Creating College Readiness At Early College High Schools

In this latest publication from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Roberta S. Matthews, provost emerita of Brooklyn College, CUNY, focuses on the work teachers do in early college high school classrooms to get their students ready, not only to go to college, but to do well once they get there. The book is called College Readiness:The View From Early College High Schools

In the Woodrow Wilson and Middle College National Consortium networks of early college schools, college and high school faculty come together in English, mathematics, history, and science to identify—and then fill in—the gaps between what teachers are required to teach according to state standards and what students need to know and be able to do in the first year of college. Dr. Matthews also sheds light on how these schools tackle some of the most important challenges that cannot be addressed by content standards and assessments—the study skills, self-monitoring, and understanding of collegiate expectations that are rarely taught explicitly but are paramount to postsecondary success.

The ongoing working relationships between college and high school faculty in early colleges provide a road map to college success where none has before existed. Dr. Matthews shares with all of us the road maps created in highly successful schools where large proportions of underserved students take—and pass—college courses while still in high school, graduate from high school, and go on to college.

College Readiness is a publication of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Early College Initiative. Through active partnerships between college faculty and local school leaders, WW early colleges offer high-need students rigorous college-level courses as well as practical skills for college success. WW early colleges, facilitated by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, are part of a national Early College High School Initiative coordinated by Jobs for the Future and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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