Leadership Lessons from the Early College Expansion Partnership

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This brief explores the leadership of a large-scale effort to expand early college designs districtwide—the Early College Expansion Partnership (ECEP), funded by a five-year Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012. Three school districts, which already had implemented early college designs to varying degrees, embarked upon an ambitious plan to bring early college to an additional 30,000 students in South Texas and Denver. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District and Brownsville Independent School District in Texas, along with Denver Public Schools, each committed to transforming large, comprehensive high schools into early colleges and providing all students with opportunities to earn transferable college credits and, in some cases, certificates or associate’s degrees, by the time of their high school graduation.3 Intermediaries Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Educate Texas have served as fellow strategists, technical assistance providers, and coaches, and all partners have learned important lessons about what it takes to effect change across entire systems.

Resource Published Date: 
April 2017
Contributed by: 
Caesar Mickens Jr.