Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Building Success Workshops: Classroom Strategies to Challenge Students

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Building Success Workshops: Classroom Strategies to Challenge Students

Article excerpt

A program initiated by the College Board in 1994 has been expanding into both suburban and city schools from coast to coast. Their Advanced Placement (AP) Program's Building Success workshops provide training to help teachers implement rigorous curriculum in their classrooms. The original three-site pilot effort has grown to include participation from Western, Midwestern, and middle States regions.

The Building Success workshops are offered in a two-day format for English and History teachers of grades 7 through 11. Interactive instructional strategiesdesigned to promote motivation and success for all students-are highlighted. The program provides interdisciplinary techniques and specifically targets schools with student populations traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education settings.

Phillip B. Arbolino, associate director of secondary school operations for the Advanced Placement Program stated, "This staff development effort provides a foundation for learning and motivation among students in some of the most deprived urban areas, making real education quality possible for students who may never have been exposed to course work this challenging."

Teachers from the Bronx, NY have trained through the Advanced Placement Program's Building Success workshop over the past 3 years, and teachers from Manhattan have recently joined the sessions. …

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