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PR/Award #: S330C110009
Amount Year #1: $528,992
Grantee: Alabama Department of Education (AL)
Contact: Sherril Parris
Phone Number: (334) 242-9716

The Alabama State Department of Education (ASDE) will expand access to rigorous AP courses and offer a comprehensive set of interventions that are designed to improve student success in AP courses and on AP exams. Fourteen high schools from nine school districts will participate in the project; one of these high schools has been identified as a “persistently lowest-achieving school.” Project funds will support the expansion of the State’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP), which offers intensive professional development to teachers, academic supports to students, and pays financial incentives to students, teachers, and administrators when students demonstrate college-level mastery on AP exams. Over the three years of the project, ASDE will more than double the number of AP course offerings available at the participating schools, including courses in AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Physics, and AP Statistics

PR/Award #: S330C110037
Amount Year #1: $584,195
Grantee: Los Angeles Unified School District (CA)
Contact: Arzie Galvez
Phone Number: (213) 241-2491

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD’s) Advanced Placement Boost Program (APBP) will increase student enrollment and success in AP science, mathematics, and English courses in 20 high-poverty high schools, six of which have been identified by the State as “persistently lowest-achieving schools.” Advanced Placement courses that will be supported by the project include AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B/C, AP Computer Science, AP Calculus AB/BC, and AP Statistics. LAUSD and its partners, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the College Bound Program of the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor, will provide support services and implement acceleration strategies that explicitly support access for low-income students to rigorous AP and pre-AP English, mathematics, and science courses. The College Board Western Region will provide ongoing AP, pre-AP, and SpringBoard workshops for teachers, counselors, and school administrators. Other project activities include providing opportunities for students and teachers to study and learn on the UCLA campus during a summer institute and winter camp, as well as through monthly AP readiness programs. Additionally, UCLA will provide student tutors who will work with students at each school included in the project.

PR/Award #: S330C110121
Amount Year #1: $504,760
Grantee: Lynwood Unified School District (CA)
Contact: Paul Gothold
Phone Number: (310) 886-1637

Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD) will increase the successful participation of low-income students in AP courses by serving two high schools and three feeder middle schools. One of the high schools participating in the project has been identified as a “persistently low-achieving school.” In addition to enhancing its current AP course offerings, LUSD will increase its AP course offerings in English, foreign languages, mathematics, science and social studies through online courses, as well as traditional face-to-face instruction. The project will create a Project Lead the Way program at the two high schools, establish a middle-school AP Spanish Language course for students who are native Spanish speakers, and implement the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum in English language arts and mathematics at the participating middle schools. Other project activities include professional development and training for teachers, administrators, and counselors; tutoring programs; summer “boot camps;” and education and outreach to parents and guardians.

PR/Award #: S330C110002
Amount Year #1: $560,524
Grantee: EASTCONN (CT)
Contact: Jeanne Purcell
Phone Number: (860) 455-0707

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Project Step2STEM will support a comprehensive, collaborative, and capacity-building initiative to promote STEM Education and expand access for low-income students to advanced placement programs. The project will serve 17 high schools across the state, four of which have been identified as “persistently lowest-achieving schools.” New AP courses will be developed in the core areas of English, mathematics and science, including courses in AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A, AP Calculus AB/ BC, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics B/C. AP courses will be delivered through traditional, face-to-face instruction and on-line through the Connecticut Educators Network and the Connecticut Virtual Learning Center. To better prepare students to succeed in advanced courses, the project will provide STEM camps, Saturday test-prep sessions, after-school coaching sessions, practice AP examinations, and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs.

PR/Award #: S330C110112
Amount Year #1: $630,062
Grantee: The School District of Palm Beach County (FL)
Contact: Mary Arbogast
Phone Number: (561) 434-7302M

The School District of Palm Beach County’s My AP Plan (MAPP) will serve two high schools, one of which has been identified as a “persistently lowest-achieving school,” and two feeder middle schools. MAPP will increase AP course offerings in English, mathematics and science at the participating high schools. To better prepare students for pre-AP and AP courses, the project will implement the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum in English and mathematics beginning in the sixth grade. The Scripps Research Institute will sponsor two programs for students at the participating schools, Neuroscience Saturday and Celebrate Science Education Day. The Max Planck Florida Institute, another project partner, will collaborate with the district to offer a neuroscience mini-course for high school students that will explore cutting edge research in the field of neuroscience. To create a college-going culture in the participating middle schools, the Believing the College Dream curriculum will be implemented. In addition, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs will be offered at the two high schools.

