The first goal will be to discuss the requirements and goals of an AP government course. What texts? What resources? The week will include presentations of the topics in an AP class and the expectations of students and teachers.
Lessons will be provided for each of the units of the class and teachers will have a solid set of usable materials at the end of the week. Time saving strategies will be covered, along with review strategies, free-response strategies and test taking hints. The last portion of the institute will cover the basic changes that are coming to the government program with the course re-design that is scheduled for the 2018-2019 school year.
Ulrich Kleinschmidt has been teaching government and economics at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas since 1987 and has presented AP government and AP economics classes since the early 1990s. He also holds the position of department chairperson. His College Board experiences include working as a reader and table leader for the US government and politics exam since 1999. He has presented economics and government training sessions at multiple universities in College Board’s Southwest Region, Florida, California, Colorado, and Massachusetts. He has also had the chance to present economics training programs in eastern Russia, have led a national AP conference in Guanzhou, China and presented at the national AP conferences in California and Pennsylvania. He is the lead author for “Kaplan’s AP Government and Politics” review text and a contributing author and editor for “Pearson’s Test Prep Series for Economics.” Currently, his duties also include working with the College Board consultant mentor program in the fields of macro and micro economics.