Government and Politics

Session 1 — JULY 7-12

The workshop sessions are small, averaging fewer than 15 participants. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual participants to ensure that each teacher returns to the classroom with increased confidence and strategies for success.

The leaders are experienced AP teachers with outstanding reputations in public and private schools. All serve as readers at their respective AP readings and are endorsed by the College Board to lead AP workshops. Many of our consultants are table leaders and members of their respective course’s test development committee.

Comparative Government

Instructor: Betsy Heckman

AP Comparative Government and Politics prepares students to become citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. It focuses upon important themes and concepts, including globalization and democratization. Specific case studies include the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, the People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Iran, and Nigeria. Cross-country comparisons are made throughout the course. Perhaps more than any other AP course, AP Comparative Government and Politics enables students to analyze world events and broaden their perspectives.

APSI Syllabus: AP Comparative Government and Politics

TEC B Week

Betsy Heckman

Monday Morning

  • Welcome and introductions
  • General information about the AP program
  • Overview of the course
  • oWhat’s new? What isn’t new?
  • oThe Big Ideas
  • Introduction to the Course and Exam Description (CED)

Monday Afternoon

  • Unit 1: Political Systems, Regimes and Governments
  • Unit 2: Political Institutions
  • Emphasis on Comparing Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes
  • Introduction of Disciplinary Practice 1: Concept Application

Tuesday Morning

  • Unit 3: Political Culture and Participation
  • Unit 4: Party and Electoral Systems and Citizen Organizations
  • Unit 5: Political and Economic Changes and Developments
  • Introduction of Disciplinary Practice 3: Data Analysis

Tuesday Afternoon

  • Essentials of the UK
  • Introduction of Disciplinary Practice 4: Source Analysis
  • Exploring Different Instructional Approaches

Wednesday Morning

  • The Comparative Approach
  • Essentials of Russia and China
  • Introduction of Disciplinary Practice 2: Country Comparison

Wednesday Afternoon

  • Essentials of Iran
  • Introduction of Disciplinary Practice 5: Argumentation
  • The Exam, The Multiple Choice Section: Skills and Content
  • Practice multiple choice test

Thursday Morning

  • Essentials of Mexico and Nigeria
  • Review MCQs
  • The Exam, FRQs: Skills and Content
  • Review of Resources
  • oWhat’s new? PPCs and Question Bank
  • oSummative v. Formative

Thursday Afternoon

  • Understanding How To Score the FRQ
  • The AP Reading and Sample Review
  • Making a Course Plan
  • Allow time to work on course syllabi

Friday Morning

  • Review Syllabi
  • Writing MCQs and FRQs
  • Course evaluations

Human Geography

Instructor: Lili Monk

Advanced Placement Human Geography is a high school course equivalent to a one semester introductory college course in Human Geography. Course topics include the nature and perspectives of geography, population, cultural geography, industrialization and economic geography, agriculture and rural land use, urban geography, and political geography.The workshop will focus on the new course articulation for AP Human Geography developed in 2013. During the workshop, participants will be exposed to content information and will be expected to develop lessons, activities, and testing items. Suggested teaching materials and techniques will be reviewed. This includes syllabi, texts, videos/DVDs, computer software, web sites, and other resources. Participants will also be instructed in how the AP® Human Geography exam is prepared and scored. An additional goal for the week will be to develop meaningful field trips (even in urban areas!) to enhance the curriculum. Teachers should bring their 2018-19 school calendars, and are encouraged (but not required) to read either Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution by Parag Khanna, or Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall.

US Government and Politics

Instructor: Rachel Ryan

This course is designed to prepare you to teach the new AP US Government & Politics curriculum launching in the fall of 2018. The course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP U.S. Government and Politics. The class focuses on development of AP Government content knowledge, pedagogy, and strategies to reach diverse learners. The instructor will teach content and demonstrate how to implement student centered lessons including socratic seminars and project based learning models. We will review and discuss textbooks an useful multimedia resources to support teaching the AP course. We will look at past examinations and sample student responses, and work collaboratively to create and develop effective new lesson plans for use in the AP classroom. All teachers will have time to prepare and submit syllabi required for the AP Audit of 2018. A laptop or tablet is strongly recommended for use in class.

Session 2 — JULY 14-19

The workshop sessions are small, averaging fewer than 15 participants. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual participants to ensure that each teacher returns to the classroom with increased confidence and strategies for success.

The leaders are experienced AP teachers with outstanding reputations in public and private schools. All serve as readers at their respective AP readings and are endorsed by the College Board to lead AP workshops. Many of our consultants are table leaders and members of their respective course’s test development committee.

US Government and Politics

Instructor: Rachel Ryan

This course is designed to prepare you to teach the new AP US Government & Politics curriculum launching in the fall of 2018. The course is designed for both new and experienced teachers of AP U.S. Government and Politics. The class focuses on development of AP Government content knowledge, pedagogy, and strategies to reach diverse learners. The instructor will teach content and demonstrate how to implement student centered lessons including socratic seminars and project based learning models. We will review and discuss textbooks an useful multimedia resources to support teaching the AP course. We will look at past examinations and sample student responses, and work collaboratively to create and develop effective new lesson plans for use in the AP classroom. All teachers will have time to prepare and submit syllabi required for the AP Audit of 2018. A laptop or tablet is strongly recommended for use in class.