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Images from the AP Annual Conference

AP Studio Art Exhibit

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Close to 60,000 AP Studio Art portfolios are submitted each year, and a selection of that work is exhibited at the AP Annual Conference. The outstanding artworks in the exhibition indicate the sophisticated level of achievement that AP Studio Art students can attain. 


Cheryl Strayed

July 27, 5 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling memoir Wild, New York Times best sellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Her books have been translated into 40 languages around the world. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, and elsewhere. Strayed is the cohost, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sal Khan

July 28, 1:30 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom

Salman “Sal” Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Khan Academy started as a passion project. Sal’s cousin was struggling with math. Determined to help, Sal tutored her remotely and posted educational videos on YouTube. His tutorial videos became so popular that Sal decided to pursue Khan Academy full time. Today more than 52 million registered users access Khan Academy in dozens of languages from more than 190 countries.

Sal has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes, and recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In his book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, Sal outlines his vision for the future of education. He holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was also Teacher of the Year for a national test prep service, where he taught physics, biology, and chemistry to MCAT students.

Khan Academy’s free online learning resources cover preschool through early college education, including K–12 math, grammar, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, finance, history, and SAT® prep. Khan Academy gives teachers tools and data to help their students develop the skills, habits, and mindsets they need to succeed in school and beyond. And it’s all free, for everyone, forever.

Franchesca Ramsey

Voices of AP

July 29, 1 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom

At our seventh annual Voices of AP panel discussion,  you’ll hear about the AP experiences of students from three exemplary school districts. 

These districts have opened AP classrooms to a significantly broader pool of students while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. They’re among the 433 nationwide school districts honored with inclusion in the AP District Honor Roll for significant gains in AP access and student performance. 

Writer, actress, and video blogger Franchesca Ramsey will moderate the student panel. Franchesca produces original videos that include song parodies, impersonations, and original characters, along with socially conscious and topical comedy sketches. A former writer and contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she currently hosts the MTV News web series Decoded. Franchesca will also talk about how education has impacted her life. 

The student panel: 

Jocelyn Asturias, Lynwood Unified School District, CA

Jada Brand, Joliet Township School District 204, IL

Cameren Carter, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA

Tyler Parks, Lynwood Unified School District, CA

Jonathan Ortiz, Joliet Township School District 204, IL

Trevor Packer

Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction

Trevor is responsible for leading, developing, and managing the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and other instructional offerings, including SpringBoard and curricular programs for grades 6–12.

Trevor has overseen the AP® Program since 2003, leading a redesign to focus the AP courses and exams on the knowledge and skills needed for college success, and helping educators worldwide build equitable and accessible AP programs.

Trevor has published regularly on topics related to advanced academic programs and college admission, and interviews frequently with major news outlets. He has been a featured speaker at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, the Change the Equation STEM Salon, and the University of Southern California’s Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice.

Prior to joining the College Board, Trevor worked in academia, researching and writing about Victorian literature and authoring scholarly works on Willa Cather and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, as well as a manual on pedagogy and composition. He has taught literature and composition at the City University of New York and at Brigham Young University.

Trevor earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Brigham Young University.

Auditi Chakravarty

Vice President, SpringBoard and Pre-AP Programs

Auditi leads SpringBoard, the College Board’s instructional program for ELA and math in grades 6-12, with end-to-end responsibility for the program’s development, implementation, operations, and growth. Auditi also heads the College Board’s effort to design and launch a new Pre-AP® program that will help students strengthen their skills for the SAT, AP, and college. She was previously vice president of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for Advanced Placement®, overseeing the redesign of courses, exams, and professional development.  Auditi’s professional background is in teaching and learning; she's  developed and delivered educational materials, programs, and services for students and educators in a wide range of settings, particularly large urban school districts. Before joining the College Board, she was vice president for curriculum & learning and vice president of product development at Kaplan Test Prep. Auditi began her career as a high school English teacher and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.