The Belin-Blank Center hosts the only College Board-approved teacher training site for Advanced Placement (AP) classes in the state of Iowa. This summer, the Center will host two session of APSI on campus (June 26-29 and July 10-13) and one session online (July 17-20) for a total of 18 single-subject classes. All Iowa teachers can apply for a significant scholarship ($500) through the Belin-Blank Center to apply toward the registration fee. Additionally, anyone who completes registration by May 26th will pay a reduced cost and have the chance to win an Amazon gift card.
More information, including the specific courses offered, can be found at the APSI website.
The on-campus APSI at Iowa experience sets itself apart from other AP training opportunities in five ways:
Learning: We pride ourselves on hiring excellent instructors – veteran AP teachers themselves – who provide a wealth of ideas and strategies that participants can use with their students in the fall. The learning spaces are conducive to interactions among participants and feature fast and reliable wireless internet. Top-notch customer service coupled with breaks, snacks, and included daily lunch helps to set a perfect learning environment.
Enrichment: Iowa City is designated as a UNESCO City of Literature. We pride ourselves on creativity and innovation, and the University of Iowa campus is home to multiple museums. The Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum have special exhibits throughout the year, and the Stanley Museum of Art, which opened its doors just last year, is home to one of the best collections of African art in the world.
Shopping: Whether you are looking for Hawkeye gear or something more eclectic to bring home, Iowa City has options. The Pedestrian Mall is adjacent to campus with a variety of stores to window shop or to find a keepsake to remember your summer in Iowa City! Prairie Lights Books & Café has been a local and visitor favorite since 1978. The Coral Ridge Mall and Williamsburg Outlet Mall are both a short drive away.
Relaxation: Because learning is meant to be fun, professional learning should not be stressful. The University of Iowa campus and the surrounding area provide the perfect backdrop to foster relaxation. There is ample outdoor space to unwind and clear your thoughts. The campus is a designated arboretum with over 8,000 trees, including a horse chestnut sapling from the tree outside Anne Frank’s annex. Our participants enjoy the many walking paths and quiet neighborhoods, as well as simply sitting near the Iowa River, which runs through campus.
Welcoming: The University of Iowa is an inviting setting to learn new ideas, with a diverse and welcoming community. Participants feel safe here and appreciate the nesting of the AP training within a homey location versus a sterile hotel conference room. Iowa City has maintained a small-town feel but offers big-city amenities.
Come learn with us!