All Access – News for Members
John Quiñones, host of ABC’s What Would You Do?, closed out the 2014 AP Annual Conference by sharing his experiences as the first in his family to go to college. Quiñones, who grew up in San Antonio, told the audience that he dreamed of going to college, but his teachers and counselors steered him away from more challenging classes. It wasn’t until his 10th-grade teacher told him that she liked his writing that he began to think more seriously about opportunities like AP.
College Board President David Coleman took questions from a town hall audience at the 2014 AP Annual Conference and spoke frankly about the importance and future of AP. The audience asked about the development of the College Board’s grade 6–12 work, the expansion of programs like SpringBoard® and AP Capstone™, changes to AP credit policies, the integration of mathematics into the new AP Biology curriculum, and the perpetuation of unproductive anxiety tied to the college admission process.
We spoke with Pre AP® Social Studies and AP European History Teacher Cecilia Burtnett on the second day of the AP Annual Conference, and discussed what she's learned about AP Capstone™, what she wants to tell her administrators about what she's gotten out of APAC, and what she'll bring back to her school in Noblesville, IN.
College Board: All Access chatted with AP® World History Teacher Cherie Pinchem about what she's getting out of this year's AP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss Welcomes Participants to the 2014 AP® Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA
Award-winning historian Michael Beschloss opened the 2014 AP® Annual Conference with anecdotes and insights about the leaders that have shaped our nation. In describing the lives of leaders like President Abraham Lincoln, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Elvis Presley, Beschloss attempted to answer the question: why is history important in an era of instant access to real-time news and events?
When George Henry took over the AP U.S. History program at East High School in Salt Lake City, he saw a disparity between the proportion of minority students at his school and the proportion enrolled in AP, and considered it a call to action. Enrolling more students of color in his classes has been challenging, but significant progress has been made over the course of just one school year. George writes for All Access about the realities facing minority students and the strategies that were particularly effective for him in moving his students toward success in AP.
Registration is now open for the 2014 College Board Counselor Workshops. Held in multiple convenient locations across the country, these free face-to-face workshops provide school counselors with the latest developments, tools, and resources they need to help students prepare for college and career success.
The Education Trust has released a new report titled Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges that lays out comprehensive strategies to ensure that students graduate from college prepared for success. Dan Porterfield, President of Franklin and Marshall College and College Board Trustee is featured for his work to increase the number of Pell recipients enrolled in his institution.
Welcome to College Board: All Access. All Access is a new space for College Board members to read news and best practices from colleagues around the country, learn about developments in College Board programs and services, access important resources, and share their own news.
Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses implications of the Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Fisher v. University of Texas Supreme Court decisions for admission officers and the importance of diversity in higher education.