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Social Studies   ( Week 1 )
AP US Government & Politics (Combined teachers)
Vanessa Lal Steinkamp
Target grade(s): AP American Government and Politics- 9-12th grade

Course Description

The summer institute will consist of the major nuts and bolts of the Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics course. Items to be analyzed include: released multiple choice exams, multiple choice skills, released free response questions, free response skills, content within the various units, pedagogical skills, quantitative analysis of data and organization of the units. Participants can expect to leave with an outline of the course, the mechanics of the exam, numerous internet activities to bolster student retention of the material, outside readings to illuminate abstract concepts in the textbook and multiple choice tests, free response questions and numerous additional activities. Students should be prepared for an interactive week of participant- instructor activities designed to facilitate teaching of the Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics course. Additionally, this week attention will be directed to the course redesign scheduled to roll out fall 2018.

Items to Bring

  • Teachers should bring the text book they use in their course, best practices and relevant reading that shed light onto abstract concepts. Additionally, teachers need to bring a laptop or ipad.

Biographical Sketch for Vanessa Lal Steinkamp

This is Vanessa Lal Steinkamp's fourteenth year serving as a consultant for the College Board in United States American Government and Politics. She served as a reader for the AP Government and Politics Exam from 2001-2010. She received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University with a double major political science and history, a masters degree in Education from Northwestern University and a masters degree in Government and Politics from University of Virginia. She is also a recipient of the James Madison Fellowship award for Illinois in 2002. She taught at Adlai E. Stevenson High School from 1999 to 2015. Since 2015, she has moved to Dallas, Texas and teaches Federal Government at the college level.

She has presented at National Council of Social Studies in 2004 and the Advanced Placement National Conferences in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.


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