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									  Please use these sample letter templates to invite parents,
guardians, and officials to your event. This document contains
   1) Press Release Template for you to fill in, 2) 2 letters of
  invitation and 3) one sample proclamation letter for your
                          convenience.


                      Thank you for your support for the first

                TEXAS Early College High School Awareness Week!




TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK          http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek
FOR IMMEDIA TE RE LEASE                                                                 CONTACT:
                                                                                 Sylvia A. Martinez
                                                                       Director of Communications
                                                                              214.750.4243 (office)
                                                                                 smartinez@c ft.org


        <Name of School> JOINS STATE AND NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
       TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS OF EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
                              INITIATIVE

                    Will Present <type of event> on May X, 2009


CITY, S TA TE (April/May X, 2009) — At a time when our nation‟s economic competitiveness
depends on providing every child with an education that will enable them to meet the demands of
the 21st century workforce, <name of school> is providing pathways to higher education for XXX
young people who might not otherwise go to college. It is one of over 200 early college high
schools nationwide, and one of 29 schools in Texas under the Texas High School Project‟s Early
College High School Initiative.

From May 4-10, early college high schools and their partners will celebrate Texas Earl y College
High School Awareness Week, bringing together students, administrators, parents, community
leaders, and legislators to honor the commitment and success of the Early College High School
Initiative statewide and nationally.

<Name of School> will be presenting a <description of program; date; location>

With startup support from the Texas High School Project/Communities Foundation of Texas, the
Texas Education Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other funders, early
college high schools offer college courses to high school stude nts underrepresented in higher
education (low-income, minority, English language learners, and first-generation college
students). The early college high school experience results in students gaining the confidence
and skills they need to succeed in college, careers and life.

Insert school specific data on graduation and earning of college credit. Mention college partner
here. (JFF may be able to assist in providing supporting data for this section if needed).

The following is an EX AMPLE quote. DO NOT US E THIS QUOTE. “Texas Early College High
School Awareness Week is our way of telling America we can educate all our students, and Early
College has proven that,” said XXX. “E ducating underrepresented students is about more than
just social equity. It‟s about making our collective workforce smarter, and our collective ec onomy
stronger and more secure.”




TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK                    http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek
If appropriat e, insert quote from current student or graduate that communicates why ECHS has
impacted their lives. The following is an EXAMPLE quote. DO NOT US E THIS QUOTE. “I never
thought about going to college. I never thought it was remotely possible, or that I was smart
enough,” said Lauren Merrell, a senior at Toledo Early College High School on the campus of
University of Toledo in Ohio. “Once I got the hang of actually having to commit to the work and
having homework every night, I was fine. I was one of the first students to take a college class.
Since then, I have taken more and more classes, and I love it. ”

Nationally, 9 in 10 early college students get an early college high school diploma at a time when
up to half of young people drop out of traditional high schools. Moreover, 88 perc ent of early
college high school students graduate with at least some college credit. Additionally, 40 percent
of students who enter early college as 9th graders earn a full year—or more—of college credit.
This college credit is earned tuition free, at a time when one year of public college costs an
average of $6,600 nationally and $ 6200.00 per year in Texas. Students who earn two years of
college/dual credit and/ or an associate‟s degree in the early college program would save their
families an average of $13, 000.

“Thes e numbers prove that challenge—not remediation—is an approach to education that works,”
said Marlene B. Seltzer, CEO of Jobs for the Future, which leads the Early College High School
Initiative nationally. “The opportunity to earn free college credit is something every student and
parent would invite, especially during these hard economic times.”

John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Tex as High School Project, said, “Early College High
Schools in Texas are proving that students once considered „at risk‟ or „high -need‟ can achieve
when challenged wit h high expectations and support. Early college high schools will make college
a reality for these students, who often will the be the first in their families to attend college. ”

For more information about the Early College High School Initiative, visit THSP.org/ECHSWeek.



ABOUT <SCHOOL NAME>

Add school description here

About Texas High School Project
A unique public-private alliance, the Texas High School Project (THSP ) is dedicated to ensuring
that all Texas students graduate high school college ready, career ready, and life ready. The
THSP focus es its efforts on high-need schools and districts statewide, with an emphasis on urban
areas and the Texas-Mexico border. Public and privat e organiz ations in the THSP include the
Texas Education Agency, Governor's Office, Texas Legislature, Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Wallace
Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, Meadows Foundation, Communities Foundation of
Texas, and National Instruments. THSP private philanthropic investments are managed by
Communities Foundation of Texas. State and federal investments in Texas schools are managed
by the Texas Education Agency.



ABOUT JOBS FOR THE FUTURE
Through research, analysis, action, and advocacy, Jobs for the Future develops promising
education and labor market models, expands successful models in communities across the
country, and shapes the policy environment that enables American families and companies to
compete in a global economy. Jobs for the Future is the lead coordinator and policy advocate for
the Early College High School Initiative.


TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK                    http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek
ECHS PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Early college schools are a part nership bet we en school districts and colleges. Partner
organizations provide startup and ongoing technical support, guidanc e, and professional
development for their networks of schools. These partners include the:
     Cent er for Native Education
     City University of New York
     Texas High School Project/Communities Foundation of Texas
     Foundation for California Community Colleges
     Gateway to College National Network
     Georgia Board of Regents
     KnowledgeWorks Foundation
     Middle College National Consortium
     National Council of La Raza
     Nort h Carolina New Schools Project
     SECME, Inc.
     Utah Partnership for Education
     Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation




TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK                    http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek
ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE PARENTS OF YOUR SCHOOL(S)
ABOUT NATIONAL TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
AWARENESS WEEK




Dear Students and Parents/Guardians of <school name>,

We‟re excited to announce that our school is participating in a national, weeklong celebration of
early college high schools. The goal of Texas Early College High School Awareness Week is
to spread pride through the 200 communities where these schools help prepare students for
college, and spread awareness about their benefit to communities that may consider starting
some of their own.

