We’ve had such a busy summer with our project on AP success with the College Board. On August 4 I visited the teacher workshop, which is led by Towson’s Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Gail Kaplan. The teachers are mostly from Anne Arundel and Harford school systems and are eager to improve their AP Calculus teaching skills. Following the summer workshop they will continue to meet, share lesson plans, and support each other throughout the year. Then in the spring they will participate in a mock AP exam with their classes to discover strengths and weaknesses before the actual AP exam. This group is being mentored by some of last year’s teacher participants from Baltimore County.
On August 5,, Tim Tooten of WBAL TV visited the workshop and did a story on it.
I was invited to participate in a Council of State Government meeting on assessment held August 5. It was an interesting conversation about Common Core, related assessments, and the challenges and failures of the roll out of these initiatives across the country. Much of the discussion revolved around the lack of response to incorrect information and misunderstandings about these initiatives that jeopardize the value of the standards and the assessments.
July 28, 2014
A few weeks ago I was quite pleased when the Baltimore Sun ran a commentary I wrote in response to an article entitled “More Jobs than Workers.” I wanted the public to know about the many initiatives at Towson University to fuel the pipeline of future teachers and workers in STEM fields.
The article was quite well received and was picked up by the Chicago Tribune and the newsletter for Congressional Staffers. I’ve also received emails and phone calls about the commentary from many colleagues nationwide.
On July 14, the Advanced Placement student boot camp sponsored by Towson University in partnership with the College Board began at Milford Mill Academy. I visited the program on July 15 and was quite impressed with the level of commitment and energy the students were exhibiting. They have a wonderful rapport with their master teacher, Kevin Dalsimer, and two Towson pre-service interns, Sean Selba and Michelle Tarr. On Thursday, GiGi Barnett of WJZ-TV and Liz Bowie from the Baltimore Sun visited the camp.