Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

AP* U.S. Government, July 22-25, 2013

Lead Consultant: Lori Dumerer

What to Bring

  • Post-it notes or flags
  • Highlighter
  • A jump/flash drive

Optional supplies:

  • For experienced teachers: 30 copies of a best practices strategy or lesson to share during the week

Course Description

AP US Government and Politics participants will focus on the content and pedagogy necessary for developing an academically rigorous course. Discussions will include  strategies for improving student success in critical reading, writing, and performance on the exam, as well as, the content necessary to create an engaging and successful course. This institute will be presented in an active learning environment. A number of the strategies will engage the attendees in the demonstrations. Participants will examine political science models used at the college level to explain government. Samples of some student work will be available to review, as well as video clips of actual Socratic seminars by high school students.  Topics will include the following as set forth in the AP Course guide: Constitutional underpinnings, political behavior, political parties, elections, three branches of government, civil rights and civil liberties, development of critical thinking skills, document and data analysis, and writing skills.  During the week, the group will examine classroom resources, textbooks, and online multi-media resources. The group will develop one original lesson for each unit that they will share. Participants should bring Post-it notes or flags, highlighters, a jump drive, and a digital copy of a best practices strategy or lesson to share during the week.  

About Lori Dumerer

Lori Dumerer teaches AP* US Government and Politics, AP* Macroeconomics,  AP* United States History, and regular U. S. History at RL Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas and had served as AP* Lead Social Studies for CFBISD for two years.  She taught economics, Pre-AP* World History, and Pre-AP* World Geography for nine years at North Dallas High School in Dallas, Texas where she also served as Social Studies Department Chair.  Additionally, she held the position of Dean of Faculty at Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont.  

A curriculum writer and author, her articles have appeared in the state social studies journal. A College Board Trained Consultant in AP* Government and Politics, she presents the Pre-AP*: Advanced Topics for AP* Vertical Teams in Social Studies-Developing Reading Habits and selected topics for both AP* Government and Pre-AP* topics at the six national AP* conferences.  She holds a BA in Social Studies with a major in history and an MA in Social Studies and education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and an advanced certification from Southern Methodist University in Gifted and Talented Education.  

For the last ten years, Mrs. Dumerer has served as an AP* Government reader.  She received the Texas Council of Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award for 2002, a 2008 State Department grant for work with teachers in the Republic of Georgia, the 1996 NEH Institute,  the 2008 Goethe Institute Trans-Atlantic Outreach Program selections and selection for Who’s Who in America,  Who’s Who in the World in 2000, and Who’s Who in American Education.  In March of 2013, she presented at a major international schools’ workshop and pre-conference in Buenos Aries, Argentina for the College Board.

Interested parties may contact Mrs. Dumerer at for additional information. 

2012 Participant Testimonials

"I am so happy to leave with ideas and material I can really use! I'm inspired to teach with discussion and retire the old PowerPoint/note taking format. Seeing Ms. Dumerer model how to teach with discussion and interaction made ALL the difference. This notebook is full of material I can and will use. Thank you for sharing so much with us."

"Many of the materials presented will be used this year in my class. Thank you."

"Very good, helpful, informative."

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