Government and Politics: United States

About the Workshop

Whether you are an experienced AP® United States Government & Politics teacher or you are new to the class, I think you’ll benefit from our four days together at Carleton College. 

The College Board has redesigned AP® Gov and the changes go into effect next year! (2018-19 school year). We will spend a majority of our time working on the new redesign. I’m sure the new argumentation essay, how to weave in more primary sources, and sharpening our student’s political science skills will be major topics. You should familiarize yourself with the changes here before our time together. If a new course redesign isn’t enough, we’ll brainstorm strategies for teaching politics in our super-charged political atmosphere. 

I’m not a policy wonk and I don’t particularly like reading Supreme Court opinions for pleasure. However, I love teaching and discovering new ways of making the political world relevant to my students. My sessions have a classroom focus and you’ll receive a lot of resources that you can plug directly into your curriculum. I’ll also share my philosophy of “They Write More...You Grade Less.” Since I’ve adopted this as my mantra, my students’ writing scores have increased and I’ve spent less time buried under an avalanche of student papers. 

Finally, technology will be a major focus of the workshop. I regularly present at Google Summits and I’ll share the ways I’ve used technology to transform my classroom including a way to get students to actually read their textbook!

Register for the 2018 Government and Politics:  United States workshop online.

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