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Opening Plenary

Thursday, July 19, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Announcing the 2018 AP Exam Results

Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP & Instruction, The College Board

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 AP courses and exams on the knowledge and skills needed for college success, and helping educators worldwide build equitable and accessible AP programs. Trevor earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Brigham Young University.

Panel Discussion – Supreme Court Cases in a Democratic Society


Jad Abumrad, MacArthur Fellow and host of the Peabody Award-winning Radiolab.

Jad is the host and creator of Radiolab (, one of public radio’s most popular programs, broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. Jad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews, and sound effects into compelling documentaries. In 2010, Radiolab was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and 2011 Abumrad was honored as a MacArthur Fellow. Alongside his radio work. Abumrad works as as a composer and remixer, and his music is being performed across the country.

Steve Meinhold

Stephen Meinhold is professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches courses in U.S. politics. Meinhold is the chief reader for AP United States Government and Politics and the recent chair of the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Committee. He is the co-chair of the Social Science Research Council’s Measuring College Learning project, focusing on American government. His community involvement includes serving as the chair of the board of directors of the United Way of the Cape Fear area, and the Good Shepherd Center, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter. He is a board member of Lakeside Partners Inc., building 40 units of permanent supportive housing, and is the president-elect of the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

Stefanie Sanford, Chief, Global Policy and External Relations, The College Board

Stefanie leads College Board advocacy initiatives with policymakers, public and private institutions, and organizations, to advance educational access and opportunity for all students. She heads the Washington office and oversees the College Board’s Communications & Marketing, Policy, and Government Relations departments. She is a member of the board of America’s Promise Alliance, Planet Word, and a trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


Friday, July 20, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Clearing a Path to the Future: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

Dr. Christopher Emdin

Dr. Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. The creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times Best Seller, For White Folks Who Teach in The Hood … and the Rest of Ya’ll Too. Emdin was named the 2015 Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Educators and has been honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House under President Obama. In addition to teaching, he served as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Auditi Chakravarty, Vice President, Spring Board & Pre-AP Programs, The College Board

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. Auditi holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Closing Plenary

Saturday, July 22, 1-2 p.m.

Voices of AP

The College Board’s eighth annual Voices of AP panel discussion will draw insights from students from three exemplary school districts sharing their experiences with AP. These districts have opened their doors to a significantly broader pool of students while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. They are among the 447 nationwide school districts honored with inclusion in the AP District Honor Roll for significant gains in AP access and student performance.

Student Panel

  • Adrian Rivas, Chicago Public Schools, IL
  • Anthony Tate, San Leandro Unified School District, CA
  • Delanie Rendon, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35, AZ
  • Sebastian Valencia, Santa Cruz


Barbara Cronan, Vice President, Membership - The College Board – NY

Barbara oversees relations and operations with the 6,000 leading education institutions that constitute the College Board’s membership, including higher education systems, two- and four-year colleges and universities, K–12 schools and districts, nonprofit education associations and organizations, and government agencies. Barbara engages this diverse community of educators in events, programs, and various diversity initiatives that aim to deliver opportunity to more students. Barbara is passionate about keeping student and educator voices at the center of the organization’s mission and work.

Closing Remarks

David Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The College Board

David became the College Board’s CEO in 2012, promising to deliver real opportunities to more students. “The College Board is committed to clearing a path for all students to own their future,” he says. “That is our calling.”Since then, David has spearheaded the design of a simpler SAT; forged a partnership with Khan Academy to provide personalized, free SAT preparation to more than five million students; and expanded the Advanced Placement Program to serve even more students from all backgrounds.

AP Studio Art Exhibit

Studio Art Reception: Friday, July 20, 6:15–7:30

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 works in the exhibition indicate the sophisticated level of achievement that AP Studio Art students can attain.