Texas Early College High School Awareness Week will run from Monday, May 4 through
Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Nationally, 200 early colleges serve more than 40,000 students a year. Nine out of 10 early
college students get a high school diploma at a time when up to half of young people drop out of
traditional schools.

In addition, 88 percent of students graduate with at least some college credit. This college credit
is earned tuition free, at a time when one year of public college costs an average of $6,600.
Students with two years of credit or an Associate‟s degree would save an average $13, 000.

Here at SCHOOL NAME, <list any school-related accomplishments, statistics—paragraph
optional>

To help celebrate Texas E arly College High School Awareness Week here in CITY/TOWN,
STA TE, SCHOOL NAME has decided to <describe event, date, time, location, cost>.

We invite you to attend this event and help us show America what a difference early college has
made here in CITY/ TOWN, and across our nation.



Thank you,

Principal XXX

SCHOOL NAME




TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK                     http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek
           INVITATION TO LOCAL OFFICIALS FOR
  TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK
         EVENTS IN YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY


Official‟s Prefix & Name
Address 1
Address 2
City, State, Zip


Dear Prefix Name,

We invite you to attend our <E vent Name> at <School Name> on <Date>, part of a national,
weeklong celebration of early college high schools. The goal of Texas Early College High
School Awareness Week is to spread pride through the 200 communities where these schools
help prepare students for college, and spread awareness about their benefit to communities that
may consider starting some of their own.

Texas Early College High School Awareness Week will run nationally from Monday, May 4
through Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Nationally, 200 early colleges serve more than 40,000 students a year. Nine out of 10 early
college students get a high school diploma at a time when up to half of young people drop out of
traditional schools.

In addition, 88 percent of students graduate with at least some college credit. This college credit
is earned tuition free, at a time when one year of public colle ge costs an average of $6,600.
Students with two years of credit or an Associate‟s degree would save an average $13, 000.

Here at <School Name>, <list any school-related accomplishments, statistics—paragraph
optional>

<School Name> is proud to have the support of <postsecondary partner(s)> and our national
partner, <name of intermediary organization>.

We would be honored if you would attend, lending your support to our school and our national
initiative, which is helping to make college a reality for young people who need it most.

We look forward to seeing you,

Superintendent <Name>
<District Name>




TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK                     http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek
INVITATION TO LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DECLARE NATIONAL
TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK


Official‟s Prefix & Name
Title
Address 1
Address 2
City, State, Zip


Dear Prefix Name,

<School Name> is pleased to be taking part in a national, weeklong celebration of early college
high schools. The goal of Texas Early College High School Awareness Week is to spread
pride through the 200 communities where these sc hools help prepare students for college, and
spread awareness about their benefit to communities that may consider starting some of their
own.

Texas Early College High School Awareness Week will run nationally from Monday, May 4
through Sunday, May 10, 2009.

To help us celebrate and spread awareness of the benefits of early college high schools, we are
hopeful that as <title>, you will elect to declare May 4-10 as Texas E arly College High School
Awareness Week in <city or state>. I am attaching a proclamati on that your office can distribute
to local media.

Nationally, 200 early colleges serve more than 40,000 students a year. Nine out of 10 early
college students get a high school diploma at a time when up to half of young people drop out of
traditional schools.

In addition, 88 percent of students graduate with at least some college credit. This college credit
is earned tuition free, at a time when one year of public college costs an average of $6,600.
Students with two years of credit or an Associate‟s degree would save an average $13, 000.

We would be honored if you would lend your declared support to our school and our national
initiative, which is helping to make college a reality for young people who need it most.

Thank you.

Superintendent <Name>
<District Name>



TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK                     http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek
DRAFT PROCLAMATION DECLARING
TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS
WEEK


WHEREAS, since 2002, the partner organizations of the Early College High School Initiative have
started or redesigned more than 200 schools in 24 states and the District of Columbia that have
impacted the lives of more than 42,000 young people.

WHEREAS, the schools are designed so that low-income youth, first-generation college goers,
English language learners, students of color, and other young people underrepresented in higher
education can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate‟s degree—t uition
free.

WHEREAS, over 9 in 10 early college students get a high school diploma at a time when up to
half of young people drop out of traditional schools. In addition, 88 percent of students graduate
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with at least some college credit. Forty percent of students who enter early college as 9           graders
earn a full year of college credit—or more. This college credit is earned tuition free, at a time
when one year of public college costs an average of $6,600. Students with two years of credit or
an Associate‟s degree would save an average $13,000.

WHEREAS, Early college high schools received startup support from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation and other funders.

WHEREAS, < INSERT LOCAL ECHS INFORMATION HERE ABOUT PROGRAMS,
ENROLLMENT, SUCCESSES, GROWTH PLANS, etc. >

THEREFORE, we designate May 4-10, 2009 as Texas Early College High School Awareness
Week, a week that will bring together students, administrators, parents, community leaders, and
legislators nationwide to honor the success of the Early College High School Initiative, and
encourage its expansion.




TEXAS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AWARENESS WEEK                      http://thsp.org/ECHSWeek

								
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