AP Annual Conference Submission
Participants will examine the process utilized by the Delaware Valley High School, a rural, public high school with declining enrollment, to grow a collaborative culture among our AP teachers in an effort to breed high rates of student success. The presenters will explain how efforts focused on increased collaboration led to both the expansion of the AP program as well as the number of AP Scholars. Over roughly a 10-year-period, the number of AP classes increased from 10 to 28 and in the same time frame, the number of AP Scholars increased from 27 to 128. After a brief discussion about our collective philosophy regarding the benefits of collaboration, best practices will be shared that have yielded positive outcomes in our school. Some of the strategies include: how to create effective norms, sharing data in a non-threatening manner, and overcoming the challenge of creating viable common assessments.