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Pre-AP® Instructional Leadership: Fostering Equity and Access

Learn strategies for expanding access to AP programs

Workshop description

As part of its mission, the College Board "strongly encourages educators to make equitable access a guiding principle for their AP programs by giving all willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to participate in AP." This half-day workshop gives local and district-based school leaders concrete strategies for expanding access to AP programs for underrepresented students. Participants will review the national data, examine their own challenges, and explore strategies for decreasing the achievement gap in their schools and districts.

Workshop goal

Participants will learn strategies for implementing and sustaining a school culture that fosters equity and access to AP and advanced course work for underrepresented students.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a working definition of "equity"
  • Use national data to develop targeted strategies that engage staff and the larger school community in addressing obstacles to student learning
  • Implement practices for guiding and supporting school personnel as they develop an equitable educational opportunity for all students
  • Plan for fostering equity and access in their school or district


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Workshop Guiding Question
  3. AP Equity Policy Statement
  4. Defining "Equity"
  5. Current Data and Research
  6. Working with School/District Personnel to Create an Equitable Learning Environment
  7. The Importance of Pre-Academic Skill Development
  8. Supporting Rigorous Education
  9. School/District Applications
  10. Workshop Summary and Closing

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