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INFORMATIONAL LETTER # 40

 

POLICY CODE:  DD/IJG

 

 

 

TO:                  Superintendents, High School Principals, Headmasters, High School Guidance Counselors, and AP Coordinators

 

FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

 

DATE:             December 18, 2001

 

SUBJECT:       Advanced Placement (AP) Workshops

 

            In the next few months, the Maine Department of Education and the New England Office of the College Board will host several workshops focused on the Advanced Placement program.  This series of workshops will provide an introduction to Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Top College Board Consultants in each of the AP courses will provide overviews of the Advanced Placement Incentive Program and Vertical Teaming.

 

            The first workshop in the series of workshops will be on January 16, 2002, An Introduction to Advanced Placement Courses in Sciences, and will take place at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.  The College Board will provide overviews of Vertical Teaming in Sciences and AP courses:  AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, & AP Environmental Science.

 

            The second workshop will be on January 23, 2002, Interpreting the PSAT, and will take place at The Maine Principals’ Association in Augusta.  The College Board will provide an overview of Using the PSAT for curriculum planning and identifying Advanced Placement potential.

 

            The third workshop will be on February 28, 2002, An Introduction to the Advanced Placement Courses in English and Mathematics, and will take place at the Augusta Civic Center.  The College Board will provide overviews of Vertical Teaming in both Math and English.

 

            The fourth workshop will be on March 8, 2002, Teaching Poetry in Advanced Placement Literature.  A separate mailing for this event will be sent out early next year on registration information.

 

            The fifth and last workshop will be held on March 25, 2002, An Introduction to Foreign Languages and Arts, and will take place at the Augusta Civic Center.  The College Board will provide overviews of Vertical Teaming in Foreign Languages and Arts and AP Courses: AP French, AP Spanish, AP Latin, AP German, AP Art, AP Music.

 

            Participants will leave with information on starting 1-2 AP courses, materials, and knowing what is needed to implement a course.

 

            All workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and registration and end at the time indicated on each registration form.  Lunch will be provided.

 

 

            Please complete the attached registration form(s) and return by the date indicated to:  Nancy Lamontagne, Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.  Fax – 207-624-6821.  There is no cost for either workshop.