Government and Politics

This course provides teachers with an overview of the basic structure and content necessary for an Advanced Placement course in Government and Politics: United States. The instructor will focus on the development of the content for each of the six units included in the course, as well as:

• Development of essential questions
• Course objectives
• Learning activities
• Teaching strategies
• Use of multiple resources

Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for the AP examination. An analysis of past AP examinations will be included as well as a review of the standards established for the grading of the annual exams. A major portion of the course is devoted to the development of units for an AP Government and Politics course, including the resources necessary for its implementation.

The course includes a "best practices" sharing session and you are encouraged to bring a copy of your favorite lesson/activity you have used - or that could be adapted to - an AP US Government and Politics course. If you are already teaching the course or know the textbook and/or any other books you will be using, bring these as well.

Instructor: Maria Schmidt was the Supervisor of Social Studies K-12 for the Westfield Public Schools in Westfield, New Jersey. She began teaching high school social studies there in 1972 and authored the curriculum and initiated the high school law-related education program and Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics course.  She is an attorney and former Adjunct Professor of Education at Seton Hall University.

Dr. Schmidt has served as a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the annual scoring of the AP Government and Politics examination and currently serves as a consultant for the College Board leading Advanced Placement workshops and summer institutes throughout the United States.  She authored the 1993 edition of the "Teacher's Guide for Courses in AP United States Government and Politics" published by the College Board and edited the 4th and 5th editions of "Multiple-Choice and Free-Response Questions in Preparation for the AP United States Government and Politics Examination" and the accompanying "Teacher's Manual" published by D & S Marketing, Inc.  For the past several years, Dr. Schmidt has worked with various publishers in developing AP US Government and Politics teaching material ancillaries for use with their college level US Government textbooks.

July 23-26, 2018; (Monday-Thursday) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Suffolk Center, 7180 Republic Airport, Farmingdale
Course Number: EDU 524 section:
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
Tuition and Fees: Graduate: $900 or In-Service: $795


August 6-9, 2018; (Monday- Thursday) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Suffolk Center, 7180 Republic Airport, Farmingdale
Course Number: EDU 524 section: 
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
Tuition and Fees: Graduate: $900 or In-Service: $795

Application & Registration Instructions

The AP* Summer Institutes may either be taken for 3 graduate credits for $900 (no additional fees) or on a non-credit basis for in-service credits for $795 (no additional fees). You tuition includes: complimentary continental breakfast and lunch each day, approved College Board materials, complimentary textbooks (depending upon the institute) and a binder of handouts from the instructor.

You must attend each day to receive in-service credit. If you are taking the course for graduate credit, in addition to attending the institute each day, there is a project that is due within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the institute.
The registration deadline is three weeks prior to the start date of each institute. Late registration may be possible if space and materials are still available.

The application and registration process differs depending upon the type of credit that you would like to receive. Please click here for either graduate or non-credit (in-service) application and registration procedures.

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