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AP® Human Geography - Online

The AP Human Geography workshop is designed to offer teachers an opportunity to become more familiar with, and better prepared, to teach the course.  Each unit of the Human Geography course will be addressed through a brief analysis of the major topics, sample lesson, and additional lesson ideas.  Other aspects of the workshop include the use and value of field work, a discussion of textbooks and ancillary resources, and a review of questions, rubrics, and sample answers from previous examinations.  A significant amount of time will be dedicated to familiarizing the participants with the changes that the College Board has implemented for the 2019-2020 school year. These changes are designed to provide new opportunities and resources for both teachers and students.  The matter of helping the students become as well prepared as possible for the exam will be an underlying theme of the workshop. There will likely be some short homework assignments during the Institute.

Some textbooks from a variety of publishers MAY be available during the workshop depending on the generosity of the publishers. If you have an APHG textbook available to you, PLEASE BRING IT TO THE INSTITUTE.


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What You Will Learn

  • How to get the students thinking like geographers (thinking spatially)
  • How to prepare students for both the multiple choice and FRQ questions on the exam
  • How to score/group FRQs like a Reader
  • How to manage the large number of topics by focusing on Big Ideas of each unit
  • How to help students make connections within units and how this will help them answer “unexpected” multiple choice and FRQ questions
  • How to emphasize the significance of scale throughout the course
  • How to deal with the significance of vocabulary without memorization

Course Schedule →

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How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the nuances of AP Human Geography
  • Understand the CED - the new resources available for students and teachers to help diagnose and assist needs in content or skills
  • Obtain lesson ideas from instructor and from each other and find LOTS of other resources to help you not have to “reinvent the wheel” in order to reach your students and keep them engaged
  • Understand how to teach and assess FRQ’s in your classroom with authority and (some) precision (it is an art form, not a science)
  • Address your concerns for the class, in order to be ready for fall

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How Online Workshops Will Work 

No one wants to sit and watch a 32-hour long webinar, so we are working closely with our consultants to develop a modified course schedule that allows you greater flexibility, but still getting the knowledge and skills you need.  

Live-online instruction will be conducted through Zoom while asynchronous learning assignments will be managed through Canvas, the University’s learning management system (LMS).

Once you register, we will provide you with more details on how to access the platforms as well as your materials.

To register, please visit our registration portal.

Meet the Instructor

Rita Cron Hines

Rita Cron Hines has taught Advanced Placement Human Geography since 2008 at J.M. Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky. By Site-Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) rules, all students enrolled in any AP course must take the corresponding AP exam…this means there is no statistical game playing with passing percentages played at her school.

The pass rate for Rita's 9th graders taking this course since 2008 exceeds the national average of 50% every year. This is a testament to sound pedagogic lessons and best practice use by Rita.

Rita earned her A.B. in Journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington and her M.A.T. at Bellarmine University in Louisville.  Her Ed.S. degree is from the University of Louisville, and she is a doctoral candidate in educational administration at U of L at present. She was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 2009. 

In addition to teaching APHG, Rita teaches in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and serves as the CAS coordinator for this program. She is also an examiner for IB Paper one,  and served on SBDM as department chair for Social Studies for three terms. She is College Board certified to teach APHG, AP English Language, and AP U.S. History. She was an ExCel Award winning teacher in 2008, the recipient of the 2014 Ashland Teacher of the Year Achievement, and was recently nominated for the Gilder-Lehrman National Teacher of the Year Award.

Rita has served as a reader and table leader for APHG for the past ten years and has served as a consultant for APHG for six 7 years as of 2020.

She is passionate about educating students to their fullest potential. Rita is married to Richard Hines, and has two children, Courtney and Kyle, and two Siamese kitties, Frank and Riley.

How to Register

To register, please visit our registration portal. Attendees will need to register using their College Board login credentials.

If paying by check or purchase order, CPE staff will follow up with an invoice. Please reference invoice number on check.

If you have questions or need assistance registering, please contact cpe@utc.edu or 423-425-4344.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Refund Policy

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