Cross Creek Early College
Early College Instructional Strategies
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Greetings Teachers! Welcome to the Cross Creek Early College Hybrid Professional Development venue. My name is Ali(son) Thetford and together with the Instruction Cadre, we will guide you both on-line and in person through a deeper dive into the early college instructional strategies (a.k.a. "The CIF).
The Early College Instructional Strategies
One of the hallmarks of early college is the use of "aligned instruction:" In order to create college-ready students (not just college-eligible) and lay the foundation for rigor, NC early college high schools use six strategies school-wide: discussion, collaboration, feedback, reading, questioning, and writing for learning.
All of the high school teachers use these strategies as the framework for their instruction. "It helps with planning because you know you're going to use a combination of these strategies," says Jeannie Adams, an early college world history teacher. “That's your basis. What you're going to teach and how you're going to weave those strategies through your teaching, that's how you set your lesson up. It acts as a guide.”
There are also benefits for students. The framework gives them recurrent tools, expectations, and a common language across all classes. Since these strategies are used in every class, students become familiar with the expectations and learn skills like note taking, critical thinking, and self-scaffolding. The ultimate goal is for students to take these skills and transfer them into the college setting.
Adapted from: https://www.edutopia.org/practice/early-college-model-giving-students-college-access-high-school