AP Summer Institute Provides Strategies to Increase Student Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2017

Contact Information:
Susan Paulsen
720-502-4734
spaulsen@coloradoedinitiative.org

College Board-certified program focuses on providing equitable access to all students

AP for All Summer InstituteDenver, Colorado – More than half of U.S. high school students who show potential to succeed in rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) coursework never enroll in AP courses. Yet, research shows that high school students who take AP classes are far more likely to attend and graduate from college.

That’s why The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), has partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to host the College Board-certified AP for All Summer Institute (APSI). This one-of-a-kind training event provides AP teachers with the tools, strategies, and resources to ensure all students succeed — including those who aren’t top achievers, and students who are learning English or living in poverty.

Jaylynn Johnson is one of those students. The 2016 Vista Peak Preparatory School graduate will share her story about the impact of challenging oneself in rigorous AP coursework during this year’s APSI opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 10 in the Turnhalle Room of the Tivoli Building at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU).

The 2017 APSI will provide instruction for more than 600 teachers from around the country and the globe. Institute presenters will work with teachers to develop deeper content knowledge in their AP subjects, and identify strategies to effectively reach diverse student populations — students who might not otherwise consider enrolling in AP classes.

Dubbed “the highest-rated APSI in the west,” this professional learning opportunity is part of CEI’s Colorado Legacy Schools (CLS) — a local replication of NMSI’s proven College Readiness Program. CLS supports students in both geographically and demographically diverse schools.

“College success begins with high school success and an early introduction to the rigorous coursework students will encounter in college. Students who have the advantage of AP classes are more likely to go to college and graduate from college,” said CLS Director Greg Hessee. Our CLS program is helping to make AP a reality for all students. It works to dramatically increase the number and diversity of high school students succeeding in AP math, science, and English courses. It also encourages them to pursue majors and careers in the rapidly-growing STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).”

Follow #CEIapsi17 to interact and engage during the institute.

About The Colorado Education Initiative
The Colorado Education Initiative is an independent nonprofit working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, educators, schools, districts, and other public education stakeholders to accelerate educational improvement and innovation across Colorado. CEI envisions that every student in Colorado is prepared and unafraid to succeed in school, work, and life, and ready to take on the challenges of today, tomorrow, and beyond.

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