Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

AP* World History, July 22-25, 2013

Lead Consultant: Paul Philp    


Course Description

The purpose of the AP* World History course is to develop greater understanding of global historical processes and contrasts viewed against the interaction of different types of human societies. The course highlights the changes in international framework, their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge used in conjunction with leading interpretive issues, types of historical evidence, and appropriate analytical skills. Focused primarily on the past 1,500 years of the global experience, the course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage prior to 1000 CE.

This AP* Summer Institute in World History is for novice and intermediate year teachers of AP* World History. The assumption is that the teacher has never taught AP* World History before attending this institute or has taught the course for three to five years. Nevertheless, experienced teachers are welcome and can lend their experience to the institute.

Please note: while this uses as its basis the skills and content of AP* World History which is usually taught on the 10th grade or sophomore in high school level, pre-AP* teachers in grades 6th through 9th who wish to learn the skill sets for vertical integration are also welcome. However the focus will be AP* World History as opposed to pre-AP*.

Presentation time is devoted to 50% pedagogy and 50% content. This is necessary because many teachers desire both the pedagogy of setting up and managing an AP* course as well as want content specific to the new historiography of world history. Each year the College Board has a special topic –Cross-Continental Trade in Afro-Eurasia 200 BCE to 1450 CE before the advent of the European maritime empires.

The four days are organized as follows: The Course Guide, Skills and Geography; Your Syllabus: Structuring the Course; Writing and Essays; and Taking the Multiple Choice Test, Enrichment and Helpful Hints. Mornings are devoted to pedagogy and afternoons to content.

I will provide you with two CDs containing all of my lessons and works. So come prepared to work but learn about a wonderful AP program. 

About Paul Philp

Paul Philp received both a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a Certificate of German Public and International Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He earned his State of Texas certificate in secondary education in composite social studies from the University of Texas in Dallas. Both his Master of Art’s degree in Modern History and State of Texas endorsement in gifted and talented education are from Texas A&M University – Commerce. 

After thirteen years as a classroom teacher and Academic Decathlon coach, Paul Philp became an administrator of curriculum and special educational programs in both public and private schools for ten years. While no longer an administrator he teaches a full load of AP*, Pre-AP* and regular World Geography and World History classes. 

He is a presenter for the College Board, has written multiple choice questions for the Advanced Placement World History exam, was a national grader of the Advanced Placement World History essays for five years, and taught history at the local community college for nine years. Publications include the study guide for Peter Stearn’s Advanced Placement textbook, 3rd edition, World Civilizations, a collaborative study of the Industrial Revolution in an international, world historical context with the Woodrow Wilson Institute at Princeton, New Jersey, and Document Based Questions in both European and World History. 

Paul is a past associate editor for the Encyclopedia of World History published by Berkshire Publishers of Boston and currently chairman of a committee creating teaching materials for the new STAAR exam for the State of Texas World History exam. He is currently writing a science fiction novel involving alternate history.

2012 Participant Testimonials

"Everything was wonderful and Mr. Philp is phenomenal!"

"Paul Philp is incredibly generous in all regards and a truly brilliant and caring professional."

"Top notch!"

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