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Preparing to Implement Pre-AP

Building Consensus

Thinking of implementing the Pre-AP Program? We recommend getting buy-in from all stakeholders, especially your teachers. 

  • Explore the course information provided on this site and share it with instructional leads to gather input.
  • Consider hosting a Pre-AP Readiness Workshop to better understand the foundational elements of Pre-AP.
  • Review Considerations for Pre-AP Readiness to understand how to best prepare for implementing Pre-AP.
  • Introduce the components and requirements of the Pre-AP Program to teachers, parents, and leaders utilizing these meeting resources.
  • Meet with full school leadership teams to discuss all the program requirements.
  • Determine your school’s or district’s approach to the Pre-AP for All requirement.

Creating & Preparing Your Pre-AP Team

After the decision is made to implement Pre-AP, take action to prepare for a smooth implementation.

  • Determine who will be your Pre-AP coordinator and Pre-AP Course Audit administrator. It is important that the Course Audit administrator be available during the summer months.
  • Schedule planning time with teachers to review course frameworks within and across grades and subjects; teachers should be familiar with the frameworks before they begin the required professional learning.
  • Review district curriculum with teachers and let them know they’ll still need it: Pre-AP is not a curriculum.
  • Make sure counselors understand the program requirements and what will change for students, so they can answer questions from students and parents.

Implementing Pre-AP 

Before School Begins 

Professional Learning

  • New Pre-AP educators
    • Support new Pre-AP teachers and at least one leader in completing the required Online Foundational Module Series. While only one leader is required, we recommend encouraging other leaders that will be support Pre-AP teacher to complete the module series. 
    • Utilize the Site Planning with Pre-AP Teachers facilitator guide to debrief the foundational learning experience with your teachers. This resource can be found in Pre-AP Classroom under Leader Resources.
  • Experienced Pre-AP educators
    • Encourage experienced Pre-AP teachers and leaders to engage in the Experienced Teacher and Leader Modules and visit the Professional Learning page for additional learning opportunities.

Digital Support

Instructional Support 

  • View Pre-AP Classroom for each course to find teacher guides, student materials, assessments, and professional learning modules. Standards Crosswalks for select states are available on Pre-AP Classroom at the course level. 
  • Read the Pre-AP Assessment Resources to understand the Pre-AP learning checkpoints and performance tasks.

Community Support

During the School Year

Professional Learning

  • Confirm all teachers have completed at least 1 Online Scoring Module for performance tasks, a program requirement. 
  • Create or extend additional professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders to support the implementation of Pre-AP.  

Digital Support

  • Use the Coordinator Manual for guidance to on how to view: usage reports, assessment reports, and professional learning. 
  • Provide on-going support for teachers and students to ensure access to Pre-AP Classroom.

Instructional Support

  • Encourage teachers to plan together so they can select curricular resources aligned to the framework. Consider facilitating professional learning communities and/or cross-curricular, cross school, or cross-district meetings. 
  • Facilitate discussions with teachers and leaders around instructional practices and assessment for learning. Use Best Practices for Using Assessment Data and the Shared Principles Instructional Practices in Pre-AP Leader Resources on Pre-AP Classroom for support. 
  • Support teachers in the administration of the learning checkpoints, scoring of performance tasks, and use of student performance data.
  • Visit Pre-AP classrooms and provide instructional support to teachers using the Shared Principles Instructional Practices.
  • Revisit your plan for completing Pre-AP program requirements.
  • Ensure your College Board account preferences are set to receive Pre-AP Monthly Newsletters to stay up to date on program information.
  • Prepare for and administer the Pre-AP Final Exams (if applicable). 
  • Order additional Pre-AP course instructional materials for the spring if needed. For assistance with orders, email [email protected]

Community Support

  • Revisit Pre-AP outreach resources and sample meeting resources in the Resource Library to plan year-end activities. 

Preparing for the Next School Year

  • Elicit feedback on your Pre-AP courses to inform goals for the upcoming school year. Consider a variety of methods that allow teachers, students, and parents to provide their input, including sending surveys or facilitating focus groups.
  • Place your order for Pre-AP courses and materials for the upcoming school year. For assistance with orders, email [email protected]
  • Prepare for new and experienced teacher and leader professional learning.