Teachers gather in Midwest City to learn how to better prepare advanced placement students

The National Math and Science Initiative program allows students from military families to get extra tutoring for AP classes and exams.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Niqbal@opubco.com Modified: June 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm •  Published: June 19, 2013

When her high school bio-tech teacher suggested she study engineering in college, Docquin began making plans.

She will attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall and plans to major in chemical engineering.

Mid-Del's Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning, Silvya Kirk, said through NMSI educational progress is being made.

“John F. Kennedy said something like, ‘You can judge the progress of a nation based on the progress of its education,'” she said. “The numbers show that progress is being made here.”

Kirk first wrote the grant to attain funding in 2010 when she served as principal for Carl Albert High School.

After the grant was approved for Carl Albert, all other Mid-Del schools began participating. Lawton public schools soon followed.

“What's really amazing now is that we are starting to prepare students for AP classes when they are in third grade. We're changing the way that we teach the curriculum so that the classes build upon each other.”

The result, Fleury said, is an abundance of students finding interests in advanced classes, graduating with the knowledge needed to compete on an international level and thereby strengthening their local communities and the overall economy for years to come.

Kirk said one aspect of NMSI is positive reinforcement. Each student who passes an advanced placement test in a course associated with NMSI receives $100.

Fleury said when students are exposed to advanced training and education, they begin to believe they can succeed in AP classes.

“What's happening here is we're increasing the amount of students who enroll in AP classes. We're breaking barriers.”

To learn more about the National Math and Science Initiative visit www.nms.org.

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