ADVANCED PLACEMENT SUMMER INSTITUTE AT WKU
June 22 - 26, 2020
July 13 - 16, 2020
Pre-AP Summer Institute
In addition to the Advanced Placement Summer Institute, The Center is also offering
the Pre-AP Summer Institute, a four-day collaborative experience that empowers participants to begin to prepare
and plan for their Pre-AP course. To find out more about his opportunity or to register,
visit the Pre-AP Summer Institute Page.
Why Attend The Center for Gifted Studies Advanced Placement Summer Institute at WKU?
“The institute rejuvenated my love for teaching. It refreshed concepts, ideas, and teaching strategies and introduced new ways to tackle hard concepts.”
“I am leaving the course with a clear game plan for the upcoming school year for maximum efficiency and student achievement.”
"As a brand-new AP teacher, I was lost coming into the workshop. However, by the end, I had a better idea how the course looks and how to execute the AP course."
"Everything that was presented either reinforced teaching practices that I have used
in the past or gave me new ways of completing teaching skills. There was no time wasted
or unnecessary information."
For one week every summer, teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) courses gather on the beautiful campus of Western Kentucky University to learn content, strategies, and pedagogy at the The Center for Gifted Studies' Advanced Placement Summer Institute, endorsed by the College Board. The combination of exceptional instruction, a wide range of courses, and a tradition of excellence means our AP Institute brings together a community of like-minded educators that sets it apart from other institutes.
Teaching AP courses are often a huge benefit of students. The article "AP: Great for Gifted High Schoolers," offers five compelling reasons why AP classes are an excellent option for gifted students.
Have questions about how AP courses differ from Dual Credit? Our article offers a clear breakdown of these two acceleration options.
Scholarships are available from College Board to qualifying teachers to attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute. To learn more, visit this information page.
The Center prides itself on providing exemplary College Board consultants, experienced AP teachers who have demonstrated their ability to help other teachers prepare to teach AP classes. Many are table readers, table leaders, test writers, and even test authors for AP exams.
Our participants say:
"Our consultant was phenomenally helpful and phenomenally knowledgeable. She also made everyone feel less anxious and more excited for the course."
“My consultant was an amazing presenter. I wish she were a colleague in my building. She is knowledgeable and caring and has a great love for her content as well as for others.”
"Our consultant was dynamic, gave real-world lesson examples, explained things in a down-to-earth way, and demonstrated a passion for his craft that inspired me."
"Our consultant gave valuable information with such passion and energy. She was a wealth of information with differential instruction for all levels of educators. I am extremely fortunate to have her in my arsenal of support for my professional development."
“The best part was the consultant’s thoroughness, attention to detail, and concern for our understanding both the assessment and how to teach it.”
"Our consultant was fabulous. She was not only knowledgeable but flexible, thoughtful, generous, and personable."
Depth and Breadth of Courses
Our AP Institute provides training in commonly requested courses like English Language and Composition and United States History, as well as harder-to-find courses such as Spanish Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, and Music Theory. We also feature many classes at the Experienced level. This range reflects our commitment to building an institute devoted to the needs of many teachers and to creating an atmosphere where learning comes in many forms.
For a list of courses offered at the next institute, click here.
A Tradition of Excellence
Since 1984, our Advanced Placement Summer Institute has assisted more than 9,000 teachers in better understanding the demands of AP classrooms and high-ability learners. It is one of the largest and longest-running College Board-endorsed institutes in the country. Some of our consultants have worked with us for years, setting a high standard and providing a model for new consultants to follow.
Larry Treadwell, who has taught AP European History at our Institute since 1992, asserts, “Of all the workshops I go to, this one has amassed the best set of instructors — truly amazing people — and has kept them for multiple years. People come because they want the best they can get, and so they have great attitudes. It makes the workshop an experience.”
When asked how our institute compares to other workshops, our participants say:
"Everything we did played a specific role in preparing me for what I will do and teach this year. I’ve been to other workshops that never got to 'the meat' of the course. This one was nothing but the meat."
"This workshop far surpasses any other professional development I have done in my 18 years as a teacher."
"Compared to other workshops I have attended, this institute has provided more content information, test-taking strategies, and class resources."
"This is the best professional development, period."
"I have been to seven AP Institutes. This one has been by far the best I have ever
attended. The others were not even close!"
A True Community of Learners
At the AP Summer Institute, relationships are key. Our participants embrace the notion of excellence in teaching and learning, and the community created among fellow teachers is unforgettable.
Our participants say:
“I loved working with others who do what I do every day and getting inspiration and ideas from them.”
"This institute was the first time I walked away belonging to a true community of learners."
“It was a wonderful way to experience true professional development with others that teach the same content.”
"The caliber of teacher coming to the AP Institute is higher than at other trainings, and the ideas being passed around are more useful."
"I really liked being with experienced AP teachers. They gave me insights on how to
overcome obstacles I face in the classroom."
"It was wonderful to spend a week soaking up all the advice and great ideas of so many experienced and talented teachers."
For more information, including registration, see the sidebar to the right.
“The institute was the missing piece: it helped me understand how I should present the course and provided me with valuable resources.”
"It added confidence and gave me the tools to provide my students with the best possible learning experience."
"I actually think I can do this now!"