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Read more about session strands for the National Early College Conference.
Dual Enrollment: Practice, Policy, and Funding
Hear about policy and funding frameworks that enable students to enroll in college courses without charge. Sessions will share promising practices for ensuring that all high school students have the preparation and opportunity to enroll in college courses.
Innovative Adaptations of Early College Designs
Explore innovative adaptations of early college designs, including those in rural settings; those utilizing technology and online/distance learning; and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School), or other career and technical education (CTE) pathways schools. Presentations and discussions will center on the greatest challenges facing districts and states and the strategies for overcoming them to reach early college 2.0. Learn about implications for what we are learning about early college for changes in national and state policy.
Creating Better Transitions from Secondary to Postsecondary
Learn how early college partnerships can help ensure a smooth transition for their graduates to two- and four-year colleges. Discover innovative practices for dual credit that satisfies high school and college graduation requirements. Better understand successful strategies for student acceleration, especially for engaging off-track students. Find promising strategies at the middle school level for creating a seamless 6-14 pipeline.
Credentials to Careers
Learn how early colleges can help set students on pathways leading to workforce credentials in career areas such as IT, health care, and manufacturing. Join discussions about how career and technical education can be embedded in and compatible with rigorous academic instruction. Hear from pathways designers who ensure that the student experience includes work-based learning. Be inspired by lessons that are emerging to help guide the planning and development of 9-14 STEM, P-TECH, and CTE schools.
We’re all here for the students. Sessions include discussions around student-centered learning, revealing what students say about the types of experiences and designs that work best in early colleges. Get answers to questions about how deeper learning can help prepare students for postsecondary success. Explore the implications of deeper learning practices for secondary-postsecondary professional development and alignment of curriculum and instruction.
Support for New School Development
Sessions in this strand will center around key considerations for planning and developing early colleges. Gain exposure to tools that are used in planning. Begin thinking about who should be involved and the roles and responsibilities for stakeholders.