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New Government and Politics, U.S. Workshop

Register now for The Advanced Placement Summer Institute in Government and Politics, U.S. at WKU. With the course in redesign this year, it's important to keep up with the changes.


Why Attend The Center for Gifted Studies Advanced Placement Summer Institute at WKU?

“The institute rejuvenated my love for teaching. It refreshed concepts, ideas, and teaching strategies and introduced new ways to tackle hard concepts.”

“I am leaving the course with a clear game plan for the upcoming school year for maximum efficiency and student achievement.”

For one week every summer, teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) courses gather on the beautiful campus of Western Kentucky University to learn content, strategies, and pedagogy at the The Center for Gifted Studies Advanced Placement Summer Institute, endorsed by the College Board. The combination of exceptional instruction, a wide range of courses, and a tradition of excellence means our AP Institute brings together a community of like-minded educators that sets it apart from other institutes.

Exceptional Instruction

The Center prides itself on providing exemplary College Board consultants, experienced AP teachers who have demonstrated their ability to help other teachers prepare to teach AP classes. Many are table readers, table leaders, test writers and even text authors for AP exams.

Our participants say:

“My consultant was fantastic and tailored the course to our needs.”

“The consultant offered a wealth of information and allowed for a natural ebb and flow of the discussion based on our questions. Wonderful!”

“The best part was the consultant’s thoroughness, attention to detail, and concern for our understanding both the assessment and how to teach it.”

“The consultant was incredible — best professional development I have ever been to.

“The consultant made the entire process worthwhile.”

“I really appreciated working with and learning from a consultant with that level of knowledge and experience.”

“Amazing, enthusiastic consultant.”

Depth and Breadth of Courses

Our AP Institute provides training in commonly requested courses like English Language and Composition and United States History, as well as harder-to-find courses such as Spanish Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, and Music Theory. We also feature many classes at the Experienced level. This range reflects our commitment to building an institute devoted to the needs of many teachers and to creating an atmosphere where learning comes in many forms.

For a list of courses offered at the next institute, click here.

A Tradition of Excellence

Since 1984, our Advanced Placement Summer Institute has assisted more than 9,000 teachers in better understanding the demands of AP classrooms and high-ability learners. It is one of the largest and longest-running College Board-endorsed institutes in the country. Some of our consultants have worked with us for years, setting a high standard and providing a model for new consultants to follow.

Larry Treadwell, who has taught AP European History at our Institute since 1992, asserts, “Of all the workshops I go to, this one has amassed the best set of instructors — truly amazing people — and has kept them for multiple years. People come because they want the best they can get, and so they have great attitudes. It makes the workshop an experience.”

A True Community of Learners

At the AP Summer Institute, relationships are key. Our participants embrace the notion of excellence in teaching and learning, and the community created among fellow teachers is unforgettable.

Our participants say:

“I loved working with others who do what I do every day and getting inspiration and ideas from them.”

“The best part was the opportunity to meet and work with other professionals in an academic setting, sharing ideas and materials.”

“It was a wonderful way to experience true professional development with others that teach the same content.”

For more information, including registration, see the sidebar to the right.

“The institute was the missing piece: it helped me understand how I should present the course and provided me with valuable resources.”

AP Summer Institute Information

Register for June 25 - 29

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Dates: June 25 - 29, 2018




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AP Summer Institute in Government and Politics, U.S.

Register for June 18 - 22

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Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018




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 Last Modified 7/12/18