Our school has launched an early college program in conjunction with our local community college where students can concurrently earn both a high school and associates diploma. Our first cohort is our current sophomore class.
I’ve been in love with this idea for a decade, if not more. My initiation into the world of teaching high school was via concurrent classes. But even before I taught, I myself was the benefactor of concurrent enrollment as a high schooler.
I’ve always said it was the best thing I did in preparation for undergrad, which then allowed me to go to graduate school.
So when my school announced that we would be the first in our metro area to offer this degree, I was thrilled for our kids. With the rising cost of college tuition, I knew this would be a game changer for many families.
Now our first cohort is in the middle of enrollment for next year. I don’t teach any of the concurrent classes but I do have some kids who are in the program.
I emailed the director of the program–who is also my work mom–that some kids were concerned they wouldn’t make it to AP Calculus if they stuck with their degree plan. And boom–just like that–I had a seat at the table. Just a little teacher saying, “Can we talk about this?” and my ideas were immediately entertained.
I don’t think that happens at many places.
Today I got to listen to the math options for kids in ECHS. I found myself getting emotional (yes, we’re all shocked) at the thought and time and energy that has been poured into these kids’ education…and they probably don’t even realize. I mean hundreds of hours of planning and revising and processing…all for them. All because some adults want the best for some teenagers.
And when this little math teacher said, “Can we talk?” even more planning and revising and processing went into this.
All because we want the best for them.
I’m so honored to be a part of a family that values its students and its teachers.
I love that we all have a voice–a seat at the table. In this way, we feel valued…and I fully believe valued people then seek to add value and worth to other people.