Professors Jackson, Schanzenbach Address Teachers at AP Summer Institute

Professors Jackson, Schanzenbach Address Teachers at AP Summer Institute

Kirabo Jackson
Professors Kirabo Jackson and Diane Schanzenbach are the keynote speakers for the eighth annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Northwestern this summer. The two School of Education and Social Policy faculty members will address nearly 300 teachers attending the workshops to prepare them for teaching AP courses.

Jackson will be the keynote speaker for the first one-week session with a talk at 11:30 a.m. on July 18. Jackson on July 18. Jackson is an assistant professor at the School of Education and Social Policy and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. His primary areas of research are the economics of education, labor economics and public finance.

Diane Schanzenbach will be the keynote speaker for the second one-week session with a talk at 11:30 a.m. on August 1. Schanzenbach is an associate professor in human development and social policy at the School of Education and Social Policy. She too is a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research.

Her primary research areas are early childhood education, accountability policy, the economics of education, childhood obesity, anti-poverty policy, and the relationship between education and health. 

Both keynote addresses introduce high school teachers to some of the major education issues that SESP faculty are studying. The first session of the institute runs from July 18 to 22, and the second session is from August 1 to 5. The institute takes place in Wieboldt Hall on the Chicago campus at 339 E. Chicago Avenue, with the keynote addresses in Rubloff Auditorium.

Diane Schanzenbach

Led by experienced members of the AP community, the Advanced Placement Summer Institute offers teachers support new and experienced AP teachers. Topics covered in the workshops include course design, text selection, responding to student feedback and using proven teaching methods. Teachers also learn about diagnosis of scores and test-taking strategies.

Training sessions are offered in 13 subject areas, including English literature, English language, economics, calculus, foreign languages, psychology, U.S. history, European history, U.S. government, world history, geography and environmental science. Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies offers the institutes, which are attended by teachers from across Chicago and the Midwest. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/30/11