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AP® Government & Politics

Workshop Description

The U.S. Government and Politics Institute is designed to help teachers organize an AP course in U.S. Government and Politics, select appropriate materials, determine course content and depth of mastery, provide techniques and strategies for teaching the course, and provide a better understanding of the AP exam (what to expect and how the free-response answers are graded).


THIS INSTITUTE WILL FOCUS ON THE REDESIGNED AP US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS COURSE WHICH WILL GO INTO EFFECT DURING THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR. With the introduction of the new AP GOPO Curriculum Framework and Exam teachers will practice preparing lessons and developing differing types of questions that match the format of the new AP Exam. In addition, they will also develop their Audit Syllabus since all teachers have to submit a new one for the new course.


We will:


  • examine broad content areas for units of study;

  • suggest methods of organizing course content;

  • examine a bibliography of materials that can be used and how to incorporate these materials effectively;

  • demonstrate writing strategies to prepare students to write the free-response essay;

  • demonstrate strategies to use in the classroom.

The instructor will model an AP Reading with sample essays from the 2018 AP test, explore ways to save time, discuss motivation, and help participants determine individual action plans.


What Participants Should Bring:

  • a copy of their audit syllabus;

  • a copy of their classroom syllabus, including scope and sequence;

  • their school calendar for 2018-2019;

  • a copy of the textbook they currently use or plan to use;

  • a laptop/tablet to access the internet.

  • A flash-drive to receive to download materials

Consultant Bio

Pamela K. Lamb teaches AP and Dual Credit U.S. Government (Angelo State University) and Politics and Macroeconomics (Southwest Texas Junior College) at Del Rio High School in Del Rio, Texas. She holds a B.A. in history and a M.A. in both history and political science. She has been teaching for thirty-four years, twenty-nine in AP. Ms. Lamb also teaches history and political science classes at Southwest Texas Junior College and Sul Ross State University, Rio Grande College. Ms. Lamb has served as a reader, table leader and question leader at the U.S. Government and Politics AP reading.


Ms. Lamb has been a workshop consultant for the Southwest Regional Office of the College Board since 1994 and received the Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Southwest Region in 2000. She has been recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers numerous times, received the Harvard Book Club Award and was a HEB Excellence in Teaching semi-finalist in 2008. Ms. Lamb is the author of 5 Steps to a 5: AP* U.S. Government and Politics.


Registration

Registration for APSI 2018 is now closed. Registration for APSI 2019 will open December 2018. To receive notification when registration opens, please use the sign up form below. We hope to see you next year!


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