On This Page: 2021-2022 Member Schools ECN Membership 2022-2023 Schedule of Events Network Design

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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2021-2022 Member Schools

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Early College Network Membership

Yearly membership begins in July and schools can choose either a Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III membership. Download a full description of the membership benefits for both Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III.

Tier I Membership Benefits:

  • Peer networking events for Principals, Counselors and College Liaisons,
  • Study visits hosted at member Early College High Schools focused on best practices and overall implementation of the Design Principles in the Early College Framework
  • Virtual Career Panels for students
  • NC Education Policy updates throughout the year.


Tier II Membership Benefits:

  • Includes ALL the components of Tier I
  • Virtual "drive-in" peer networking events for ALL instructional staff at the school. Events will be structured in content-alike groups.


Tier III Membership Benefits:

  • Includes ALL the components of Tier I and II
  • Student leadership sessions focused on leadership skills, networking, college readiness, and career planning

Become a Member!

Contact Stacy Costello (scostello@rti.org) for information on joining the Early College Network.

2022-2023 Schedule of Events

All Members (Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III)
Aug 25

Welcome to the ECN Webinar

Virtual

Sep 27

Student Career Panel 1: Public Health

Virtual

Oct 18

Fall Study Visit (East)

Duplin ECHS

Oct 20

Fall Study Visit (West)

Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences

Nov 9

Student Career Panel 2: Environmental Sciences

Virtual

Feb 21

Student Career Panel 3: Human ResourcesRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Feb 28

Spring Study Visit (West)Registration OPEN

Cabarrus Early College of Technology

Mar 2

Spring Study Visit (East)Registration OPEN

Brunswick ECHS

Mar 30

Student Career Panel 4: College ExperienceRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Principals (Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III)
Sep 15

New Principals' Orientation

RTI

Sep 15

Principal Networking Session

RTI

Oct 6

Principal Regional Networking (Northeast)

Hertford ECHS

Oct 27

Principal Regional Networking (Northwest)

WCU at Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC

Dec 1

Principal Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Jan 19

Principal Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

RTI

Feb 21

Principal Regional Networking (Southeast)Registration OPEN

Early College EAST

Feb 23

Principal Regional Networking (Southwest)Registration OPEN

McDowell ECHS

Mar 23

Principal Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Apr 4

Principal Study VisitRegistration OPEN

Middle College High School at Durham Tech

Teachers (Tier II and Tier III only)
Oct 24

Science Virtual Teacher Networking Session

Virtual

Oct 25

ELA Virtual Teacher Networking Session

Virtual

Oct 26

Advisory Virtual Teacher Networking Session

Virtual

Oct 27

Math Virtual Teacher Networking Session

Virtual

Oct 28

Social Studies Virtual Teacher Networking Session

Virtual

Feb 20

Science Virtual Teacher Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Feb 21

ELA Virtual Teacher Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Feb 22

Social Studies Virtual Teacher Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Feb 23

Advisory Virtual Teacher Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Feb 24

Math Virtual Teacher Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Counselors/College Liaisons (Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III)
Sep 29

Counselor/College Liaison Networking Session

RTI

Nov 10

Counselor/College Liaison Role-Alike Session

Virtual

Feb 23

Counselor/College Liaison Networking SessionRegistration OPEN

RTI

Apr 4

Counselor/College Liaison Role-Alike SessionRegistration OPEN

Virtual

Students (Tier III only)
Nov 16

Fall Virtual Networking Session for Student Leaders

Virtual

Mar 24

Spring Virtual Networking Session for Student LeadersRegistration OPEN

Virtual

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.

Contact Stacy Costello (scostello@rti.org) for information on joining the Early College Network.

“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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