MA Early College Community of Practice

in partnership with

2023 Spring Convening

Presentation materials

April 12, 2023

The 2023 Spring Convening: Reimagine, Reengage, and Rebuild held on the campus of Fitchburg State University was a huge success! Below, you will find presentation materials from the sessions. (Please check back regularly as we will continue to add them as they are received.)

Additionally, you can view and add photos on the Massachusetts Early College Designees Educator Portal. If you need information on how to access that portal, please let us know! 

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

registration | Meet and greet

9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

opening session

Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall

Dr. Richard S. Lapidus, President, Fitchburg State University

Phylitia Jamerson, Executive Director of Early College, DESE

Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, Secretary of Education

Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner, DESE

Dr. Noe Ortega, Commissioner, DHE

Dr. Kristin Hunt, Senior Director of Early College Planning and Policy, DESE

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

What I Wish I Had Known: EC Leadership Panel

Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall

Facilitators: Massachusetts Alliance for Early College 

Join experienced leaders from early college partnerships across the state as they share their stories and experiences navigating the complex early college space. 

Supporting Early College Students with Disabilities

Location: G01/G01B, Hammond Hall

Facilitators: Jamie Camacho, DESE
April Rist, DESE

This session is on how to best support Early College students with special education needs. This session will also mark the start of a Special Education Early College working group.

Summer Opportunities for Early College Students

Location: Ellis White, Hammond Hall

Facilitators: Russ Olwell,
Merrimack College

Summer research opportunities have been recognized as a high impact practice at the college level, and early college students can benefit from this activity and mentorship as well. 

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. 

Lunch | holmes dining hall

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Wrap Around Supports: A Talk and Listen

Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall

Facilitators: Rebekah Barr, DESE Dr. Jamisa Williams, NS4ed

Wraparound Student Supports remains an area of conversation as you ensure Equitable Access to programsHow do various schools on-ramp and off-ramp studentsWhat multiple measures of success are a best fit for your school and IHE?  

Supporting EL Students in Early College Programs

Location: G01/G01B, Hammond Hall

Facilitator: Roxana Marrero, Director of the MetroWest Scholars
Early Start Program

Roxana Marrero, along with colleagues from EC Bridge at the Metrowest CPC, will lead this session on family engagement of EL students, including cultural inclusions.

Counseling and Advising: Bridging from High School to College

Location: Ellis White, Hammond Hall

Stefanae Bowen, Mount Wachusett
Kristin Hunt, DESE

This session will serve as a launch to a working group for high school and college counselors and advisors who support Early College students.

1:25 – 2:20 p.m.

closing session

Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall

A Vision for the Future
Phylitia Jamerson, Executive Director of Early College, DESE
Christine Williams, J.D., Assistant Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, DHE

Check-in Meeting


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

campus tour