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Pre-AP® Strategies: AP Vertical Teams® in History and the Social Sciences

Expand your history and social sciences teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

This two-day workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers who will be forming and/or strengthening an AP® Vertical Team. Participants will learn research-based strategies for engaging students, align a curriculum and create an action plan for their AP Vertical Team.

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards ; and to AP social studies standards and skills.

Workshop Goal:

  • Participants will learn how to align a curriculum in order to build students' proficiencies in AP history and social science courses.

Learning Outcomes:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Implement a skills-based approach to curriculum development.
  • Align history and social sciences curriculum across grade levels.
  • Build an AP Vertical Team or strengthen an existing one.
  • Create an action plan for their Vertical Teams.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Laying the Foundation (Workshop Guiding Question, Equity and Access, Overview of Vertical Teams)
  3. Research-Based Instructional Practices
  4. Curricular Alignment
  5. Sustaining the Vertical Team
  6. Workshop Summary and Closing

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