Educators prepare for 1998 Advanced Placement summer institutes at UTPA
Posted: 06/26/1998
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High school and middle school teachers from across the United States will be at The University of Texas Pan American this summer for the 1998 Advanced Placement Summer Institute conducted by the UTPA Center for Continuing Education.

More than 400 teachers seeking certification in the Advanced Placement Program will receive a rigorous week of training for the cooperative educational program involving secondary schools, colleges and the College Board.

The Advanced Placement Program consists of 32 college-level courses and examinations in 17 academic disciplines for highly motivated students in secondary schools.

AP courses are offered in more than 11,000 high schools in every state in the United States, every province and territory in Canada, and 63 other countries. Students who successfully complete the AP courses are recommended to colleges of their choice, which then grant credit, advanced placement, or both, depending on institutional policies.

"Teachers are coming from all over the United States to take this course,'' said Susan P. Miller, community education program coordinator for UTPA's Center for Continuing Education. "The best teachers are teachers who never stop learning."

According to Miller, the summer AP training program held at UTPA which has grown steadily over the last three years, allows educators the opportunity to meet other educators from different parts of the country and gives them the opportunity to share learning tools.

Miller said the summer program began at UTPA with 57 participants in 1996 and has grown to more than 400 in 1998.

Lupe A. Gonzalez, superintendent for the Mission Independent School District, said that more than 40 Mission school teachers will participate in the summer program at UTPA and the district's students will be the beneficiaries.

"We have made a concerted effort to show these kids the benefits they can receive from programs such as these," Gonzalez said. "The more programs we provide for the teachers, the more programs we can provide for our students."

Gonzalez said there has been a dramatic increase in student interest towards the AP programs in the past two years.

The summer institute at UTPA offers teachers AP certification in Biology (June 22-26), Calculus (July 6-10), Chemistry (June 22-26), Computer Science (July 13-17), Economics (July 6-10), English Language and Literature (July 20-24), Environmental Science (July 12-17), Physics (June 15-19), Spanish Language and Literature (July 18-26), US Government (July 6-71) and US History (July 20-24) also, High School Biology (June 15-19), High School English (July 20-24), Middle School English (July 20-24), High School Mathematics (July 6-10), Middle School Mathematics (July 6-10), High School Social Studies (July 13-17), and Middle School Social Studies (July 8-10).

For more information contact Miller at 956-384-5912.