Two-hundred thirty high school teachers from Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Missouri plan to attend the target=_blank>2012 Advanced Placement Institute scheduled July 8-13 at Millsaps College.
The intense weeklong institute prepares teachers to teach the college-level classes and is required for AP© certification by the Mississippi State Department of Education.
Workshops will be offered in biology, calculus (beginning and experienced), chemistry, economics, English literature and composition (beginning and experienced), English language and composition, United States history and world history.
Ten College Board-endorsed consultants from Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, Illinois, and South Carolina will teach the workshops.
Nola Gibson, head of continuing education at Millsaps College, said the training offered to AP teachers significantly strengthens the curricula in dozens of school districts.
"Our AP Institute trains teachers, who challenge students to perform at their highest levels and are prepared to enter college more prepared to excel," she said. Millsaps is home of the first College Board -sponsored AP Institute in Mississippi. The college has conducted AP institutes for more than 25 years and trained hundreds of teachers from Mississippi and surrounding states to instruct AP classes.
Millsaps began offering the AP Summer Teacher Institute in 1983 and is among two colleges and universities in the state that provide AP teacher workshops, she said.
Chauncey Spears, director of advanced learning and gifted programs for the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at the Mississippi Department of Education, said AP courses and other advanced learning opportunities are tools meant to help students become better prepared for college and career, which is a stated goal of the State Board of Education and also of the recently state adopted Common Core State Standards.
"AP course work allows students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, robust literacy skills, and writing skills that will be helpful in other courses in high school and during their college career and beyond," he said.
The Millsaps AP Summer Teacher Institute is co-sponsored by The College Board Southern Regional Office.