Advancing Equity in AP During COVID: A “Blue Ocean Strategy” for Network Innovation

60-min | Livestreamed
Focus Areas: COVID response and acceleration of student learning; Equity, Diversity, and Belonging; Improvement Capability

After robust planning for an NSI to improve equity of access and outcomes in AP courses, COVID-19 hit. Demand for equitable approaches increased while supply of network member time and bandwidth understandably decreased. As a hub, Mass Insight revamped with a “Blue Ocean Strategy”: downplaying some features of a traditional NSI, while intensifying others. Specifically, we emphasized PDSA cycles in classrooms/schools and inventoried district-controlled decisions (budget, policy, staffing, scheduling). Initial data suggests our bets paid off, but there were trade-offs. Come unpack our takeaways: implications for facilitating networks when members have limited time, and change ideas for improving equity in AP.


Rob Jentsch, Chief Program & Strategy Officer, Mass Insight
Dr. Carolina Buitrago, Senior Manager of Program & Strategy, Mass Insight
Veeko Lucas, Engagement Manager, Mass Insight
Barbara Haeffner, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Innovation, Meriden Public School


March 24–27, 2024


Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina