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AUSTIN — Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced approval of 41 new Early College High School (ECHS) designations for the 2017-2018 school year.

Early college high schools are innovative high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and either an associate degree or at least 60 college credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. Under this model, an ECHS provides dual credit at no cost to students; offers rigorous instruction and accelerated courses; provides academic and social support services to help students succeed; increases college readiness; and reduces barriers to college access.

The following 41 new campuses were designated for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Austin ISD (3) – David Crockett Early College High School; Eastside Memorial Early College High School; Sidney Lanier Early College High School
  • Charlotte ISD – Charlotte Early College High School
  • Dallas ISD (17) – Bryan Adams P-TECH at Eastfield College Pathways to Teaching Early College High School; Carter P-TECH at Cedar Valley College; Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Global Studies Health & Technology Early College High School; Franklin D. Roosevelt H-TECH at El Centro College Health and Technology Early College High School; Hillcrest Engineering Technology Early College High School; James Madison P-TECH at El Centro College Pathways to Technology Early College High School; L. G. Pinkston Health and Technology Early College High School; Lincoln Business Technology Early College High School; Molina B-TECH Academy at Mountain View College; South Oak Cliff Pathways to Technology Early College High School at Mountain View College; Sunset Public Health and Teaching Early College High School; Thomas Jefferson P-TECH at Brookhaven College Pathways to Technology Early College High School; W. T. White Business and Teaching Early College High School (B-Tech) at Brookhaven College; Wilmer-Hutchins Energy & Construction Technology Early College High School (E-TECH); Kimball Engineering Technology Early College High School (E-TECH)*; North Dallas P-TECH*; W. H. Adamson Pathways to Technology Early College High School*
  • Edgewood ISD (San Antonio) (2) – Kennedy Early College High School; Memorial High School
  • Fort Worth ISD – The Collegiate Academy at Dunbar High School
  • Goose Creek CISD – Stuart Career Tech High School
  • Lancaster ISD – Lancaster STEM Early College High School
  • Laredo ISD – Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Early College High School
  • Mansfield ISD – Tarrant County College Southeast Mansfield ISD Early College High School at Timberview
  • Pasadena ISD (4) – J. Frank Dobie Early College High School; Pasadena Memorial Early College High School; Sam Rayburn Early College High School; South Houston Early College High School
  • Premont ISD – Premont Early College High School
  • Socorro ISD – Trailblazers Early College High School
  • Three Rivers ISD – Three Rivers Early College High School
  • Tomball ISD – Tomball Star Academy
  • Uvalde CISD
  • West Orange-Cove CISD – West Orange-Stark Early College High School
  • Ysleta ISD (2) – Parkland Early College High School; Ysleta High School Early College Academy
  • Angelina County Cooperative Early College High School* – Central ISD, Dibold ISD, Huntington ISD, Hudson ISD, Lufkin ISD, Zavalla ISD

* Designates Industry Cluster Innovative Academy grantee. Additional information about the Industry Cluster Innovative Academy grants may be found at www.tea.texas.gov/industrycluster.

With these new designations, Texas is now home to 198 early college high school campuses. A full list of all 198 designated early college high schools and additional information can be found on the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/ECHS.

Texas Education Agency (April. 27, 2017) TEA announces early college high school designations. Retrieved from tea.texas.gov.

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We invite you to join us for the Sustainability and Support Structures for IHE Partnerships webinar to learn:
  • Successful ECHS & IHE Relationships
  • Creating an MOU
  • Leadership Meetings
  • Overcoming Conflict
  • Scheduling
  • Creating Curriculum Crosswalk

Who should attend: Designated ECHS campuses and district leadership and staff, campuses/districts interested in ECHS, dual credit partners, and any ECHS stakeholder.

Presenters:
Dr. Tracie Rodriguez, Director for Early College Program and Workforce Education
Corpus Christi ISD

Robert Montez, Early College Director
Del Mar College

Evanita Ramos, ECHS Leadership Coach

Dr. Kim Woodson, Coordinator for College and Career Readiness Initiatives
ESC Region 13

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Webinar Survey

After viewing the webinar please take a moment to complete the anonymous webinar survey. Please complete the survey no later than Thursday, April 27.

