Hundreds of Educators Sign Up for November 2nd JAM on “Scaling the Best of Early College”

“Scaling the Best of Early College” will be the topic of a JAM to be held on November 2nd, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EST). A JAM is an online conversation that allows participants to enter and leave the conversation throughout the day, as time permits. It will bring together Early College teachers, college faculty, high school and college administrators, researchers, education professionals and policy makers in a discussion on how the Early College model is the right response to a lot of issues/problems being posed right now in the public school system.

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 26, 2011

Hundreds of educators from across the country are signing up to participate in a November 2nd JAM, from 11:00 AM-7:00PM (EST), on “Scaling the Best of Early College”. “I’m so excited at having the opportunity to speak to my colleagues from around the country about preparing students for college classes. I’d like to share lessons learned from my successes but I’d also like to hear how other schools are assisting students pass college classes” said Fred Crawford, principal of Greenville Technical Charter High School at Greenville Technical College. “I like the idea of a JAM because it allows me, and my colleagues, to enter and leave the conversation throughout the day, as time permits” states Dr. McKinley Williams, President of Contra Costa Community College. He continues, “This will give me an opportunity to speak with other professionals who I ordinarily would not have the time to communicate with. I have found the Early College model to be a boon for our school.” The JAM will bring together Early College teachers, college faculty, high school and college administrators, researchers, education professionals and policy makers.
Early College schools provide underserved students with a college preparatory experience, which includes rigorous high school and college classes (dual enrollment) that give high school students a head start on a college degree. This model has proved to be a highly successful way to increase high school graduation and college entry rates for students who come from poorer households. According to Rob Baird, Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “The JAM will allow us to show that Early College is the response to a lot of issues/problems being posed right now in the public school system. There is so much concern about college readiness and preparation but uncertainty about how to engage colleges, and the terms of that engagement. Hopefully, some good ideas for engaging colleges and universities will come out of this JAM.”
The JAM’s sponsors include The-Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, North Carolina New Schools Project, University System of Georgia, Early College Design Services/Jobs For The Future, Gateway to College National Network, and Texas High School Project. Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, Director and Founder of the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), states that, “The JAM is a way to communicate nationally on Early College without costing anyone any money. It will help us all get better at what we do as we learn from each other. It will also help spread the word about the effectiveness of Early Colleges and best practices“.
All people interested in participating in this JAM are welcome to join. To learn more about the “Scaling the Best of Early College…” JAM see an informational video at http://www.mcnc.us/professional-development/JAM-2012/earlycollegevideo/.
To register go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EarlyCollege.
For more information contact:
Adana Collins (acollins(at)mcnc(dot)us) at MCNC or
Doris Reeves-Lipscomb (dreeves-lipscomb(at)kpublic(dot)org) at KPI
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Challenge Early College High School, A MCNC Member School, Wins Prestigious U.S. Blue Ribbon Award

Challenge Early College High School, a MCNC Member school, is a recipient of this year’s U.S. Blue Ribbon award for having its students score in the top 10% on Texas State tests. The award is aligned with President Obama’s goal of making education the lynchpin in improving the U.S. economy, closing the achievement gap, and making US business competitive in the global market place. The MCNC Early College model provides high school students, especially those underserved by their previous schools, the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree.

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 04, 2011

Challenge Early College High School @ Houston Community College SW (Texas), a MCNC Member school, is one of this

Dr. Cecilia Cunningham

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, President MCNC

In the 2009-2010 school year 75% of Challenge’s graduating class enrolled in a four year college and 20% in a two year college. This data is a strong indicator of a topnotch Blue Ribbon school.

year’s winners of the prestigious U.S. Blue Ribbon award which is eagerly sought by public and private schools across the country. To qualify, schools must be serving a population that has previously been underserved by their schools. The Blue Ribbon Award rewards schools that have increased student achievement and narrowed the achievement gap. Blue Ribbon schools meet one of two criteria:

  •     They dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests;
  •     Their students achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests;

