AP U.S. Government is one of the most interesting, dynamic courses taught in high school. This Institute will focus on how to format your course to take advantage of relevant current events, such as the 2016 Presidential election, to not only stimulate student interest in the political process, but also to help you manage the time constraints of your class schedule. We will review essential course content by focusing on how to best teach political concepts using active learning strategies that maximize student engagement and help to increase student performance on the exam. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of student writing skills by using sample essays from the June 2017 AP Reading. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and develop lesson plans for each AP Government content area using sample syllabi, discussion starters, simulations, videos and websites while also crafting classroom-ready formative and summative assessments to measure student progress. Content topics include Constitutional Underpinnings, Linkage Institutions, Policymaking Institutions, Public Policy and Civil Liberties/Civil Rights.
Please bring a laptop and a flash drive to make it easier to exchange material electronically.
In addition, bring a textbook (if available) and a favorite lesson/activity to share.
Suzanne Bailey has been teaching AP U.S. Government since 1989. She currently teaches AP U.S. and Comparative Government and Politics, as well as AP Micro and Macroeconomics, at Virgil I. Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama. For each of the past three years Bailey has led the state of Alabama in the number of students taking the AP Government national exam. Her open enrollment policy, coupled with her teaching strategies, has enabled many students to have the opportunity to be successful in this rigorous college-level class. As a Lead Teacher for the Alabama A+ College Ready Program, Bailey is currently engaged in expanding AP Government courses for teachers and students across the state of Alabama in partnership with the Alabama Department of Education and a number of humanities and civics-related organizations. She conducts AP Government teacher training as well as presenting Saturday review sessions for AP Government students. In addition, Bailey served on the Test Development Committee for AP Comparative Government and Politics from 2006 until 2014. As the College Board Advisor for Comparative, she edited two AP Workshop Curriculum Modules and made several presentations at the National AP, NCSS and APSA Teaching and Learning Conferences. Bailey has participated in the AP Government Reading since 2000 as a Reader and Table Leader and has served as a Question Leader for AP Comparative Government and Politics since 2007. A Huntsville City Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year, she earned her National Board Certification in Secondary Social Studies in 2004 and renewed it in 2014. Bailey has received multiple awards for her teaching including: Alabama Outstanding Teacher of American History from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education and U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. She earned her B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management at Brown University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.