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The Advanced Placement Summer Institute comes to NMSU

High School teachers from southern New Mexico will have the opportunity to become board certified to teach advanced placement courses by attending the Advanced Placement Summer Institute June 23-27 on the New Mexico State University campus.

The Advanced Placement Summer Institute is a training program for high school teachers to receive College Board certification as well as certification to teach advanced placement courses.

"The institute has been around for a while, but this is its second year at NMSU," said Eric Lopez, Stan Fulton Endowed Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools. "It was so successful last year, we were asked to host again."

This year, 150 high school teachers from school districts across the southwest participate in 12 different sessions taught by consultants who are certified through the College Board throughout the U.S. The sessions will cover all of the core classes including English, chemistry, biology, government, calculus and history.

"Our goal is to provide professional development opportunities so that teachers will be able to provide AP courses in southern New Mexico," said Michelle Saenz, program coordinator for the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

Lopez said New Mexico Highlands holds the grant to the institute and divides it among the three universities, including the University of New Mexico. This year the institute was funded by the Public Education Department.

The College of Education hosts the institute as part of its goal of outreach in the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Its goal is to improve education for teachers as well as children and families particularly those in rural and border areas of the state. The Alliance also conducts other activities for educators.

Lopez and Saenz said they hope funding will be available to make the institute an annual event for the Alliance because it gives them the opportunity to partner with other universities in the state and also provides professional development to the southern part of the state.

Registration for the Advanced Placement Summer Institute is closed.

For more information call Saenz at (575) 646-1348.