ECHS Week Overview
Educate Texas' college-ready school network of 59 early college high schools and six blended T-STEM/ECHS schools will join more than 240 early colleges nationwide to celebrate Early College High School Awareness Week, which will be observed this March 25-30, 2013.
Now in its eleventh year, the ECHS Initiative has grown to more than 240 schools across 28 states serving more than 75,000 students.
Coordinated nationally each year by Jobs for the Future, the goal of ECHS Awareness Week is to raise awareness of school districts nationwide that have adopted early college designs to increase graduation rates and the college readiness of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
Student Success Facebook Feature
The opportunity to impact a student’s life is the reason we do our jobs. And at the end of the day, the results of our work can best be seen in the success of the students who participate in our programs. Knowing that these students are at the heart of the Educate Texas mission, we would like to celebrate them and tell some of their success stories.
We are creating a dedicated tab on the Educate Texas Facebook page which will launch during ECHS Week, to spotlight student success stories each month throughout the year. To do this, we need your help collecting student testimonials. We are especially interested in hearing about students with exceptional stories. Participants can be either current students or graduates, but they must be willing to be featured on the Educate Texas Facebook page.
The student campaign on Facebook is a year-round effort to spotlight our students, although we would like to receive as many profiles before March 20, in advance of ECHS Awareness Week.
To be recognized, complete and return our EdTX e-questionnaire.
Write a Letter to Your Elected Official
As you know, the 83rd Texas Legislative Session is currently underway. There is no better time than now for us to reach out to our district representatives and tell them about our successes and the impact of the early college design on our students’ lives, and what better way to do so than through the voice and perspective of the students themselves?
We invite you to have students in your senior class cohort, write a letter to their elected official explaining what their early college experience has meant to them, including: how the school has benefited them and their families, why they think other students would benefit from similar opportunities, and of course, an invitation for the legislative member(s) to visit their school in the near future.
A sample letter is available here.
As you plan activities for ECHS Awareness Week in your community, we invite you to engage local media outlets. We've drafted a sample news release and encourage you to make it your own and share it with the media.
ECHS Awareness Week Goals
- Build local support for the Early College High School initiative through local and national visibility;
- Promote partners’ roles in building a national network that achieves results for students;
- Elevate the successes of early college high schools in the eyes of local and national funders; and
- Promote the expansion of early college designs across schools and districts to local and national stakeholders and decision makers as an innovative model with proven success.