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Benchmark 4: Curriculum and Support

Purpose of Curriculum and Support

The Early College High School shall provide a rigorous course of study that enables a participating student to receive a high school diploma and complete the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) core curriculum (as defined by Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §4.28), obtain certifications, or earn an associate degree, or earn at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree during grades 9-12.  The ECHS shall provide students with academic, social, and emotional support in their course of study.

Design Elements

All ECHSs must implement and meet the following requirements:

  1. The ECHS shall provide a course of study that enables participating students the opportunity to complete high school graduation requirements and earn an associate degree or at least 60 semester credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. A four-year crosswalk must be in place detailing how students will progress toward this goal, including alignment of high school and college level courses.  This crosswalk must provide pathways to postsecondary credentials, including Level 1 and/or Level 2 certificate, completion of the Texas Core Curriculum, an associate degree, or a baccalaureate degree and must follow the courses and fields of study listed in the THECB Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) and/or the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM).
  2. The campus may implement multiple dual enrollment delivery models, including:
    1. College courses taught on the college campus by college faculty
    2. College courses taught on the high school campus by college faculty
    3. College courses taught on the high school campus by high school educators who meet faculty requirements
    4. College courses taught virtually, via distance/online/blended learning
  3. The ECHS shall collaborate with their college partner(s) to support students in their course of study.
    1. The ECHS shall provide academic support to the students by personalizing the learning environment in the following ways:
      • Developing individualized student plans for ongoing academic support, filing a degree plan, and the attainment of long-term goals
      • Developing a process for collaboration to provide an academic bridge across two educational systems
      • Developing robust college advising systems to advance academic progress
      • Administering interventions as needed, monitoring academic progress with formative data
      • Providing tutoring and/or Saturday school for identified students in need of academic supports
      • Providing advisory and/or college readiness and support time built into the instructional sequence for all students
      • Establishing a mentorship program available to all students
    2. The ECHS shall provide social and emotional support to the students as needed, including:
      • Connections to social services
      • Layered social and emotional supports to students
      • Parent outreach and involvement opportunities
      • Family engagement to support rigorous course enrollment and college and career planning
    3. The ECHS shall provide enrichment opportunities, including:
      • A structured program of community service to promote community involvement
      • Partnering with community businesses to expose students to a variety of potential career options and possible internship opportunities
      • Providing college awareness to current and prospective students and families, including:
        1. Application assistance
        2. Financial aid counseling
        3. College and career counseling
  4. The ECHS shall provide a variety of opportunities for students to earn college credit (e.g., a portfolio approach may include dual credit, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), OnRamps, CLEP assessments, and local articulation agreements for specific courses in partnership with a local college) with applicability of college credits in mind.
  5. The ECHS shall biannually implement structured data review processes designed to identify student strengths and weaknesses and develop individual instructional support plans. The ECHS, in conjunction with the college/university dual credit program specialist(s), shall collaborate and create a plan for students off-track for success in the ECHS program. Support systems shall include infrastructure, resources, and personnel to enable every possibility to retain the student in the ECHS program so that students can obtain high school and college credit.

Activities

  • All products shall be published on the ECHS’s website and made available to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) upon request.
  • All products shall be maintained in accordance with the local records retention policy.

Products

  • Crosswalk aligning high school and college courses, grades 9 through 12, which enables a student to earn an associate degree or 60 college credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree
  • Calendar of family outreach events
  • Professional learning community agendas
  • Advisory/study skills curriculum material
  • Master schedules

Resources

CCRSM Crosswalk Guidance

Guide to ensure development of postsecondary offerings and alignment with high school programming at your campus.

ECHS Crosswalk

ECHS Crosswalk to guide development of postsecondary offerings at your campus.

Curriculum and Instruction, panel discussion

Video discussion on meeting benchmark 4 from two ECHS veterans, Dr. Janice Lombardi, principal, Trini Garza Early College High School, Dallas ISD, and Dr. Tracie S. Rodriguez, principal Collegiate High School and Branch Academy, Corpus Christi ISD

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Curriculum and Instruction, panel discussion

Transcript of the video panel discussion of Benchmark 4: Curriculum and Instruction.

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Tags: ECHS, Panel

Curriculum and Support, webinar slide presentation video

Video webinar exploring best practices around curriculum and support as they relate to Benchmark 4.

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Curriculum and Support, webinar slide presentation video

Transcript of the video webinar discussing benchmark 4.

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Curriculum and Support, webinar slide presentation video

Presentation slides from the video webinar discussing benchmark 4.

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We are Family: Providing Social-Emotional and Academic Support for Students

Presentation on best practices for providing academic and emotional support for students.

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Belonging and Becoming-The Power of Social-Emotional Learning in High Schools

Presentation on best practices on benchmark 4 and academic and emotional support for students.

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2020 Summit Keynote: Every Student Deserves to Feel Like a Hero

A session from the 2020 CCRSM Leadership Summit. This session addressed a student’s journey through life and how the classroom, particularly educators, impact that journey.

2020 Summit: Utilizing Success Coaches for Student Support

A session from the 2020 CCRSM Leadership Summit. In this session attendees will examine the roles and expectations of “Success Coaches” and how they bridge the gap between high school and dual credit classes.

2020 Summit: College and Career Preparation Assessment

A session from the 2020 CCRSM Leadership Summit. Receive an introductory overview on industry-based certifications and college preparation assessments (SAT, ACT, and TSIA).

2020 Summit: Earning College Credit Prior to Graduation

A session from the 2020 Leadership Summit. In this session attendees will learn about the statewide goals for dual credit and explore the reality of earning college credit in high school.

Tags: Dual Credit, IHE

2020 Summit: Effective Advising for Student Success

A session from the 2020 CCRSM Leadership Summit. In this session attendees will explore the components of an effective advising program and receive an overview of new resources under development.

Building an Early College High School Student Data Management System

Presentation overview of how to build early college high school student data management systems.

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Building an Early College High School Student Data Management System

Building an ECHS Student Data Management System handout

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Building an Early College High School Student Data Management System

Interlocal Agreement between South Texas College and Pharr San Juan Alamo Independent School District on data and privacy confidentiality.

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Building Better Students

Presentation overview of Connally Career Tech.

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Tags: Campus, ECHS

Building Transitions/Experiences of Early College High Schools

"Presentation discussing students’ transitions and experiences that support students’ college and career endeavors. "

College Access

An overview of the Valle Verde Early College High School college access approach.

Counseling and Student Support Services Best Practices

This presentation provides continued learning and best practices around providing Counseling.

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Tags: Counseling

College Readiness: It's More Than Just a Test

Presentation overview on the keys to college and career readiness.

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Intervention and Enrichment Goals

This presentation provides continued learning and best practices around providing Student Intervention and Enrichment.

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Parent University-A Plan to Educate Parents!

Presentation overview of parent university, a collaborative initiative that allows parents, local community members, and stakeholders to engage in learning.

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Tags: ECHS, IHE, Partnership

Student Advisory and Continued Learning Best Practices

This presentation provides continued learning and best practices around providing Student Advisory.

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Tags: Advisory

Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

This presentation provides a framework for social emotional learning activities in the classroom.

Standing Strong as a Stand Alone

Presentation overview of PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD.

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Tags: Campus, ECHS

Introduction to Social Emotional Learning

This presentation provides a foundation for Social Emotional Learning.

Valle Verde Early College High School College Planning Guide

Valle Verde Early College High School College Planning Guide

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Tags: ECHS, Planning

Victory Early College High School - Demo Grant Resources- College Research Checklist

Victory Early College High School developed college selection research checklist used to compare cost, admissions requirements and campus life of students top three college selections.