MCNC Winter Principals’ Leadership Conference Attracts a Record Forty-Four Middle/Early College High Schools From Across the Country

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Over one hundred school and school district leaders from forty-four schools and school districts attended the Middle College National Consortium’s 21st annual Technical Assistance and Winter Principals’ Leadership Conference. Topics as diverse as “Developing systems that will allow school leaders to identify students and school practices that need support in the area of college readiness” to “Helping Educators Grow” to "The Common Core in the Classroom" were presented at the conference.

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Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, Director-Middle College National Consortium

It is our responsibility to prepare students for the world they will face. Students need to apply thinking skills, collaborative practices and creativity in order to succeed. Hopefully, this conference has helped you find a better way to serve students.

Leaders from forty-four Early and Middle College High Schools, as well as many of their college partners, attended the 21st annual MCNC Technical Assistance and Winter Principals’ Leadership Conference during the week of February 13th. Comments such as “The sessions were relevant and timely...the presenters were professional and ideal in meeting the goals of the conference,” and “I grew from every minute of the conference and look forward to further connections to my peers and best practice on behalf of Middle College students across the nation,” were common place. On an evaluation given to the conference attendees at the conclusion of the conference 98% of attendees rated the conference as good or excellent.

The Technical Assistance Conference, facilitated by the staff from National Center for Restructuring Education Schools & Teaching (NCREST), Teachers College, Columbia University, focused on developing systems that will allow school leaders to identify students and school practices that need support in the area of college readiness. NCREST’s expertise in the use of data to support students in an affirmative manner, especially in readiness for enhanced dual enrollment and independent college work, was extremely well received.

Professor Eleanor Drago-Severson from Teachers College, Columbia University led off the Winter Principals’ Leadership Conference with an all day workshop on “Helping Teachers Grow." She emphasized that growth increases in our cognitive, affective, emotional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal capacities enables us to better manage the complexity of leading, teaching, learning and living. In that light much of the workshop was devoted to ways that adults in schools can renew and develop and how this impacts on student learning.

Another highlight of the conference were the two workshops run by Lance Ozier- “The Common Core in the Classroom” and “Using the Literacy Collaborative Design." Lance provided principals and school leaders with experiences that demonstrated sample curricula with instruction needed to increase Common Core State Standards skills. Lance incorporated resources from the Literacy Design Collaborative an initiative intended to support teachers with the creation of CCSS units of study that embed performance assessment.

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and Director of MCNC, concluded the conference with a challenge to all assembled: “It is our responsibility to prepare students for the world they will face. Students need to apply thinking skills, collaborative practices and creativity in order to succeed. Hopefully, this conference has helped you find a better way to serve students."

Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain high school/college dual enrollment as a viable and necessary educational model. Middle College National Consortium’s mission is to develop small schools in which high school students, especially those who have been previously underserved by their former schools, can earn both a high school diploma and either an associate’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation.

To learn more about the Middle College National Consortium, visit us at (http://www.mcnc.us/) for a comprehensive overview of our history, design principles, current work and achievements.

Contact information
Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
O. 718-361-1981 ext. 6
THoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us
http://www.mcnc.us

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