15-Year-Old Student Opens 2018 AP Summer Institute with a Challenge for Teachers

July 9, 2018

July 9, 2018

“Hi. My name is Irie Sentner. I’m 15 years old and a rising junior at Durango High School.”

With those words, Irie Sentner kicked off the 2018 Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute (APSI) with a powerful keynote address that encouraged teachers to “recruit broadly, recruit inclusively” for their Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Sentner spoke passionately about the extreme disparities in ethnic demographics among AP students. He discussed why these disparities exist, and expressed an urgent need for closing the gap.

“It is the responsibility of the teachers in this nation to nurture the ability of every student and to present them every single possible opportunity in order to provide my generation both the skills and the confidence that we need for success,” he said. “Students cannot change their race or their class, but you (the teachers), as the people that we look up to most, can ensure that every single person that walks into your classroom has the ability to forge the life that they want and the opportunity to succeed.” Read the entire speech here.

More than 600 AP educators from across the nation and around the world are attending this year’s College Board-endorsed professional development event. Teachers from a diverse range of educational environments will spend the week discovering strategies to ensure all students succeed — including students typically underrepresented in AP courses such as students of poverty and color. Follow #CEIapsi2018 on social media for more insight into this year’s event.

Accelerating High School Redesign: Summer Camp for Educators

Rock Climbing. Javelin Throwing. Food Trucks. #RedesignRockstars. It all contributed to a unique and inspiring week in Denver, Colorado, where...

Animas High Class Found to Help Lower Suicide, Depression Risk

By Mary Shinn, The Journal | Students had lower risks for suicide and fewer symptoms of depression after participating in...

It’s Time to Change Colorado’s School Accountability System

The Denver Post  |  December 18, 2018 Nearly a decade ago, our state laid a new foundation for evaluating the...

Elliott Asp Presents at iNACOL

Educators in New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado and California have embarked on an ambitious journey to fundamentally rethink the roles of...