PR/Award #: S330C110010
Amount Year #1: $352,495
Grantee: Sumter District Schools (FL)
Contact: Christi McKinney
Phone Number: (352) 793-2315

Sumter District Schools (SDS) will be serving one middle school and two high schools. Sumter County is primarily comprised of low-income, rural communities, and through this project SDS will expand access to and success in AP programs particularly for its low-income students. Specifically, SDS will expand AP course offerings from four to 12 through face-to-face and online delivery in AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science, and AP English courses. In order to achieve its goals, SDS will implement vertical teaming for teachers in all core subjects. Community and business partners will lend their sites and facilities to participating schools to provide students with extended learning opportunities. Sumter Schools also plans to develop its own in-house virtual school, Sumter Virtual Schools, which will offer up to 15 AP courses, including eight science and mathematics courses and two English courses.

PR/Award #: S330C0110042
Amount Year #1: $584,079
Grantee: Hawaii Department of Education (HI)
Contact: Dr. Anna Viggiano
Phone Number: (808) 203-5510

The Hawaii Department of Education will implement a comprehensive initiative to increase AP access and success for low-income students attending 25 high-poverty high schools. One of the high schools participating in the project has been identified as a “persistently lowest-achieving school.” Teachers, administrators, and counselors will receive job-embedded AP and pre-AP professional development in the core academic content areas, including mathematics and science. A group of 35 Master AP teachers will mentor less-experienced AP English, mathematics, and science teachers. College and AP Awareness Nights will help students and parents better understand the benefits of AP courses for students’ college planning. The project will enhance student academic supports by expanding summer camps and Saturday tutoring for AP students. In addition, the project will implement the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum in English and mathematics to improve the vertical alignment of the curriculum and better prepare students for success in rigorous courses.

PR/Award #: S330C110007
Amount Year #1: $456,497
Grantee: Maryland State Department of Education (MD)
Contact: Jeanne Paynter
Phone Number: (410) 767-0331

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Operation ACCESS: Building the STEM Pipeline for College and Career will support the development of accelerated learning options at three school districts. Dorchester County and Wicomico County are two rural school districts located in the Chesapeake Bay region that will have seven schools participating in the project. The third district is Baltimore City with one high school, which has been identified as a “persistently lowest-achieving school.” The project will create three new AP courses in the core academic areas of English, mathematics and science at each of the five targeted high schools. The project will implement the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum in English and mathematics to improve the vertical alignment of the curriculum and better prepare students for success in rigorous courses. To enhance academic supports for middle school students, the project will support summer learning opportunities for students, including a Summer Math Academy, a Summer Center for Environmental Research, and Bridges for Success Summer Science Camp. Professional development will be provided to AP teachers, school administrators, and counselors.

PR/Award #: S330C110004
Amount Year #1: $588,975
Grantee: Board of Education of the City of St. Louis (MO)
Contact: Linda Riekes
Phone Number: (314) 345-2465

The Board of Education of the City of St. Louis will provide high-quality pre-AP and AP programs designed to prepare low-income students to succeed in AP courses and on AP exams. The project will serve 20 high-poverty schools across the city of St. Louis, including nine high schools and 11 middle schools. Ten of the schools included in the project have been identified as “persistently lowest-achieving schools.” The project will increase the depth and rigor of the district’s AP and pre-AP programs, with a focus on mathematics and science, through summer institutes for teachers and intensive tutoring for AP students. AP curriculum design teams will redesign and expand AP curricula in the areas of science, mathematics and English. AP vertical teams also will collaborate to strengthen the vertical articulation between pre-AP and AP coursework.

