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Keeping Students on Track During the Pandemic


When the country shut down in March, the College Board faced a difficult decision. Would they cancel the 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams or deliver a reliable, secure, digital assessment that would give students the opportunity to earn full credit. AP students guided the decision with a clear and compelling voice, overwhelmingly saying they wanted the chance to test. This set in motion the charge to create an online version of the exams, broadcast AP classes to teachers and students via YouTube, and ensure that students had access to devices and the internet. Dana Kopelman, who leads AP instruction for the College Board,  discusses the lessons learned from this major undertaking and how College Board has built on the online resources developed in the spring to open a new world for AP teachers and students as they tackle the varied models of learning in a changing environment.

Dana Kopelman 
Executive Director, AP Instruction, College Board

Dana Kopelman has worked with the College Board’s AP curriculum, instruction and assessment team in a variety of capacities. Dana started as an instructional designer, working on professional development support for teachers of history and the social sciences, then as course lead for AP economics.  Most recently, Dana became the executive director of AP instruction, overseeing a variety of products the content team created for teachers of all AP courses released with the launch of AP Classroom.  She currently is focusing her efforts on the design and development of free, online AP instructional videos across the suite of AP courses.

Before joining the College Board, Dana taught for eight years in New York and New Orleans, focusing on four AP subjects: economics, U.S. history, world history, and U.S. government and politics.  During her tenure in New Orleans, she was responsible for expanding AP offerings in the social sciences, starting with AP U.S. history for the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School.

Surge Capacity and Depletion in the Time of COVID-19: Promoting Resilience


This presentation highlights what we know about resilience from 50 years of research on children, families, and communities in the context of life-threatening hazards, ranging from natural disasters to epidemics and war. Dr. Ann Masten discusses the inherent quality of resilience we all have the capacity of a dynamic system to adapt successfully to challenges that threaten the function, survival, or development of that system. Dr. Masten focuses on how the resilience of children is influenced by   that of families, schools ,and other systems that support human life and development. This session increases awareness of  key factors and strategies indicated by resilience science that protect and restore resilience across system levels for children, families, schools, and other human systems.   

Ann Masten, Ph.D. 
Regents Professor, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, University of Minnesota.

Ann S. Masten, Ph.D., serves as the regents professor of child development at the University of Minnesota, grew up in a military family. She studies resilience in human development, particularly in the context of homelessness, poverty, war, disaster, and migration. Dr. Masten is a past president of the Society for Research in Child Development, recipient of numerous honors, and author of more than 200 publications including the book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development. She also offers a free MOOC on Coursera about “Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War” taken by thousands of participants from more than 180 countries.

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