How We Help

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.
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How We Help

Instructional and leadership coaching

  • On-site and online professional development helps teachers implement a coherent, college-ready instructional framework across grade levels and disciplines. Click for more on the Common Instructional Framework.
  • Leadership coaching and training prepare principals and other school administrators to lead strong, consistent instruction.
  • Training for instructional coaches spreads and sustains effective professional development in all schools.
  • Peer-learning oppor tunities bring together staff from partnering early college schools—within a community and across a region, state, or the nation—to share best practices, deepen and refine improvements, and sustain their progress.
  • Tools and exemplars, such as classroom observation rubrics and case studies, provide solutions to common dilemmas. These resources have been developed and field-tested through JFF’s work with high-performing schools.

School design and development

  • College partnerships support course sequences that enable all high school students to earn college credit.
  • The integration of career and technical education with a college-ready curriculum leads to STEM and other postsecondary pathways.
  • Back on Track school development and redesigns put out-of-school and off-track youth on the path to postsecondary success.
  • Message development helps leaders communicate a “college for all” mission and related expectations to school staff, students, families, and partners, which is key to both successful results and sustainability.

District capacity building

  • Audits and analyses of school support services and district policies identify curriculum, instruction, and professional development needs.
  • Analyses of student and teacher data aid school and district leaders in setting goals, tracking progress, and determining what students need nd how to use resources most efficiently.
  • Strategic planning support builds on existing capacity (such as dual enrollment programs) to move all students toward college readiness.
  • Superintendents and others benefit from leadership coaching and just-in-time advice and research as they shape, launch, and implement district strategic plans.
  • Documentation, including case studies of promising schools and reports, identifies and makes the case for next steps.

Early College Design residencies

  • District and school staff visit two of America’s top public schools for preparing low-income youth and students of color for college.

For more information, please contact Director Caesar Mickens.