Entries by Adana Collins

Early College High School Initiative Impact Study: A Social and Academic Success Story

The most recent long-term study released in June 2013 finds that Early College High Schools have had a sustained positive impact on traditionally underserved students nationwide. Reports published by AIR(American Institute for Research) and SRI International point to the unequivocal success of Early College High Schools. The study conducted by Andrea Berger (Project Director), Lori Turk-Bicakci (Deputy Project Director), Michael Garet (Principal Investigator), Mengli Song, Joal Knudson, Clarisse Haxton, Kristina Zeiser, Gur Hoshen, Jennifer Ford, Jennifer Stephan and Kaeli Keating and Lauren Cassidy of SRI, found strong evidence to answer the study’s two questions:

1. Do Early College students have better outcomes than they would have had at other high schools?

2. Does the impact of Early Colleges vary by student background characteristics (e.g., gender and family income)?

Student Leadership 2014: Prince George County, MD-Washington, DC

Student Leadership Middle College National Consortium style is bearing down towards DC. An army of youth-warriors are set to tackle issues of Social Justice across the nation and they are aiming to be heard. After last year’s breakthrough conference in Columbus, Ohio where our students asked the question, “What makes a healthy community?” they wanted to address some of the ills they had uncovered with well designed plans and clear action. Social Justice was the theme they selected; political action to assess, inform and increase college access for all high school students in their mission.

Consortium Matters: The Future

Academic landscapes are changing quickly and organizations need to make adaptations that keep them vital, growing and attractive to old and new members alike. Most importantly, they must remain relevant. With these thoughts in mind the Executive Board met at the Summer Conference 2013 and came to some difficult, but we feel exciting decisions about the Consortium’s future.

We discussed that we need to broaden our outreach to schools and programs that have a dual enrollment component, i.e. Middle Colleges, Early Colleges and High School Dual Enrollment programs. Our mission will be to support dual enrollment as a strategy for high school reform and as a major college and career readiness strategy. To get the word out we will be revising our logo, our web site and our membership requirements.

Social Justice at The Charles School

THE Charles School at Ohio Dominican University brought the theme of Social Justice home to their students in both a historical and personal way. Columbus native Wil Haygood is the author of The Butler: A Witness to History, which has been on the New York Times Best Seller list since the release of the motion picture in August. It is the story that inspired Lee Daniels to direct the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler which has been a box office smash.

The “Newman” on Campus: Michael Newman, New Principal at MCNC Member, Western ECHS.

Former principal, David Mike, made radical changes in student behavior, while opening the door to college for its students. Now, with the guidance and support of Middle College National Consortium and JCTC, Western Early College and its new principal, Michael Newman, are taking its program to new heights. Newman is combining educational experience, business savvy, and the love of a good challenge to address the needs and aspirations of underserved first generation college-bound students who need to meet today’s high standards to make their dreams come true. Recently Newman took some time to share with us his philosophy, experience, and plans for the future of Western ECHS.

CEC Middle College: Where College and Career Readiness Go Hand in Hand

CEC Middle College has a lot to be proud of. One of the Consortiums oldest members it has a unique mission of offering students high school requirements, college course credits and certificate bearing classes and internships that prepare them for college and career.

In September CEC was acknowledged in Denver’s Magazine, 5280 as one of the top 20 High Schools on the Front Range of Colorado. But that was just the icing on the cake for principal, Scott Springer who says his school is riding a wave of growing success.

“We had our largest graduating class last year of just under 100 students,” said Springer. “The 2013 class had the highest ACT scores ever as juniors, earned more than $1.7 million in scholarships and saw all graduates get accepted to CCD (Community College of Denver). 87 students got offers from two colleges or more, a very good report card for our kids.”

Fulfulling Promises: Winter 2014

IN THIS ISSUE

CEC Middle College: Where College and Career Readiness Go Hand in Hand
Consortium Matters, Early College High School Initiative Impact Study: A Social and Academic Success Story, Student Leadership 2014: Prince George County, MD-Washington, DC, Social Justice at The Charles School, The “Newman” on Campus: Michael Newman, New Principal at MCNC Member, Western ECHS.