Meet the College Board Endorsed Consultant for AP European History,

Todd Beach

Todd Beach is the Lead Teacher in the Social Studies in ISD #196 where he teaches AP® European History at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Todd is also a Lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Todd is a veteran Reader and Exam Leader of the AP® European History exam as well as a long-time workshop, and summer teaching institute consultant for the College Board. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Beach was a member of the AP® European History Test Development Committee. And, in 2010, Todd was recognized as the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

After this APSI, participants will understand: the value and challenge of teaching AP European History, availability and components of a strong syllabus, components of the redesigned APEH exam, including rubrics for the writing components of the course, My AP Classroom, Personal Progress Checks, Question Bank. Also included: How to differentiate instruction to support equity and access opportunities, a variety of teaching strategies to address the challenge of the course and to enable students to improve their analytical skills, how to improve reading and writing skills, the value and components of performance assessment, value of simulations and short research projects, importance of establishing networks of fellow AP European History teachers to share resources. This AP Summer Institute in AP European History is intended for both experienced and beginning AP teachers looking to gain insight into the course.  It will address the current rubrics and insight that comes after the 2022 AP Reading for all the essay types.  

This summer institute will explore the themes, historical thinking skills, content objectives, and time periods that define the course expectations. This institute will also explain the grading of the exam. During the institute, participants will have the opportunity to examine sample lesson plans, review the regulations for the course audit, and begin developing a pacing guide.  Sample lessons related to the nine historical thinking skills will be supplied and teachers will be given opportunities to discuss and construct other lessons related to these skills.  While the course will cover the pacing for the entire year, participants will be given the opportunity to develop their first unit in order to receive feedback on pacing and lesson ideas. An overview of how best to use AP Classroom, technology, how to review for the exam, textbook selection and recommended summer reading, and what post-exam activities are available will also be explored.

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