Challenge Early College High School received the Blue Ribbon award for having its students score in the top 10% on Texas State tests. The award is aligned with President Obama’s goal of making education the lynchpin to improving the U.S. economy and closing the achievement gap.    Previous MCNC U.S. Blue Ribbon award winners are Middle College HS @ Santa Ana College, Middle College HS @San Joaquin Delta College, Greenville Technical Charter High School @ Greenville Technical College, Harbor Teacher Preparatory Academy @ Los Angeles Harbor College and Middle College High School @ Contra Costa College. Cecilia Cunningham, founder and director of MCNC, stated that Challenge ECHS has been successful because “The faculty and administration not only deeply care about their students, but they have immersed themselves in professional development to improve their practice. The results of this hard work can be seen in their college going rate. In the 2009-2010 school year 75% of Challenge’s graduating class enrolled in a four year college and 20% in a two year college.” Dr. Cunningham added that “Justin Fuentes, the former principal of Challenge, and his successor, Tonya Miller, are perfect examples of the difference good leadership can make.”

 

The MCNC Early College model provides high school students, especially those underserved by their previous schools, the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree. This dual enrollment initiative exposes students to the college “experience”, rigorous high school and college classes, new ways of viewing the world and getting a head start on a college degree. It also gives the opportunity for high school teachers to align their curriculum with college classes and allows college professors to collaborate with high school faculty. MCNC high schools emphasize embedding college knowledge strategies into practice. The MCNC peer review model is a major part of the professional development to improve teacher practice and increase student achievement. The peer review program is designed to publicly share and discuss teachers’ best practice and is structured around reflective writings and a formal peer review.

Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment as a viable and necessary educational model. Middle College National Consortium’smission is to develop small schools in which high school students, especially those who have been previously underserved by their former schools, can earn both a high school diploma and either an associate degree or transferable college credits upon graduation.

To learn more about the Middle College National Consortium, visit us at (http://www.mcnc.us/) for a comprehensive overview of our history, design principles, current work and achievements.

Contact information

Tony Hoffmann

Middle College National Consortium

http://mcnc.us

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Coalition of Education Groups to Sponsor a JAM on Scaling the Best of Early College

On Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM a coalition of Early College intermediaries will hold a JAM entitled “Scaling the Best of Early College”. A JAM is an online moderated exchange which allows far flung professionals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, who might not ordinarily communicate, to gain from one another’s perspectives. This JAM will bring together early college teachers, college faculty, high school and college administrators, researchers, education professionals and policy makers.

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 17, 2011

A coalition of Early College Intermediaries announced today that they will hold a first of a kind JAM on “Scaling the Best of Early College”. The intermediaries are national and statewide groups that work with underserved youth. They have each had important success in preparing college ready students using Early College models. They hope that the JAM will allow a broad group of practitioners and policy makers to examine Early College and discuss how key elements can be adapted to help large scale public systems equip underserved students for college success and completion.

A JAM is an online moderated exchange. The discussion is asynchronous, so participants come and go as their schedules permit. It allows far flung professionals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, who might not ordinarily communicate, to gain from one another’s perspectives. This JAM will bring together early college teachers, college faculty, high school and college administrators, researchers, education professionals and policy makers.

According to Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and director of MCNC (The Middle College National Consortium), “This JAM offers a unique opportunity for educators to share successes and seek solutions to scaling issues.”
The JAM will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM (EST)

The JAM’s sponsors include The-Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, North Carolina New Schools Project, University System of Georgia, Early College Design Services/Jobs For The Future, Gateway to College National Network, and Texas High School Project. Early Collegeschools provide underserved students with a college preparatory experience, which includes rigorous high school and college classes (dual enrollment) that give high school students a head start on a college degree. They also help high school and college faculty to align curriculum and collaborate pedagogically.

To learn more about the “Scaling the Best of Early College…” JAM see an informational video athttp://www.mcnc.us/professional-development/JAM-2012/earlycollegevideo/. To register go tohttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EarlyCollege. For more information contact:

Adana Collins (acollins(at)mcnc(dot)us) at MCNC or

Doris Reeves-Lipscomb (dreeves-lipscomb(at)kpublic(dot)org) at KPI