The College of Education’s Center for STEM Education hosted the 2016 AP Summer Institute (APSI) at South Central High School in Greenville June 27 – June 30. More than 120 educators from across the state and country attended this year’s APSI, which is more than double the amount of participation from last year.
“This is the fourteenth year that ECU’s College of Education has hosted the AP Summer Institute,” said APSI Director, Dr. Lori Flint. “Our goal is to train highly qualified teachers to bring more rigor to their classrooms and expose more students in rural areas to AP courses.”
Flint attributed the increase in participation to the addition four new AP sessions: AP US History, AP Psychology, AP English Language and AP English Literature. Previous APSI’s offered only STEM AP sessions including: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1 and AP Statistics.
“AP courses enhance student skills and better prepare them for college-level work,” added APSI Coordinator Ann McClung. “First-year college students who have taken these classes are much better writers than students who were never exposed to AP coursework.”
Each session is four-days long and is taught by a certified College Board consultant who has taught the AP course, served as an exam reader for several years and received additional training from the College Board.
Participants pay $575 for 30 hours of intensive training over four days. The fee for the non-residential institute covers training materials, snacks and lunch. The ECU APSI is a College Board endorsed non-residential summer institute.
“Our consultants have been unbelievable,” said Flint. “The sessions have been so engaging our participants hardly take time for snacks or lunch. They are not only getting expert advice on how to prepare students for AP exams they are also networking and learning about best practices from their peers.”
ECU College of Education CSTEM AP Summer Institute
- AP Biology – Instructor, Tom Willis of Saint Simons Island, GA
- AP Calculus AB – Instructor, Deb Castello of Orlando, FL
- AP Chemistry – Instructor, Linda Kruegel of Hertfort, NC
- AP Environmental Science – Instructor, Gordon Chenery of Nashville, TN
- AP Physics 1 – Instructor, Jiang Yu of Fitchburg, MA
- AP Statistics – Instructor, Gloria Barrett of Pittsboro, NC
NEW for 2016
- AP US History – Instructor, Jose Gregory of Dunwoody, GA
- AP English Language – Instructor, Terry W. Filippo of Clemson, SC
- AP English Literature – Instructor, Patricia Whyte of Bluffton, SC
- AP Psychology – Instructor, Nancy Fenton of Trevor, WI
Above – Instructor Jose Gregory of Dunwoody, GA, leads the AP US History session during the 2016 APSI.