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U.S. Government & Politics

Matt Furfaro

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Matt Furfaro is a teacher at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, where he has taught since 1996.  He currently teaches AP United States Government & Politics.  In addition to being an AP Consultant, Matt is an AP reader as an early-table leader.  He was on the AP Instructional Design Committee for the AP U.S. Government & Politics Course.  Also, he has been involved in presenting with AP-TIP and NMSI that supports AP U.S. Government and Politics teachers and students.

Course Description

Illuminating Professional Development

Participants will:

  • Understand the course framework found in the Course and Exam Description;
  • plan and sequence their course based on the CED and their unique teaching situation; 
  • Choose from a variety of instructional strategies based on the needs of their individual students; 
  • Design lessons that are adaptable to a variety of learning situations- be it fully in class, completely remote or a hybrid model; 
  • 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
    • SCOTUS Application question
    • Argument Essay
  • Leave this institute a more confident teacher with a clear plan going forward.

I look forward to you joining me and others for a great week in San Gabriel!  I always look forward to this week to present & collaborate with great teachers in California.

Agenda

Each day will be customized to meet/adjust to the needs of the participants. I will have a resource page full of activity and lesson ideas/activities for you!

Day 1

Big Picture Day/Overview: Understanding and Planning Your Course/Units/Lessons (Part 1)

  • Course and Exam Description Overview
  • Equity and Access 
  • Integrating Skills & Content
  • AP Exam- Multiple Choice
  • Understanding the Unit Guides 
  • Selecting and Using Course Materials
  • AP Classroom- An Introduction 
  • Connecting Course Concepts
  • Spiraling and Scaffolding Course Concepts
  • Course Planning (Part 1 continued)
  • 3 Minute Meetings:  What are you goals for this APSI and how can I help meet them?
Day 2

Dive into the teaching the Practices and Skills

  • Course Planning (continue part 1)
  • Reading and Analyzing the Required Documents
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Visuals
  • Analyzing and Comparing Supreme Court Cases
  • Analyzing Quantitative Data
  • Connect and Apply Concepts (finish on Day 3)
Day 3

Finish the Practice/Skills, Assessing, Projects, Planning

  • Continue Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Skills
  • Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Applied Civics Project
  • Course Planning (Part 2)
Day 4

Completing the Course Requirements/Expectations

  • The AP GOPO Exam
  • Registration 
  • Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development Review
  • Course Planning/Units/Lessons (Part 3)
  • AP Exam Review/Ask The Experts