CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Teachers are arguably one of the most important resources we have. They mold not only our future, but the future of the next generation and nurture a student’s dreams. From July 24-27, educators from the Coastal Bend and beyond became students as they attended the Advance Placement Summer Institute (APSI) to expand their knowledge on the Advance Placement (AP) and Pre-Advance Placement subjects they teach. It was held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
“Our goal was to work collaboratively with our Region 2 school districts to provide a College Board endorsed summer institute, offering the courses needed to provide AP continuing professional education to our teachers,” said Crystal Seehorn, APSI Director, and Events and Conferences Manager in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Office of Community Outreach. “It was wonderful to work closely with our school districts to have so many new and experienced teachers on our campus. I am already looking forward to the 2018 APSI.”
The APSI instructed teachers in a variety of subjects including AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, Pre-AP Mathematics and English for middle and high school, to name a few. College Board endorsed consultants from across Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma taught teachers how to apply concrete strategies to implement effective AP curriculum and develop strategies to prepare students for success in college-level course work. An AP course and successful AP exam earns a student college credit while still in high school.
“The APSI has helped me learn how to better communicate AP lessons to my students, making teaching classes simpler and my lessons easier to absorb,” stated Beatrice Trevino, a Pre-AP and AP teacher at Richard King High School, who also is an Islander alum.
The agenda for the week had teachers busy from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. every day for four days. It also allowed these instructors to collaborate and talk with fellow teachers and exchange thoughts and ideas of how to teach.
“From the Pre-AP teachers, I’m gaining knowledge of what their struggles are, so I know as an AP teacher how I can better teach in my classroom,” said Dr. Usha Gurumurthy, an AP English teacher at W.B. Ray High School who received her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
While the APSI’s are primarily teacher-orientated workshops, there are many APSI public workshops that not only teachers can attend, but education coordinators, administrators and anyone who wants to deepen their AP programs to prepare students for the future of college.
To learn more about the courses offered at the 2017 APSI or to be part of the 2018 APSI, visit http://APSI.tamucc.edu