The National Early College Conference is a two-day event co-hosted by Jobs for the Future and Educate Texas. The conference will convene early college leaders, school administrators, and higher education partners to explore the policies and practices required to consistently graduate fragile learners and first generation college goers fully prepared for success beyond high school.

The 2014 National Early College Conference took place December 9-10, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Hundreds of education leaders from around the country will gather in Dallas to bring momentum to this movement to align college and high school, with the goal of expanding opportunity to more low-income and other traditionally underserved students. Through case studies, research, and effective early college designs and supports, participants will explore the development of the early college movement across the country including second-generation models connected deeply to workforce and economic needs. Participants will also contribute to the national dialogue about early college designs that sustain deeply collaborative ties between secondary and postsecondary partners ranging from tier one research universities to rural community colleges and continue to build a national agenda to ensure every student graduates ready for college, career and life. See the agenda and speakers.

All education decision makers and leaders, administrators, policymakers, and thought leaders are invited to learn how early college designs can prepare students for college and careers through proven research-validated instructional strategies, emerging technology, and partnerships with colleges and employers. To get the most out of the conference, schools and districts are encouraged to send a team made up of the principal, a central office representative, and a college representative.

The intended audience for the conference includes:

  • Early college leaders
  • School & district administrators
  • Higher education partners
  • Business leaders
  • Community leaders
  • Nonprofit advocates