The goal of the AP U.S. History course is to "encourage students to become apprentice historians who are able to use historical facts and evidence in the service of creating deeper conceptual understandings of critical developments in U.S. History." Key to meeting this goal: creating a learning environment that encourages students to develop the historical thinking skills used by historians while engaging with provocative questions about the past. This workshop will help teachers understand how to use the Curriculum Framework to frame lessons that promote historical investigation and conceptual learning, and within that context, how to help students develop the specific historical thinking skills required by the course. The revised AP U.S. History course will go into effect in 2014–2015.
Consultant: Paul Dickler
Paul Dickler retired from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and from Neshaminy High School in 2006. He taught Advanced Placement US History for more than 25 years and remains a consultant for the College Board after more than 24 years. Dickler also scored AP History exams for ETS for more than 20 years. He still works for The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank in Philadelphia, where he is the Associate Director of the Wachman Center. Dickler also is a part-time farmer (Wisconsin) and factory worker (Lands’ End). He also lives in PA, and teaches at several colleges/universities, part time, including Camden, Ocean. And Wilkes. Dickler consults for several organizations including the Goethe Institut and The European Union, and for several school districts. He has received numerous grants and awards, including three Fulbrights, five NEH grants, and two Goethe grants. Dickler received his Bachelors Degree from Wharton—U. of Penn., and his Masters and Doctorate Degrees from The University of Pennsylvania.
Participants will develop strategies for integrating skills development into the AP U.S. History curriculum.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Define what "historical thinking" means for historians, and identify the benefits and challenges to helping students develop historical thinking skills in the AP U.S. History course.
• Use the Curriculum Framework to frame the study of history as an investigative process that requires students to engage with provocative questions about the past as they learn about historical developments.
• Understand what each of the historical thinking skills defined by the Curriculum Framework requires students to be able to do, and help students learn to use those skills to engage with historical questions.
• Understand which exam items assess which historical thinking skills and be able to create related tasks for classroom practice
• Welcome and Introductions
• Laying the Foundation
• Historical Thinking Skills and the AP U.S. History Course
• The AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework: Setting the Stage for Historical Investigation
• Using Evidence to Support an Argument
• Workshop Summary and Closing
Use our registration form, and return with the fee to Penn State at least two weeks before the start of the course.
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You may also register with your credit card by calling 215-881-7400. You will be notified promptly of any cancellations or schedule or program changes. We will confirm your enrollment in the program and provide information on travel, accommodations, final registration, and parking.
All cancellations must be received in writing by mail or fax. Refunds, minus a $25 processing fee for each course that is cancelled will be made for cancellations received fifteen days prior to the first day of the program. Refund requests made after that time will not be honored, and the participant or sponsoring organization will be responsible for the fee. Anyone who is registered but cannot attend may send a substitute. Note: If you do not cancel, and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment. Please note: A $250 late registration fee will be assessed if noncredit status is changed to credit status after July 16, 2013.
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Penn State Abington is not an Act 48 Provider. Penn State Abington will issue a certificate of completion that will detail the name of the program, hours earned (based on attendance) and any other appropriate information. All those enrolled will need to submit certificate to the appopriate school district or intermediate unit so that any earned / completed hours can be submitted and counted on participants' behalf.
This course can also be taken for three graduate credits.