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African American Studies

Marsha Greco

Photo of Marsha Greco Marsha Greco is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies-History who has been teaching in San Diego, California since 2009 and is the Social Studies Department Chair at The Preuss School UC San Diego, where she has taught for the last decade. She was one of the original 63 teachers nationwide and only four in the state of California that taught AP African American Studies in Pilot Year 1 (2022-2023) and was selected to be part of the first cohort of College Board endorsed AP African American Studies Workshop Consultants in 2023 to train teachers in Pilot Year 2 and beyond. Throughout the 2023-2024 school year, Marsha provided support to Pilot Year 2 teachers as a co-facilitator of monthly Office Hour sessions and a leader for extra support sessions hosted by the College Board. 

Marsha is also involved in assessment development for the AP African American Studies course and served as a Reader scoring Free Response Questions and Projects at the inaugural AP African American Studies Exam Reading for the pilot exam in 2023. She has also taught AP United States History since 2015 and taught AP European History for eight years, and served as an AP Reader for both subjects at various times over the past 10 years. Marsha has also led professional development sessions on teaching strategies and resources for AP African American Studies and AP US History at numerous national and statewide conferences.

Course Description

The AP African American Studies course is a transformative journey that places Black voices and experiences at its core as students delve into a rich variety of topics spanning from ancient African kingdoms to the contemporary world. Participants in this workshop will explore the interdisciplinary nature of AP African American Studies that examines the diversity of African American experiences through direct encounters with authentic and varied sources. 

In this four-day immersive workshop, participants will engage in an in-depth examination of the course framework and components of the AP Exam, including the culminating Project. Participants will leave the workshop with resources, instructional strategies, and sample lessons and activities to design meaningful learning experiences for students.    

Goals
  • To achieve an understanding of the AP African American Studies course framework and the required sources
  • To create a course pacing guide to incorporate the full scope of the course content as well as the Project
  • To design, share, and explore lesson plans, resources, strategies, and assessments that provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the content, skills, and materials in AP African American Studies
  • To understand the content and structure of the AP African American Studies exam and Project, and to develop appropriate strategies for maximizing student scores
  • To connect with a large network of people to support transition into teaching the course
  • To feel empowered to teach this groundbreaking course as it enters its first operational year and continue blazing the trail set in the two years of the pilot! 

Agenda

Day 1

Understanding the Course Framework, Content, and Skills; Forming a Supportive and Collaborative Community

  • Introductions and community building
  • Equity and Access in AP
  • AP African American Studies course overview
  • Sample Lesson
  • Course Framework overview
  • Understanding Course Skills
  • Course Framework deep dive
  • Unit 1 Overview
  • Reflections
Day 2

Exam Format, Sample Questions, and Resources

  • AP Exam Content/Format: Multiple Choice and Free Response Question (FRQ) sections
  • Sample Free Response Questions and scoring
  • Unit 2 Overview and Resources
  • Sample Lesson
  • College Board Resources for teaching AP African American Studies
Day 3

Course Project, Assessments, and Pacing

  • Project overview and rubric
  • Unit 3 Overview and Resources
  • Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Best practices for planning your course
  • Creating your course pacing guide
Day 4

Lesson Planning and Collaboration

  • Community Reflections
  • Unit 4 Overview and Resources
  • Create a Unit 1 lesson 
  • Course and pacing planning work
  • Lesson presentations
  • Final remarks and reflections