The George Washington Carver Education Foundation along with our post-secondary partners, offered a total of 27 college courses to students throughout Cumberland and Atlantic Counties with a passing rate of 89.3%. School districts who implemented all nine design elements and core principles during their "pilot year" saw an increase in the number of students who passed dual enrollment courses.
The Carver Early College High School programs are designed to provide support services, yielding high academic achievement in dual enrollment for all students. All schools have a designated "college liaison," who is employed by the participating high school to work directly with the Carver Foundation and each college partner. These best practices are critical to the overall success of the program and student achievement in high school, college, and in life. Four school districts provided job shadow experiences in career fields such as Health Science, Computer Science, Engineering, & Business. Students visited Google headquarters in NY, UPenn & Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, and Inspira Hospital & Complete Care located in Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland, NJ. These opportunities will continue to prepare Carver students to meet the demands of the ever changing workforce ahead.
It is important to note that seven districts signed up to participate in a teacher credentialing program that will begin in 2020 to increase the number of master-prepared teachers in the program. Students in the program presented their year-long learning during a Gateway Presentation Night, held by the district to demonstrate their preparation for college-level coursework. Also to increase learning, five districts participated in a three-week student summer bridge program held on a college campus. In addition, five districts sent teachers & staff to Carver's three-day summer training to incorporate design thinking/project-based learning as a key instructional practice for 2019-2020. These best practices continue to yield high return when implemented with fidelity.
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