US Congressional Representative Donna Edwards Keynote Speaker at Student Leadership Conference

Rep. Donna EdwardsMCNC is proud to announce that the keynote welcoming address at the 2014 Student Leadership Initiative Conference in Prince George County, MD will be delivered by distinguished US Congressional Representative, Donna Edwards. Opening ceremonies will take place at Prince George County Community College on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Ms Edwards, a Democrat, has served in Congress since 2008. She was the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the US Congress. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she received her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire.
Ms. Edwards is a long time supporter of Social Justice issues, having served as the first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, an advocacy and legal support group for battered women. She worked to pass the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. On the global stage she has been an advocate and staunch supporter to end the genocide in Darfur, which resulted in an arrest outside the Sudan embassy in 2009. Currently, she is actively at work on issues such as the repeal of Citizens United, the increase of the minimum wage for all workers in Maryland, and the expansion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for high school students.
Donna Edwards is committed to promoting opportunities for higher education for all youth. She is currently sponsoring a statewide competition of STEM projects among high school students in the 4th Congressional District, involving schools, workplace, and research institutions.
Middle College National Consortium and all our students eagerly await this special event.

MCNC’s 2013 Keynote Speaker: Linda Darling-Hammond

“Bureaucratic solutions to problem of practice will always fail because effective teaching is not routine, students are not passive, and questions of practice are not simple, predictable, or standardized. Consequently instructional decisions cannot be formulated on high then packaged and handed down to teachers.”  From The Right to Learn

 

Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she is Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.   She launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. She has also served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is former president of the American Educational Research Association and Member of the National Academy of Education. Her research, teaching and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity. From 1994-2001, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education. In 2006, this report was named one of the most influential affecting U.S. education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade.

 

Darling-Hammond is the author of over 400 publications including: The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future (2010) and Powerful Teacher Education (2006). She holds a BA magna cum laude from Yale University and an EdD (Urban Education) from Temple University.  She began her career as a public school teacher.  Her professional experience prior to Stanford University includes: Director and Senior Social Scientist for the RAND Corporation’s Education and Program; William F. Russell Professor of Education and Co-Director, National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is currently also a member of the Boards of Directors for the National Council for Educating Black Children Board, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and the Center for Teaching Quality, among others.  She was education adviser to President Obama during the 2008 election campaign and led his education policy transition team.

30-day MCNC Conference Countdown: Day 3 – Intentional Student Support in Action: Collaboration Deconstructed

Facilitator(s): Maria Estrada and Velina Espinosa

Participants will learn about and share best practices within the high school and college collaboration partnership with the intention of developing or strengthening existing counseling/advisement programs. This workshop will be interactive and participants will take away a blue print of various counseling activities that they may implement at their campuses.

 

Summer Professional Development Institute

June 29, 2012 – July 2, 2012

Hyatt Regency Jersey City, NJ

Find out more information about the conference and register now.

30-day MCNC Conference Countdown: Day 2 – Finding a medium between professional choice and new Common Core instructional shifts in social studies

Facilitator: David Riesenfeld

As Social Studies teachers around the nation move closer to unilateral implementation of the Common Core State Standards, many confront the difficulties of how to both align their instruction to new learning standards and satisfy the needs of students learning specific content area materials. Teachers need to acquire a new and different toolbox in order to meet this goal.

By immersing themselves in a discussion of the key instructional shifts involved in the rollout of the CCSS, participants will explore new ways to create important, subject-specific course content that relies on the use of increasingly complex texts, and provides a platform for the development of necessary literacy skills that sit at the heart of the CCSS for Social Studies.

The two-day session highlights curricular and pedagogical methods that distinctly address essential literacy skills and different ways to infuse the use of increasingly complex texts as key components of their students’ learning and academic development. Participants will work together to develop several unit frameworks that have potential to provide students with authentic learning experiences and task-based assessments, using new, more complex texts as central artifacts. Finally, we will discuss effective possibilities for continuing this discussion at their schools in the context of working PLCs, department meetings, or full-staff Professional Development.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

 

Day 1 Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Chalk Talk
  • CCSS Instructional Shifts
  • Independence vs. Alignment
  • A New Architecture
  • Outlining the Unit/Task
  • Work
  • Debrief
  • Feedback Forms

Day 2 Agenda

  • 15 Minute Recap of Day 1 (w/feedback)
  • Modeling New Architecture (highlighting the vocab, text, evidence, text-dependent questions)
  • Possible Twists and Turns for close analytic reading – (Manzanar/Unbroken example for full text)
  • Work
  • Debrief
  • Taking the Conversation Home: Creating substantive professional discussion about upcoming changes in education.
  • Feedback forms (Warm/Cool)

 

Summer Professional Development Institute

June 29, 2012 – July 2, 2012

Hyatt Regency Jersey City, NJ

Find out more information about the conference and register now.

Nancy Hoffman to be Keynote Speaker at MCNC Summer Professional Development Institute

Renowned educator Nancy Hoffman from Jobs For the Future (JFF) will be the keynote speaker at MCNC’s annual Summer Professional Development Institute which will be held from June 29th-July 2nd at the Jersey City Hyatt in Jersey City, NJ. Ms. Hoffman works with JFF’s Early College High School initiative, a network of over 270 schools in 28 states, to expand opportunities for high school students to take college level courses and receive an Associate’s degree.


