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Pre-AP Instructional Leadership Through AP Vertical Teams

Use AP Vertical Teams to challenge your students

Participants will explore how AP Vertical Teams can lead to instruction across grade levels that will challenge all students to perform at rigorous academic levels. 

This workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly with regard to issues of access and equity, and to National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) standards. The workshop also reflects current research in system thinking and strategic planning (Deming, Fullan, Spady, Fleming, and others), and recommendations and guidelines from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.


  • Include Pre-AP professional development and AP Vertical Teams in school development plans
  • Organize and develop support systems for AP Vertical Teams
  • Evaluate the impact of AP Vertical Teams on school improvement and students' academic performance


AP Vertical Teams-purpose, goals, benefits, and activities
Access and Equity
Advanced Placement Program
Curriculum Alignment
Exam Data to Guide Curricular Decisions
Responsibilities-roles of instructional leaders
Issues, Challenges, and Solutions

Workshop author

Tommie Sue Anthony has been an AP English Literature teacher, an AP Coordinator for a suburban school district, a central office administrator, and an AP administrator consultant for the College Board. She has extensive experience working with AP Vertical Teams and with Pre-AP professional development. Ms. Anthony coordinates the University of Arkansas at Little Rock AP summer institutes and works with seven AP Vertical Teams as a part of a federal APIP (Advanced Placement Incentive Program) grant. She received the southwestern region's first Advanced Placement Program Special Recognition Award for Administrators, as well as the region's Joe L. Arriga Advanced Placement Recognition Award.

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