The Faculty Endowment Trip to the A.P. Conference in San Francisco

by John Kendall

Pre-Conference Preparation

When I received the annual reminder in late Fall about the Faculty Endowment opportunities and decided I did not want to teach summer school in 2011, I began searching for a suitable opportunity for professional development which would also allow my wife and I to combine some pleasure with business.

The four-day annual A.P. Conference in San Francisco, from July 21-24, 2011 fit the bill perfectly. I attended two excellent full-day workshops, a pre-conference seminar on Thursday for experienced A.P. English Language and Composition teachers, and a Sunday post-conference 7-hour seminar on teaching Rhetoric. Friday and Saturday, I attended three hour-and-a-half workshops on the A.P. test, the teaching of writing, and using 21st technology in the English classroom. I also heard Judy Woodruff, 30-year Washington, D.C. correspondent and co-anchor of PBS evening news, speak at the Saturday plenary session.

My wife, Liz, flew out later in the week, and in addition to some sight-seeing excursions in the evening during the conference, to Union Square, Pier 39 and a number of great restaurants in the area of the Moscone Center/Marriott-Marquise, we then met my brother and sister-in-law, who live in Sacramento, and spent three days shopping in Haight-Ashbury (yes, it still exists, albeit in an alternate world 1960's), the John Muir Redwoods Park, a tour of the wine country, seeing a production of "Anything Goes" at the Sacramento state theater, and a visit to the Pablo Picasso exhibit at the de Young Art museum.

I learned a huge amount at the four days of the conference, and had a wonderful "getaway" vacation with my wife, while we only paid for her plane fare and meals. The Faculty Endowment is a terrific opportunity for teachers or staff who have been at Prep the appropriate number of years. I highly recommend it to others who have not taken advantage of it yet.

Detailed Descriptions of Daily Activities

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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