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.

Bringing the Best of Early College to Scale – Jam Report

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SUMMARY

Taking the Best of Early College to Scale  

November 2, 2011

Sponsored by:  Middle College National Consortium (MCNC)

 

With

–       Gateway to College

–       Jobs for the Future

–       Woodrow Wilson National     Fellowship Foundation

–       The Texas High School Project

–       North Carolina New Schools Project

–       University System of Georgia

 

The Jam conversation was structured to surface the participants’ views of what constitutes the best of Early College in both programmatic and policy terms, to link this to relevant proof points and to consider how scaling arguments would be mounted and programs actually realized at scale.

 

Highlights:

–       There is no single Early College model but key attributes are shared.

–       The variation among Early College programs reflects adaptability and may explain success.

–       Sussessful Early Colleges require robust sustained collaborations between high schools and post-secondary institutions.

–       Early College advocates recognize that they must amplify the data that demonstrates the impact of their work.

–       Beyond data, Early College advocates see that they must effectively articulate the exceptional benefits to be gained from Early College if they are to garner the social, policy, and financial resources necessary to sustain and scale these programs.

Read the entire Jam report 

Scaling the Best of Early College REQUIRES EVIDENCE

Jam with members of the research andpractitioner communities

Register here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dataJam

Wednesday February 29, 2012 11am-6pm Eastern

“Are EC students college-ready? How well do EC students do in college? Do EC graduates complete college at higher rates?

These are some of the recurring questions that face those in the EC community.

Join in this unique conversation among EC practitioners and researchers. Help to identify the key elements of evidence and shape the research agenda.

Sponsors: Jobs for the Future and the Middle College National Consortium

Partners:
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Educate Texas
Foundation of California Community Colleges Gateway to College
Knowledgeworks
NCREST
SECME
SERVE
Utah Partnership Foundation
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Two Hundred Educators From Across The Country Take Part in JAM

On November 2nd educators from across the country were brought together by a coalition of educational institutions,

Dr. Cecilia Cunningham

“We know that Early College High Schools work for traditionally underserved youth by providing supported dual enrollment. . Completing college courses while still in high school is a clear college readiness indicator that can be adopted now.”

online, to identify the most compelling scalable practices that enable underserved youth to succeed at challenging college coursework. Chief among the Jam members’ recommendations is that dual enrollment, coupled with intense, consistent and competent academic and personal support, be available to all students.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 10, 2011
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 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. They also give students extensive social and academic support as well as providing the opportunity for high school and college faculty to align curriculum and collaborate pedagogically.

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and executive director of the Middle College National Consortium, commented that “We know that Early College High Schools work for traditionally underserved youth by providing supported dual enrollment. . Completing college courses while still in high school is a clear college readiness indicator that can be adopted now by school districts.” JAM participants spoke to the critical nature of forming partnerships between higher education and secondary education schools and finding ways to control costs. They noted that it is important for policy makers to recognize the long run cost savings of dual enrollment resulting from reduced drop outs, eliminating the need for remedial education, and increasing college graduates.

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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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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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

Middle College National Consortium Launches Comprehensive New Website

The totally redesigned and updated MCNC website, http://www.mcnc.us, has been receiving rave reviews . Information as diverse as New School Development, School Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness, Resources and Professional Development is now readily available.

New York, New York (Vocus/PRWEB) April 19, 2011

After more than six months of work the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) launched its reconstructed website last week. It received accolades from educators from across the country. Sue Doyle, principal of Middle College High School at Erie Community College, commented on the range of information available on the website. “On this one website I can find demographic information on other Early Colleges, professional development opportunities and programs for my school, and a great resource section. It’s exciting.”

“When I looked at the Outcomes section of the website I was happy to see how well below average students, as defined by eighth grade test data, were doing. The data confirms the successes our students are having in their college classes” said Mattie Adams, principal of Harbor teacher Preparation Academy at Los Angeles Harbor College. Nationally, Early College HS students, in 2009, on the average, had a 2.78 college GPA and had accumulated 42 college credits. Both our proficient and not proficient students, as defined by eighth grade test data, did almost as well with a GPA difference of only .43 and a credit accumulation gap of only 12 credits.

MCNC schools continue to learn, improve and teach other schools. Their statistics on graduation rates, attendance and standardized test scores often exceed the norms in their district and/or state. Additionally, they have the opportunity to participate in Consortium pilot programs such as the EPIC Math Assessment, the Student Leadership Initiative, Enhanced Dual Enrollment and ePD. “So many people have asked me what does it mean to be an MCNC School and what are these pilot programs you are involved in. I can now point them towards MCNC’s restructured website where they can get a full explanation” said Fred Crawford, principal of Greenville Technical Charter HS at Greenville Technical College.

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

Middle College National Consortium Proud to Share in the Celebration of Successful Early College HS Initiative

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) is pleased to announce its participation in Early College HS Week, May 3-May-9, 2010 which celebrates the success of the Early College HS movement. Early College High Schools (ECHS) provide high school students with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit upon graduation.

Long Island City, NY (Vocus) May 4, 2010

Early College High School Week, May 3-May 9, 2010, promises to be an exciting celebration of the success of the Early College High School movement. Early College High Schools (ECHS) provide high school students with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit upon graduation. President Obama stated, “High schools shouldn’t just make sure students graduate…they should make sure students graduate ready for college, ready for a career, and ready for life”. Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) is proud to be part of the Early College High School Initiative, a consortium of schools working with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The nineteen Middle College National Consortium Early College HS partner schools (see attachment) serve a student population which is generally underserved in high schools and underrepresented on college campuses. The MCNC focuses on professional development and staff leadership, comprehensive academic, social and emotional student support, and high school-college collaboration.

Middle College National Consortium’s Student Leadership Initiative, April 28-May 1, which led up to Early College High School Week 2010, was held in Greenville, South Carolina. The topic, Water Sustainability: How We Live With Our Rivers, featured student-led and initiated research projects including: mini-documentaries, fundraising for Water for Life, an organization providing clean drinking water in Africa, a clean-up campaign for a local shoreline, and various projects on how to bring rivers back to life.

Middle College National Consortium’s network includes 19 Early College High Schools nationwide, enrolling 6,050 students. Students are 79% minority, with 53% qualifying for free or reduced lunch and have a school attendance rate of 95%. Its 2008-09 cohort of 9th to 12th graders had an average 2.75 college GPA, a 92% college course pass rate and has earned an average of 9.2 college credits. Upon graduating from HS 12th graders accumulated an average of 14 college credits.

MCNC Director and founder, Dr Cecilia Cunningham says, “We are proud to be part of the Early College Week 2010, which showcases the remarkable achievements of individual schools and their students. Hopefully it will act as a catalyst for the expansion of ECHSs in school districts across the country.”

The Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, high school and college, as a viable and necessary educational model. Its 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 the history, design principles, current work and achievements.

Contact information:
Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
http://www.mcnc.us
718-361-1981
thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us