Teachers College, Columbia University

Increasing Equity Through K-12 Partnerships: Focused Interventions for Underrepresented Populations

Date and Time: February 18, 2020 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Location: National Harbor, MD
Venue: National Harbor Resort & Convention Center | National Harbor 4

While high school students represent an increasing percentage of college enrollments, careful planning is needed to ensure that K-12 partnerships benefit the students that need them most. In this preconference session, participants rolled up their sleeves and began the design process for a customized K-12 partnership that will bring students to campus who would not otherwise enroll in college. Inspired by ATD’s Gateway to College network of early college programs for out-of-school youth, the session drew from many successful K-12/college programs for first-generation students, students of color, as well as foster, homeless, and adjudicated youth.

The workshop examined key strategies and lessons learned about a range of K- 12/college partnership models, including: The Gateway to College early college model, targeted dual enrollment programs, focused outreach, and culturally- specific college readiness and bridge programming. Participants identified opportunities and equity gaps in their local education pipelines and created K- 12 partnership models that increase college readiness and enrollment of underrepresented student groups. The session covered staffing and budgeting implications for each model and participants left with a draft plan and guiding questions to be used with local partners.

Participants

Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center
Pamela Blumenthal
Director, Links Program
Portland Community College
Nick Mathern
Vice President, K-12 Partnerships
Achieving the Dream
Stephanie Davolos
Regional Director, New England
Gateway to College National Network
Nuri Chandler-Smith
Dean, Academic Support and College Pathways Program
Bunker Hill Community College
Christy Walker
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Central Oregon Community College

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