For additional information please contact: Kim Woodson kim.woodson@esc13.txed.net

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We invite you to join the Resources for TSI Support webinar to learn:

  • Benchmark 5 Overview
  • TSI Evidence
  • Managing TSI Data
  • Summer Bridge
  • TSI Curriculum-Master Schedule
  • TSI Assessment resources

Presenters:
Linda Hinojosa, Freer ECHS
Jonathan Martinez, Texas A&M International University
Yvette Cavazos, ECHS Leadership Coach

Who should attend: Designated ECHS campuses and district leadership and staff, campuses/districts interested in ECHS, dual credit partners, and any ECHS stakeholder.

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Download transcript

After viewing the webinar please take a moment to complete a survey regarding the webinar. The webinar will help us plan future webinars. The survey is anonymous.

For additional information please contact: Kim Woodson kim.woodson@esc13.txed.net

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You are invited to participate in the Early College High School (ECHS) Best Practices Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to present successful models and strategies for implementing and sustaining ECHS campuses. Topics will include best practices based on the ECHS Blueprint such as recruiting, enrolling, and serving the target population; dual credit readiness and support; and effective ECHS leadership teams. Teams of four from each ECHS campus are invited to attend. Participants should include leadership team members, such as superintendents, principals, teacher leaders, college liaisons, and/or counselors.

Westin Austin at the Domain (website)
11301 Domain Dr.
Austin, Texas 78758

Agenda
August 2, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 AM
8:30 – 8:45 AM
8:45 – 10:15 AM
10:15 – 10:30 AM
10:30 – 11:30 AM
11:30 – 1:00 PM
1:00 – 1:15 PM
1:15 – 2:30 PM
2:30 – 2:45 PM
2:45 – 3:45 PM
4:00 – 4:45 AM

Breakfast/Check
Welcome and Introductions
Keynote
Break
Featured Speakers
Lunch with Keynote
Break
Breakout 1 – Meet with Coaches
Break
Breakout 2
Optional Q & A with TEA

August 3, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 AM
8:30 – 8:45 AM
8:45 – 9:45 AM
9:45 – 10:30 AM
10:30 – 11:15 AM
11:15 – 11:30 AM
11:30 – 12:45 PM
12:45 – 1:00 PM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
2:00 – 2:15 PM
2:15 – 3:15 PM
3:30 – 4:15 PM

Breakfast/Check
Welcome
Keynote
Featured Speakers
Activity
Break
Lunch with Keynote
Break
Breakout 3
Break
Breakout 4
Optional Q&A with TEA

The ECHS Best Practices Summit will feature 28 breakout sessions. Some breakout session topics include:

  • Texas Success initiative and College Readiness
  • Support and Training for Counselors
  • Summer/Winter Bridge Programs
  • Creating the IHE/ECHS Academic Calendar and Master Schedule
  • Educator Ethics
  • Plus many more

ESC Region 13 is covering the cost of the Summit registration, breakfast, lunch, and two full-days of breakout sessions. Campuses will be responsible for travel expenses.

Registration
Registration for this Summit is set up through ESC Region 13 E-Campus system.  If you do not already have an account established, click on the following link to set one up: https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html

After your account has been created in E-Campus, login to register for the appropriate workshop using the designated workshop ID number. (See below)

ECHS Best Practices Summit: Workshop ID SU1736511 (Use this workshop ID to register for both days)

Registration will open Monday, March 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM.
Registration closes Thursday, July 27 at 5:00 PM. On-site registration will not be available.

Since this Summit is not open to the general public, it is hidden from the online course catalog.  If you try and search for it in the catalog, you will be unable to find it.  To access the registration page for the Summit, go to the portfolio page of your account and search for the Workshop ID in the field where it says “To register for a specific workshop enter the workshop number here.”

If you have any problems or need to make a change with registration, please contact the Staff Development Office:  (512) 919-5219 or (512) 919-5456 OR staffdev@esc13.txed.net.

 

Accommodations

ESC Region 13 has blocked a limited number of guest rooms at a special rate for registered attendee at a variety of hotels. Registration through e-campus does not guarantee a sleeping room.