New York, New York (PRWEB) April 24, 2012

Middle College National Consortium is excited to announce that Nancy Hoffman, Vice President and Senior Advisor at Jobs for the Future, will be the keynote speaker at MCNC’s annual Summer Professional Development Institute to be held from June 29th- July 2nd at the Jersey City Hyatt in Jersey City, NJ. Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a Boston based national non-profit focused on improving educational and workforce outcomes for young people and adults. Ms. Hoffman works with JFF’s Early College High School initiative, a network of over 270 schools in 28 states, to expand opportunities for high school students to take college level courses and receive an Associate’s degree.

Dr. Hoffman’s book, Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School With College Makes Sense and How to Do It (Harvard Education Press) is considered a classic in the field. Ms. Hoffman has held teaching and administrative posts at Brown, Temple, Harvard, FIPSE, MIT and elsewhere. She holds a B.A. and PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkley. Dr. Hoffman’s most recent book Schooling in the Work Place makes the case for the necessity of work experience tied to college readiness for all high school students.

The theme of this year’s MCNC Summer Professional Development Institute is “Building for the Future: College and Career Readiness”. There will be a strong focus on the Common Core State Standards and how to align them with the work already being done in the schools. Other themes to be explored through workshops will be:
●    Opening a Middle/Early College High School
●    Expanding Middle/Early College Opportunities to Districts and States
●    Peer Review
●    Data is Our Friend
●    Student Support and College and Career Readiness
●    Subject Area Workshops
●    The MCNC Student Leadership Initiative

According to Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and Director of MCNC, “This year’s Summer Institute is a must for all educators interested in increasing their knowledge on how to improve student performance in college classes while in high school and beyond.” To learn more about the MCNC Summer Professional Development Institute and/or register go to the MCNC website at: http://www.mcnc.us/professional-development/conference/summer-professional-development-institute/.

Middle College National Consortium is a pioneer in developing small schools on college campuses where 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’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation. MCNC, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment in high school as a viable and necessary college readiness educational model.
To get a comprehensive overview of the history, design principles, current work and achievements of the Middle College National Consortium, please visit us at http://www.mcnc.us.

Contact information
Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
http://www.mcnc.us

MCNC Summer Professional Development Institute Concludes With Rave Reviews from Attendees

How to Become a College Ready School was the Theme of MCNC’s 17th Annual Summer Professional Development Institute. Over two hundred educators from thirty schools across the country attended this four day event

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham-President & Founder of MCNC

Quote startThese conferences are vital for schools to share information about becoming college ready. In education there are very few opportunities to network and exchange ideasQuote end

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

How does a high school become a College Ready School? This was the theme of the Middle College National Consortium’s (MCNC) 17th annual Summer Professional Development Institute. Held from July 7 to July 10 in Jersey City, New Jersey the Institute was attended by over two hundred teachers, counselors, high school administrators, and college personnel from thirty schools, countrywide . Kicking off the conference, MCNC Director Dr. Cecilia Cunningham and former principal Terry Born gave an in- depth presentation of David T. Conley’s Key Cognitive Skills (KCS) necessary for success in college. A series of workshops followed including ePD at Charles School–Tying Literacy to KCS, KCS in the Classroom…Teaching KCS for College Readiness, and Making KCS a Part of the Entire School.

Eric Nadelstern, former New York City Deputy Chancellor and Teachers College Professor, delivered a provocative keynote address. Nadelstern spoke of the origins of the school reform movement in New York City and how to take it to scale. He emphasized the necessity of devolving power from the Central Office to the schools and holding them accountable for student progress. He noted that before school reform, the New York City high school graduation rate for the past fifty years hovered around 50% . The present graduation rate has climbed above 60%.

Workshops dealing with Common Core State Standards in mathematics and assessment, literacy in social studies, text complexity, and analyzing student work were given. These aided attendees understand implementation plans as well as the progress the States are making with the Common Core Standards. The professional development necessary to assist teachers and administrators to create a college ready school was another major area of emphasis. Rounds as Classroom-Based Professional Development, Developing a 9-12 College Access Program Using Distributed Counseling, Math Education–A Relay Race, were among the well-attended professional development workshops.

Comments such as “The conference did challenge me to think differently about how my school supports students and how I prepare my students in the classroom”, “My vision for looking at college readiness is now clearer. I will be developing classroom evidence around college readiness”, and “It looks like the Common Core is for real and we will have to address them. Continuing workshops at MCNC conferences will be important in getting us all ready”. Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, Director and founder of MCNC stated “These conferences are vital for schools to share information about becoming college ready. In education there are very few opportunities to network and exchange ideas”.

Middle College National Consortium is a pioneer in developing small schools on college campuses where 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’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation. MCNC, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, in high school and college, as a viable and necessary educational model.

To get a comprehensive overview of the history, design principles, current work and achievements of the Middle College National Consortium, please visit us at http://www.mcnc.us.

