Beginning of the 24th Annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute




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University of Arkansas Enrollment Services will welcome 159 faculty and 11 consultants to the 24th annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute beginning this week.

The summer institute will provide professional development opportunities for middle and high school teachers to improve their teaching skills for advanced-level courses. Teachers from across the state and region will be trained in 11 AP subjects throughout the week.

“Advanced teacher placement training is a key part of delivering AP classes across the country, and we are pleased to provide this support to teachers in our state and region.” said Suzanne McCray, vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions. “The University of Arkansas deeply appreciates the exceptional teaching these teachers provide and the incredible results of their work. Each year, we award more than 25,000 hours of AP and IB credits to incoming students, and we know that these students are prepared to succeed in rigorous university courses.

This year will mark the first time that APSI will be held in person on the U of A campus since July 2019. In 2020 and 2021, training moved to a virtual format in light of concerns surrounding COVID-19. The in-person return will allow for a more robust set of training sessions and activities for teachers, including a reception hosted by the Honors College at Gearhart Hall on Wednesday evening. Amanda Peebles, Program Advisor for Gifted Programs and Advanced Placement, Arkansas Department of Education, will also be on hand to welcome teachers to the institute.

“We are thrilled to have the Summer Institute in person again this year,” said Emily Wright, Associate Director of APSI and Nationally Competitive Awards Office. “Inviting AP teachers to spend time on campus is a wonderful way to share what the University has to offer their students.”

During the week-long APSI, 11 consultants will serve as “super” teachers, sharing teaching best practices for instructing high school students taking advanced-level courses. They will provide 30 hours of instruction and participating teachers will receive professional development credit for their work. Each consultant is approved by the College Board.

This year’s AP Consultants will lead sessions in the following areas:

Lisa Baker (from Wilburton, Okla.), English Literature and Composition for Senior Teachers

Maridella Carter (Blue Spring, Mo.), English Literature and Composition for New Teachers

Matt Cone (Plano, Texas), United States History

Stats for David Ferris (Noblesville, Ind.), Noblesville, Ind.

Marjorie Hunter (Marion) world history

Matt Pedlow (Chelsea, Michigan) economics – macro and micro

· Bernie Phelan (Barrington, Illinois), English language and composition for senior teachers

Katie Stueart (Fayetteville) English Language and Composition for New Teachers

Calculation by Dickie Thomasson (Fayetteville) AB

Biology Marshall Welch (Alpena)

David Wentz (Fayetteville) chemistry

Enrollment Services received a $170,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Education to support the 2022 summer institute. The grant enables the U of A to provide public school teachers with Arkansas who teach AP or pre-AP funding to cover enrollment costs. The Department of Education also supports two other in-state summer institutes at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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