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College Board Officials Added to Conference Lineup to Discuss Content of New AP Course on African American Studies

Two administrators with the College Board have been added to the AASA conference program in San Antonio to address the first Advanced Placement course in African American studies, whose intended content has been the subject of recent challenges raised by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The conference session, titled “Introducing AP African American Studies,” will look at the development of the AP African American Studies course. The one-hour session will offer an overview of the course content and discuss the impact of the course in welcoming more students to advanced classes in high school.

At the request of AASA leadership, the session has been added to the lineup three times in San Antonio: 2:15-3:15 p.m., Thursday, Room 303-C; 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Room 304-C; and 12:45-1:45 p.m. Friday, Room 303-A.

The presenters from the College Board will be Brandi Waters, senior director of AP African American Studies, and Greg Walker, senior vice president for state and district partnerships.

On Feb. 1, the Advanced Placement program released the official framework for AP African American Studies, the first comprehensive, college-level introduction to Black history and culture that will be widely available in American high schools. Now in the first year of two-year pilot, the course has attracted widespread interest and media attention after Florida political leaders raised objections over proposed content relating to race and racism in American society and the presence of concepts such as intersectionality, reparations and the Black Lives Matter movement.

(Jay Goldman is editor in chief of Conference Daily Online and editor of AASA’s School Administrator magazine.)

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