Now that AP exams and IOAPA courses are wrapping up, what are the next steps for IOAPA mentors and AP teachers to take before fall? Here are a few suggestions for how to prepare for AP next year!
After AP exams are finished, the College Board (https://www.collegeboard.org/) releases free response items from this year’s exam. Discussion of these items and how students responded can be a great learning opportunity for your students, and can help them engage with how to prepare for future AP exams.
Some schools choose to celebrate AP success by hosting special lunches or receptions to recognize students for their hard work. Make sure your students know that they have worked hard!
AP exam scores will be released in July. Make sure that your students have their College Board account set up so that they can access their scores promptly!
Check in with students about their plans for Iowa Online AP Academy courses next year. Registration is open, and seats fill quickly! Making decisions about courses now can help students plan for the upcoming school year and how AP courses fit into their plans for after high school.
A great way for teachers to continue to learn about AP course content and development is to participate in an AP Summer Institute (http://professionals.collegeboard.com/prof-dev/workshops/summer-institutes). These institutes are designed to give you information about your area of interest and to help teachers develop their syllabus in preparation for the AP course audit process. The Belin-Blank Center is hosting an AP institute on July 5-9—more information can be found on our website (www.belinblank.org/aptti).
Summer is also a great time to ensure that all of your paperwork is completed for IOAPA courses for next year. This includes re-registering your school and submitting your IOAPA mentor form from the IOAPA handbook.
Educators might also be interested in attending the AP Annual Conference (https://apac.collegeboard.org/) on July 13-17, 2016.
For students looking ahead to next year, this post (https://belinblank.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/summer-prep-for-online-ap-courses/) provides some helpful suggestions for students looking to jump start their AP experiences.