List of ECHS Summit Accommodations

If you have any questions please contact Monica Paz at ESC Region 13 at monica.paz@esc13.txed.net

Dr. Kimberly Wilson-Woodson
Coordinator: Early College High School
Education Service Center Region 13
512-919-5230
kim.woodson@esc13.txed.net

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In the 2016-2017 school year, the ECHS Blueprint will undergo a redesign.  TEA invites you to join the ECHS Blueprint redesign webinar to learn:

  • Rationale for change
  • Process and timeline for redesign
  • Timeline for implementation
  • Opportunities to provide input

What:  ECHS Blueprint Redesign Webinar

Who should attend:  designated ECHS campus and district leadership and staff, campuses/districts interested in ECHS, dual credit partners, public, and any ECHS stakeholder.

When:  March 9, 2017

Time:     10:00 am–11:00 pm

How to Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1257910952036856066
Approximately 48 hours after March 9, 2017, a recorded version of the webinar will be posted to TEA’s ECHS website www.tea.texas.gov/echs.

For additional information please contact: ECHS@tea.texas.gov.

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You are invited to participate in the Early College High School (ECHS) Best Practices Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to present successful models and strategies for implementing and sustaining ECHS campuses. Topics include best practices based on the ECHS Blueprint such as recruiting, enrolling, and serving the target population; dual credit readiness and support; and effective ECHS leadership teams.

Teams of four from each ECHS campus are invited to attend. Participants should include leadership team members, such as superintendents, principals, teacher leaders, IHE liaison, and/or counselors. ESC Region 13 is covering the cost of the Summit registration, breakfast, lunch, and two full days of breakout sessions. Campuses are responsible for travel expenses.

Registration and hotel information will be available March 20, 2017.

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This webinar provides guidance and support for completing the annual Early College High School (ECHS) Designation Application that is required for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). According to Texas law, Texas Administrative Code, and the ECHS Blueprint the application is designed to ensure that new and existing campuses are fully and appropriately implementing the requirements of the ECHS program.

Please download the 2017-2018 ECHS Designation Application PowerPoint.
You may download the ECHS Designation Application transcript if needed.

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Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, an ECHS indicator was placed in PEIMS. All designated ECHS must ensure that the required ECHS indicator is included as a data element for Submissions 1, 3, and 4. Submission 1 is the fall snapshot date in October (last Friday in October). Please download the ECHS Indicator Guidance document.

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The Texas Education Agency today announced that more than 400 campuses that achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2016 state accountability ratings also earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school.

Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics.

Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of potential distinction designations can vary. Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for

  • Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading;
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics;
  • Academic Achievement in Science;
  • Academic Achievement in Social Studies;
  • Top 25 Percent: Student Progress;
  • Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and
  • Postsecondary Readiness.

“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus.”

The following 23 Early College High School campuses that earned all possible distinctions applicable to that school are as follows:

  • Alief Early College High School
  • Colorado River Collegiate
  • Veterans Memorial Early College High School
  • Bryan Collegiate High School
  • Northwest Early College High School
  • Cedar Hill Collegiate High School
  • Clear Horizons Early College High School
  • Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School
  • Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
  • Transmountain Early College High School
  • Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
  • Challenege Early College High School
  • East Early College High School
  • Quest Early College High School
  • Judson Early College Academy
  • Killeen ISD Early College High School
  • Early College High School at Midland College
  • Infinity Early College High School
  • Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy
  • Mission Early College High School
  • Early College Academy at Southridge
  • Waxahachie Global High School
  • Valle Verde Early College High School

On behalf of ESC13 and the Texas Education Agency congratulations to the ECHS network of campuses!

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Thank you for your attendance at this year’s Early College High School (ECHS) Best Practices Summit. The ECHS Best Practices Summit created unique opportunities to interact with colleagues from educational institutions from across the state to share ideas, solutions, and best practices. Over 300 participants attended and the overwhelmingly positive responses we received emphasizes the success of the Summit. We appreciate you completing the session evaluations and E-Campus survey.

Thank you again for being part of such a wonderful experience! We look forward to your support and attendance at future professional development opportunities.

Breakout presentations and handouts can be found here: http://txechs.org/downloads/echs-best-practices-summit-2016

Please download the Texas Early College High School ECHS Best Practices Summit program 2016.

Please view videos of the Featured Speakers and Keynotes here: http://txechs.org/resources

Certificates

Accessing your E-Campus certificate of completion is quick and easy.

