AP: A.T.T.A.C.K (Advanced Placement: Analysis, Thinking, Training, Articulation, and Content Knowledge)
AP: A.T.T.A.C.K (Advanced Placement: Analysis, Thinking, Training, Articulation, and Content Knowledge) unites the district with Davidson College, Museum of the New South, Afro-American Cultural Center, Charlotte Museum of History, and Charlotte-Mecklenberg Public Library in a program for American history and Advanced Placement (AP) American history teachers in grades 8 and 11. Supported by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and College Board, the project aims to improve student test scores, increase earned AP diplomas, boost academic rigor by establishing a pre-AP course in middle school, expand classroom resources, and reduce the number of American history teachers who leave teaching. Activities include training in vertical team building, Smithsonian workshops on historical investigation, monthly meetings led by history professors and museum educators, mentoring and team teaching, and development of local networks. Instructional strategies focus on student ability to analyze and write about primary and secondary sources. The project builds on a grant providing teachers in grades 5, 8, and 11 with training based on the History Alive! program. Key staff bring expertise in the post-Civil War era, Constitution, American internationalism, New Deal, post-Cold War era, the Presidency, peace heroes in 20th century American, the American South, and other topics.