Course Description:


  • Historical Thinking Skills and Analytical Writing
  • Samples and Rubrics to Gauge Students’ Proficiency with Historical Thinking Skills
  • Thematic Learning Objectives
  • Concept Outline, and Choosing Content for Understanding
  • Intro to Planning your Course


  • Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence–Primary
  • Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence–Secondary
  • Making Connections – Comparison, Contextualization, and Synthesis
  • Best Practices?
  • Continue Planning Course


  • Chronological Reasoning:
    • Causation,
    • Continuity and Change,
    • Periodization
  • Creating and Supporting a Historical Argument
  • Best Practices Continued
  • Continue Planning Course


  • Sequencing APUSH Course
  • Selecting Resources to Support Teaching APUSH
  • Strategies for Teaching APUSH
  • Assessing Student Understanding
  • Best Practices Continued
  • Finish Planning Your Course


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184

U.S. History

Instructor Biography:

Bob Kelly is a veteran AP US History teacher who loves history.  He loves teaching history.  He also loves helping teachers help their students learn history.  

Bob has an extensive background in teaching APUSH as well as teaching teachers.  He has 19 years experience as a teacher and was also a football coach for 24 seasons.   Currently, he also teaches AP US Government and Politics and AP Macroeconomics as well as economics, government, psychology, and Academic Decathlon at a rural 1:1 laptop school just outside of Yosemite National Park in California.

In 1998, Bob started teaching APUSH at Gunn High School in Palo Alto where he joined a well-established, excellent program that produced a number of years with a 100% pass rate.  The largest group of scores while he was there was Five.  In the last six years, he has started a program from scratch with no resources.  He also helped College Board develop the redesigned APUSH course syllabus.  He is a veteran of eight APUSH exam readings.

Bob blends old school historical approaches with the latest technologies to help his students learn how to best understand history and how to clearly communicate their ideas.  He is a Google Certified Innovator as well as a PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in US history through the Gilder-Lehrman Institute and Adams State University.

As a College Board Consultant and Mentor, Bob combines his classroom experience with the AP US History redesign to help teachers learn how to best help their students succeed.

He is looking forward to working with you and learning from you.  Please bring a laptop, a Google Drive account, a best-practice lesson to share with other participants, and a desire to become a better teacher for your students.

Bob Kelly