APSI: AP U.S. Government and Politics for New Teachers, Week 1

This course is designed to give experienced teachers the tools necessary to develop or maintain an Advanced Placement American Government and Politics course.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

With the exam changes becoming part of the exam for the 2018-2019 school year, our week will focus on those new components.  We will analyze new reading requirements, FRQ changes, and topic additions.  Since the bulk of the curriculum remains the same from prior years, lessons and shortcuts will be covered.  Each of the major topics of the course will be reviewed and teachers will receive lesson options for each.  Resources like the Federalist Papers and other historical documents are being added to the course and all will be provided.  Teachers who are new to the AP course and those with experiences are equally welcome.  Participants will only need a laptop for occasional use of web pages during lesson discussions.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42777 Ulrich Kleinschmidt On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Instructor: Ulrich Kleinschmidt

Lead Consultant

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. He is in the training pool for the upcoming course revisions in the U.S. Government and Politics exam.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 10, 2018

End Date: July 13, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30