Ken Wedding studied comparative politics at Carleton College. He began teaching the Advanced Placement course in comparative government and politics when it was introduced in 1986. Over 80% of his students at Hopkins High School in Minnesota regularly received scores of 4 and 5 on those exams. He began reading AP government and politics exams in 1992.

Wedding was one of the original moderators of the AP Government and Politics online discussion group for teachers and currently moderates online groups for teachers. He has conducted College Board workshops and institutes for teachers at Carleton College, Oakland University, Saint Mary's College, Triton College, and the University of Michigan.

In 1997, he wrote Quick Guide to the Internet for Political Science and also wrote the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank to accompany Hauss' Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges. In 2005, the Center for Learning published Wedding's unit for AP Comparative Government and Politics.

The first edition of What You Need to Know was published in 2003. It's now in its 7th edition. Weddng's Review Checklist was first published in 2010 and Teaching Tools appeared in 2012. In 2014, a shorter review guide full of definitions and examples, Just The Facts!, was published. It's now in its 2nd edition.

Wedding blogs at teaching comparative and monitors Facebook and Google+ groups for AP Comparative Government and Politics.


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"Ken Wedding must be the preeminent AP Government and Politics teacher in the nation."

-Karen K. Waples and David G. Benson, authors of Fast Track to a 5: Preparing for the AP United States Government and Politics Examination

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