Courses

GOVERNMENT & U.S. POLITICS

This course provides teachers with an overview of the basic structure and content 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 the use of multiple resources in the teaching of the course as well as preparing students for the redesigned AP examination format.  An analysis of sample 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.

AGENDA

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

  • Develop a curriculum for an AP U. S. Government and Politics course.
  • Understand the content of each unit within the AP U. S. Government and Politics course.
  • Develop unit guides for each unit within the AP U. S. Government and Politics course.
  • Develop an awareness of the texts and materials available for teaching the AP U. S. Government and Politics course.
  • Understand and improve teaching techniques and strategies appropriate for teaching an AP U. S. Government and Politics course.
  • Develop strategies for preparing students to take the AP U. S. Government and Politics examination.

Day 1

  • Overview of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program
  • Equity and access to the AP U. S. Government and Politics Course
  • Content of Courses in AP United States Government and Politics
  • Selection of Texts and Materials for AP Courses in U. S. Government and Politics
  • Correlating Your Texts to the AP U. S. Government and Politics Units
  • The Advanced Placement Examination: Preparing Your Students for the Multiple Choice and Free-Response Questions

Day 2

  • The Advanced Placement “Reading”
  • Development of Rubrics and Sample Grading of the Free-Response Portion of the AP U. S. Government and Politics Examination
  • Techniques and Strategies for Teaching the AP U. S. Government and Politics Course
  • Planning and Developing Unit Guides for AP U. S. Government and Politics

Day 3

  • Sample Grading of the Free Response Portion of the AP U. S. Government and Politics Examination (continued)
  • Techniques and Strategies for Teaching the AP U. S. Government and Politics Course (continued)
  • “Best Practices” Sharing Session
  • Planning and Developing Units for the Advanced Placement Government and Politics Course (continued) textbook and/or any other books they will be using, they should bring these as well.

Day 4

  • Participant Sharing Session of Methods, Techniques & Materials 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, New Jersey. She began teaching social studies at Westfield High School in 1972 and authored the curriculum and initiated the law-related education program and AP United States Government and Politics course there. She is an attorney, former adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and currently serves as a member of the Law-Related Education Committee of the NJ State Bar Foundation. 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 1993 edition of the Teacher’s Guide for Courses in AP United States Government and Politics, and in 2002 and 2005 edited the fourth and fifth editions of Multiple-Choice and Free-Response Questions in Preparation for the AP United States Government and Politics Examination and the accompanying teacher’s manual. Over the past several years, she has worked with various publishers in developing AP U.S. Government and Politics teaching material ancillaries for use with their college level 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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