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AP Government and Politics for new and experienced teachers

Workshop Description

The sessions in this institute will introduce participants to the AP U.S. Government and Politics course with a combination of "how to" and content. Sessions will range from looking at the scope of the course and how to cover the content, to lessons from past exams.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the exam—both the free response and the multiple choice questions
  • Teaching the skills and content that the students need to be successful
  • Developing strategies and lessons for your class

What to Bring:

  • Your textbook
  • A copy of your best lesson to share

Course Schedule

  • Tuesday: The Exam — current and past free response questions and multiple choice questions
  • Wednesday: The curriculum — we will begin to examine the curriculum and discuss strategies for teaching it
  • Thursday: The curriculum and resources
  • Friday: The curriculum and strategies

Consultant Bio

Jenny Esler graduated from The University of Texas at Austin.  She has taught in the Round Rock Independent School District for 30 years, 26 at Round Rock High School. Jenny has extensive experience in the AP U.S. Government and Politics curriculum: she has taught the course for 22 years and been a reader or grader for the national exam for 17 years and served as a member of the AP Government & Politics Test Development Committee.


Important Registration Details & Directions

Registration for AP Summer Institute 2014 has closed. Please send us an email at if you have any questions or concerns. The Welcome Letter has been emailed to enrolled participants and contains driving directions, parking information, check-in locations, and more information. If you did not receive your Welcome Letter email, you may download it here.



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