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Landers selected to participate in College Board's AP Reading in English Language and Composition

Landers selected to participate in College Board's AP Reading in English Language and Composition

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MT. PLEASANT- Michael Landers, AP English teacher at Mt. Pleasant High School, was selected to participate in the College Board’s annual AP Reading in English Language and Composition this summer.

Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections on the AP exams.

Those selected as AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum where academic dialogue between educators is fostered and encouraged.

“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and Instruction at the College Board, said. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talents educators like Mr. Landers.”

As an 18-year teacher and 15-year AP veteran, Landers said he had always heard this professional development opportunity is the highest-level opportunity a teacher can achieve outside of National Board Certification.

“The stories of those who have attended posted on education blogs and forums nationwide have all detailed the amazing way in which teachers are treated as true professionals,” Landers said. “This was on my educational bucket list, so I went out on a limb and decided to apply last spring.”

Because of his selection, Landers will get an all-expense paid trip to Kansas City where he will have six days of training with teachers and professionals from around the world. He will also receive an additional stipend for scoring this year’s AP English Language and Composition exams.

Landers plans to create a digital media presentation to share with Cabarrus County Schools.

“My goal will be to take the opportunity and pay-it-forward to other teachers in our area,” Landers said. “I normally have been a participant in Cabarrus County Schools’ curriculum writing each June for the past five years. I will have to forgo that local opportunity this year for this national opportunity, but will be happy to learn more and share in the future.”

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“It’s 13 years worth of work for these kids and so I think that taking the opportunity to celebrate them and all their individual paths is what we have to do. And so I’m glad that they took the opportunity this morning. I’m glad to see so many parents and as I’m looking at all of them now, they’re smiling, they’re happy, this is what life’s supposed to be.”

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