AP Five-Point Summit

Improving Advanced Placement Social Studies Exam Scores

College Board just released updates for AP® US History and AP® World History courses, exams, and exam rubrics.

Work with AP®exam readers and question leaders to understand the revisions and learn strategies that unlock student potential

October 30—31, 2017  from  8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Offered in two focus areas: AP® US History & AP® World History

Led by College Board Exam Readers and Question Leaders in both disciplines


Participants will receive:

* Published and other resource materials designed to help students earn higher scores on AP® US History & AP® World History exams

* Insight and guidance on understanding and applying the revised AP® exam rubrics

* Strategies for analyzing Instructional Planning Reports, teaching content, and preparing students for the exam

* Tips from the experts that will make a true difference in student learning


Early Bird registration: $275 (Before October 20)

Registration: $325 (Starting October 20)

Registration closes Friday October 27

Register here

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Meet our Presenters!

AP World History:  Gabe Fain

Mr. Gabe Fain earned a B.A. in Historical Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.S. in Modern European History from the University of North Texas. He is the Social Studies Department Chair and Instructional Coach, College Board® Academy Assembly Delegate, and head Academic Decathlon coach at Frisco Heritage High School. He teaches GT Humanities, a two-year English I and AP® World History course. In past years, he’s also taught the redesigned AP US and AP European History courses. In his 20 year career, he has also taught English I and II and World Geography. Gabe held the position of Coordinator of Gifted and Talented for Plano ISD, served as a College Board Consultant, served as a Reader, Table Leader, Sample Selector, and now Question Leader for the AP World History exam, and developed curriculum and assessment materials for the College Board, ETS (Educational Testing Systems), the popular AP prep website Learnerator (now known as Albert.io), and USA Test Prep.


Mr. Gabe Fain


AP US History:  Penny Rosas

An educator for over 30 years, Penny Rosas has enjoyed teaching history at Mayde Creek High School, Katy ISD, for the past 17 years.  Prior to coming to MCHS, Penny taught at South Texas Community College and Mission Junior High, gaining valuable experience in her chosen profession.  Her formal education includes a B.A. from Pan American University and M.ED. from the University of Texas—Pan American, where she combined her two loves–history and teaching.

Attending workshops and institutes to continue learning is a luxury Penny enjoys after her three children got older.  While she has participated in many professional learning experiences, the two that bring the greatest sense of accomplishment are the Fund for Teachers grant and the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute.  Chosen from a group of many teachers from the state of Texas, Penny was awarded $5000 to travel in Europe as a tourist, so she could share the knowledge of western civilization with her students.  The Gilder-Lehrman Summer Institute at Stanford University allowed her to work with the author of The American Pageant, Dr. David Kennedy, in a study of the Great Depression and World War II.   Both opportunities were extremely rewarding and memorable.  Recently, she was selected to attend the Congress in the Classroom workshop at The Dirksen Congressional Center in Illinois.

As an Advanced Placement teacher, Penny has the occasion to serve as an exam reader for AP US History.  She spends a week of her summer grading hundreds of essays written by students from across the nation.  While reading the essays can be rewarding, it’s the potential for learning that is most valuable.  Over 1100 history teachers from high schools and colleges around the world are in one place and they are talking history!  The exchange of ideas and knowledge shared during that one week is truly amazing.

In addition, as a consultant for the College Board, Penny serves as a presenter at AP workshops and summer institutes.  She presents pedagogy to high school teachers in week long seminars or one day workshops.  Often she prepares sessions on specific content like nullification, Five Points, New York, or the Constitution.  This extra ‘job’ allows her to travel, meet lots of teachers, and share her love of teaching history.

A shared interest in our nation and its history has made working with the members of the Sons of the American Revolution for the last several years a privilege. The Robert Rankin Chapter SAR honored Penny with the Martha Washington Medal. In addition she was chosen as the SAR Texas Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  Recently Penny received the Junior Historians of Texas 2013 Sponsors Award in her role as MCHS History Club sponsor.

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Ms. Penny Rosas