Advanced Placement Teachers Transcend Teaching Norm at UTSA
Bungee-jumping Barbies, environmental analyses of the Historic Pearl, and 21st century applications for teachers were mere details of the annual AP Summer Institute (APSI) held at the main campus last week. APSI offers middle and high school teachers of all AP subject areas the opportunity to hone their skills, learning from experienced and dedicated College Board-endorsed lead consultants.
This was the fifth Advanced Placement Institute conducted by Extended Education, a department under the Vice President of Community Services. AP Teachers, both American and international; participate in this four-day program to complete 30 contact hours with qualified Advanced Placement consultants and other resources from the AP College Board.
At the 2014 AP Summer Institute , more than 450 teachers represented over 120 public school districts in 26 states, and international attendees from Canada. Participants were welcomed by Dr. Jude Valdez, Vice President for Community Services, Dr. Lorena Claeys, Executive Director for the Academy of Teacher Excellence, and Frank Salazar, Director for Extended Education.
The institute held 19 workshops in science, math, and humanities courses. Courses were led by AP consultants, holding doctorates or decades of experience in their subject field. Other opportunities for the teachers were provided were breakfast informational sessions by the Top Scholar program and Lunch and Learn sessions covering resources from the Academy of Teacher Excellence. Field trips were taken to notable spots around the San Antonio area, including the Cibolo Nature Center and the Historic Pearl. Other resources were appropriate textbooks, AP exam rubrics and testing strategies, and student labs requiring group participation.
"Our AP Summer Institute is a great resource to prepare middle school and high school teachers for college bound students," said Marty Gutierrez Saul, Extended Education Coordinator. "In my time overseeing and planning the institute, I have noticed an increase in demand for AP institute workshops, to which our program has grown to meet; bringing a more diverse group of AP teachers to UTSA each year."
“The success of APSI at UTSA stems from great collaboration, coordination, and concord among Extended Education personnel,” said Salazar. “Martha Gutierrez, Extended Education Coordinator, deserves many kudos for her leadership efforts.”
The next AP Summer Institute is being planned for August 2015. Teachers can benefit from Extended Education and the Academy for Teacher Excellence year-round.
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