Department ofEducation

AP* World History

We are pleased to welcome Aaron Marsh to the 2014 AP* Summer Institute!

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

Instructor Bio

Aaron Marsh teaches Social Studies at Vashon High School on Vashon Island, WA. He earned his B.A. degree from University of Washington in Anthropology and M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education at Western Washington University. He began teaching AP World History in 2001, the first year the test was offered. He taught AP European history at Garfield High School in Seattle before being recruited to Newport High School in Bellevue to help start an AP World History program. While in Bellevue he served as a district Technology and Curriculum Coach during which time he oversaw the alignment of regular (non-AP) world history courses for 9th and 10th graders with the "New World History" paradigm. In this role he also provided training workshops for middle school teachers on using document based questions on district assessments for 7th and 8th graders and coordinated joint training offerings with the University of Washington's history department. 

In 2005 his program was featured in the College Board's first Report to the Nation for having, along with a Texas school, the highest "pass" rate in the world on the AP World History test in the "schools with over 1000 students" category. In 2006 he was recognized as an exemplary AP teacher at the Western Region College Board conference in Las Vegas, NV. In 2008 he received the University of Washington History Department's Thomas J. and Cameron Pressly "Outstanding Teacher of High School History" prize for creating links between the university's history department and Bellevue School District. In 2009 he earned his National Board certification. He is a College Board certified consultant in Advanced Placement World History. 

Marsh and former colleagues at Newport High School grew their AP World History program from three to nine class sections, with over sixty percent of sophomores registering for AP World History for the 2013-2014 school year.   His current assignment at Vashon High School includes AP US Government and Politics, providing him fresh insight into the issues and needs of new AP teachers.

He has been an AP Reader for four years, and has read all three types of AP World History essay. He has been a seminar presenter in Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii, conducting one day and four or five day seminars since 2007. 

Course Description

Over the course of four days of instruction, participants will become familiar with the AP World History exam, construct a calendar for their course including assessments and assignments, become familiar with the conceptual framework for the course, learn to score student work authentically and efficiently, and assemble the components to compete the course audit. He will also share his curriculum via Google Drive, and review several key pedagogical techniques he uses in his classes.  Marsh aims to give the beginner or relatively new AP World History teacher everything needed to successfully start or hone a course, maximizing student learning while keeping the workload of the teacher to a reasonable limit.

What to Bring?

Participants should bring their 2014-2015 school year calendar, a copy of the textbook their classes will use and a laptop or tablet computer.
A recommended purchase is "World History: The Basics by Peter Stearns.  The book is available at Amazon here:

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