Comparative Government

John Moyer

John Moyer is a current teacher at Stow-Munroe Falls High School in Stow, Ohio where he has taught since 1990.  John currently teaches AP United States Government & Politics, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics as well as Leadership Concepts, a course for aspiring student leaders.  John has been an AP Reader and Table Leader at the AP US Government & Politics exam since 2007 and a College Board Consultant since 2015.  Most recently, John participated in the redesigned Course Audit review process for the AP Comparative Government & Politics course.

Additionally, John is a certified coach with Resilient Leadership LLC where John trains and coaches area educational leaders. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with Ashland University where he teaches courses in Educational Leadership.

Course Description

John’s APSI Comparative Government & Politics course will prepare both new and experienced teachers to effectively teach the course. Institute participants can expect to leave the workshop more confident in applying their own educational philosophy to the successful implementation of this course. Participants should know that John uses an inquiry based approach and believes that his role as a classroom teacher is more of a consultant and less the deliverer of information. Participants should expect lively discussions and thorough coverage of: Syllabus preparation and submission; Course pacing; Successful implementation of equity & access as a guiding principle; Comparison strategies that are varied and adaptable; Various pedagogical strategies that focus on balanced responsibility; General political science terminology; Essential curriculum for the AP 6 countries; Resources for teachers & students; Exam preparation strategies; Writing, grading and scoring the FRQs; Pending course redesign details; Ways to “encourage” students to devote time to self study; Textbook reviews and recommendations; Lesson preparation and sharing of best practices; Teacher stress: “What’s really going on?”

In this 4 day workshop, participants will*:

  • Understand the course framework found in the Course and Exam Description;
  • Plan and sequence your course based on the CED and your unique teaching situation;
  • Choose from a variety of instructional strategies based on the needs of your individual students;
  • Design lessons that are adaptable for your class for any learning situation- be it fully in class, completely remote or a hybrid model;
  • Understand the causes and consequences of the AP 6 systems;
  • Develop formative and summative assessments based on the AP exam expectations;
  • Develop and score the 4 types of free response questions, including each of the following:
    • Concept Application question
    • Quantitative Analysis question
    • Country Comparison question
    • Argument Essay;
  • Leave this institute a more confident teacher with a clear plan going forward.

Teaching Approach

Through the lens of Bowen Systems Theory, participants will see the interdependence of actors and how the presence of the past guides systems behavior illustrated in each of the AP 6 countries. This reciprocally-based approach helps make sense of seemingly disparate behaviors.


Day 1
  • Course and Exam Description Overview
  • Equity and Access
  • Integrating Skills & Content
  • AP Exam- Multiple Choice
  • Understanding the Unit Guides
  • Course Planning- Step One
  • Quantitative Analysis- A Classroom Application
  • FRQ 2- Quantitative Analysis
Day 2
  • Selecting and Using Course Materials
  • AP 6 Country Overview
  • AP Classroom- An Introduction
  • Connecting Course Concepts
  • Spiraling and Scaffolding Course Concepts
  • FRQ 1- Concept Application
  • Lesson Development- Step One
  • Course Planning- Step Two
Day 3
  • MC Exam Analysis
  • Google Drive Resources
  • Political Opinions- A Reciprocal Approach
  • Lesson Development- Step Two
  • AP Classroom- Personal Progress Checks
  • Instructional Reports
  • Textbook Reviews & Recommendations
  • AP Course Audit
  • FRQ 3- Scotus Application
Day 4
  • Tech Tools
  • Course Planning- Step Three
  • Lesson Development- Step Three
  • AP Classroom- Daily Videos
  • AP Classroom- Assessments
  • Outcome based Assessments
  • Source Analysis
  • FRQ 4- Argument Essay
  • Lesson Development Presentations
  • Final Questions/Evaluation
  • Certificates/Next Steps

*Areas of focus will be adjusted based on participant input.