Teacher Training and Support
AP teachers are the cornerstone of the AP Program. Their dedication and creative teaching strategies bring AP courses to life, and their support allows students to fulfill their potential. We understand that teachers need support, too. We are working towards providing teachers with the resources and services they need to be successful so they can engage their students in challenging, rigorous course work.
AP Summer Institutes
AP Summer Institutes are subject-specific professional development opportunities that provide teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses. Teachers from around the world come together at these 30-hour institutes run by colleges and universities to exchange ideas and information about AP courses and exams. We realize that finding the funding for teachers to attend professional development can be difficult with today’s school budgets. The AP Program is working with partners to develop scholarship opportunities to give more teachers the opportunity to participate. A few current funding options:
California AP Program Expansion (CAPE) program
The College Board, in partnership with California Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), DonorsChoose.org, and Innovate Foundation launched the California AP Program Expansion (CAPE) program to fund professional development and additional educational materials to start AP courses in 200 public schools in California for academically prepared and motivated students.
Learn more about the CAPE program
AP STEM Access program
The AP STEM Access program is an initiative created by Google, DonorsChoose.org, and the College Board to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented minority and female high school students who participate in AP courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). This grant will provide each participating school with “start-up” funding for the classroom resources, educational materials, and teacher professional development typically needed to start one or more new AP math and science courses.
Learn more about the AP STEM Access program
The AP Fellows program is an annual competitive grant program that provides scholarships for high school teachers from schools serving minority or low-income students who have been traditionally underrepresented in AP courses. The $1,000 scholarships assist teachers with the cost of attending an AP Summer Institute.
Learn more about the AP Fellows program
AP Course and Exam Redesign Scholarships
To stay strongly aligned with college credit policies and to prepare AP students for college and subsequent careers, AP has recently redesigned several courses in history, world languages and science, and will continue the process for other courses in the years to come. To support teachers through the transition to implement their redesigned courses, the College Board has set up a fund so teachers of redesigned courses can attend an AP Summer Institute. This scholarship is for teachers who have no other source of funding. Teachers will be notified directly about this opportunity via email. If you have any questions about this program, please contact APRedesignPD@collegeboard.org.
A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American Education
This year’s conference, which takes place May 2-3, 2013, in Chicago, will bring together professionals from middle schools, secondary schools, higher education, and community-based organizations to discuss solutions, share best-practices, and address crucial topics in education. The need to help prepare all students for access and success in education is now!
Learn more and register for A Dream Deferred 2013
Native American Student Advocacy Institute: Educating Native Youth for Success
The integration of education, culture, and community is the key to making a difference in the lives of our Native American students. The Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI) brings together K–12 and higher education professionals as well as other academic and community leaders for the College Board's annual conference addressing the educational experience of Native American students. Please lend your voice, experience, and ideas by joining us in Montana May 30-31, 2013.
Learn more and register for the Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI)
Prepárate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America
The need to help prepare all students for access and success in education is now! Prepárate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America brings together professionals from middle schools, high schools, higher education, and community-based organizations to discuss solutions, share best practices, and address crucial topics in education. This year’s conference will take place May 1-2, 2013, in Chicago.
Learn more and register for Prepárate