History & Social Sciences

The 2019 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: AP Economics

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: Paul Gray

Syllabus: AP Human Geo

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.

Dr. Paul Gray has taught social sciences and humanities for the past 26 years and AP Human Geography since 2000 at Russellville High School in Russellville, Arkansas, where he is chair of the social sciences and humanities department. He also teaches world religions, world geography, Teacher Cadets, and coaches the Quiz Bowl team. Dr. Gray is a visiting instructor of human and regional geography at Arkansas Tech University. Paul has been a reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader at the AP Human Geography Reading for the past 18 years and has presented at numerous geographic conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He is a former member of the AP Human Geography test development committee. In 2008, he was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Education. Paul was selected as the 2008 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by the National Geographic Society and traveled on a National Geographic expedition to Antarctica. Paul received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) in 2003 and was named Russellville High School’s teacher of the year in 2004 and 2008. Paul was elected and served as the 2013 President of the NCGE. Paul is co-author of the 11th edition of the AP section of the Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture textbook by Fouberg, Murphy, and de Blij and the11th edition of the AP Study Guide companion both published by Wiley. Paul is also a co-founder and partner of iScore5® which produces AP exam prep games and materials for AP human geography, psychology, world history, U.S. government/politics, and United States history for mobile phone applications. Paul serves on the standing committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in geography. Paul was also a committee member on the writing team of Geography for Life, the second edition of the national geography standards and member of the writing team of the Road Map for the 21st Century Geography Education Project - Instructional Materials and Professional Development Committee. Paul is also a member of the College Board's Instructional Design Team for AP human geography.

AP Psychology

Instructor: Jill Compher

Syllabus: AP Psych

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: AP US Govt

AP U.S. Government & Politics

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.

AP U.S. History

Instructor: G. Brooke Frederick

Syllabus: AP US History New

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: Michael Kim

Syllabus: AP US History Exp

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.

I have worked my entire nineteen-year teaching career at Schurr High School in Montebello, California. My current assignment consists of teaching Advanced Placement United States History, Economics, and Finance. I have taught AP U.S. History for all nineteen years of my career. I have been a reader for the U.S. History exam for sixteen years. Since 2003, I have been a College Board workshop consultant in AP U.S. History and Pre-AP workshops. Over the past four years, I have been given the opportunity to train and mentor several of the new consultants in AP United States History. I currently serve as a mentor for the online mentoring program. My early experience and involvement with the redesign of the course has given me the opportunity to write a test bank for one of the textbook publishers and an online test question site. I am also a co-writer of the summer workshop training materials. I believe that I have much to offer the participants at summer institutes. In addition to providing a tremendous amount of resources and ideas, I take pleasure in instilling a sense of mission and enthusiasm in the participants who are and will be teaching AP U.S. History. I am also very proficient in utilizing technology in the classroom. I am eager to share many useful strategies to the participants in the use of technology. I look forward to working with all the participants during the week as well as being a continual resource in the future.

AP World History

Instructor: James Rowland

Syllabus: AP World History New

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: Charles Hart

Syllabus: AP World History Exp

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.

Charlie has been a table leader for World History since 2004 and has presented institutes and workshops in 16 states and 8 countries. He has been a contributor to four different College Board approved AP World History textbooks currently on the market and is a co-founder of Getafive.com. His emphasis in workshops is on lesson plans and the skills necessary to succeed on the exam.