Department ofEducation

AP* U.S. History

We are pleased to welcome Ron Olson to the 2014 AP* Summer Institute! 

Registration is now open - Register before June 1 to get Early Bird Price!

Instructor Bio

Ron Olson is a graduate of Adams State College - MA-Secondary Education and New Mexico State University – BS-History and English.  He is also a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Social Studies (2007). He has taught for 32 years in a variety of locations with the past nine years at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, WA. He has taught APUS History for 14 years, AP Government for 3 years, and has conducted several one-day and one-week AP workshops as a College Board Faculty Consultant over the past 14 years in various locations. In addition, Ron is a retired reader for APUSH having scored exams for nine years. Ron has also worked for PLU as a facilitator for NBCT and ProCert candidates, and has worked for 4 years for Pearson scoring NBCT portfolio entries and scoring for the TPA pilot in 2012.

Last year, Ron attended faculty consultant trainings in Chicago and Las Vegas and will be back in Chicago for additional 2-day training in April for the course re-design for APUSH. He is very well aware of the new changes and challenges facing teachers of APUSH courses. He is planning a very practical workshop session geared to make you successful in the roll out of the new course.

Most recently, Ron traveled to Beijing (2010) and Seoul (2011) on educator spring break trips with SNA Education Group out of Vancouver, BC. and went on his first cruise to Alaska last August.

At the end of the day, Ron returns home to his two Cocker Spaniels - Groban and Sparky - and enjoys cooking, photography with his new Canon T3i, and spending time with friends - he is also addicted to “Words with Friends” and is an avid Star Trek fanatic.

Course Description

The 4-day workshop this summer will focus entirely on the new course redesign. Before coming to the workshop in July, I would like you to download and read the NEW course overview from apcentral. Our work at PLU will be devoted to examining the parameters of the new course, new outline, and new course requirements. We will look at course designs and spend time creating a new course syllabus.  In addition, we will spend time examining the writing requirements for the new course. We will also look at designing a couple of units for you to use in your class in the fall. It is highly recommended that you bring a laptop to the class.

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