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June 28, 2011

ULM offers summer institute for teachers

For the eighth year in a row, the University of Louisiana at Monroe will offer its Advanced Placement Summer Institute for teachers June 27-30.

The institute covers both AP and Pre-AP courses and subject-specific professional development opportunities.

AP programs offer rigorous academic courses for students who are looking for an educational challenge.

The APSI provides teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses and to utilize Pre-AP teaching strategies.

ULM APSI sessions include an overall view of course syllabi along with extensive discussions of course planning and management.

The sessions also focus on selecting materials and preparing students for the AP exam.

The Institute is an opportunity for teachers to network with other teachers in their subject area.

"ULM's AP Institute provides a tremendous professional development opportunity for both new and experienced AP teachers," said Dr. Sandra Lemoine, dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

"Valuable ideas and resources are shared as teachers from the region and beyond come together for this unique learning experience."

APSI Director Tina Allen and her associates have been praised for creating a supportive atmosphere and the ideal APSI.

"We have 91 participants registered," said Allen. "Most teach in Louisiana, but some also from Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Oregon. We even have one that teaches in an international school in Thailand."

Participants have noted that the institute offers a variety of learning strategies within engaging and inspirational sessions. College Board endorsed Consultants lead APSI sessions.

The consultants have many years experience in AP and some continue to come back to ULM year after year.

"ULM is the perfect APSI," said consultant Richard Chambers. "The campus and community provide a wonderful setting for a relaxed summer institute."

According to the College Board Web site, taking AP courses also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges

Eighty-five percent of selective colleges and universities report that a student's AP experience favorably impacts admissions decisions.

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