AP® US History for Experienced AP® Teachers

The course will focus on developing and improving an AP Program for U.S. History. Emphasis will be placed on the skills, strategies, and concepts that engage students in active learning. Participants will explore writing and reading strategies, document and artifact analysis techniques, and critical thinking and questioning strategies as well as types of formative and summative assessments. A major focus will be the AP course and exam highlighting the most recent changes to the Course Description.

Participants should bring the following:

Personal Laptop

Strategy, Lesson or Resource to share

Unopened Flash Drive

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

  • Planning the Course
  • Understanding the Curriculum Framework
  • Development of Historical Thinking Skills
  • Primary and Secondary Source Analysis
  • Writing the SAQ, LEQ, and DBQ
  • Answering Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Strategies to teach APUSH
  • Review Ideas
  • Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Use of Technology
  • Resources for APUSH


Gwendolyn Cash Gwendolyn Cash began teaching AP US History in 1993. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a College Board consultant and she has conducted workshops in both AP and Pre-AP topics for the Southwest Region. She is trained in the Interdisciplinary Strategies workshop for Pre-AP teachers as well as the Smithsonian’s Using Artifacts workshop. She was one of the members of the team who developed the AP Vertical Teams Guide for Social Studies.