Early College Design Residencies

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.

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Early College Design Residencies

Residencies for K-12 district and school leaders to learn how to prepare all students for postsecondary success

Acceleration, Not Remediation

The mission of every school district is to prepare all their students for higher education and/or high-wage careers. We at Jobs for the Future believe that accelerating students’ learning and exposing them to college coursework in high school ensures that they’ll have all the knowledge they need to pursue college and careers—and motivates them to do so.

Come see for yourself! Our Early College Design Residencies take you inside two of America’s top public schools for preparing minority and low-income youth for college. For 3-4 days, you will get to talk with students, teachers, and administrators about the roles that each play in creating a unique and highly effective college-going culture—and plan how to enhance your own schools’ culture with your staff and Early College Designs experts from JFF.

Learn the six proven strategies our Common Instructional Framework and how students use them every day to become active learners—and co-teachers—of their own rigorous and engaging coursework:

Three of the strategies help students learn more efficiently:

  • Collaborative Group Work brings students together in small groups for the common purpose of engaging in understanding and completing complex, meaningful tasks directly connected to core academic concepts.
  • Writing to Learn uses low-stakes writing tasks as a way to push students to develop ideas and expand understanding.
  • Literacy Groups offers a collaborative structure for more deeply understanding and actively probing the meaning of texts, problem sets, and documents.

Three of the strategies accelerate their learning:

  • Scaffolding draws on a variety of materials and activities to connect prior knowledge and experience with new information to support students in mastering increasingly more challenging tasks and concepts.
  • Questioning challenges students and teachers to use good questions as a way to open conversations and further intellectual inquiry.
  • Classroom Talk creates the space for students to articulate their thinking, develop their voices, and engage in high levels of discourse.

The Schools

Our residency partner schools are University Park Campus School in Worcester, MA, and Dayton Early College Academy in Dayton, OH. They are non-selective schools and enroll over 75 percent of their students from low-income families. 85 percent of students from these two schools are either in college or have earned college degrees—more than twice the national graduation rate for low-income students.

Learn more about the strategies in this 2013 webinar!

For more information, or to sign up for a residency, please contact Sandra Jadotte, sjadotte@jff.org, 617.728.4446 x117.

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