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.


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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