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All Access – News for Members

Pamela Paulson and Michael J. McDonough
The Academic Assembly Council (AAC) met in New York City, May 2–3, 2014. The Academic Assembly is charged with considering issues and actions related to providing universal access to high standards of learning. Council Chair and Chair-elect Pam Paulson and Michael McDonough discuss key focus areas and takeaways from the meeting.
Willie Gilchrist, College Board Trustee and Elizabeth City State University (ESCU) Chancellor
In October 2012, College Board Trustee and Elizabeth City State University (ESCU) Chancellor Willie Gilchrist reviewed Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) participation and performance maps for North Carolina. He became concerned about the lack of AP depth and success he saw in the northeastern region of the state. In partnership with the College Board, Gilchrist led a comprehensive effort to expand access to AP in his region through the creation of targeted resources, professional development, and in-person convenings.
College Board International hosts AP professional development workshops to nearly 80 local AP teachers in Dubai
In February 2014, College Board International collaborated with the American School of Dubai to deliver AP® professional development workshops to nearly 80 local AP teachers, with a specialized session for college counselors and a dynamic “unconference” event for AP Coordinators. College Board International will be returning to the Middle East Aug. 17–20 for an AP Summer Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Students use technology in the classroom
SpringBoard Digital, the online curriculum platform that complements the SpringBoard English Language Arts and Mathematics 6–12 programs, has been recognized by several high-profile education technology awards programs.

JoAnn Bertelo, AP® English Language and Composition teacher in Rahway, N.J., has helped to establish a strong AP culture in her school through community involvement, pizza parties, teacher professional development, and T-shirt design contests. As part of the College Board’s All In campaign, JoAnn recounts her experience over the last 15 years. She examines the things that work and the things that don’t work to encourage students to enroll and succeed in AP.


Register now for the AP® Annual Conference, being held July 9–13 in Philadelphia, Pa. The AP Annual Conference is the largest professional development gathering of the Advanced Placement Program® and Pre-AP® communities, AP Coordinators, school counselors, and administrators from across the United States and throughout the world. This year's conference promises to engage, inspire, and promote innovation in our schools. Click here to register.

Follow the action with conference coverage right here on All Access. 

Fishman Prize Winners
Two AP® teachers have been named national winners of the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Michael Towne, physics and engineering teacher at Citrus Hill High School in Perris, Calif., and Kelly Zunkiewicz, precalculus and calculus teacher at Earl J. Lennard High School in Ruskin, Fla., were among four teachers honored by The New Teacher Project.
Governor Martinez speaks to reporters after her announcement to expand funding for AP

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera announced on April 28 that the College Board would be investing $1 million in the state’s AP® program. Combined with the $750,000 in state funding that Martinez secured during the 2013 legislative session, this investment will go toward AP teacher preparation and recruitment, training counselors on how to guide students toward AP, and developing parent resources in several languages.

Amy Wilkins, Senior Fellow for Social Justice, The College Board
The All In campaign is a partnership between the College Board and its members to dramatically increase the number of AP-ready African American, Latino, and Native American students who enroll in college-level AP® courses. Since its launch last year, the campaign has made great strides in reaching its goal of enrolling 100 percent of students with demonstrated potential, in at least one AP course.