Empowering Students & Teachers for over 20 years
Jonathan Milner has been a full time public school teacher since 1993, teaching in such varied settings as inner-city 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, AP exam reader, and AP Summer Institute leader into inspiring students and teachers across the country in the joy and power of AP Government and Politics.
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.
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. 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. 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 six egg laying hens.
AP Government and Politics Redesign
In preparation for the 2018 AP Government and Politics course redesign I'll be offering engaging and rigorous AP GoPo training. This summer I'll be at Davidson, Wake Forest, William & Mary, and a number of other sites, and I also offer direct AP GoPo coaching and support to teachers and districts to build student success on the AP Exam!
My curriculum is fully aligned for success with the AP Government and Politics Redesign.
The AP Government and Politics redesign is guided by five basic principles:
1-Command of the constitution is the touchstone for informed citizenship and scholarship.
2-Students are not spectators but analysts, they must analyze the documents and debates that formed our republic and animate public life today.
3-Knowledge matters: we define a focused body of shared knowledge while leaving room for the variety of state standards and the imagination of individual teachers.
4-We can’t avoid difficult topics but we can insist on a principled attention to the best arguments on both sides as students read and write.
5-Civic knowledge is every student’s right and responsibility.
All of these principles are embedded in our curriculum and central to our mission of civic education.
There are five political science skills and practices that are central to the AP Government and Politics redesigned course, which students will be expected to master for the exam:
Skill 1: Describe and explain constitutional and political institutions principles, processes, models, and beliefs.
Skill 2: Explain connections among political behaviors, institutions, beliefs and cultural factors
Skill 3: Read, analyze and interpret quantitative data to draw conclusions about political principles processes behaviors and outcomes.
Skill 4: Read, analyze and interpret qualitative sources.
Skill 5: Develop an argument about political principles, processes, behaviors and outcomes.
My flipped classroom and rigorous analytical approach to engaging resources help students master all five essential political science skills.
Skill 1: Students analyze rich resources including a deep dive into primary sources to make connections across the US politics curriculum.
Skill 2: Inquiry based learning creates a web of knowledge and student understanding across the curriculum
Skill 3: Students achieve visual literacy through our analysis of visual data in our daily class starters
Skill 4: Journal reviews connecting current events to curriculum lead to lively debates, discussion, and an open Socratic classroom building analytical and interpretive skills.
Skill 5: Our fishbowl method of research based argumentation turns students from spectator to participant