Advancing Early College

May 3, 2024

Join OneGoal and school teams from across the state to develop your Early College program and increase student success. In this one-day, practitioner-centered experience, your school team will assess your current program, collaborate with experts to identify areas of growth, and chart your path forward to programmatic success.


Massachusetts’ Early College Initiative has the potential to close opportunity gaps for students and support education equity across the state. Robust Early College programs create opportunities for students to earn college credits, explore new pathways, and develop their ability to navigate higher education. While the potential for impact and scale are exciting, the risks are high. For students, a negative experience in Early College courses has implications for a student’s transcript as well as their confidence and sense of belonging in college. For districts, Early College requires significant financial investment and staff capacity to develop partnerships, build out the program, and ensure student access and success.

With so much at stake, OneGoal has developed a one-day workshop for Early College school teams to get under the hood of their programs by examining strengths, assessing gaps, and creating actionable improvement plans. OneGoal has partnered with Early College programs across Massachusetts and in Houston, Texas, leading to notable successes in course completion, attendance, and postsecondary enrollment rates. Led by OneGoal staff who are practiced in supporting Early College programs both in Massachusetts and Texas, the workshop will equip school teams with concrete and practical strategies, solutions, and timely next steps for improving their programs. The timing is designed to support designated programs plan for the coming school year and be positioned to complete their end of year evaluation.


This practitioner-centered experience is ideal for high school and higher education administrators who are responsible for design and implementation of an Early College program. This includes:

  • Teams with an established Early College program looking to assess their work and make improvements
  • Teams looking to scale their program or add new pathways/course offerings
  • Teams currently considering/actively applying for Early College designation who want to pressure test their program design and implementation plans


Objectives for participating school teams: 

  • Identify gaps and strengths in their Early College program
  • Define their program problem statements and develop solutions/strategies to address them
  • Collaborate with other Early College teams, OneGoal, and experts in the field
  • Craft clear next steps for programmatic success

What Attendees Say

92% of past attendees agree/strongly agree that they left OneGoal’s Advancing Early College event with clear steps to support their Early College program.

I enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues and partners. This helped to answer a few questions I had about the Early College Program.

It was helpful to work with my direct team and brainstorm with folks from different teams with different perspectives.

As someone new to the program, it was very informative to collaborate with other schools and help to identify where I fit into improving our program.

Workshop Details


May 3, 2024

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Registration + breakfast begin at 8:30 am



Wilson Chapel at WPS Institute
234 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459


OneGoal Partner

  • $750 – Individual rate
  • $1500 – Team rate (up to 5)


  • $1000 – Individual rate
  • $2000 – Team rate (up to 5)


Thanks to a generous donation, OneGoal can provide a full scholarship for the workshop to the first 10 school teams who apply before the April 4, 2024 registration deadline!

Those who register after the deadline will have to cover the cost listed above.

Advancing Early College FAQs

What should I expect to walk away with?

  • Robust data analysis and visuals aligned to early college program readiness assessment results
  • Concrete ideas, solutions, and implementation steps
  • Guided companion workbook to capture learnings and resources
  • Insights and language to start end of year evaluation

If I am an individual, can I still attend AEC?


While we encourage folks to attend with at least one other person from the early college program (higher ed + secondary), individuals will walk away with tools and meaningful collaboration to bring back to their programs. Throughout the experience, all individuals + teams will have opportunities to connect with other early college practitioners to share and learn from each other.

During the early college program readiness assessment section, individuals will have to assess their program individually and we will provide opportunities to collect team feedback to inform assessment answers prior to the activity.

Who should make up my team?


This space is designed for educators in secondary and higher education spaces responsible for the design, planning, and implementation of an early college program. Ideally, each team would bring folks holding different perspectives of each partner. This may include:

  • Early college coordinator
  • Director of early college (higher ed or secondary)
  • Admission officer
  • Guidance counselors/head of guidance
  • Associate Principal/principal
  • Partnership coordinator/head of partnership

I am a postsecondary partner with multiple high school program designations. How should I show up for my schools?


Postsecondary partners are also encouraged to bring multiple practitioners who could serve as proxies for each early college program – or – navigate between multiple teams during the experience with support from OneGoal as needed. OneGoal will provide one hour of optional pre-work for each to align on a few questions/insights to ensure perspectives are being shared.