two grown sons and a multi-ethnic rescue dogs.

Instructor: Jennifer Wright

Syllabus: TBA

AP U.S. History - Experienced

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Jennifer Wright began her teaching career in the Glendale Union High School District [Phoenix, AZ] at Cortez High School in 2002 as a Social Studies Teacher. She held the Department Chair position from 2005-2010. In the fall of 2010 she moved into the Literacy Coach position, which she held through the spring of 2013. She moved to Moon Valley High School in the fall of 2013. Here she is the Assistant Varsity Softball Coach on campus, and is also a consultant for the College Board.

Wright has a bachelor's degree in Broadfield Social Science with a Teaching Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Masters of Education Degree in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. She is also a National Board Certification candidate and hopes to complete this certification by December of 2019.

AP World History

Instructor: James Rowland

Syllabus: TBA

AP World History - New

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

A National Board Certified secondary social studies teacher, James spends his days teaching AP World History, AP European History and World History to sophomores at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. In addition, James serves as the AP Program Facilitator and Coordinator for The Woodlands High School. James volunteers as an AP Advocate, sharing information and statistics to promote AP courses for students of all backgrounds and abilities. He has taught AP World History in an open enrollment classroom, since its inception in 2002 and is an endorsed national and international College Board consultant for Pre-AP and AP World History and AP European History. Last year, Mr. Rowland had over 120 students take the AP World History exam. James is an AP World History exam reader, table leader and early table leader (sample selector) and loves spending the first week of every summer, in quiet seclusion, with one thousand teachers and professors, reading student-generated essays for eight hours a day. When not corrupting the youth of The Woodlands, James is at home with his pet menagerie, grading essays, working on his computer, watching the Smithsonian Channel, reading books and journals to create historical chaos in his classroom, or devising ways to further torture his students.

Instructor: Sean Harris-Campf

Syllabus: TBA

AP World History - Experienced

The College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institutes provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in at least 30 hours of pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultants and receive printed materials, including course outlines ; content -related handouts; and student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary for the most recent AP Exam free-response questions.

Sean Harris-Campf teaches AP World History and on-level US History at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, WA, where he has taught for the past 15 years. He started the AP World History program at HNA in 2012 and has expanded student access by working with the school to minimize barriers to entry. Sean is a College Board consultant in World History and an AP Reader. He is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with teachers to improve their ability to teach AP World History. He lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and two daughters.