UTSA hosts Advanced Placement institute for teachers from 25 districts

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(Aug. 10, 2010)--Teachers from more than 25 school districts furthered their education last week as part of the UTSA Advanced Placement Summer Institute. Hosted by the UTSA Office of Extended Education, the institute is designed to update new and experienced high school AP teachers on course standards and teaching methods.

Courses are taught by College Board consultants who have proven experience as leaders and presenters in their fields. Classes began with a presentation by Marcheta Evans, associate dean in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development and director of UTSA's summer institute.

Sandra McCutcheon, coordinator of the UTSA Office of Extended Education, said teachers from Texas and other states including Illinois, Mississippi and Louisiana attended the four-day course, which ran last week on the Main Campus.

"We are excited to host the institute. The mission of UTSA is to educate leaders for the future," said McCutcheon. "A great way to do that is to help pre-college teachers by exposing them to the latest learning techniques and strategies."

Courses offered include:

  • AP chemistry and biology for new teachers
  • AP calculus and physics for experienced teachers
  • AP English language and composition for new and experienced teachers
  • Pre-AP high school English for new and experienced teachers
  • Pre-AP high school math for new teachers

Participants will receive a certificate of completion and 3.0 CEUs for 30 contact hours. The institute is endorsed by the Southwestern Region of the College Board.

The UTSA Office of Extended Education provides continuing education for the community through various programs and workshops. The office, directed by Frank Salazar, is at the university's Downtown Campus.

For information about additional programs and plans for next year's Advanced Placement Summer Institute, call 210-458-2411.