PR/Award #: S330C110111
Amount Year #1: $639,925
Grantee: New York City Department of Education (NY)M
Contact: Celine Azoulay
Phone Number: (718) 759-4887

The New York City Department of Education’s Project AP Bound will increase student access to, and success in, AP and pre-AP courses at six middle schools and 17 high schools. One of the high schools included in the project is a “persistently lowest-achieving school.” The project will increase AP course offerings in the 17 high schools, including AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP Physics B, and AP Statistics. The online iLearnNYC Virtual School program will provide online courses to students and professional development to teachers in using digital resources in the classroom. The project will give particular emphasis to improving the quality of instruction and supports for English Language Learners. Monthly seminars will be held to provide information and resources to families to assist them in preparing their children for success in pre-AP and AP courses. The project also will establish school-wide vertical teams to align curriculum and instruction in English language arts, mathematics, and science.

PR/Award #: S330C110137
Amount Year #1: $422,478
Grantee: School District of Pittsburgh (PA)
Contact: Allison McCarthy
Phone Number: (412) 323-3971

The Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) will support a comprehensive project to increase the successful participation of low-income students in AP and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and exams. PPS will partner with the College Board, the University of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the Negro Educational Emergency Drive and The Pittsburgh Promise to serve 15 high-poverty schools across the city of Pittsburgh, including six high schools, five middle schools, and four schools serving grades 6-12. Six of the schools included in the project have been designated as “persistently lowest-achieving schools.” PPS will work to increase AP offerings, focusing on content areas of mathematics, science, and English. To improve the district’s capacity to deliver high-quality instruction, PPS will provide rigorous training to 90 pre-AP teachers, who will work to improve instruction and better align program curricula with AP courses through pre-AP vertical planning workshops. Thirty AP/IB teachers will do similar work to increase classroom rigor, develop relevant curricula, and lead AP/IB review sessions to prepare students for AP and IB exams. The project will also identify an AP Champion in each participating high school who will increase the awareness of the available AP and IB courses and their benefits as well as summer AP and IB preparation opportunities.

PR/Award #: S330C110048
Amount Year #1: $642,185
Grantee: Charleston County School District (SC)
Contact: Virginia Reijners
Phone Number: (843) 937-6300

The Charleston County School District will support a comprehensive initiative to improve student access to, and success in AP courses at two high schools and three middle schools. One of the high schools included in the project is a “persistently lowest-achieving school.” The project will establish 14 new AP courses, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Psychology, and AP Statistics. The project will create two online learning labs at the middle and high school level to provide tutoring in English, mathematics, and science. To prepare more students for advanced courses, the project will support summer AP preparatory and academic camps. Additional supports for students will be provided through a partnership with Communities in Schools (CIS). CIS will provide five full-time API Community Coordination and Enhanced Student Support staff members to support the API program in each school. The College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum will be implemented in grades 6-12 in both English Language Arts and mathematics. Teachers will also take part in College Board’s vertical teaming workshops and receive ongoing professional development. Other professional development opportunities include a mentoring program for new AP teachers and four-day pre-AP/AP Summer Institutes.

PR/Award#: S330C110017
Amount Year #1: $422,612
Grantee: Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (SD)
Contact Phone Number: (605) 394-5315

The Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC) will provide services to 32 high schools and their 32 feeder middle schools in largely rural communities. One of the participating high schools has been identified as a “persistently lowest-achieving school.” One of the goals of the project is to expand the capacity of Learning Power, South Dakota’s online provider of AP courses, by creating seven additional online AP courses in mathematics, science, and English language arts in each year of the project. A local E-mentor will be assigned to provide academic support to each student enrolled in an online AP course. The project will provide extensive training and online and on-site technical assistance for vertical teams of teachers of mathematics, science, and English from the participating school districts. Professional development will include an emphasis on and alignment with the Common Core State Standards that were recently approved by the South Dakota State Board of Education

PR/Award #: S330C110061
Amount Year #1: $650,000
Grantee: Milwaukee Public Schools (WI)
Contact: Shahanna McKinney-Baldon
Phone Number: (414) 777-7813

The Milwaukee Advanced Placement Program (MAPP) will expand access to AP courses in English, mathematics, and science at eight Milwaukee high schools, four of which have been identified as “persistently lowest-achieving schools.” The project will establish new hybrid AP courses that combine online learning with face-to-face classroom instruction. MAPP will create and support a variety of professional learning communities for teachers within and across the schools included in the project. A leadership cadre of parents will be established to involve parents in high school orientations, college planning, and AP information sessions. AP summer camps will be offered to students who have enrolled in AP courses.



 
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