A Fabulous New Resource for Expanding Access to AP

This new post serves a dual purpose—to let you know about a fabulous new resource that is available to help you in expanding your Advanced Placement program and to invite you to a session about that resource at the AP Annual Conference taking place in Washington DC on Saturday July 17, 2010 from 9:00-10:15 am.

The Broad Foundation took on the task of producing this resource guide, Expanding Advanced Placement Access, in order to further its mission of providing all students with preparation to succeed in college. They studied several schools and districts of various types who had successfully expanded access to and success in AP programs to traditionally under-represented student populations and determined their best practices. They looked for commonalities as well as innovative solutions to potential roadblocks and compiled what they learned into the guide so that other districts and schools could learn from their examples. The guide is very well organized and easy to read with plenty of charts, data, and real-world examples that should inspire others to take on this important task. The guide really provides you with a toolkit to help you get started or to further your efforts. You will find in it:
• An explanation of the link between AP success and college readiness.
• A step-by-step process outlining various strategies district leaders can use to expand AP access to larger numbers of low-income and minority students across the district.
• Expected resources and timeline required to implement an AP expansion program.
• Tools for building an AP support infrastructure in schools and central office.
• Suggestions for engaging parents, teachers, and your community in the expansion effort.
• Tools for identifying new prospective AP students and preparing them early for the rigors of AP coursework.
• Examples of incentives that can be used to encourage students and teachers to participate in the expansion effort.
• Suggestions for funding sources that can be used to fuel AP expansion.
Teachers, administrators, counselors would all be interested in various portions of the toolkit, but it is obviously best utilized by a team of educators working together who have agreed on a common philosophy for their AP program. One of my favorite parts of the guide begins on page 59 where there is a matrix that outlines various tasks that need to be accomplished in order to achieve successful expansion of an AP program. For each task there are Bronze (essential, for schools and districts with very limited resources), Silver (to be included when more resources are available) and Gold (nice to have if you have lots of resources to devote) standards. Districts or schools can really pick and choose to match their particular needs and resource level. Finally, there is an appendix that includes 10 really great tools such as powerpoints that have been used for parent nights, timelines, a playlet my AP student ambassadors have performed, and many other things.
To access the guide, click the link below. If that doesn’t work, google Broad Foundation, click on education, and then district resources.

Finally, remember that Luis de la Fuente of the Broad Foundation and I will be doing a session at the AP Annual Conference taking place in Washington DC on Saturday July 17, 2010 from 9:00-10:15 am. We will discuss the guide and allow participants to discuss strategies that they have successfully utilized to expand their AP programs. If you come up to me at the session and say that you read my blog, I just MIGHT have a special prize for you.


One Response to “A Fabulous New Resource for Expanding Access to AP”

  1. Cedric French-Galan Says:

    This is great material. My school has pretty strong AP Program, but we always want to improve it. Dixie is always at the front of new ideas and ways to help our students. Thanks so much for sharing. I look forward to reading your next post.

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