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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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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.

2021-2022 Schedule of Events

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

Welcome to the ECN Webinar

Virtual

Oct 12

Fall Virtual Study Visit

JP Knapp ECHS

Oct 19

Fall Virtual Study Visit

GTCC Jamestown

Oct 22

Student Career Panel Session

Virtual

Feb 25

Student Career Panel Session

Virtual

Mar 3

Spring In-person Study Visit

Scotland ECHS

Mar 24

Spring In-person Study Visit

SEA-Tech

Principals (Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III)
Aug 27

New Principals' Orientation

Virtual

Sept 1

Principal Networking Session

Virtual

Nov 9

Principal Networking Session

Cumberland Polytechnic High School

Feb 15

Principal Networking Session

Virtual

Mar 29

Principal Networking Session

Virtual

Apr 7

Principal Study Visit

Granville ECHS

Students (Tier III only)
Nov 12

Fall Virtual Networking Session for Student Leaders

Virtual

Mar 18

Spring Virtual Networking Session for Student Leaders

Virtual

Teachers (Tier II and Tier III only)
Nov 8

Science Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Nov 8

Social Studies Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Nov 9

ELA Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Nov 10

Advisory Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Nov 15

Math Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Mar 7

Science Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Mar 8

ELA Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Mar 9

Advisory Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Mar 10

Math Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Mar 11

Social Studies Teacher Drive-in

Virtual

Counselors/College Liaisons (Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III)
Oct 7

Counselor/College Liaison Networking Session

Virtual

Nov 18

Counselor/College Liaison Role-Alike Session

Virtual

Feb 24

Counselor/College Liaison Networking Session

RTI

Apr 7

Counselor/College Liaison Role-Alike Session

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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