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( June 23, 1999)
LEOLA TEACHER PARTICIPATES IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT INSTITUTE HELD AT SDSM& T
Julie George, a teacher in the Leola School District, is participating in an Advanced Placement ( AP) Institute on English Literature and Composition being held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) the week of June 21- 25, 1999. The institute is being taught by Dr. Kathy Antonen, SDSM& T Associate Professor of Humanities, and Dr. Leonard Kupersmith, an AP consultant from Joplin, Missouri.
The purpose of the institute is to provide high school teachers with the content, teaching approaches, and information about the AP examinations needed to prepare their students to take the College Board’s AP examinations.
“ AP exams are designed to test a student’s competence in an area of undergraduate study,” said Kupersmith. “ The exams given in the middle two weeks of May provide a goal for students taking the class and a common ‘ adversary’ for instructor and students to overcome. By testing at the end of the school year, the AP program motivates students to remain focused through their year,” he added.
The week- long institute at SDSM& T is one of four AP institutes being offered by the South Dakota Board of Regents in response to requests from high school teachers. Additional AP institutes being offered include: Calculus ( South Dakota State University, July 19- 23), Chemistry ( Northern State University, July 12- 16), Computer Science ( Dakota State University, July 19- 23), Physics ( South Dakota State University, July 12- 16), and United States History ( University of South Dakota, Vermillion, July 25- 30). Enrollment at each institute is limited to 25 participants. Two hours of graduate credit are optional.
Each year the AP is available the state of South Dakota has seen an increase in participants. Comparing 1988 statistics to 1998 statistics looks as follows:
1988 – 5% of South Dakota high schools offered AP programs
1998 – 19% of South Dakota high schools offered AP programs
1988 – 169 South Dakota students took AP exams
1998 – 1,086 South Dakota students took AP exams
Photo caption: Julie George ( 2nd from right) receives her certificate of completion for attending the AP Institute at SDSM& T from AP consultant Dr. Leonard Kupersmith ( far left), Vice President of SDSM& T Dr. Karen Whitehead ( 2nd from left), and SDSM& T Assoc Professor of Humanities Dr. Kathy Antonen ( far right).
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