Lafayette

Jul 28, 2014 8:24 AM by AP

Teachers get 'advanced placement' training

A program in Lafayette is helping 150 Louisiana teachers learn how to bring the rigor of advanced placement education to their students.

The Advertiser reports that the Lafayette Parish School System and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are hosting an Advanced Placement Summer Institute for middle and high school teachers. The institute began July 14 and continues through this week.

Participating teachers are learning about new techniques, testing procedures and resources for AP classes.

Lafayette Parish Academic Specialist Randy Bernard said the institute is working with both new and experienced advanced placement teachers.

"For new AP teachers, they are learning about the AP test, what's on the test, what skills they need to focus on," Bernard said. "For the more experienced teachers, the consultants will give examples of things that are more focused on pedagogy and techniques."

Kimberly Foreman has been teaching AP for about four years and currently works at St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles. This week, she is learning more about teaching her AP psychology students.

"It's about high rigor, about challenging the students," Foreman said. "I think it gives them an idea of what college is going to be like. It's definitely more demanding."

Bernard said all AP classes are designed to be college-level.

"For example, an AP English course is designed to prepare students for their third semester of English in college," he said. "If you score well on the exams, most universities take that as an indication that you are ready for sophomore English."

Although students are not required to take an AP exam, Bernard said it is highly encouraged, and there are mechanisms in place to help students cover the cost, if necessary.

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