AP Mentoring is a teacher-to-teacher support program for AP teachers of all experience levels. Currently, we are offering AP Mentoring to teachers of AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, and AP U.S. History. The program connects teachers interested in improving their teaching skills and strengthening students’ AP Exam scores with mentor teachers who have deep subject knowledge of AP and a record of classroom success. By connecting mentees of all experience levels with outstanding mentors in an online format, AP aims to provide ongoing support that is accessible and powerful.
How AP Mentoring works
- AP Mentoring is a 12-month program that begins fall 2017 and ends July 2018.
- Mentoring groups are composed of up to four mentees and one mentor.
- The groups meet online monthly, completing a total of twelve sessions over the course of the school year.
- Sessions will take place through a video chat program provided by AP. A mentoring platform will allow groups to share documents and schedule sessions.
- A mentoring curriculum specific to each subject is provided, and mentors and mentees work together to customize this curriculum based on each group’s learning needs.
- Each mentor is expected to work with two groups of up to four mentees each to support a total of up to eight mentees over the course of the year
- Mentors will provide short assignments between sessions for mentees to complete.
Who Can Be a Mentor?
We are looking for current teachers of AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, and AP U.S. History. English Literature and U.S. History teachers should have at least five years of experience in their AP subject area. All candidates should possess the following knowledge, skills, and mindset:
- Deep content and pedagogical knowledge
- Familiarity with the AP assessment process
- Knowledge of and experience supporting adult learners
- Effective listening and communication skills
- Self-confidence in mentoring ability
- Motivation to encourage the learning of others
- Strong organization skills
- Comfort using technology to share documents electronically
Why Become a Mentor?
AP Mentoring will provide you with an opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with other teachers while supporting them in preparing their students for the AP Exam. As a mentor, you have the potential to positively impact learning for thousands of students in your discipline.
What Does Being a Mentor Entail?
You will be assigned two groups of up to four mentees each. The AP Program will provide a curriculum for you to use with your mentees. Your mentoring sessions will be guided both by this curriculum and by the areas of focus you’ve agreed upon in collaboration with your mentees. If you are selected to be a mentor, you will be asked to:
- Attend a two-day training session in the summer of 2017, for which the College Board will pay associated travel, hotel, and meals.
- Complete a survey to inform mentor-mentee matches.
- Complete surveys at the beginning and end of the program (approximately 30 minutes each).
- Lead hour-long monthly video chats with each mentee group.
- Review monthly assignments to support mentees and prepare for subsequent video chats.
Will Mentors be Compensated?
Yes. The payment amount and schedule will be posted in early 2017.
How Do I Apply?
Applications will be posted in early 2017.