Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

U.S. Government

July 14-18

Instructor: Maria Schmidt, J.D.

This workshop 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 the development of essential questions, course objectives, learning activities, teaching strategies, and the 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 workshop is devoted to the development of units for an AP* Government and Politics course by participants including the resources necessary for the implementation of such a course.

The workshop will include a “best practices” sharing session and participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a favorite lesson/activity they have used in, or that could be adapted to, an AP* US Government and Politics course.

If participants are already teaching the course, or know the textbook and/or any other books they will be using, they should bring these as well.

About the Instructor

Maria Schmidt Fordham University 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 AP* 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 in 2002 and 2005 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, she has worked with numerous publishers in developing AP* US Government and Politics teaching material ancillaries for use with their US Government textbooks.

*College Board®, AP*, Advanced Placement Program* and Pre-AP* are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

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