“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