Building Critical Skills + Content Knowledge + Dialogue + Action

Empowering Students & Teachers for over 20 years

AP US Government and Politics teacher, Jonathan Milner photographed in the field


EMPowering Student Scholarship & Citizenship


Founded in 2012, increasing the diffusion of political understanding through civic engagement:

  • Training Teachers

  • Coaching Students

  • Writing Curriculum

  • Creating Resources

  • Engaging Politically

Ignorance Anywhere is a Threat to Understanding Everywhere

Who I Am

Since 1993, Jonathan Milner has taught in such varied public school settings as Urban classrooms in Houston, Texas, an AP® magnet school, the Governor's School of North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Jonathan has poured his 20+ years of being a Teacher, College Board Consultant, National Math And Science Initiative Fellow, AP® Exam Reader, and AP® Summer Institute Leader into Inspiring Students and Teachers Across the country in the joy and power of US Government and Politics.

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In addition to teaching high school students full-time, Milner is a teaching coach, giving presentations and workshops to teachers from Washington, to Nairobi, to Sarajevo. For the past sixteen years, Milner has worked as an AP exam reader and as a College Board consultant, leading week-long and one-day workshops from Georgia to Wisconsin to Miami. Jonathan also works with the National Math and Science Initiative coaching teachers and students in AP® US Government and Politics in New York City. In 2002, Milner received the $20,000 Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award and the next year was named the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher of the Year. Milner’s proudest achievement is simply having an exciting and vibrant classroom in which students are engaged in meaningful, authentic, purposeful learning. Whether he is working with affluent students in suburban Washington or recent immigrants from war-torn Bosnia, Mr. Milner shares his infectious enthusiasm for learning.

In 1999 Milner founded Global Arts, an international educational exchange program working with students from Bosnia, Israel, and Kenya. In 2012, Global Arts inaugurated an ongoing partnership with a home for disabled orphans in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where Milner brings groups of American students every year. You can Read this Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Report on Global Arts.

Jonathan lives at approximately 970 feet above sea-level in Winston-Salem, NC with his bakery-owning entrepreneur-wife Cary, high-energy athlete-son Owen, crazy dogs Waffles and Bun Bun, and a flock of five egg laying hens. In his bonus time he volunteers, teaching citizenship classes to refugees.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
— John Dewey


I have trained thousands of teachers and students across the U.S.

What teachers Say

Teachers love Jonathan's Government and Politics materials

"The toolkit has been a life saver getting through the redesign this year, so thank you.”

"Your materials have been huge hits with the students AND me in particular!"

"I'm loving your curriculum more and more everyday!"

"Meant to tell you how much my students enjoy your class starters. Thanks so much."

"Thank you for such engaging classroom material. It is rewarding to see students come to class excited to learn and actually excited to open their textbooks and Lanahan readers."

“This past year I was able to order, through the school, your GoPro toolkit and it has been amazing!  I use the materials almost on a daily basis and it has greatly increased the relevance and enthusiasm for the subject in the classroom.”

"The materials from our Summer training have been really helpful — thank you!"

"Thank you for the resources and the great seminar for US GoPo over the summer! These resources will be of great use to my students this upcoming semester."

"Thanks for putting these units together. This is my first year teaching AP® GOPO and it's saving me!!!!"

"I have bought all your units for AP® GoPo, and I LOVE them. It has guided me in teaching AP® government."

“I just wanted to voice my appreciation for your resources and the knowledge that you have shared.  I attended your training four years ago in the summer, since I have bought all your units and the redesign kit.  It has been worth every penny! Thank you! For making a practical product that really engages my students and helps them learn.  I have become a better teacher because of your teaching and resources. It is greatly appreciated.”

Best Money I’ve ever spent!”

"I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation for the support and guidance you have provided throughout the entire course of my freshman year as AP® GoPo instructor.  Your resources have been vital to my teaching, and your review materials reaffirmed my student's confidence in the subject matter.I had a student come by my room after testing to tell me how well prepared she felt when sitting down at 8 this morning to crank out a 5. Definitely could not have given her that feeling without you!"

“Your program pushed my students and the improvement across the board was amazing. My students’ scores increased and I could see the growth in confidence with the skills and content.”

"I purchased your gopo toolkit last year and it was a lifesaver for this rookie.  Thank you so much!”

"Thank you so much for all you do, your materials have certainly made me a better teacher and have greatly benefited my students."

Teachers rave about Jonathan's workshops

"The best workshop I ever attended."

"Excellent experience. I am returning to my school more confident and motivated. Thanks!"

"The teacher was engaging, informed, and intelligent...Stayed on track. He rates the highest ranks in teacher training."

"Jonathan Milner is an excellent teacher and a fine human being."

"Mr. Milner was off the charts. My students will be enormously impacted by him."

"Jonathan Milner was an excellent instructor. He provided a wide range of strategies to incorporate into the classroom."

"Democracy Rocks projects and our first Fishbowl were FANASTIC!  The students really did outstanding work on both activities!  I am so loving all of the projects, notes, etc. Thank you for making this such a wonderful experience for me and my students!"

"This was the best professional development that I have been to by far. It was both interesting and useful as well as inspiring."

"Mr. Milner was great, amazing information that we can all use in our instruction."

"Plethora of useful materials."

"Really excellent! I learned a lot, everything we did was relevant and useful. I received so many resources! Great workshop."

"Excellent AP workshop! It was so engaging and will change the way that I teach my course."

"Best PD I've ever attended - outstanding modeling throughout. Fabulous materials and discussion."

"Excellent workshop! Will definitely be taking a lot of new knowledge and technique back to my classroom."

"This has been the single most useful professional development I have attended in 27 years of teaching."

"This was the best workshop that I've ever attended...hands down!"

"Best PD event I've ever attended. Wonderful info and useful information."

I'll be offering Redesign Training this summer, 2019 at the following locations.

6/10 Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

6/17 Davidson College, Davidson, NC

7/15 College of William and Mary (session 1), Williamsburg, VA

7/22 University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

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If you have questions about OUR AP Government and Politics Redesign toolkit or would like to learn about bringing my professional development to your school or district just fill out this form.

Jonathan Milner

213 Gloria Avenue

Winston-Salem, NC  27127

(336) 624-1869


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