St. Johns Math Department Chair David M. O'Sullivan was selected to participate in the College Board's annual AP Reading in AP Calculus. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams.
AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world's leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged.
"Attending the AP Reading is the absolute best professional development that I have had as a teacher," said Mr. O'Sullivan. "It allows me to interact with fellow high school teachers and college professors. I can share how I present a calculus topic and hear how others cover the same topic, finding out what works and what doesn't work. Understanding how the questions are graded, how points are assigned allows me to refine my teaching so that I can say to the student, "If you phrase your justification this way, you are correct, but If you phrase it his way, then it is incorrect, and here's why." It makes a huge difference over the course of the year."
"The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Mr. O'Sullivan."
Mr. O, decked out in his Spartan gear, took this selfie on the trolley on the way to the Kansas City Convention Center for another day of AP Reading.