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1 Bridging AP to CTE: Vision into Action Michelle Shearer 2011 National Teacher of the Year AP Chemistry Instructor, Maryland

2 How do you recruit a broad range of students to take AP courses? How do you get them interested? How do you get them to take the risk? How do you keep them from dropping out? How do you convince them to take the AP exams? How do you ensure success on the AP exams?

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4 AP instructors recruit classroom to classroom posters/flyers in the hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, linking AP to specific careers continuous plugs for AP courses during instruction (i.e. When you take AP physics…) create workable course schedules student word of mouth personal conferences, teacher interest in CTE students and career ambitions, heart-to-hearts guest speakers, career fairs, assemblies, course selection guides by career

5 Future Link FCPS Student Professional Development Conference Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Arts, Media and Communication Business, Management and Finance Construction and Development Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources Health and Bioscience Human Resource Services Manufacturing Transportation Technologies

6 Careers Core Science Courses Core Math CoursesCore Computer / Technology Courses Health Professions Medicine Nursing Medical Technology Medical Research Pharmaceuticals Veterinary Medicine Physical Therapy Chemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Biology I&II AP Chemistry I&II AP Physics B I&II Geometry (H), Alg. II (H) Pre-Calculus (H) Calculus AB or AP Calculus AB/BC Probability & Statistics *AP Probability & Statistics Programming I AP Computer Science Biology Related Careers Biology Microbiology Marine Biology Biotechnology Research Chemistry (H), Biology (H), AP Biology I&II AP Environmental Science AP Physics B I&II AP Chemistry I&II Same Programming I AP Computer Science Engineering Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Robotics, Structural, Aerospace, Architecture Chemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Physics B I&II AP Chemistry I&II AP Physics C I&II Same Programming I AP Computer Science or IB Computer Science *Electronics *Web Site Development Computer Careers Computer Software Application Engineer, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Support Specialist, Computer Systems Software Engineer, Network Systems Data Communications Analyst, Network and Computer Systems Administrator, Database Administrator, Web Specialist, Java Programmer Chemistry (H) Biology (H) AP Physics B I&II *AP Physics C I&II Same Programming I AP Computer Science Communications and Networking Electronics Web Site Development I Web Site Development II

7 CareersCore Science CoursesCore Math Courses Core Computer / Technology Courses Natural Sciences Geology, Topography, Mapping Environmental Science Engineer Natural Resources / Park Management, Meteorology, Astronomy, Agriculture, Zoologist, Arborist, Fisheries Chemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Environmental Science AP Physics B Parts I&II Earth Science Research Geometry (H), Alg. II (H) Pre- Calculus (H) Calculus AB or AP Calculus AB/BC Probability & Statistics Programming I AP Computer Science Education Chemistry Teacher Physics Teacher Chemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Chemistry I&II AP Physics B I&II *AP Biology I&II Same Programming I AP Computer Science Mathematics TeacherChemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Physics B I&II Same Programming I AP Computer Science Biology TeacherChemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Biology I&II AP Environmental Science AP Physics B I&II Same Programming I AP Computer Science College Preparation Non Science Related Field Chemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Physics B I&II AP Environmental Science Geometry, Algebra II Pre-Calculus Probability & Statistics Programming I AP Computer Science School To Work Merit ICP Fundamentals of Chemistry Biology Environmental Science Applied Physics Intro to Algebra Algebra A/B Geometry Algebra II Programming I Web Site Development

8 From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll notice the differencein the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think.

9 Study Schedule: 1st week of class Mon. 8/24 Nomenclature Multiple choice: compounds Elements vs. polyatomic ions Nomenclature rules: review Lab: Equipment check-in Problem Set #1: Nomenclature Course binders & expectations 1. Problem Set #1: Nomenclature 2. Study for QUIZ: Summer materials 3. Read course expectations handout ***FCPS Lab Safety Contract ***Lab notebook fee: $3.00 Tues. 8/25 Types of Reactions AP exam section II question 4: Reactions – synthesis Hazardous chemicals & safety Lab: Reactions – Day 1 1. Problem set #1: Nomenclature 2. Study for QUIZ: Summer materials Wed. 8/26 Net Ionic Equations Top 10 Decomposition Reactions Net ionic equations for single replacement reactions Lab: Reactions – Day 2 1. Problem set #1: Nomenclature 2. Study for QUIZ: Summer materials (tomorrow!) Th. 8/27 Net Ionic Equations QUIZ: Summer Materials Net ionic eq: double replacement Lab research notebook – format Lab: The Copper Cycle – Day 1 1. Problem Set #1: Nomenclature Fri. 8/28 Net Ionic Equations Collaboration - problem set #1 Comments from college professors: textbooks and text analysis Lab: The Copper Cycle – Day 2 1. Problem Set #1: Nomenclature (due Mon. 8/31) 2. Text analysis: Ch. 4 (due Th. 9/3) Topics Class Agenda Homework Assignments

10 Mindset: You belong in this AP class. Create a shared identity: You are... Its a marathon, not a sprint. Highlight the need to struggle. (Guess what I got on my first college chemistry exam?) Sell the benefits of advanced coursework. The classroom is my mirror.

11 A thought from Dr. Benjamin Carson… …the potential of every brain is equal…

12 Teaching strategies multi-sensory approach hands-on and minds-on experience before content (ABC = activity before concept, LBC = lab before content) examples before general concepts activities with graduated difficulty (ex: flashcards)

13 engaging activities with universal appeal that spark the desire to master content

14 write to learn (research notebooks, marker boards, text analysis) fill the gaps monitor social dynamics real-world applications of content and connections to CTE (ex: battery project) exposure to AP exam format & test practice

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16 Seek extraordinary educators Identify teachers up to the task. (ELO position with compensation for additional time?) Ask the right questions. (mindset, strategies, faith in students, willingness to teach study skills and fill knowledge gaps) Allow teachers FLEXIBILITY to take risks and creatively engage students. See beyond the AP score report. Present a united front to parents and sell the benefits of advanced coursework.

17 Soft skills Life Skills World Skills Leadership Citizenship Integrity Competence Time management Self direction Independence Creativity Ingenuity Confidence Perseverance Adaptability Resilience Determination Discipline Positive thinking Collaborative spirit Optimistic outlook

18 The Value of 5 Minutes 5 mins per day x 5 days = 25 mins per week 25 mins per week x 4 weeks = 100 mins per month 100 mins per month x 9 months = 900 mins per school year 900 minutes / 90 minutes per block = 10 days of instruction… (two weeks) LOST.

19 Ex: Did this student belong in AP? A female student of minority background who was hesitant to take AP chemistry struggled to pass the course and earned a 2 on the exam. (She learned from the experience, went on to pass AP biology and AP physics and is pursuing a STEM major in college.)

20 Bridging AP to CTE requires… …a commitment to a students progression on the path to college and career readiness …even when his or her prognosis is not assured …and the steadfast belief that the skills and habits of mind learned in AP courses will ultimately translate to other areas and benefit the student in the long run. Contact information:


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