Two Hillsborough Schools each win $10,000 College Board designations
Two Hillsborough County schools were among 14 across the country chosen to serve as models for the College Board's pre-AP program through the 2011-2013 school years.
The schools, from Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington, were named National Demonstration Schools for the board's foundational component, known as Springboard. The program aims to increase participation and diversity of students headed for AP and college courses without remediation.
Six Florida schools were chosen, including Strawberry Crest High School, in Dover, and Martinez Middle School, in Lutz.
The schools each received a $10,000 credit for professional development services; registration and recognition at College Board events; a customized school banner and plaque; inclusion in SpringBoard research and reports; and future opportunities to pilot new SpringBoard-related programs.
To win the designation, the schools met SpringBoard criteria for at least two years with ongoing professional development. They established professional learning communities within their schools, learned from collective classroom experiences from their peers and shared the best practices.