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The Early College Network (ECN) is a peer learning community of schools that utilize a dual enrollment strategy to permit students to earn both high school and college credit concurrently.

These innovative, public high schools blur the lines between high school and college and in 4-5 years students graduate with a high school diploma, associate degree, and/or up to two years of college credit, and/or certified work credentials. All at no additional cost to students’ families.

Since its inception in 2017, the ECN has convened principals, counselors, college liaisons, and teachers to share best practices, learn from one another, and advocate together to support student access and success in high school and beyond. The ECN has defined a shared identity and established a roadmap to better match the current and changing needs of students and communities. Developed by principals in the network, the Next Generation Early College Framework guides the overall work of the network.

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2019-2020 Member Schools

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Early College Network Membership

Yearly membership begins in July and schools can choose either a Tier I or Tier II membership.

Tier I Membership Benefits:

  • Three peer networking events for Principals.

    Each day of learning includes:

    • Guest speakers that may include representatives from NC General Assembly, State Board of Education, State Board of Community Colleges, UNC Board of Governors and other state and national education leaders
    • Problems of practice
    • Legislative updates
    • Developing shared tools and resources for use by early college
  • Three peer networking events for Counselors and College Liaisons

    Each day of learning is focused on specific topics of interest defined by the network; examples include:

    • Problems of practice
    • Support for student success
    • Scheduling
    • High school and IHE partnerships
    • Tools and resources to support student success in HS and college
  • Three study visits hosted at a member Early College High School.
    • Fall regional study visit for two teachers focused on instructional best practices.
    • Winter regional study visit for Counselors and College Liaisons focused on student support for success.
    • Spring study visit for Principals focused on leading innovative practices.
  • Quarterly Policy Briefing curating timely analysis of legislation and policy updates as well as Early College research that impact Early College high schools.

Tier II Membership Benefits:

  • Includes ALL the components of Tier I
  • Two peer networking events for teachers (up to 2 teachers per school per event)

    Each day of learning is focused on specific topics of interest defined by the network; examples include:

    • Problems of practice
    • Instructional strategies
    • Collaborative planning
    • Tools and resources to support student learning

Become a Member!

2020-2021 membership registration opens in April. Contact Stacy Costello (scostello@rti.org) for more information.

2019-2020 Schedule of Events

2020-2021 membership registration opens in April. Contact Stacy Costello (scostello@rti.org) for more information.

Aug 27

New to the Network’ Principal Dinner

Page Road Grill, Durham, NC

Aug 28

Networking Event: Principals

RTI International

Aug 28

Networking Event: Counselor/College Liaison

RTI International

Sept 25

Networking Event: Teachers (Schools in West - Tier II only)

Rockingham Early College High School

Sept 26

Networking Event: Teachers (Schools in East - Tier II only)

Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience

Oct 24

Study Visit: Instructional Focus (Teachers in West)

Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy

Oct 24 & 28

Study Visit: Instructional Focus (Teachers in East)

Wilson Academy of Applied Technology

Nov 19

Networking Event: Principals

Rutherford Early College High School

Nov 20

Networking Event: Counselor/College Liaison

Montgomery Early College High School

Jan 15

Study Visit: Student Support Focus (Counselor/College Liaisons in West)

Gaston Early College High School

Jan 16

Study Visit: Student Support Focus (Counselor/College Liaisons in East)

Brunswick Early College High School

Feb 19

Networking Event: Principals

JD Clement Early College High School

Feb 20

Networking Event: Counselor/College Liaison

Early College East High School

Mar 25

Networking Event: Teachers (Schools in West - Tier II only)

Cabarrus Tech Early College High School

Mar 26

Networking Event: Teachers (Schools in East - Tier II only)

Granville Early College High School

Apr 7

Study Visit: Leadership Focus (Principals)

Southeast Area Technical High School (SEA-Tech)

Network Design

The ECN, along with other Networks facilitated by RTI, follow a set of nine professional learning design tenets and three network design tenets:

Network Design

Networks hosted by the Center for Education Services are guided by three additional design tenets:

Membership

Networks are communities of practice that are led by members who share common interests and challenges.

Strong Relationships

Network activities cultivate intentional bonds and bridges among members of the community that extend beyond formal convenings.

Environmental Influence

Members collaborate to influence the environment in which they operate through collective advocacy.

Become an Early College Network Member.

2020-2021 membership registration opens in April.

Contact Stacy Costello (scostello@rti.org) for more information.

“One of the best things I have done this year is being a part of the Early College Network.”

-Bobby Dixon, Principal, Chatham School of Science and Engineering

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