The AP Preparedness Summer Workshops are designed to help teachers increase the rigor of content so students develop the strong foundation necessary for success in secondary advanced academics and post-secondary courses.

This course will focus on helping teachers prepare to teach a class in Pre-AP Social Studies / World Geography emphasis. Employing a blend of content presentations, effective teaching strategies and technology, the institute will provide an overview of the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of the earth’s surface. All materials are updated for 2019.


  • The role literature plays in the geography and history classroom
  • Using current events daily to strengthen critical-level thinking
  • Strategies to create an exciting, innovative classroom atmosphere
  • Incorporating writing methods that actually improve students’ skills
  • Tapping our local resources to bring the world into our classrooms

What participants should bring:

  • Laptop or other electronic device

  • If applicable, an outstanding lesson to share with teachers.

Lead Consultant Biography:

Susan Hollier taught AP Human Geography, World Geography and Honors World History at The Woodlands High School for 17 years. She consults for the College Board in AP Human Geography and Pre-AP World Geography, is a national training leader for SOAPSTone and has served as a reader for the AP Human Geography qualifying test. She served on the Tea Lighthouse AP/TEKS Document Writing Team for social studies. Susan is a 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council of Geographic Education. Her classes have received national recognition for winning the National Current Events Competition and placing in the US Geography Olympiad. She was the World Affairs Council Houston’s 2004 International Educator of the Year as well as a recipient of the Coca-Cola Scholars Joseph B. Whitehead 2006 Educator of Distinction Award and the 2007 National Society of High School Scholars Educator of Distinction Award. She has served as a K–12 curriculum and instruction committee member of the NCGE Executive Planning Board and was selected to present at the Inaugural International Symposium on Territorial Geography in Seoul, Korea, and at the 4th International Conference on Geographic Naming and Geographic Education in Seoul. The Marshall Legacy Institute selected her as the 2010 Joan Wismer Award recipient in Washington, DC. In 2011, Ms. Hollier received the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for exceptional secondary education. Ms. Hollier holds a BS degree from Louisiana State University.


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