Teacherwoman has been asking me about my summer plans now for a few weeks; I will say that this summer will be far more relaxing than last. For those of you who have a desire to become an educator, the package deal is pretty good. Advice: Teach at a school with high SAT scores (it is an indicator of a school’s academic level — students). You get to enjoy the weeks off during Christmas and spring break. Oh, you also get to travel while adding more professional development projects to your curriculum vitae. Here is the academic part of my summer thus far:
- Score AP European History essays at Colorado State University for 8 – 9 days during the month of June.
- Conduct an AP European History Summer Institute at TCU (month of July) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (month of June). Both events last roughly one week. I enjoy conducting these seminars. I have found those who attend to be very knowledgeable about their subject, curious to adopt and share new ideas, and very professional.
- I am presenting a few sessions at the AP Annual Conference during the month of July. Oh, this meeting is taking place in Las Vegas. Fun, fun!!
- I will be visiting a few elite New England boarding schools as part of my summer research on the early plight of African Americans in our nation’s most prestigious schools.
- Attend the World History Association meeting. I am not presenting a paper here.
- Teaching two summer school courses. We had to cancel them — I will not be around enough to do it.
Here is a brochure blurb by the University of Arkansas advertising my European History institute:
AP European History Houston Christian High School, Houston, TX Eddie Carson has a bachelor’s degree in History and Social Science and a master’s degree in Curriculum Administration/ History Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. For four year he taught AP World History and AP European History at Central Arkansas Christian School in Little Rock, where he served as chairman of the History and Social Science Department. He currently teaches AP European History and AP US History at Houston Christian High School. He serves as the director of HCHS AP program. Eddie is an AP European History and Vertical Team specialist for the Southwestern Region of the College Board and has presented at various two day College Board conferences and Summer Institutes, as well as at several historical and educational professional meetings. He is currently a member of the AP European History Test Development Committee and has been a European History grader for three years. He holds professional memberships with the American Historical Association (AHA), the Organiztion for American Historians (OAH), the Society for History Educations (SHE), and the World History Association (WHA).He is in the process of conducting two major projects: One focuses on the comparative educational experiences of African Americans in Northern independent schools, as well as Southern schools. Also, he is preparing to take a study/ research trip to Germany to retrace the cultural and racial experiences of WEB DuBois. European Seminar Description: Topics of both content and course construction will be presented and discussed. Ultimately, there will be a balance between pedagogy and content. The week will start by examining activities and content from the dawn of modernity to the concluding events that defined the diverse political, social, and economic diversity of formative European states. During the week, we will cover most of the major topics and themes found in the AP European History course. We will construct a detailed reading syllabus that outlines the entire academic year of 2007-2008. Special attention will be give to seminar approaches to teaching, the significance and approaches to incorporate gender and demographic studies into the course, as well as a conceptual linkage schema linking the Atlantic market to the French Revolution and the French Revolution to the rise of twentieth-century European nationalism.