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Supporting the Dream

High School-College Partnerships for College and Career Readiness
By: Charis McGaughy, Andrea Venezia

Foreword by David T. Conley

Improve college and career readiness with this resource guide for educational partnerships. Provides a detailed process, with examples, to build comprehensive local partnerships.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483316819
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 152
  • Publication date: May 12, 2015

Price: $32.95



Educational partnerships for postsecondary readiness – your resource guide is here!

High school graduates want to be prepared to succeed in life after high school; for most that includes completing some form of postsecondary education. This thoroughly researched guide to building and sustaining effective, cross-system partnerships between high schools, colleges, and regional and local communities will help educators support students’ college and career readiness. College and career readiness experts, McGaughy and Venezia lead education stakeholders through a step-by-step process that improves postsecondary outcomes for all students.

This book stresses the need to build effective working relationships and offers practical, actionable, information and straightforward strategies to help you:

  • Identify needs
  • Leverage existing relationships, programs and resources
  • Build and sustain regional and local partnerships
  • Implement a plan to measure key outcomes and provide comprehensive supports to ensure postsecondary readiness
  • Connect policies and practices across partnerships to benefit student learning
  • Communicate and work across partnerships to support successful student transitions

Includes key research findings, real-world examples and reflections, and templates to guide your work to support improved student learning.

"As high schools strive to partner with post-secondary institutions to improve their students’ college readiness, they will find the how-to answers here."
Dave Daniels, Principal
Susquehanna Valley Senior High School

"I found the material interesting, engaging, and important. This book provides a solid rationale for partnership, provides a blueprint that is detailed enough to be helpful and loose enough to make clear that there is no one way approach but rather than their partnership must reflect their context."
Natalie B. Schonfeld, Director
Student Transition Services, University of California, Irvine

Key features

This book will include examples, including figures and sidebars throughout. The book will also include templates for practitioners to use for tools to partner at the local level. It will include annotated descriptions of sample college and career readiness programming collected from locations where workshops were conducted.

This book is based on years of research and implementation by the authors though EPIC and university programs. EPIC has developed a suite of tools, called the College and Career Readiness System, to assist educators in improving postsecondary outcomes. As part of the implementation efforts, EPIC has conducted high school/college partnership workshops all over the country. Several of those workshops were part of larger statewide initiatives, and EPIC generated tool kits and reports analyzing the work. This book is based on the data, tools, and experiences EPIC developed as a pioneer organization in the field of college and career readiness.



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Charis McGaughy

Dr. Charis McGaughy has worked within the educational arena for over two decades. She recently began serving as the chief of staff for the Eugene School District 4J. Prior to that, she was a director at the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) for almost 8 years. During her tenure, she worked all over the country on national, state, and district-level initiatives related to improving college and career readiness, and increasing secondary and postsecondary alignment. She has also worked at the state level for the Texas Education Agency and the Tennessee Department of Children Services. She began her career as a teacher, and has taught in Houston Independent School District and Boston Public Schools. Dr. McGaughy has considerable experience directing large-scale, multi-faceted educational policy initiatives, is an experienced public speaker, and is the author of several reports, chapters, and articles on education. Her background as an educator, an educational policy worker, and her extensive research experience enables her to serve as a bridge among various educational stakeholder groups. Dr. McGaughy holds a PhD in Educational Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Government from Pomona College.

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Andrea Venezia

Andrea Venezia is Executive Director of EdInsights and Associate Professor in the Public Policy and Administration Department at California State University, Sacramento. EdInsights' mission is to help improve students' readiness for, and success in, some form of postsecondary education. Before she joined Sacramento State, Venezia worked at WestEd and oversaw a line of work focused on such issues as high school reform, state and federal policy with regard to college and career readiness, and community college readiness and success. Prior to joining WestEd, Venezia was Senior Policy Analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Before that, she directed Stanford University's Bridge Project, the first large-scale national study that documented state policy barriers inhibiting student progression from high school to college. Prior to those positions, Venezia worked in a variety of state, federal, and nonprofit organizations, including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Goals Panel, and the American Institutes for Research. She has authored, co-authored, and co-edited numerous reports, chapters, articles, and books, including Supporting the Dream (forthcoming) by Corwin Press, Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It (2007) published by Harvard Education Press, and From High School to College (2004) published by Jossey-Bass. She received a BA in English from Pomona College, an MA in administration and policy analysis in higher education from Stanford University, and a PhD in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1: Understanding College and Career Readiness

2: Creating a Framework

3: Organizing the Partnership

4: Determining Your Partnership's Effectiveness: Measuring Progress

5: Taking Action

6: Aligning Curricula Across Educational Systems

7: Supporting and Sustaining Partnerships



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