MA Early College Community of Practice

in partnership with

Take-Off Student Summit

Your Flight to a Bright Future

Why the Flight reference with the Planes?
Why Not, they share so much in common!

Why Refer to Coordinators as Airport Authority Crew Members:


  1. Oversight and Regulation: Just as airport authorities manage and oversee all airport operations, our coordinators oversee the entire event, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently.
  2. Safety and Security: Airport authorities are responsible for the safety and security of the airport, much like our coordinators who ensure a safe, secure, and supportive environment for students as they embark on their educational journey.
  3. Organizational Expertise: Airport authorities are skilled in handling the complexities of airport operations. Similarly, our coordinators possess the expertise to manage the intricate details of organizing a large-scale educational event.
  4. Facilitating Transitions: The airport authority ensures a seamless transition of flights from the ground to the air. In a similar vein, our coordinators facilitate the students’ transition from high school to early college, making the process smooth and stress-free.
  5. Central Command and Communication: Airport authorities serve as the central command, coordinating communication and operations. Our event coordinators play a similar role, acting as the central hub for communication and coordination among all participants.

Drawing Parallels: Pilots and Educational Navigators

  1. Expert Navigation: Just as pilots expertly navigate their aircraft through various terrains and weather, our district liaisons, school counselors, and higher education liaisons skillfully navigate students through the educational landscape, steering them through the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to higher education.

  2. Customized Flight Plans: Pilots meticulously plan each flight according to specific routes and conditions. Similarly, these educational professionals craft customized plans for students, considering their unique needs and goals, ensuring a tailored journey towards college success.

  3. Communication and Coordination: Effective communication with the control tower and crew is vital for pilots. In the educational realm, our liaisons and counselors communicate and coordinate with various educational institutions, parents, and students, ensuring a coherent and collaborative approach.

  4. Safety and Well-being: Pilots are responsible for the safety and well-being of their passengers. In a parallel manner, our educational guides prioritize the well-being of students, providing guidance and support to ensure their safe and successful passage to early college programs.

  5. Adapting to Changing Conditions: Pilots are adept at adjusting to unexpected changes in flight. This adaptability is mirrored by our educational navigators who are skilled at responding to the evolving educational needs and circumstances of students.

Drawing Parallels: Business Class and Educational Leaders

  1. Exclusive Insight and Influence: Just as business class passengers enjoy premium services and influence in an airport setting, our educational leaders bring exclusive insights and significant influence in shaping the educational landscape, providing enhanced experiences for students.

  2. Leadership and Vision: Business class travelers are often leaders in their fields, mirroring our school principals and superintendents who lead with vision and purpose, steering educational initiatives towards success.

  3. Strategic Planning: In an airport, business class passengers are known for their strategic planning and efficiency. Similarly, our state leaders and educational authorities strategically plan and implement educational policies, ensuring the best outcomes for students.

  4. Enhanced Resources and Support: Business class offers enhanced resources and comfort, paralleling the enriched support and resources our educational leaders provide to foster a nurturing and empowering learning environment.

  5. Navigating Complexities with Ease: Just as business class passengers navigate the complexities of travel with ease, our educational leaders adeptly navigate the complexities of the educational system, ensuring a seamless transition for students from high school to early colleges.

Why Students are Referred to as Passengers: 

  1. Embarking on a New Journey: Just as passengers on a flight embark on a journey to a new destination, students are on the cusp of a significant educational journey, transitioning from high school to the new and unexplored world of early college education.

  2. Guided Experience: Passengers on a flight trust the pilot and crew to guide them safely to their destination. Similarly, students, as passengers in this journey, are guided by educators, counselors, and program coordinators – their ‘flight crew’ – who provide direction, support, and valuable insights throughout their educational journey.

  3. Diversity of Backgrounds and Destinations: On a flight, passengers come from diverse backgrounds and are headed to various destinations. This reflects the diversity among students, each with unique backgrounds, aspirations, and academic paths in early college programs.

  4. Navigating Transitions: Just as passengers experience the transition from takeoff to landing, students undergo the transition from familiar high school settings to new environments in colleges and universities, learning to navigate these changes smoothly.

  5. Shared Experience, Individual Journeys: While on a flight, passengers share a common experience but have individual stories and reasons for travel. Similarly, each student in this program shares the common experience of transitioning to early college while pursuing their personal academic and career goals.

Why Refer to Presenters and Panelists as Aviation Crew Members:

  1. Guidance and Safety: Just as an aviation crew is responsible for guiding a plane safely to its destination, our presenters and panelists guide students through the educational landscape, ensuring a safe and informed transition from high school to college.

  2. Expert Navigation: Aviation crew members are experts in navigation, much like our panelists who help students navigate the complex world of early college decisions and preparations.

  3. Service and Support: In-flight, crew members provide service and support to passengers. Similarly, our event crew offers support and resources to students, helping them to make informed choices about their academic futures.

  4. Teamwork and Coordination: A successful flight requires seamless teamwork and coordination among the aviation crew. This mirrors the collaborative efforts of our presenters and panelists in delivering a comprehensive and enriching experience for the students.

  5. Embarking on a Journey: The flight theme symbolizes the beginning of an exciting journey for students, transitioning from high school to higher education, with our crew members ensuring a smooth and enlightening journey.

Why Refer to Sponsors as “The Airlines”:

  1. Carriers of Opportunity: Just like airlines transport passengers to various destinations, our sponsors carry students towards new academic and professional opportunities, facilitating their journey to early college experiences.

  2. Providers of Resources and Support: Airlines provide the necessary resources, comfort, and support for a successful journey. Similarly, the sponsoring entities offer essential resources, funding, and support, making the educational voyage possible and comfortable for the students.

  3. Connecting Diverse Destinations: Airlines connect people from diverse locations and backgrounds. In this context, the sponsors connect students from different high schools across Massachusetts, bringing together a diverse array of talents, aspirations, and educational goals.

  4. Navigational Experts: Airlines are experts in navigating the best routes for travel. The sponsoring companies, clubs, and organizations are akin to navigational experts in the educational field, guiding students on the best pathways for their early college journey.

  5. Safety and Reliability: Just as passengers trust airlines for safe and reliable travel, students and educators trust these sponsors for providing a secure and dependable educational journey, ensuring that every student reaches their potential.