Tuesday, May 25, 2021

May 2021: Board of Ed on early college and innovation pathways

 which is discussed a bit here

Early college
designed to increase equitable access by eliminating barriers to student participation

26 early college programs with 28 high schools and 20 college/universities

several other under review
majority participating ID as Black and Latinx; about half in poverty; more female
dip in FAFSA completion overall, but early college students on track with 2019 peers
college enrollment within 6 months of graduation; 20% difference over peers

innovation pathways
partnerships with MassHire Boards and employers
knowledge and skills in chosen field before graduation
programs focus on broadly defined high demand industries
two technical courses + two related advanced courses (which can be AP, dual enrollment, IB, Project lead the way)

Five sectors: manufacturing, healthcare, information, environment, business and finance
Mass work immersion network (MassWIN)
work based learning "brought to scale"
currently there are 121 programs in 49 high schools in 43 districts

MAICEI: high schools and higher ed
provide students with intellectual disabilities and autism inclusive opportunities to participate in college 
18-22 year olds still receiving special education services 

Craven: inheritors of good work: keep this discussion going
Rouhanifard: distinction between credentials and college credits; wall between them
"I have become somewhat obsessed with job-first" higher education; pursuing employment credentials first 
Fern√°ndez: responsibility of employers; credentialing to get into a position, then get a college degree if you so wish 
Hills: one take away from joint meetings: addresses so many key priorities: hope it scales up

Peyser: Baker administration gets credit
fully transferrable credits
create credentialed pathways through innovation pathways
piece of a high school program, doing it incrementally
"making high school a relevant, engaging, exciting opportunity...next phase of education reform especially at the secondary level"

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