My To-Do List for Improving Our AP Program

Happy New Year Everyone! As we head into a new year and a new semester, I have a long list of things to do in the coming week in order to continue expanding and improving our AP program. Perhaps my to-do list will give you some ideas of things that you might think about to improve your program as well.

1. Plan for AP Ambassador meeting after school tomorrow. I sent an email out to the kids and hope they will show up to pick up their new and very classy t-shirts. We need to make plans for Friday’s AP Scholar reception and to start figuring out how we will encourage students to register for AP exams this year when the cost has gone up (our state budget cut the subsidy they have provided for AP exam fees.) In your school, how do you get students involved in promoting the AP program?
2. Finish details for the AP Scholar reception on Friday. We have food ordered, invitations sent out, patches and program are ready. It will be great to see some of our alumni and hear about their first semester in college. These kids will do a great job of encouraging current students to take full advantage of our school’s AP offerings. How do you make use of your alumni and celebrate the success of your AP program?
3. Organize requests for campus award money. Texas has provided funds for improvement of AP programs and teachers at our school and two feeder middle schools have submitted grant proposals that have to be presented to a committee for funding decisions. Have you talked to your school/district leadership about setting aside funds for improving your AP program? This is the time to request funds that will be needed this summer and next year.
4. Register teachers for upcoming training opportunities. We will be sending teachers to College Board and LTF training both during the spring semester and this summer. Have you investigated training opportunities in your area and identified teachers who might need/want to attend?
5. Use PSAT scores to identify students capable of being successful in AP classes but who are not registering. Also, identify sophomores with National Merit potential and invite them (and their parents) to breakfast informational meeting. PSAT scores have recently arrived on our campus. While students make use of the College My Road features, we will make use of AP Potential and SOAS. How do you make use of PSAT scores and the many free tools available from College Board that come along with those reports?

Well, that’s my list for this week. I hope to do shorter, more frequent posts during the coming year. Would appreciate hearing from some of my readers out there. Let me know if there are any topics you would like me to address in an upcoming post.

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