1,100 Kentucky Teachers Spend Summer Receiving Rigorous Content Training in Math, Science, and EnglishJuly 2012 Lexington, Ky. – Nearly 1100 teachers from the fields of Math, Science and English from all over the state are currently attending the Laying the Foundation training sponsored by AdvanceKentucky.
The program has once again seen unprecedented growth and AdvanceKentucky is working hard to increase access to all parts of the state. In past years the training has been exclusively in Lexington but this year it is being held in Owensboro as well. Nearly 100 teachers are taking advantage of this new training location. This is the fourth year AdvanceKentucky has offered this training and it continues to grow over the previous year's attendance and supplements the growth AdvanceKentucky has seen around the state in improving the quality and achievement in Advanced Placement courses.AdvanceKentucky's aim is to ensure that all Kentucky students are academically prepared for the rigor of technical and scientific college and career paths and to provide a foundation for future success in these fields.To help in this goal, AdvanceKentucky provides training to pre-AP teachers by offering sessions in Math, Science, and English through a national teacher training program called Laying the Foundation. Laying the Foundation training offers a unique teacher-to-teacher training program that helps prepare students for therigor of Advanced Placement courses.This program is further unique because the trainers are primarily active Kentucky teachers with active experience in their own classrooms. These trainers are nationally certified but provide a local approach to help teachers address needs specific to this state.The first week of training ran from July 10th to July 13th. Over 20 different courses were offered spanning middle school to high school level training in math, science and English. The second week is repeating the curriculum and continues through Friday, July 20th.Laying the Foundation has recently joined forces with the National Math and Science Initiative to ensure students and teachers have a seamless transition of rigorous coursework that spans grades 6-12.The organization has since been selected by PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers) to train state educator teams on implementation and assessment of the new Common Core Standards.LTF State Director Anthony Mires is excited about how this will help teachers raise the level of rigor in their classrooms. "Having this connection with NMSI and LTF and having so many teachers already exposed to the training really puts Kentucky in a unique position to not just adopt the standards but to be out in front of the changes that are coming."Offering this training in Kentucky allows teachers a chance to learn how to increase rigor in their classrooms with a proven curriculum and provides a community in which to share effective strategies to address state and national standards.
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