• Scott F. Abernathy

    University of Minnesota

    After working as an on-street counselor for homeless adolescents in Boston, Scott received a master of curriculum and instruction and taught fourth and seventh grades in Wisconsin public schools. Hoping to learn more about the underlying systems that drove educational outcomes, Scott completed an M.P.A in domestic policy and then a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.

    Scott is now an associate professor of political science and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is also the author of School Choice and the Future of American Democracy and No Child Left Behind and the Public Schools, both from University of Michigan Press.


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    Karen Waples

    Holy Family High School, Colorado

    Formerly a trial attorney, Karen Waples has taught since 1999 and currently teaches AP® Comparative Government and College Prep Government at Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado. Karen has served as a reader for the AP® U.S. Government and Politics, and AP® U.S. History exams, and she was the 2018 exam leader for the AP® Comparative Government and Politics exam. She is an endorsed consultant for the College Board® and conducts AP® U. S. Government and Politics workshops and institutes throughout the country. Karen was the chair of the College Board® Social Science Academic Advisory Committee and was a member of the Curriculum Redesign Committee for AP® U.S. Government and Politics. She received the Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Education in 1997 and was recognized as a Cherry Creek High School teacher of the Year in 2002.


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