This course is designed to give experienced teachers the tools necessary to develop or maintain an Advanced Placement American Government and Politics course in the public or private school setting.
Instructors will be provided the scope and sequence of this course as designed by the College Board committee; analyze proper textbook and supplementary materials; evaluate course examination requirements; and develop curriculum enrichments in facilitating a college level program. An examination of the 2017 re-design College Board curriculum will also be undertaken. Students will also provide insight into their own educational experiences and speculate on advanced placement has affected their teacher development.
David LaShomb has been involved with Advanced Placement since 1987, originally instructing AP Comparative Government and Politics; adding AP Psychology in 1994; and finally AP American Government in 2000. He has been a reader, table leader and question leader at the AP Government and Politics reading from 1995-2007. During this time he also became a member of the AP Test Development Committee in 2000, fulfilling a four year tenure finishing in 2004. After teaching for 29 years in Minnesota, he moved to warmer climates in Las Vegas, Nevada where he currently teaches at Advanced Technologies Academy.
Understand the mission statement of the College Board and how it affects the development of an AP Government and Politics class.
Develop an AP Government and Politics scope and sequence that will match one’s respective school calendar and state social studies academic requirements.
Devise or improve a curriculum that will include the following topics:
Constitutional Underpinnings of United State Government
Political Beliefs and Behaviors
Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
Institutions of National Government
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Develop a knowledge base that will emphasize the important facts, concepts and theories by understanding typical patterns of the political process, behavior and institutions that are relevant to U.S. government and politics.
Research the various textbooks and supplementary materials available in an attempt to develop a resource library.
Evaluate measurement strategies used by the College Board in developing multiple choice and essay test banks in an attempt to design applicable tools.
Analyze effective writing strategies that students will need to employ for successful AP examinations and college-level rigor.
Extract enrichment activities, demonstrations, and best practice devices from classroom interaction and networking