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Achieving College DreamsHow a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School$
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Rhona S. Weinstein and Frank C. Worrell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260903.001.0001

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Conclusion—The Power of a University–District Partnership

Conclusion—The Power of a University–District Partnership

(p.359) 17 Conclusion—The Power of a University–District Partnership
Achieving College Dreams

Rhona S. Weinstein

Frank C. Worrell

Gail Kaufman

Gibor Basri

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the lessons learned in the more than 10-year partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools to create and sustain California College Preparatory Academy (CAL Prep), a high-expectation and early college secondary school for first-generation college students. The chapter also assesses the successes and challenges faced in this collaborative journey; the generalizability of findings to other contexts; and implications for practice, policy, and research. CAL Prep continued to improve—reaching the hearts and minds of students and providing an aligned, responsive pathway to college readiness. The capacity to innovate rested on investments in this boundary-crossing partnership, a culture-challenging mindset, multilayered learning communities, and a time-intensive as well as focused planning process. Mutual benefits across the secondary–tertiary divide included changes in university supports for first-generation college students, the valuing of public scholarship, and a recognized need for change in professional training programs.

Keywords:   CAL Prep, first-generation college students, pathways, urban school reform, youth development, early college schools, university-district partnerships, new school development

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