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Building the AP Summer Bridge
Transcript of Building the AP Summer Bridge
Susan Brady - AIG Consultant, CCS AIG High School Lead
Carrie Childers - Cumberland County Schools AIG Coordinator "I am really afraid to sign up for an AP
course! I have no idea what to expect
and have heard that you will be up until
2:00 am every night doing papers and
projects. I'm not sure I can handle that!"
Katie - 10th Grade Joseph H. - Junior Organizational Meeting - All HS AIG Consultants The AP Summer Bridge Program has evolved over the past seven years..... Katie G. - AP US History student The AP Summer Bridge was introduced to the rising AP students of Cumberland County in 2006. The goal was to increase enrollment in AP classes and give underclassmen a sample of what an AP course would require in terms of rigor, time and commitment. Jan Freeman Jan Freeman, former AIG Coordinator for Cumberland County Schools, came up with the original plan for the AP Summer Bridge. With the help of Chris Turner, AIG High School Lead, and the High School AIG Consultants, the idea became a reality. 2006 - Pilot year - Jack Britt High School (3 days, 2 hours per day)
2007- Offered to any schools that had 20 students sign up - Two locations (3 days, 2 hours per day)
2008- Cape Fear High School (3 days, 2 hours per day)
2009- Terry Sanford High School (Centrally located) (3 days, 2 hours per day)
2010- Terry Sanford High School (3 days, 2 hours per day)
2011- Massey Hill Classical High School (3 days, 2 hours per day)
2012- Terry Sanford High School (1 day, 6 hours to include lunch) Carrie Childers - AIG Coordinator & Budget Overseer Working with the money.... With more than twelve high schools participating, how do we get the money all in one place?
Collection and receipting
Moving money to the AP Bridge location bookkeeper
Determining teacher stipends/payroll sheets
Reimbursement for expenses Any money that is remaining in the account is used to purchase the initial start-up materials for the next year. Nancy Armstrong - AP Bridge Coordinator
Create brochures for each school
Share ideas for distributing registration information
Update and organize all mailings
Collect registration materials from each school
Assign courses/create course rosters
Purchase materials and snacks
Organize student folders Laura, Amy, Susan & Nancy Forms, forms, and more forms..... May 2006 2006-2012 February/March May-July April August How The Big Day goes down...
Evaluations..... "I enjoyed the class discussions in English the most. I learned so much more than in a regular class."
"We worked together to answer college application essay questions. It was very creative!"
"There were many helpful tips given, but in a fun and informative way." Mathematics AP Science - Margaret Michaud
Terry Sanford High School
AP Biology & AP Environmental Teacher AP Mathematics - Tammy Ramirez
Pine Forest High School
AP Calculus English AP English - Judith Hawk
Jack Britt High School
AP Language Teacher Judith Hawk AP Social Studies - Deborah Vajner
Terry Sanford High School
AP US History Teacher Science Curriculum and Personnel The Big Day... Getting it all together.... The Finishing Touches.... Contact us:
Nancy Armstrong - firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Brady - email@example.com
Carrie Childers - firstname.lastname@example.org College Planning - Susan Brady
Terry Sanford High School
AIG Consultant & AP Coordinator Social Studies College Planning The Evolution of the AP Bridge "I base my AP Bridge program on cloze reading which is directly correlated to active reading and transitioning the writer from producing writer-based prose to reader-based prose. That is basically learning to translate your writing into writing that is understandable to the/any/all readers. Sounds easy, doesn't it?" "I spend time with the social studies group going over how to analyze documents (a variety of types), strategies to use, etc. We also look at sample essay questions from the different tests - again, how to attack, analyze and break down what the questions are asking and a format to brainstorm outside facts. Finally, we complete two simulations based on perspective and point of view - looking at maps and determining what features are presents, pictures/paintings and what impression is given - then discuss factual vs. biased impressions." "I talk with students about what the colleges and universities are looking for in potential applicants and share with them a timeline that lets them know what they should be doing each year of high school. We collaborate on sample college application essays and discuss financial aid and scholarships. I give them the opportunity to ask all of those questions that have been weighing heavy on their minds. For many of the AP Bridge students, this is their first college prep "pep talk"! Let the planning begin! Define the target audience
Discuss expectations and duties
Choose date and location
Determine course offerings
Recommend innovative AP Certified teachers
Calculate cost for students Susan & Carrie What does the budget cover?
supplies for student folders
teacher stipends What did some of the participants have to say? Brochure/Registration
Information Letter - sent with brochure
Reminder Letter - sent three weeks prior
Evaluation & Notes - part of student packet
Certificate of Completion Kirby R. - Junior “I start with a PowerPoint introduction for AP science and then show the students where to access information and practice essay questions on AP Central. We examine the AP exam format and practice the writing portion by writing directions for a task and exchanging directions with another student. The class evaluates the writing samples using a rubric provided similar to one that would be used on an actual AP exam.” Why is the AP Bridge program important? Getting Started Deborah Vajner It all started with a vision... Logistics Margaret Michaud Tammy Ramirez Susan Brady
“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own."
~Nikos Kazantzakis "I could tell my AP Bridge students were more prepared this year for AP Language in content and in expectations of course rigor. I highly recommend the AP Summer Bridge for aspiring AP students."
AP English Language Teacher "My focus with the AP math class is to develop the student's understanding of the concept of Calculus. We work through sample AP Calculus questions while I point out how their prerequisite classes of Pre-Calculus and Geometry are being built upon. I make sure my students know where to access sample AP Calculus questions and understand the configuration of the AP Calculus exam. We briefly touch on short examples of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals and finish with a fun calculus calculator-oriented activity. "