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Baykal-Rollins to Speak at AP Conference
Baykal-Rollins AP Conference Poster

Visual Arts Instructor Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins will be at the Annual AP Conference in Orlando, Fla., this coming weekend presenting his topic: “Strategies for Supporting Students in Excellence With the Updated AP Art and Design Program.”

Baykal-Rollins describes his talk:

This fall, updated AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing portfolio requirements and assessment rubrics will be implemented to facilitate students’ inquiry-based thinking and making. Portfolio development emphasizes investigation of materials, processes, and ideas through practice, experimentation, and revision. This session offers teaching and learning strategies to support students in excellence with the updated program. Guided by an expert AP teacher and AP community leader, learn the rationale for and benefits of the updates. Practice strategies for helping your students develop questions to guide their sustained investigation, make work that demonstrates skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas, and write effectively about their work — focuses of the portfolio updates. Become familiar with resources for enhancing students’ inquiry-based learning and making. Prepare to make the most of opportunities offered by the updated AP portfolios.

The poster accompanying his presentation (above) features one of his own works from high school, which he critiques according to the exam’s current rubric.

“I also show and discuss the portfolios of some of our amazing GFA students — by the way, all of the photography students scored a 5 two years in a row,” he shared.