Putting AP with WE Service to work in your classroom
Step 1: Select ONE teaching module
Download one teaching module in your course to use with your students.
The 12 teaching modules linked below will be your main resource as you incorporate service learning into your AP course. Modules for two different service-learning areas are offered for each course. Each module contains:
- A Plan section with an overview of the topic, connections to the AP course content, suggested pacing, and more
- A Teach section with lessons and activities, teacher tips, and more
- An Assess section with rubrics for scoring student performance, and more
- An Appendix containing student worksheets and the formative assessment rubric
Note: The modules are available to participating educators and are password-protected. If you have been accepted into the program you should have received the password by email. Otherwise contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Science A
Spanish Language and Culture
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Step 2: Watch two videos
Watch the following videos (login required)
Training Video 1 (3 minutes): An Overview of AP with WE Service, will help you gain an understanding of the overall program and can be shared with administrators, parents and students, including at Back-to-School Night.
Training Video 2 (18 minutes): Your Guide to Implementing the Program, is an in-depth guide meant to be watched while reviewing the various resources provided.
If you already have access to the Academic Merit platform, you may use your current username and password. If not, log in using your email address and the password shared with you. Change your password as soon as you log in. If your password isn’t working, click “Forgot your password?” and follow directions to retrieve it.
Step 3: Review Program Requirements
Step 3a: Review the Recognition Rubric
Reviewing the Recognition Rubric will help you understand what will be required of your students. The rubric can be found in the Assess section of each teaching module and on page 165 of the Program Guide.
Step 3b: Review the six parts of the program
The six parts of the program below have related activities in the module. You will rate each student based on only these six criteria:
- Investigate and Learn: Undertake a student-led investigation of a topic at local and global levels and evaluate existing programs that take action on the topic, making clear connections to the AP® course topic.
- Action Plan: Develop an achievable plan to carry out one global and one local action in the form of direct service, indirect service or advocacy, which includes clear tasks, responsibilities, resources needed, and a timeline.
- Take Action: Participate in a project that has local and global significance, involving direct service, indirect service, and/or advocacy.
- Report and Celebrate: Create a portfolio that showcases the service learning project and participates in a commemorative activity by explaining, either in writing or in an oral presentation, the impact of the project and its significance.
- Record: Maintain a log of activities related to the project that includes at least 20 verified out-of-class hours.
- Reflect: Complete written reflections that make connections between the local/global topic(s) and learning about one’s self, one’s team, community, and the larger environment.
Step 4: Review Additional Resources
In addition to our modules, the resources below are available.
AP with WE Service Program Guide (.pdf/11.1M)
This guide serves as a comprehensive resource to support your work in AP with WE Service. It contains the activities and resources listed in the teaching modules, plus tips and approaches, a step-by-step road map, and more.
For Administrators and Educators: AP with WE Service: Bringing Service Learning to AP Courses (.pdf/1.3M)
This brochure for educators gives an overview of the program and its benefits in the classroom.
For Parents and Students: The AP with WE Service Experience (.pdf/1.5M)
This flyer, written for students and parents, explains what service learning is and what can be expected in an AP with WE Service classroom.
Press Release Template (.doc/29K)
If you’re making an announcement to the media, this customizable template will make it easy. Just plug in your school’s name and other specifics.
Suggestions for Sharing the News (.doc/1.5M)
Explore these tips and ideas for announcing your school’s participation in the AP with WE Service program, including suggested language for tweets and Facebook posts.
Be sure to introduce your administrators, fellow educators, students and parents to the program. Attend a webinar to help you stay connected to the program and fellow participants.
Step 5: Log in to the Digital Portfolio
Set up your classroom in the Digital Portfolio platform
The Digital Portfolio is the online platform teachers will use to inform The College Board that your student has earned the AP with WE Service Recognition. Scores are due June 30, 2018. Though this platform is called a portfolio, no portfolio submission is required of students for any of the AP with WE Service courses.
- Click on https://digitalportfolio.collegeboard.org
- Use your school’s unique access code to login for the first time. Access codes specific to your school will be provided via email.
Use these guides to set-up your class and learn how to score students:
Again, it is not a requirement to have students upload work here; it is only used for you to communicate student completion of the program with AP.
Step 6: Join the Teacher Community (not required but helpful)
Join the AP with WE Service Teacher Community, where you can connect with colleagues who teach any AP with WE Service course; share tips, best practices, and resources; ask questions; and more.
Here’s how to join:
- Sign in to the AP Teacher Community that you are already a member of (probably one of the ones listed below).
- While you’re signed in, go to the AP with WE Service Teacher Community home page.
- Look for a box on the right of the page with a “Join now” button under it.
- Enter your professional details, and click the button to send a request to the AP with WE Service Teacher Community moderator. Once the moderator has reviewed your request, you will receive an email with more information.
You may already be a member of one of these AP Teacher Communities — if not, consider joining the relevant one: