Carman-Ainsworth teachers serve in exchange program

FLINT TWP. — A new CAFE is coming to Carman Ainsworth High School in the fall. But this one will serve college level instruction to Advanced Placement students via a teacher exchange program with the University of Michigan-Flint.

The Carman-Ainsworth-UMFlint CAFÉ (Collaboration and Faculty Exchange) was conceived about two years ago in ongoing conversations between CA Superintendent Bill Haley, CA Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Steve Tunnicliff and UM-F Education Dean Laura Jo Finney.

“The initiative came from an interest to partner with universities in a manner that benefits our students, our teachers and the university,” Tunnicliff said

Advanced Placement (AP) students will have a regular opportunity to experience college level instruction without having to give up their high school experience, he said.

CAHS teachers will get to work with content specialists at the college level and in turn the college professors get to collaborate with teachers preparing their next generation of students.

UM-F faculty will be paired with CA teachers who teach similar subjects in AP courses.

CAHS teachers participating in the CAFE are Jessica Moore, Calculus; Julie Lawrence, Biology: Avideh Lotfi, Chemistry; Judy Hillis, English, Phil DuPuis, Psychology; and Mike Stewart, World History. Their UM-F counterparts have not yet been identified.

The exchange will involve UM-F faculty coming to CAHS to teach and CAHS teachers and AP students going to the UM-Flint campus.

Dean Finney first met with AP teachers in the spring but the first formal meeting took place June 1. Another planning meeting will be held in late August but teachers are also planning informal meetings during the summer, Tunnicliff said.

The CAFE structure calls for four occasions when UM-F faculty come to CAHS and four times when CAHS teachers go to campus during the fall term and again during the winter term. Whether these units are done in one week or spread out across the term is left up to the individual teachers to determine what will provide a meaningful exchange, Tunnicliff said.

CAHS students will visit the UM-Flint campus on two additional occasions during winter term to participate in a college level course or lab experience.

To challenge its brightest students, CA added AP Biology and AP World History courses in the past two years and is considering adding AP Accounting, Tunnicliff said.

CAHS has seen a 150 percent increase in AP enrollment in the past seven years, he said. There are 257 students enrolled in AP courses next fall.

Tunnicliff also announced at a recent school board meeting that Apple iPads have been purchased to equip an iPad lab and for the individual use of the aforementioned AP teachers. The purchase is unrelated to the CAFE program but potentially will be an asset to collaboration in educational technology, he said.

The iPads were purchased with funds from the district’s technology budget, he said. AP teachers have access to them during the summer to begin planning applications.

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