Why Don’t ALL Students Have Access to Early College? Urgent & Equitable K-14 Strategies
What is early college, and why do only some students have access? Schools and college systems must work together to expand dual-credit and dual-enrollment options for ALL students. In this session participants will walk away with a sense of urgency for building equitable connections between K-12 and community college systems. Participants will learn and discuss strategies that are driving the increased participation and success of minority students in early college efforts between the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago. Participants will leave with a framework to help guide and engage their community in expanding early college efforts.
Friday, February 7: Ignacio Lopez will be signing copies of his book outside room A308, beginning at 11:45am.
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As a former high school teacher and administrator, Dr. Lopez learned early in his career the benefits of ALL students having access to early college experiences. Now, as Dean - College of Professional Studies at National Louis University and previously, President of Harold Washington College, one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago, Dr. Lopez is leading initiatives focused on the expansion of early college courses in high schools aligned to work-based learning experiences with Chicago Public School students. His leadership experience along with the results students are having, aligned with over ten years of research and public speaking experience focused on equity, access and community engagement give him a strong base for which to present and lead on this topic of expanding early college access to ALL students.