Fulfilling Promises: Winter 2011

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Fulfilling Promises
Vol. 17 | No. 1  | Winter 2011


Announcement: 

MCNC has redesigned and launched the new and improved website to be more user-friendly and informative about the Middle / Early College. Visit our new website at www.mcnc.us


In this Issue 

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Consortium Matters

Cecilia Cunningham | DirectorIn June 2010, the New York City Department of Education in collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY) issued a report to every NYC high school on the retention rate for the 2007 graduates who had enrolled in CUNY and were still there after 4 semesters.  Preliminary data suggest that MCNC Early Colleges and their College partners have institutionalized practices worth replicating by colleges seeking to retain and graduate an under-served population.

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Student Support and College Readiness
Lead to Harbor’s Success

…College Readiness is infused in every subject area.  The social studies department challenges students to become critical thinkers and effective communicators by requiring them to read and analyze complex texts…The math department uses research-based educational tools for course analysis and performance assessment…

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Become a College Ready School
18th Annual Summer Professional Development Institute 2011
July 7 – 10, 2011
Hyatt Regency Jersey City
New Jersey, NJ

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Electronic Professional Development at Charles School
Writing well is one of the most important skills to master for college success.

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Michigan Nurtures Early Middle Colleges
When Middle Colleges first began in Michigan in 1990, few would thought that 21 years later there would be 20 schools embodying those same principles.

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“I’ve Never Had To Do This Before”
So spoke a 12th grader when asked to apply his math knowledge to a real life example.  What’s going on here?

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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

 

Article on Successful College Retention Practices to Be Published in Community College Week

Five Lessons on College Retention from Early Colleges, an article laying out the practices used in early college high schools that lead to student success in college, will be published today in Community College Week. The authors, Dr. Cecilia Cunningham and Dr. Roberta Matthews have a twenty-five year history of working together on high school/college collaborations.

Quote startThe intentional links between secondary and post secondary education found in Middle College National Consortium and Woodrow Wilson early college high schools help students not only get to college but to stay in collegeQuote end

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and president of the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) , and Dr. Roberta Matthews, former Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Brooklyn College in New York City, announced that their article, Five Lessons on College Retention from Early Colleges, will be published in Community College Week this week. The article describes lessons learned on effective tactics to keep students in college by two organizations, The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “The intentional links between secondary and post secondary education found in Middle College National Consortium and Woodrow Wilson early college high schools help students not only get to college but to stay in college” notes MCNC president, Dr. Cecilia Cunningham.

The Middle College National Consortium and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation have opened, and supported, over fifty small early college high schools. Their high school students’ record of college GPA average, college course credit accumulation and college perseverance exceeds those of students from other schools with similar demographics. According to the article by Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Matthews, the five early college practices that have had the most influence on student success are:

  • Being on a college campus rather than transitioning onto one

    Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, President MCNC

  • Wraparound support and advocacy for students
  • No interruptions or diversions between graduating from high school and entering college
  • Building realistic understandings and expectations in students’ families
  • Strong alignment between high schools and colleges is seen as a given, not simply a goal

Dr. Matthews concludes by noting “Early Colleges succeed because they create an environment based on the presence of all the design features we have described. They promote the difficult dialogue among practitioners, on all levels, that result in substantive changes in education.”

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

Leader in School Reform MCNC Hosts Prestigious Leadership Conference February 10

The 2011 MCNC Winter Principal’s Leadership Conference will focus on the relationship between improved leadership, instruction and college readiness, including high school dual enrollment. Education leadership and the theory of change will be subjects of the keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Larry Cuban, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. Read more

Two Middle College National Consortium Schools Win Major Education Awards

Harbor Preparation Teacher Academy and Hollis F. Price Early College High School, twoMiddle College National Consortium Early College dual enrollment schools, are proud to havereceived the prestigious 2010 National Title 1 School Awards from the U.S. Department ofEducation. Harbor Prep and Hollis Price not only outperformed other Title 1 schools but alsodid significantly better on standardized tests and college going rates than non Title 1 schools. Read more

Professor Larry Cuban will Keynote MCNC’s Leadership Conference

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) will hold its 17th annual Winter Principal’s Leadership Conference from February 11, 2011 to February 13, 2011 at the Newport Beach (CA) Hyatt Regency. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Improving College Readiness by Focusing on Instruction” and will be keynoted by Dr. Larry Cuban, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. MCNC is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment as a viable and necessary educational model. Read more