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2019 in Pictures

Opening Plenary

Friday, July 19, 2019
8:30–9:45 a.m.

Announcing the 2019 AP Exam Results

Trevor Packer

Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction, College Board

Trevor Packer is the head of the College Board Advanced Placement® Program, responsible for the ongoing development and management of 38 AP courses taken each year by 2.5 million students in subjects ranging from Biology and Calculus to Studio Art and World History. He also leads the Instruction division at the College Board, which includes programs such as SpringBoard and CLEP.

Trevor has led the AP Program since 2003, emphasizing in particular a redesign to focus the AP courses and exams on the knowledge and skills most essential for college success. In this session, Trevor will deliver the results of this year’s AP Exams.

Changing the Face of Technology


Often STEM programs within institutions experience gender gaps and exclude students of color. This is usually not due to policy but to the fact that those students aren’t adequately encouraged to participate. However, there’s change on the horizon. Black Girls CODE is a model of excellence that will help change notions regarding women and technology. Join us to hear from two leaders committed to helping underrepresented youth become self-confident and innovative technologists. They’re passionate about enabling young people of color to create and own the new and ever-changing ways we use technology. They’ll share how to build innovative learning environments that use unconventional approaches so underrepresented students can be literate users, producers, and owners within the evolving digital landscape.

Welcome Remarks

Stefanie Sanford

Chief, Global Policy and External Relations, College Board

Sanford leads College Board advocacy initiatives with policymakers, public and private institutions, and organizations to advance educational access and opportunity to all students.


Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls CODE; Aspen Institute Fellow; 2015 Apple Stem Partner

Black Girls CODE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Prior to starting Black Girls CODE, Bryant enjoyed a successful career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. She served as an engineering manager in technical leadership roles for Fortune 50 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Bryant has been nationally recognized as a thought leader for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the technology industry and has received numerous awards for her work with Black Girls CODE.

Auditi Chakravarty

Senior Vice President, Learning, Evaluation, and Research, College Board

The Learning, Evaluation, and Research team works across the organization to evaluate College Board programs and measure their impact on student success. Through evidence and analysis, Auditi and her colleagues provide valuable insight that leads to more effective tools for students, parents, and teachers.


Saturday, July 20, 2019
12:30–1:30 p.m.

Changing Students' Lives


Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar will discuss the challenges of extending the opportunity of a first-rate education to students, and the “next practices” that education leaders must envision to educate students for the future. This session will explore ways to support and prepare our students for institutions of higher learning, and President Ambar also will speak about the rich history of Oberlin College as an advocate for change. With a common mission of creating a path for all students to own their future, Oberlin College and College Board are committed to opening access and opportunities.

Carmen Twillie Ambar

President, Oberlin College

Carmen Twillie Ambar is the 15th president of Oberlin College and the first African American leader in the institution’s 184-year history. She was appointed to the post in May 2017. Ambar came to Oberlin after serving for nine years as the president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Under Ambar’s leadership at Cedar Crest, the college thrived. Her successes included multiple years of multimillion-dollar budget surpluses and 92% growth in the college’s endowment. Prior to her time at Cedar Crest, Ambar had a highly successful tenure as vice president and dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was the youngest dean in the university’s history.

Barbara Cronan

Vice President, Membership, College Board

Cronan oversees relations and operations with more than 6,000 leading educational 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 educational associations and organizations, and government agencies. Cronan engages this diverse community of educators in events, programs, and various diversity initiatives that aim to deliver opportunity to more students.

The AP Districts of the Year

Celebrate the ninth annual AP Districts of the Year. These districts are committed to increasing access to AP for underrepresented students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Congratulations to 2019 district winners: Katy Independent School District, Katy, Texas, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Moreno Valley, California, and Fenton Community High School District 100, Bensenville, Illinois.

Terry Redican

Vice President, AP Program Delivery, College Board

Redican manages the annual AP cycle, ensuring the delivery of opportunity to nearly 3 million students across 20,000 high schools worldwide. He’s also responsible for a portfolio of projects that are intended to modernize AP processes and better engage Program stakeholders.

Exhibits Reception

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:15–6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a reception featuring works by AP Studio Art students, selected from over 60,000 portfolios submitted in 2019. The art reflects a variety of media, extraordinary clarity of thought, and a wide diversity of content, style, and technique. The pieces show the high level of achievement students can reach while taking an AP course. During the conference, you can visit during Exhibit Hall hours.