Resources for Participating Early College Schools
All students deserve the chance to pursue postsecondary degrees and fulfilling careers, regardless of their economic or ethnic backgrounds. Early college students have achieved remarkable results, and the Week is dedicated to celebrating your progress and successes. The Week also serves as a platform for generating national discourse about the early college movement, for communities already involved and for those interested in learning more.
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If you have any comments or questions about ways to get your school involved in the Week, please contact: Sophie Besl | email@example.com | 617.603.4405
- Early College High School Week: Getting Started webinar recording. This recorded webinar from 2014 answers many common questions, provides an overview of the Week's goals, and shows several clear examples of events and actions to do during the Week.
- 4 Recommended Practices for Early College Expansion: Blog post by JFF on ways to bring early college to your school
Goals of Early College High School Week
- Build local support for the early college movement through local and national media visibility.
- Promote partners' roles in building a national network that achieves results for students.
- Elevate the successes of early colleges in the eyes of local and national funders.
- Promote the expansion of early college across schools and districts to local and national stakeholders and decision makers.
Resources for Schools
- Fact Sheet: Early College High Schools Get Results
- Social Media Toolkit for Twitter
- National news release (will be updated for 2017), see our national release template
- Local news release
- Local Early College High School Week Proclamation request template you can adapt and send to school boards, city councils, mayors, legislatures, and governors
- Parent/Student Invite letter to local/statewide ECHS Week events
- Local Official Invite letter to local/statewide ECHS Week events
- JFF's Early College YouTube Channel
- What Is Early College? (2:03)
- A Vision of College Success, featuring Hidalgo Early College High School (3:48)
- Opportunity for a Lifetime, featuring STAR ECHS (Brooklyn, NY), Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (Los Angeles, CA), Rutherford ECHS (Spindale, NC) (7:33)
- National Early College Conference, videos of speakers and panels from the 2013 national conference
- Realizing the Time-Saving Promise of Dual Enrollment
- Early College Takes Center Stage in ESSA
- Co-Designing, Co-Delivering, and Co-Validating the College and Career Readiness of Youth: Partnerships the Economy Needs Now
- Early College Models Morph, But Keep Their Edge: Launching Low-Income Students to College and Career Success
- Engaging Parents to Inspire Students: Early College District Sends Parents Back to School
- Early College Is the Right Fit for Dayton Students
- Top 5 Benefits of Early College that Support Academic Success
- Students' STEM Talents Soar at Pathways to Prosperity High School
- The Promise of Early College in Massachusetts
Also, please Like JFF's Facebook page to stay updated on Early College High School Week and to post your own schools' photos, news links, states and messages! We'll be using the hashtag #earlycollegeweek on Twitter.
What You Can Do
Please feel free to customize these ideas or develop new concepts for your local communities.
- Hold a news conference to celebrate students who are graduating with an Associate’s degree or at least one year of college credit. The conference can applaud students’ achievements and tout the financial savings to them and their families.
- Connect media with an early college graduate who is marching with fellow Associate’s degree graduates at the local community college for a feature story.
- Release data on student achievement at the early college high school.
- Invite media to a school event to profile a student planning to graduate with an Associate’s degree.
- Submit an op-ed to a local newspaper, written by the district superintendent, a school or community leader, a parent, or a student.
- Arrange for a school leader to be interviewed on a local radio or TV station about the merits of early college.
- Arrange for a local or state official to proclaim ECHS Week in honor of an early college in your area.
- Time another newsworthy announcement for release during ECHS Week.
The following ideas are more elaborate and are designed to engage a wider audience. Accordingly, they may require more planning time and organizing capacity.
Schools can expand local awareness of education-related issues by inviting educators, scholars, advocates, and policymakers to discuss topics that affect local education and student achievement, including dual enrollment policies within states.
Similar topics could be addressed in educator-led workshops for students, families, or teachers. These workshops can offer creative, hands-on opportunities for audiences to learn about education and college-readiness issues.
School Receptions, Tours, Open Houses
Offer community members opportunities to meet students and school staff at a reception. The reception can include a photo exhibit (or other type of display) featuring a day in the life of an early college student, an activity the school has undertaken to improve the community, or some other school-driven event. Schools could honor a student, teacher, parent, or local leader at the reception.
Partners can work with schools to increase local awareness and appreciation of the early college design with an exhibition featuring the work of local students.
An Early College High School Week storywriting, poetry, or art contest for students and community members can raise awareness and interest. Showcase entries at an exhibit or event and invite community leaders to judge entries and award prizes. The writing contest could be part of a reception or exhibit, with prizes donated by local businesses.
After the Week: Keeping Up Momentum
- Post event photos on your schools’ walls, website, or your partners’ websites.
- Suggest follow-up actions, such as asking state leaders to support early college high schools in public policy. Contact JFF for specific ideas on public policies that support and promote early college high schools.
- Report to your school—and more broadly to your community—on the activities that took place during Early College High School Week nationally.
- Use ideas and materials from Early College High School Week throughout the year to convey the following core message: early college high schools help our communities and the nation increase the number of students who are academically prepared to enter college and earn a postsecondary credential.
- Send thank you letters to all who helped and were honored.