Our courses are taught by experienced teachers that are endorsed by the College Board.
Gain insight into the AP exam
Network with other AP teachers in your discipline
Get ideas for curriculum development
Exchange ideas with other AP teachers
Share teaching strategies and best practices
What you can expect at our College Board endorsed summer institute:
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
U.S. Government & Politics
U. S. History
The Smoky Mountain Advanced Placement institute is managed by Maryville College. We have an agreement with the College Board which ensures our program's quality Topics that are covered include:
AP courses: goals, objectives, content, resources, bibliographies, and equipment
The AP Examination: how it is developed and graded
Syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments
How to refresh and improve existing AP courses
Recent changes in AP Course Descriptions
Strategies for teaching students at beginning or intermediate levels
In addition to course time, we also have time set aside for social activities such as
Mountain Challenge. AP participants will have an opportunity to sign up for this fun, get-to-know-you event scheduled the first night of the conference. Mountain Challenge will provide a high quality outdoor experience, designed especially for AP teachers. Taking into account the diversity found within a group of individuals, the mountain challenge experience uses personalized outdoor learning techniques to make an impact. Your experience will help you get acquainted with the other participants and give you ideas to take back to your classroom.
Continuing Education Units
The Tennessee Department of Education recognizes continuing education units (CEU’s) earned at the Advanced Placement Summer Institute for teacher licensing renewal. Teachers with 100% attendance records at the AP Summer Institute may receive 3.0 CEU’s for participation in this week long workshop. Attendance at all class sessions is required for teachers to be awarded CEU credit. Participants from other states should check with their local systems about license renewal credit. Participants who attend 90% or more of the AP Summer Institute will receive a certificate of participation. Those who miss more than 10% will not be eligible to receive a certificate of participation.
About Maryville College
Located in Maryville, Tenn., Maryville College is ideally situated between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). With a focus on the liberal arts, College faculty and staff are dedicated to teaching the skills and providing the opportunities for students to be successful and make a difference in the world.