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ATC Frequently Asked Questions

Advanced Teacher Capacity offers professional development in mathematics, statistics, and modeling for mathematics teachers in Grades 9-12. The project is funded by a grant from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents. The ATC project offers two programs during summer 2015, each with follow-up during the 2015-16 school year: Modspar and QUANT.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does it cost to attend an ATC program?
The registration fee for each of the summer ATC programs is $100.  Ask your school district administrators if they will pay your registration fee and reimburse your mileage.  The $100 registration fee is returned to ATC scholars after the summer institute in the form of teacher stipends.  Each teacher receives a stipend of $40 per day or $280 for all 7 days (5 days in June or July plus 2 days in August) of the summer institute.  Meals and parking are provided.  Scholars who live more than 45 miles from Athens receive free accommodations on campus.

Can I attend both QUANT and Modspar in the same summer?
Absolutely!  You can attend the QUANT institute in June and the Modspar institute in July.  Both groups come together for the combined presentation days in August and the 1-day follow-up workshops in October and February.   There are no scheduling conflicts between the two programs.   

Where are the accommodations for residential participants, and will I have to share a room?
Residential scholars stay on campus in a renovated dorm with air conditioning.  The dorm is typically within walking distance of the institute classroom.  This summer, residential scholars will stay in Bromley Hall uptown and classes will take place in Morton Hall.  Meals will be at a dining hall or food court on campus.  You are not required to share a room, although this option is available for teachers who request it.  You will have access to common areas in the dorm to socialize and work with other scholars.  Parking passes are provided for designated lots only.

Are the facilities handicap accessible and ADA compliant?
Yes, a limited number of ADA compliant residential rooms are available on campus, and handicapped parking spaces are available throughout campus.  Please contact program manager Mary Harmison at for further information and to make her aware of your specific needs.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
In many cases, yes.  Please contact program manager Mary Harmison at for further information.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending an ATC program?
Yes, all scholars receive a certificate of completion, which can be used for CEUs. The 1-week summer institute is 33 contact hours; follow-up workshops are 6 contact hours each (4 days = 24 contact hours); and bi-weekly online webinars are an additional 1.5 hours each (18 webinars = 27 contact hours).  Scholars who attend all meetings and online webinars for either QUANT or Modspar will complete a total of 84 contact hours by the end of the program.  Scholars who attend both institutes in the same year (with combined follow-up workshops and online webinars) will complete 117 contact hours.

What is the cost for graduate credit? How many credit hours are earned? When will the course show on my transcript?
Those who enroll in an ATC summer program for graduate credit pay a reduced tuition fee of $600 in addition to the $100 registration fee.  Each program is 4 semester hours of graduate credit, comprised of 2 hours of mathematics credit and 2 hours of mathematics education credit.  The course will be complete and grades will be posted at the end of the second summer session. They should show on your transcript by early fall.

Will the ATC program pay for my substitute teacher on the days I attend the two follow-up workshops?
For 2015-16, the ATC program will reimburse your school district up to $85 per day for the cost of your substitute teacher.

How do I apply? 
Applying is easy.  There are three steps.  First, preregister online here.  Second, after you preregister, we will send you an application packet with two forms you will complete and return.  Finally, to complete your registration, you must pay your $100 registration fee.   You can mail your forms to Mary Harmison, 107 McCracken Hall, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979 or submit your forms as an email attachment to Mary Harmison at  Checks made out to Ohio University can be mailed to the same address, or you can make an online payment by debit or credit card.

When should I make my $600 tuition payment for optional graduate credit? 
If you plan to enroll in the graduate courses, you can wait to make your $600 tuition payment until after your acceptance in the Modspar or QUANT program has been confirmed.  Your $600 tuition fee must be paid by the first day of the summer institute.

For more information about ATC, contact Mary Harmison.

The total estimated costs for the 2015-2016 ATC project are $325,906, which includes a $184,829 grant of federal funds from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents, covering approximately 56.7% of the total costs.