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SMART NEIGHBORS-The Pipeline Project at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn
brings a range of after-school enrichment activities to local K12 schools.

work with about 90 high schools, middle
schools and elementaries in central Brooklyn. The Pipeline has sparked close collaboration between college faculty and K12
teachers, including faculty-led workshops

on Medgar Evers' curriculum. K12 teachers now have a deeper understanding of
the skills they need to keep students out of
remedial courses, says Augustine Okereke,
Medgar Evers' provost.

COMMON CAUSE: K16 PARTNERS
Higher ed leaders are teaming with their K12 counterparts on a wide range of
student success initiatives, including:
* Curriculum coordination: Faculty from Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, lead workshops that provide area K12 teachers with a deeper
understanding of the skills students need to avoid remediation.
* Mini-enrichment: Medgar Evers operates branch sites at K12 schools
where college faculty teach writing, computer science and other topics, and
also offer after-school activities.
* Parents' academies: Also at Medgar Evers, meetings for families help
with navigating financial aid and other aspects of higher ed.
* Analytics and data-sharing: Valencia College in Orlando helps the
nearby School District of Osceola County forecast student performance based
on factors such as 3rd grade attendance and algebra assessments. The University of Texas at El Paso and area school districts track how high school
graduates perform in higher ed to guide improvements in K12.
* Career pathways: Valencia and Osceola have developed career-oriented
dual-enrollment programs that allow high school students to graduate with
professional certifications.
* K12 on campus: Second graders visit UTEP's campus several times per
year to participate in hands-on problem-solving, engineering, robotics and
other STEM activities. In Massachusetts, teachers bring middle school classes
to Worcester Polytechnic Institute for STEAM Programs.

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The work extends down to third-grade
"mini-enrichment" classes taught by college faculty in writing, computer science
and other areas. These activities have also
benefited the faculty, by helping them adjust to a more hands-on instructional style
that engages younger students, says Doris
McEwen, the dean of college readiness.
The college operates branch sites at
schools throughout Brooklyn that, among
other services, offer after-school activities
such as sports, homework help and reading support.
Dual-credit fuels the high school component of the pipeline. Medgar Evers faculty trained high school teachers to deliver
the courses, and in 2016-17 the college
awarded more than 5,000 college credits to high school students. The waived
tuition saved families $1.6 million. Even
when students don't earn the credit, the
exposure to more rigorous college work
is beneficial and has driven more students
to take and pass the state's Regents Exam.
"The pipeline is a way of changing the expectations within the system," Crew says
"A culture of college-going students requires a culture of high expectations."
The Pipeline also offers a parents' academy, which is particularly beneficial for
families of first-generation students who
have little experience navigating aspects
of higher ed, such as financial aid or encouraging their children to take honors
courses. Some of these parents have even
enrolled in the college themselves.
As the program has gained momentum, it has attracted the attention of local
political leaders, whose support has been
critical, Crew adds. For instance, Brooklyn
Borough President Eric Adams has helped
steer millions of dollars to some of the most
underserved public schools to expand WiFi and other computer infrastructure.
A single system for K16
Predictive analytics and data sharing guide
a coalition of higher education and K12
leaders in Central Florida who are developing pathways to close achievement gaps
and ensure students stay on course for high
school completion and college success.
Valencia College in Orlando has
helped the nearby School District of
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