USD hosts history institute

USD hosts history institute Area high school teachers recently attended a week-long U.S. History Advanced Placement (AP) Institute at The University of South Dakota.

The institute provided high school teachers with the content, teaching approaches and information about the AP course needed to prepare their students to take the AP examinations.

The workshop was led by USD professors Kurt Hackemer and Robert Hilderbrand and Dr. Geoffrey Morrison of Clayton, MO. Morrison has served as an AP grader for the U.S. history exam since 1988 and has led workshops for AP teachers at universities throughout the Midwest every summer since 1993. High school students can receive college credit for their scores on the AP examination.

Participants were eligible for college credit at USD for the institute, according to Hackemer.

"I think the teachers went away with a lot of information they can use in their classrooms," Hackemer said. "They went and did something on their own time to make them better teachers."

The institute was supported in part with university Reinvestment Through Efficiencies resources from the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Teachers attending the workshop include Brian Daughters of Mitchell, Kent Anderson of Renner, Jon Iverson of Watertown, Tim Hollar of White River, Jennifer Holtgrew of Le Mars, IA, Robert A. Nelson of Elkhom, NE, and Kivett Gresham of Taejon, South Korea.

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