Current Work

Early College Design Services

Helping Districts Reinvent High Schools for Postsecondary Success

Implementing and managing school redesigns that combine high school and college to enable struggling students to graduate with college credit and the tools for postsecondary success.

Caesar Mickens Jr.
Director
617.728.4446 x225
cmickens@jff.org
@CaesarMickens

Current Work

Chicago STEM Early College High Schools

In Chicago, we are developing five STEM early college high schools in partnership with employers. We are collaborating with Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago and local technology companies to develop IT career pathways for the schools. We also provide leadership coaching and support.

Dayton Public Schools

In Dayton, OH, we are working with the district to transform a large, underperforming high school into an early college high school to serve as a model for redesigning all of Dayton's high schools to incorporate early college. Dunbar Early College High School opened its doors in fall 2013.

Investing in Innovation

With a $15 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we are leading the expansion of Early College Designs to 30,000 additional students in Denver and South Texas over five years. Both are fast-growing regions with large populations of low-income and minority students. The three participating districts already had thousands of students enrolled in college courses and is building on this foundation to convert high schools into early colleges. The i3 initiative enables high school students to earn at least 12 college credits, including English and math “gatekeeper” courses required for all undergraduates, as well as STEM and CTE classes, getting a substantial head start on college at no cost to their families. Our partners are the Denver Public Schools, Educate Texas, Brownsville Independent School District, and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. Our focus is to help schools to incorporate our Common Instructional Framework—six strategies to increase college readiness—and provide coaching to support teacher and student development.

For more information, or to find about how can Early College Design Services can work with your schools, please contact Caesar Mickens.