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U. S. Government

This course covers a range of issues that will be of interest to high school teachers who offer Advanced Placement and regular high school classes in United States Government and Politics.  The morning session focuses on substantive content for classes on American politics, covering the Constitution and the Founding period, federalism, civil liberties, civil rights, democracy and capitalism, interest groups.  The afternoon sessions will be focused on your high school course.  We will go over the 2017 AP American Government exam, review various textbooks and other classroom resources, provide an overview of the AP syllabus (and how to get that approved by College Board), provide Internet resources on various governmental and political Web sites (including discussion of various AP-relevant web sites and materials), discuss policy simulations, and provide ideas on how to structure classroom debates on various political issues.  We also will explore other classroom exercises that participants in the seminar share with each other and discuss how to prepare your students for the AP exam.  One of the real strengths of this class is the extent to which we all learn from each other. 

Meet the Fac‚Äčilitators:


Instructor: David Canon, Ph.D.

David Canon

Dr. Canon is a professor in the Department of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a recipient of the 2008 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and is co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He has authored three scholarly books, including the award-winning "Race, Redistricting, and Representation,"  and has published in numerous journal articles and book chapters including an introductory American government textbook (in its third edition). In the course of his 26 years as an educator, he has taught Introduction of American Politics to more than 10,000 students.

Contact: dcanon@polisci.wisc.edu

Presenter: Tom Kuhn 


Mr. Kuhn has been teaching at Mundelein High School (IL) for 15 years and teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics for the past 6 years. He has been an AP reader since 2006.

Contact: tkuhn@d120.org


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