Contact information
Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
http://www.mcnc.us

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Middle College National Consortium’s Student Leadership Initiative Set to Explore Habitat and Humanity

After seven months of study, organizing and action, students from Middle College National Consortium schools across the nation will convene at Edgecombe HS to share their experiences, knowledge and local projects in the hopes of building a network of youth that will make a difference. The annual MCNC Student Leadership Initiative is scheduled to run from April 27th to May 1st in Tarboro, North Carolina.

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

Two hundred Early College/Middle College students representing 18 Middle College National Consortium schools will be exploring issues of Habitat and Humanity at a Student Leadership Initiative Conference in Tarboro, NC, April 27-May 1. The annual event, which engages students in local projects of national significance is being hosted by students and teachers from Edgecombe Early College HS. The Student Leadership Initiative, in its 18th year, engages students, 14-18 years of age, who attend a high school on a community college campus, in research and activities that empower them to take actions that make a difference in the world. After seven months of study, organizing and action, they convene at a host school for four days to share their experiences, knowledge and local projects in the hopes of building a network of youth that will make a difference.

Recent conferences have employed social media to build youth connections and outreach around Social Justice in New Orleans, Water Protection and Accessibility in Greenville, SC, and My Green City, at Estes Park, Colorado. This year’s conference theme, Preserving Our Habitat, Saving our Humanity grew out of the rebirth and rebuilding of the Tarboro community after devastating floods swept through the region over a decade ago. Preserving the culture of this historically significant community was at odds with environmental sustainability. Participating students will see, first hand, how the residents faced and overcame this dilemma.

Students attending the conference work for seven months doing local research and working on local projects. In Greenville, they will raise funds, awareness and assist in the rebuilding of a local play area for needy children. In Los Angeles, students are taking the message of habitat stewardship to their classmates and to youngsters in local middle schools. In New York they are learning about rooftop gardening as an alternative air filtration system and way to improve urban habitats. Students from the host school have spent the year using discarded cardboard, which occupied too much space in landfills, to make kayaks. The school population of 157 students have built floating watercrafts that will take part in a race in the Tarboro River as the climax of the conference. As a concluding activity all students will make ten minute films to be shown at a film festival and be the focus of panel discussions held on the Edgecombe Community College campus in North Carolina. Upon returning to their communities, participants will share what they learned in Tarboro with classmates and use that information to sustain programs they have started on their campuses.

Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain high school/college dual enrollment as a viable and necessary educational model. Middle College National Consortium’s mission 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’s 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
718-361-1981 X6
thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us

 

Professor Eric Nadelstern to Give Keynote Address at Middle College National Consortium’s 18th Annual Summer Institute

The Middle College National Consortium will hold its annual Summer PD Institute from July 7-July 10 at the Hyatt Regency, in Jersey City, NJ. Professor Eric Nadelstern, former Deputy Chancellor for School Support and Instruction at the New York City Department of Education, and leader of its Small School Initiative, will give the keynote address.

Quote startProfessor Nadelstern’s deep understanding and extensive history with school reform and preparing underserved students for college make him a must hear for anybody working to improve schoolsQuote end

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) March 29, 2011

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), a pioneer in the Early College/Dual Enrollment school movement, is pleased to announce that renowned educator Professor Eric Nadelstern will be the keynote speaker at its annual conference in July. The theme of this year’s conference will be “How Do You Become a College Ready School”.

Professor Eric Nadelstern

Professor Nadelstern, who was the founding principal of International High School, a MCNC member, will trace the origins of his school reform efforts starting with his work with new arrivals at International HS and concluding with his leadership at The New York City’s Department of Education’s Small School Initiative. Additionally, there will be workshops and panel discussions on issues related to College Readiness-Key Cognitive Skills that students need in college; College Knowledge-what do students need to know in order to succeed in college; and Communities of Practice that lead to success. Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and President of MCNC, stated that “Professor Nadelstern’s deep understanding and extensive history with school reform and preparing underserved students for college make him a must hear for anybody working to improve schools.”

Professor Nadelstern is presently a Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University; Visiting Senior Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson Foundation; and a Transition Team Member for the newly appointed New Jersey Commissioner of Education. Prior to his present positions Professor Nadelstern was the Deputy Chancellor for School Support and Instruction with the New York City Department of Education where he led the Department’s Small School Initiative.

The Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain high school/college dual enrollment as a viable and necessary educational model. Middle College National Consortium’s mission 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’s Degree or transferable college credits upon graduation.

The MCNC Summer Professional Development Institute will be held from July 7-July 10, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson in Jersey City, New Jersey. To learn more about this event, or register, please click here.

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
718-361-1981 X6
thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us

Professor Larry Cuban Featured at MCNC’s 17th Annual Winter Principal’s Leadership Conference

Middle College National Consortium, a leader in the movement to establish and sustain high school/college dual enrollment, held its 17th annual Winter Conference in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Larry Cuban, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University, and Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, founder and president of the Middle College National Consortium, lead the conference with presentations and workshops on the roles of a principal, managing change and instructional leadership and improving instruction within schools. Read more