The Rice University Academies for AP® Teachers offer an opportunity to delve deeply into specific course content with higher education faculty and to connect to their discipline’s current work. This unique professional development model provides teachers the depth of content needed to improve their instruction and increase student achievement.

In this advanced topic course, we will be digging into the changes and continuities of the AP World History course. Through activities, active conversations and engaging presentations, veteran world history teachers will collaborate to update course materials and essay prompts to fit the new course description. As always, there will also be engaging lectures presented by university faculty to keep us all learning and thinking deeply about history. Come join other veteran teachers for four days of content, conversation and rejuvenation as we tackle AP World History 3.0!


Tuesday, June 25

Welcome, introductions, and overview of new curriculum.

Discussion regarding integrating TEKS into APWH curriculum through telescoping.


Wednesday, June 26 AM

Lecture by Dr. Wes Skidmore regarding Trans-Atlantic slavery, abolitionist movements and the realities of post. Emancipation societies.


Wednesday, June 26 PM

Review of APWH reading. A look at essays, SAQs, and Historical Thinking skills.


Thursday, June 27 AM

Dr. Simon Cox- Daoism and Confucianism in the global context of the late 13th century.  How do we teach eastern religious and philosophical traditions within the “Global Tapestry” unit.


Thursday, June 27 PM

Justin Kelley- Hinduism and Buddhism in the context of the 13th century.


Friday, June 28 AM

Dr. Dophie Esch- modernity at gunpoint.  How weaponry and armed conflicts affected Mexico and Central America in the 20th century.


Friday, June 28 PM

Lesson planning and debriefing.  Another look at how to teach the course.


Lead Instructor Biography:

In 1979, Barbara Brun-Ozuna moved from Switzerland to Fort Worth, Texas, and other than spending summers in the Swiss Alps, she has not moved very far since. Barbara has taught history in the Fort Worth ISD for 24 years. She graduated with a BA in history and Spanish from Texas Christian University in 1990, and while teaching, attended the University of North Texas, where she graduated with an MA in history in 1995.

Barbara has taught the AP World History class since its inception in 2001, first piloting the course for the district and then formally proposing its adoption by the school board. Barbara has also spent time on vertical articulation within the discipline, aligning the pre-AP World Geography course to the AP World History course and writing its curriculum for the district. In addition to working on AP ancillary materials for world history with numerous publishers, Barbara has written a book about teaching students to write for the AP World History course entitled “Writing Through Time.” She is currently the dean of instruction, working to maintain high academic standards for her school while continuing her involvement with AP World History by teaching one class. When not kept busy with the course, the school and her extracurricular interests, Barbara is the mom of two kids—Courtland and Sydney—and the wife of a band-director/musician husband.



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