Albert Pilot License: How One Teacher is Already Hooked

For this week’s Albert teacher spotlight, we chatted with Patrick Skuba. Patrick teaches AP Language and Composition at Liberty High School in Bakersfield, California. It is part of the Kern High School District, a huge district made up of 18 high schools and over 35,000 students. Working within such a huge district means that it can be difficult to get administrative approval for new classroom resources. Patrick tried a couple times over the past few years to implement Albert in his classroom, but because of budget constraints, was unsuccessful.

Lucky, he learned about Albert’s pilot license program where teachers are able to try Albert with unlimited access at the schoolwide level for one month. With the pilot, you can try out as many classes as you’d like, including our Common Core-aligned Differentiated Foundations (focusing on foundational grammar, reading and math skills) and our NGSS science courses (offered as Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science).

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How Albert Can Help Teachers New to the AP Program

We recently chatted with Stephanie Stone who is an AP Environmental Science teacher in Maryland. While she’s taught science for 20+ years, she just recently started teaching an AP class.  She found Albert to be an incredibly helpful resource in her first few years teaching AP, so we thought it might be a good idea to put together a guide for others in the same position. 

Teaching an AP course for the first time can be intimidating. The curriculum is dense, the expectations are high, and doing well on the end of year exam can mean a lot for students (boosting their college applications, saving money on general education credits). For educators new to the AP program, Albert can be used as a tool to build familiarity with the curriculum and help teachers feel confident and prepared in front of the class.

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Albert Teacher Spotlight: Stephanie Stone

For this week’s Albert teacher spotlight, we chatted with Stephanie Stone, an AP Environmental Science Teacher at Chopticon High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Stephanie has taught for 21 years, but only recently started teaching AP. She found that Albert has been a great resource as she learns to navigate the AP curriculum and prepare her students for the exam. We talked with Stephanie about what has worked for her students and how Albert has helped them be successful. Here is what we learned.

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Quick Guide to Using Albert to Supplement Class Discussions

We recently talked with superstar teacher Brad Clarke about his use of Albert in a discussion-centered classroom.  We were so inspired, we created a guide to help you do the same!

An advantage of a discussion-centered classroom is that students can dig deep into the content, engage in enriching conversations, and learn from one another.  One thing that’s not so great is that without formal lecture, it can be hard to ensure that the entire curriculum is covered. Regardless of how often you facilitate discussions,  Albert is the perfect tool to supplement your classroom. Assigning work on Albert means students will never miss a beat  — especially if the material is not covered fully in class.

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Albert Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Brad Clarke

To kick off our new Albert teacher spotlight series, we chatted with Dr. Brad Clarke. Dr. Clarke teaches at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Known lovingly by his students as “DC,” he uses Albert in his AP Government and AP US History courses. Dr. Clarke has 20 years of teaching experience under his belt and believes that the Harkness style of teaching, where the class is centered around student-led discussion and there is minimal teacher talk, has transformed engagement and rigor in his classroom. On top of teaching, he serves as the Associate Dean of Academics, the history department head, and the running coach. He has served as a teaching assistant at Brandeis University and Harvard University and received his Ph.D. in political science at Brandeis.

Dr. Clarke began using the using Albert with his students two years ago and has found that it’s an excellent tool to supplement a discussion- centered classroom. We wanted to know a more about Dr. Clarke’s teaching methods and how Albert has helped his students.

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Albert launches Differentiated Foundations and NGSS Engage

The team at Albert is excited to announce the launch of our new Foundations and NGSS Engage products. These products represent Albert’s expansion into general education products beyond our traditional focus on test prep. We’re proud of offer teachers and administrators resources that will benefit and support a wide range of students at the high school […]

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How to Teach a Student-Focused Flipped Classroom with Albert

Even the most seasoned educator occasionally falls into a rut with their curriculum. If the old syllabus isn’t hitting new district goals, or if you’re just looking to make teaching interesting again, flipping your class might be the solution. Sara Gill is an AP® Chemistry teacher with over 20 years of experience. Over the last […]

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