  1. Sign in to your E-Campus account at: http://ecampus.esc13.net. This is the same account you used to register for this event.
  2. In the left menu, under My Learning Portfolio, click My Transcript.
  3. Locate the event for which you wish to access your certificate. Look to the right of the event name.
  4. If you see “Take Post Workshop Survey”, you must first complete the survey to get your certificate.
  5. Once the survey is complete, return to My Transcript where you will now see a Certificate button.

For additional assistance in accessing your certificate you may contact the ESC Region 13 Staff Development Desk at 512-919-5456 or questions@esc13.txed.net.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency, working with Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin, today announced that Early College High School (ECHS) Demonstration Site grants have been awarded to 13 campuses across the state.

The ECHS Demonstration Site Grant provides financial and technical support to high-performing ECHS campuses that are implementing defined best practices. Campuses designated as ECHS demonstration sites (listed by school district) are:

  • Aldine ISD – Victory Early College High School
  • Bryan ISD – Bryan Collegiate High School
  • Comal ISD – Memorial Early College High School with St. Phillip’s
  • Corpus Christi ISD – Collegiate High School
  • Dallas ISD – Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School
  • Humble ISD – Quest Early College High School
  • Pasadena ISD – Pasadena Early College High School
  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (2) – PSJA North Early College High School; PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School
  • Roscoe Collegiate ISD – Roscoe Collegiate High School
  • Spring ISD – Early College Academy at Southridge
  • Taylor ISD – Legacy Early College High School
  • Ysleta ISD – Valle Verde Early College High School

ECHS demonstration site campuses will provide mentoring, technical assistance, webinars and open house opportunities to new and prospective ECHS school leaders. The selected ECHS demonstration sites will also share best practices content through the ECHS website and regional and statewide conferences.

The 13 campuses have been designated as ECHS demonstration sites for the grant period of April 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Campuses eligible for funding were required to have been a Texas Education Agency-designated ECHS for at least four years (with a graduated class) and be at an exemplar level in at least three domains of the ECHS Blueprint.

To learn more about early college high schools, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/curriculum/echs.

Texas Education Agency (April 25, 2016) TEA announces 13 early college high school demonstration site grants. Retrieved from tea.texas.gov.

AUSTIN — Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced approval of 16 new Early College High School (ECHS) designations for the 2016-2017 school year.

Early college high schools are innovative high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and either an associate degree or at least 60 college credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. Under this model, an ECHS provides dual credit at no cost to students; offers rigorous instruction and accelerated courses; provides academic and social support services to help students succeed; increases college readiness; and reduces barriers to college access.

“The early college high school concept is just one innovative approach embraced by Texas school systems to offer students an avenue for success,” said Commissioner Morath. “With more than 150 campuses, Texas continues to be a national ECHS leader in providing high school students with college credit while saving families money.”
The following campuses were given approval for provisional designation for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Beaumont ISD – Beaumont ISD Early College High School
  • Burleson ISD – Burleson Collegiate High School
  • Crowley ISD – Crowley Collegiate Early College High School
  • Dallas ISD – Seagoville Pathways to Technology Early College High School at Eastfield
  • Judson ISD – Judson High School: An Early College IB World School
  • Judson ISD – Karen Wagner Early College High School
  • Judson ISD – Mackey Early College High School
  • Kermit ISD – Kermit Early College High School
  • Lubbock ISD – Estacado Early College High School
  • Port Arthur ISD – Port Arthur Early College High School
  • Raul Yzaguirre School For Success Early College High School (Houston)
  • Raymondville ISD – Raymondville High School
  • Robstown ISD – Robstown Early College High School
  • Round Rock ISD – Round Rock ISD Early College High School
  • Silsbee ISD – Silsbee Early College High School
  • Socorro ISD – Rams Early College High School

School districts and charters approved for provisional ECHS designation must complete certain technical assistance activities during the spring and summer. In addition, a final, signed memorandum of understanding with an institution of higher education partner must be submitted to TEA before the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Once designated, campuses receive technical assistance and coaching support to operate as an approved ECHS.

TEA will review applications for renewal of existing ECHS campuses in the coming weeks. More information about early college high schools can be found on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/curriculum/echs.

Texas Education Agency (April. 19, 2016) TEA announces early college high school designations. Retrieved from tea.texas.gov.