Small schools in rural communities often have a hard time finding enough students and teachers to offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes. In Iowa, the state has worked to deal with the problem by offering online AP classes through the UI College of Education’s Belin-Blank Center.
STEM-talented middle school students in 11 high-poverty districts in rural Iowa are participating in the UI Belin-Blank Center’s STEM Excellence and Leadership program that will build a pipeline to high school AP courses. Economically-vulnerable students often fall through the cracks without specialized programming, according to center director Susan Assouline.
Oskaloosa native Brett Burk has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to pursue an English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan for 2015-16. Burk graduated from the University of Iowa in December 2014 with a B.A. in linguistics and an emphasis in teaching English as a second language (ESL).