Education Is Freedom Partnership

MISD Enters Partnership With "Education Is Freedom"
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This is the image for the news article titled MISD Enters Partnership With "Education Is Freedom"Marshall ISD has entered into a partnership with Education is Freedom (EIF) in an effort targeted toward providing further support to the district’s college and career access services and procedures at both Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School.

The program, which was officially approved during Monday’s regular June meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees, will assist MISD in creating district-wide systems to provide, monitor and evaluate college and career readiness through utilization of the EIF advising model. With the assistance of select teachers and counselors, the plan is to provide every student in MISD an opportunity to understand and select the best option for their future.

“Education is Freedom envisions a world where every young person deserves the opportunity to pursue a college education and a rewarding career,” said Marcia Page, EIF President and CEO, during a special presentation of the program to the MISD trustees at last Thursday’s monthly Agenda Review meeting. “The goal of the program is to give all students the skills and information to become active participants in control of their own destiny.”

Stated goals of the EIF program include an expectation that all underserved students are capable of being prepared to enroll and succeed in college; reducing the dropout rate; provide a wide range of high-quality, college-planning tools for students and families; help students leverage private and public scholarship funds; provide intern experiences to help students visualize their dreams; and to equip students with the necessary skills to complete college.

Since 2002 when it was founded, EIF has championed the needs of underserved youth to drive improved economic opportunities for themselves and their families. The program focuses on four dimensions of college and career readiness: Contextual Skills and Awareness (College Knowledge); Academic Behaviors; Key Content Knowledge and Key Cognitive Strategies.

At MJHS and MHS, the program will focus on student- and family-centered programs via college graduate, near peer advisors; embedded school programs to support a relational approach; online ACT/SAT prep facilitation; technology-driven, blended learning models; longitudinal impact starting in junior high through college and career; workforce readiness opportunities through online and in-person workshops; and college and career tracking programming.

EIF is currently working with districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Dallas ISD and Grand Prairie ISD. This past school year, in Dallas ISD, 4,500 high school seniors in the district completed 21,000 college applications, received 62 percent financial aid as well as over $132 million in scholarships and institutional grants.

“EIF is a game changer for students on our campus,” said Katherine Eska, principal at North Dallas High School in DISD. “The opportunities and support that EIF provides positively changes the life trajectory for so many of our graduates. I am deeply thankful for EIF in both helping our students raise their own expectations of what is possible for themselves, and setting them on a path after high school to reach their maximum potential.”

The new EIF program at MJHS and MHS will be implemented in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. More information about what EIF can provide students is available at www.educationisfreedom.com.