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St. Vrain partners with CEI to host AP educators

11th annual AP for All Summer Institute will take place at Erie High School

Erie High School will be host to Colorado Education Initiative’s 11th annual Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute.

Educators from across the state will gather at Erie, hosted by the Colorado Education Initiative partnering for the first time with a school district to host the event. The Institute will offer educators training to ensure AP students succeed, including those typically underrepresented in AP courses like students of color and students experiencing poverty.

“CEI, St. Vrain and Erie High School share a commitment to increasing access to rigorous and relevant learning experiences, which are critical to expanding student pathways to graduation,” CEI CEO Rebecca Holmes said in a release. “We are thrilled to continue investing in teachers with the programming, support and connections to successfully engage all students in this work. We are proud to highlight and partner with districts such as St. Vrain that are driving innovation focused on student equity and outcomes.” 

The St. Vrain Valley School District has been recognized by the College Board for an increase in overall participation, participation of students of color and growth in AP exam scores. Over the past five years, total AP student enrollment in the district has increased by 43% to more than 5,400 students.

That includes a 92% increase in Hispanic students and a 50% increase in Black students taking AP exams.

“Our success as a district and as a high school in increasing student enrollment in AP courses and performance on AP exams demonstrates that when students are provided with great teachers and AP curriculum equity, academic excellence is the result,” Erie High School principal Matt Buchler said. “Having attended the APSI ourselves for years, we are excited to co-host the 2022 experience, bringing top level AP instructors looking to improve their practices together in a collaborative forum with other like-minded educators.” 

Erie High School was one of the first Colorado high schools to start an AP Capstone program, according to the release.

APSI offerings include 40 hours of programming July 11-14 for new and experienced AP teachers in more than a dozen subjects, as well as a Capstone Summer Institute for AP Seminar and AP Research educators.

CEI with St. Vrain and Erie High School has also been selected to host the first ever in-person Pre-AP Summer Institute in June.