Meet the College Board Endorsed Consultant for AP US History, Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson began his teaching career at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington in 1999. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Social Science education and a minor in English. He later continued his studies at Eastern and earned his Master of Arts in history.

He is a National Board Certified Teacher who currently teaches AP US History and 12th grade AVID. In addition to teaching, Matt presently serves as the department chair for Social Studies and AVID Coordinator.

While in high school Matt was a student of AP US History and always wanted to teach the course recognizing that a passionate teacher can truly motivate kids to love the American story. He has now taught AP US for several years and serves as a Table Leader at the AP US History Reading.

With a passion for helping underserved students achieve success in high school and beyond, Matt was recently selected to serve as a consultant for the new “Equity in AP” workshops launched by the College board in 2021.

The Walton APSI will give you an overview of the AP U.S. History course and exam. This APSI has been designed to provide both new and effective activities for experienced teachers and an in-depth introduction to AP U.S. History for new teachers.

Topics in the APSI for US History include:

  • Historical Thinking Skills
  • Developing Student Understanding
  • Understanding the Structure of the Curriculum Framework
  • Audit and Syllabus Review
  • Analyzing Evidence: Content and Sources
  • Making Connections: Comparison, Contextualization, and Synthesis
  • DBQ, LEQ and Short Answer Samples
  • Chronological Reasoning
  • Creating and Supporting Historical Arguments
  • Sequencing the Course
  • Setting Goals and Creating a Plan for the Year
  • Selecting Resources for the AP U.S. History Course
  • Assessing Student Understanding
  • Sharing of Best Practices
  • Ideas for What to Do After the Exam

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