APSI: AP U.S. Government and Politics for New Teachers, Week 2

This course is designed to give new teachers the tools necessary to develop or maintain an Advanced Placement American Government and Politics course in the public or private school setting.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Instructors will be provided the scope and sequence of this course with a thorough examination of the College Board 2018 redesign. Participants will also analyze proper textbook and supplementary materials; evaluate course examination requirements; and develop curriculum enrichments in facilitating a college level program.Students will also provide insight into their own educational experiences and speculate on how advanced placement has affected their teacher development. 


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42792 David LaShomb On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Instructor: David LaShomb

Lead Consultant

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. In 2010, he also began reading for AP Psychology, becoming a table leader in 2014. Today he resides in the hill country in Georgetown, Texas, where he continues working on the 2018-2019 AP Government and Politics redesign. During the summer months, he offers summer institutes for U.S. and Comparative Government and Politics for the College Board throughout the United States.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 24, 2018

End Date: July 27, 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

The student will:

  • 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
    • Public Policy
    • 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