Supported by a three-year grant from The College Board, Gail Kaplan, TU professor of mathematics, heads a triple-pronged pilot program designed to boost the number of Maryland students who pass Advance Placement (AP) calculus examination. A passing score enables a student to get college credits or advanced placement at most universities.
Kaplan was selected to play a key role in the university’s All SYSTEMs Go program, a STEM-education initiative launched in 2013 by Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D., Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Education.
“Towson is the only university in the country that offers an undergraduate seminar in how to teach AP calculus,” she continues. “The College Board is extremely interested in this aspect of our partnership because so many calculus teachers are at or beyond retirement age.”
But TU doesn’t just teach undergraduates how to teach the subject. Kaplan and the summer workshop instructs educators already teaching in Maryland counties how to get creative to plan hands-on, student-centered lessons to help their pupils not only understand calculus concepts but prepare for the AP exam.