The Arkansas Advanced Placement Professional Development Center
The Arkansas Advanced Placement Professional Development Center was established in 2000 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock under the direction of Dr. Ann Robinson. Outreach programs include the Advanced Placement Summer Institute, the Teachers of Color and Mentors Project, Advanced Placement Teams for Access, and technical assistance for Arkansas teachers and administrators.
- To provide professional development to teachers, administrators, and counselors supporting high expectations for students.
- To provide College Board endorsed AP and Pre-AP professional development in Arkansas.
- To design and implement initiatives which increase the numbers of teachers of color in AP and Pre-AP classrooms.
- To develop a cadre of mentors for prospective teachers of AP and Pre-AP.
- To provide technical assistance to districts developing, expanding, or evaluating AP and Pre-AP programs.
- To conduct research and evaluation on AP and Pre-AP issues.
Teachers of Color
The Teachers of Color and Mentors program reaches out to minority educators who wish to teach Advanced Placement courses. Teachers of color who wish to participate in the Advanced Placement courses are paired with mentors who are experienced and successful AP/Pre-AP teachers. The program and its participants have been featured at state, regional, and national conferences in Tulsa, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Boca Raton. The Teachers of Color and Mentors program was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Advanced Placement Summer Institutes
Each summer, teachers in secondary schools attend UALR's AP Summer Institutes at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science, and the Arts in Hot Springs. The Institutes provide Pre-AP and AP instruction in English, math, social studies, science, art, and foreign language. Institute faculty members are experienced AP or Pre-AP teachers and include AP exam readers and award winners. UALR faculty members also participate in the institutes' sessions. Over 500 teachers receive training in teaching Advanced Placement and Pre-AP courses annually. Since its inception in 1996, the Center has served teachers from across the country including the states of California, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Mexico.
Advanced Placement Teams for Access
The AP Teams for Access program serves teams of teachers committed to developing an effective and inclusive AP program in their schools. To increase access to rich and rigorous curriculum, teams of teachers learn to work as members of a vertical team. An AP Vertical Team (TM) is a group of educators from different grade levels from middle school to high school in a given discipline who work cooperatively to develop and implement a vertically aligned program aimed at helping students acquire the academic skills necessary for success in the Advanced Placement Program.
To support team member development and curriculum planning, the AP Teams for Access project offers Vertical Teams Curriculum Academies. Teams who participate in the Extended Team Tier of the project also receive individualized team coaching from a Vertical Teams curriculum coach.
AP Teams for Access is focused on talent development for teachers. The Advanced Placement Teams for Access program was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Center provides technical assistance to teachers, administrators, parents, school districts, and educational cooperatives. Assistance varies from answering specific questions to planning and conducting workshops. Topics include aligning curriculum, creating and sustaining Advanced Placement Vertical Teams, administering an AP program, recruiting AP students, and evaluating AP programs. the Center also advises local and state governing officials on AP and Pre-AP issues.
Dr. Ann Robinson, Director
Old Student Union A 101
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204