Stress that mistakes and revisions are how people learn, not signs that they do not belong

Students who have been historically marginalized or students who may have never considered an AP class may take mistakes, feedback, or not getting something on the first try as a sign that they don’t belong. By explicitly letting students know this is untrue, teachers can quiet the negative voices their students may experience and show them that they belong in AP.

Explore Student Experiences Throughout the School Year

Click on each critical period to explore student experiences.

Strong Start


Keeping Up


Midterm Reset


Exam Prep


Due to varying school schedules and contexts, the exact timing of the critical periods will differ by school and even by class. The months provided are a guide for where teachers should be looking for experiences based on time of year.

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