July 18-21, 2022

Instructor: Billie Clemens

Billie Clemens is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and has a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MAEd from Western Carolina University. Additionally, she is certified in Gifted Education and Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision. Ms. Clemens taught APUSH for more than 25 years in a low wealth district in the mountains of North Carolina, thus understands the challenges faced by many teachers. From 2015 until June of 2021, she served on the APUSH Test Development Committee. This committee, consisting of four high school teachers and four college professors, is responsible for creating the AP exam, rubrics, and curricular support materials. Additionally, she served for four years as the College Board liaison to the Teacher Community. Ms. Clemens is also an exam/question leader at the APUSH Reading. In that capacity, she leads a team to develop the training materials for the DBQ or LEQ. The team then uses those materials to train the readers to create a fair and consistent evaluation of student responses. Currently, she works as the Instructional Coach for a K-8 charter school and teaches in the history department at Western Carolina University. She can be reached at billieclemens84@gmail.com


Course Description

This course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the curriculum framework so they can empower their students to be successful in the course and on the AP exam.  Specifically, the course examines strategies and activities to teach content and cultivate historical thinking skills.  Lastly, the course emphasizes how to help students make, develop, and support historical arguments through analytical writing.


Course Agenda Overview