Courses

GOVERNMENT & U.S. POLITICS

This course provides teachers with an overview of the basic structure, content and skills necessary for an AP course in Government and Politics: United States. The instructor will focus on the development the course using the redesigned curriculum framework as well as the development of learning activities and teaching strategies for use with each of the big ideas, learning objectives and essential knowledge included in the redesigned framework. Emphasis will be placed on using multiple resources in the teaching of the course as well as on developing the disciplinary practices and reasoning processes necessary for preparing students for the redesigned AP examination format. An analysis of AP examination questions will be included as well as a review of the standards for the grading of the exam. A major portion of the course is devoted to the development of units for an AP U.S. Government and Politics course by participants, including the learning activities and resources necessary for the implementation of such a course. This course is suitable for teachers new to AP U. S. Government and Politics as well as those experienced in the teaching of the course. The course will include a “best practices” sharing session and participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a favorite lesson/activity/strategy they have used in, or that could be adapted to, an AP U.S. Government and Politics course. If participants already are teaching the course or know the textbook and/or any other books they will be using, they should bring these as well.

AGENDA

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

  • Design and implement an AP U.S. Government and Politics course.
  • Develop activities and assessments to build students’ proficiencies in the disciplinary practices and reasoning processes.
  • Implement strategies to prepare students for the AP Exam.
  • Devise or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

Day 1

  • Introductory Activity
  • Equity and Access
  • Introduction to Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development
  • The Practice of Political Science: Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Processes
  • The Redesigned Exam Format
  • Disciplinary Practices in the Exam Questions
  • Integrating the Required Documents
  • Introduction to Planning and Development of Unit Guides

Day 2

  • Selection of Texts and Materials for AP Courses in U. S. Government and Politics
  • The National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution
  • Reading and Analyzing Required Documents
  • Analyzing and interpreting Qualitative Visuals
  • Analyzing Quantitative Data
  • Planning and Developing Unit Guides

Day 3

  • Analyzing and Comparing Supreme Court Cases
  • Connect and Apply Concepts
  • Writing an Argument Essay Like a Political Scientist
  • Best Practices Sharing Session
  • Planning and Developing Unit Guides (continued)

Day 4

  • The Exam Reading
  • Planning and Developing Unit Guides (continued)
  • Participant Sharing Session of Unit Guides for Units 1 - 5
  • Debriefing/Evaluations

Dr. Schmidt is excellent.

–Past Client

Instructor:
Maria Schmidt, J.D.

Maria Schmidt was the Supervisor of Social Studies K-12 for the Westfield Public Schools in Westfield, N.J. She taught social studies at Westfield High School and authored the curriculum and initiated the law-related education courses and AP United States Government and Politics course there. She is an attorney, former adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University, former trustee of the NJ State Bar Foundation and member of its Law-Related Education Committee. Dr. Schmidt has served as a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the annual scoring of the AP Government and Politics examination and currently serves as a consultant for the College Board, leading AP workshops and summer institutes throughout the United States. She authored the first edition of the College Board’s Teacher’s Guide for Courses in AP United States Government and Politics and edited the fourth and fifth editions of the D & S Marketing Multiple-Choice and Free-Response Questions in Preparation for the AP United States Government and Politics Examination along with the accompanying teacher’s manual. Over the past several years, she has worked with various publishers in reviewing AP US Government and Politics test preparation materials and with college textbook publishers in developing AP U.S. Government and Politics teaching ancillaries for use with their U.S. Government textbooks.

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Institute Faculty

The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

Daily Schedule

Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

Course Questions?

Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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