McKINNEY — McKinney North High School AP teacher Jeff Sher has been chosen by the College Board and the Advanced Placement® program as a member of the inaugural class of AP Advocates.
The AP Advocates Program is a new initiative engaging AP teachers in the College Board’s effort to provide every student with access to opportunity. AP Advocates will maintain a critical two-way dialog between educators and the decision-makers whose support is essential to the growth and continued success of the AP program.
AP Advocates will also meet directly with leading policymakers to help them understand teachers’ views and present teacher-generated solutions.
“AP classes change lives, and nobody is better equipped to drive that point home than the AP teachers who experience those stories every day,” said Julie Harris-Lawrence, College Board Executive Director of Teacher Outreach and Advocacy. “More than just a source of powerful stories, the AP Advocates are a dedicated group of policy-minded, solution-driven leaders, ready to help find answers.”
For the Advocates, the program offers an exceptional professional development opportunity. The College Board provides training and information to prepare members for interactions with decision-makers and the media, information about relevant federal and state legislation and the opportunity to work together as a professional learning community and develop their own roadmap for making the greatest possible impact.
“As an AP Advocate, Mr. Sher is one of the many AP teachers in MISD actively involved in preparing all our students for success in college and in life,” said Marita Cleaver, McKinney ISD Coordinator of Advanced Academics. “His inclusion in this College Board outreach program is a significant achievement and an example of how MISD teachers influence national College Board policy and decision making.”
College Board staff will maintain direct contact with the Advocates, keeping them up-to-date on policy issues and other developments, and informing them of opportunities to make an impact, whether that means writing a letter to the editor or joining a trip to the capitol. The College Board will also encourage Advocates to keep the organization informed of their ideas, opinions and news.
To recruit the inaugural class of Advocates, the College Board invited experienced AP teachers in five states – California, Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas – to apply. They were looking for committed professionals willing to volunteer their time and use their voices to shape policies that will expand AP to more students.
The response was overwhelming. For fewer than 170 Advocate positions, the College Board received more than 950 applications. “The teachers selected as Advocates – through an extremely rigorous process – represent the cream of an already elite crop,” said Harris-Lawrence. “We are truly honored to have the opportunity to work with such exemplary educators and such inspiring individuals.”
Provided by the College Board AP Advocates program.
For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About McKinney ISD
One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.