A.P. Institute Attracts from Abroad

More than 270 teachers from local schools and from as far away as Mexico, British Columbia and Hong Kong took part in a weeklong institute at Millikan High School recently to improve their teaching of Advanced Placement classes. The Long Beach Unified School District hosted the AP Summer Institute, which also attracted teachers from throughout California and the nation. Three years ago, LBUSD held a summer institute just for district teachers, offering workshops in five subjects. Last year, the institute offered training in 16 subjects and became sanctioned by The College Board, which administers AP tests. This year, the event offered sessions in 21 subjects. While teachers from outside the school district paid about $600 each to attend, LBUSD teachers received a stipend of $500 to attend for the week. About a third of the participants were Long Beach teachers. The school district’s Gifted and Talented Education office, coordinated by Wendy Hayes-Ebright, arranged for the training.