In recent years, the organization that first coined the term “DBQ”, The College Board, has worked to offer all students access to challenging curricula and eventually college. Although the DBQ Project has no formal relationship with The College Board, our missions are similar. The College Board and The DBQ Project both ascribe to the belief that all students can perform well with rigorous academic standards and that preparation for meeting high standards should begin in middle school if not elementary school. The College Board has recently begun to develop curricula called Springboard in Language Arts and Math to address Common Core Standards and to infuse classrooms with manageable rigor. They provide professional development and materials for middle school and early high school teachers to help them develop rigorous courses.
The DBQ Project is focused on social studies education. Leaders in many districts across the country invite us to train their teachers for their social studies Pre-AP programs. Though calling us Pre-AP is really a misnomer, we understand why directors often make that connection. Like The College Board, we provide professional development and materials for middle school and high school social studies teachers to help them develop challenging courses. Our mission is to engage all students in rigorous writing and thinking activities. Districts who use the College Board Springboard Curriculum often turn to us for help infusing social studies with analysis of primary and secondary sources and powerful evidence-based writing.