APAC Got a Wild Start
APAC Got a Wild StartAdrian Edwards, Director, Communications and Marketing
The College Board wasted no timing diving right into the exciting, wild world of AP at this year's AP Annual Conference.
Kicking off the opening session, Auditi Chakravarty, vice president of SpringBoard, announced the first generation of Prep- AP classrooms debuting in the fall of 2018. David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, shared the journey College Board has been on the past year and introduced a modern day explorer-of-sorts, Cheryl Strayed.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, including the memoir WILD. During her moving opening plenary, I was surprised to learn she went through college hand-in-hand with her mother. They even transferred from a private college to the University of Minnesota together, competed for the best grades, and grew together in a world they had not experienced before beginning their higher education. It was gut-wrenching to hear that her mother passed away in their last semester, with only two classes left to graduate. Cheryl shared that her depression delayed her graduation, and though at times she felt alone in her grief, she learned that the trials and tribulations she faced were common denominators that derail students’ success every day. Cheryl’s unwavering focus and discipline are attributes that the dedicated audience of AP educators knew all too well. Her story inspired us all, and made us think about how we can best serve students.