How to Start
The best way to set up vertical teams is to go to a College Board workshop or ask a College Board representative to come to your school. Vertical Team Workshop information is available at the College Board website.
Once teachers, administrators, and curriculum leaders are educated about the Vertical Team concept, then teachers need to set up a schedule for meetings. Teachers are needed in grades seven through ten, as well as teachers from AP classes. The AP teachers are needed to show what skills and knowledge is pertinent to succeed in AP classes. Teams should meet once a month, more often if there is a time crunch to develop vertically aligned material. A chair and co-chair should be appointed, as well as a recorder for minutes. The chair and co-chair should be people familiar with the College Board's AP classes or teachers who have worked with College Board material. The purpose of the team is to "develop strategic plans" in order to allow more students access to advanced placement classes.
It is advisable that the team acquire the Vertical Team Workbooks for the particular content area. Workbooks are available for science, world languages, social studies, English, math, studio art, and music. This workbook highlights ideas for units of study for middle school to high school students. The workbooks can be purchased from the AP Central webpage. Each team member should have a copy.
Communication is key in any institution. The recorder should see that all team members including administration and curriculum leaders receive copies of the meetings. Updates should be presented to the middle school and high school teachers, as well as the school board.