Speaks to College Summit Class About Importance of Higher Education
TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (August 23, 2011) – This morning, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown continued his tour of Maryland schools to mark the beginning of the new school year with a visit to Crossland High School to speak to students and highlight the school’s implementation of the innovative College Summit program. The Lt. Governor also toured the career and college center and met the team of Peer Leaders, 24 Crossland students who have been trained to help build a student-led, college-going culture in their school.
“Governor O’Malley and I remain committed to improving public education and increasing the number of college-ready and college-bound students. But we can’t do it alone,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “The success of the College Summit program at Crossland is a remarkable example of what happens when we partner with visionary business leaders, civic associations and educators who are committed to helping us provide the best education possible. I look forward to seeing College Summit continue to expand in Maryland.”
College Summit is a national nonprofit that partners with schools and districts to build a college-going culture and increase college enrollment rates, so that all students, beginning in 9th grade, experience high school not as a destination, but as a launch pad to college and career success. Trained student influencers, called Peer Leaders, build a college-going culture, while teachers and counselors use a managed curriculum and technology tools to help all students create postsecondary plans and apply to college. In addition, College Summit staff provide ongoing professional development and support for teachers, counselors and principals as they seek to build a college-going culture in their classroom and school community. Data and accountability tools equip school leaders to manage improved student outcomes.
Crossland is one of six high schools in Prince George’s County that are being served by College Summit-National Capital Region. During the 2010-11 school year, over 2,600 students, grades 9-12, at 22 high schools in the National Capital Region benefited from College Summit’s curriculum. This year, the program expects to serve approximately 3,700 students at 23 schools in the region.
“Crossland High School, and our other school partners, are shining examples of how a school can leverage the right tools like the ones College Summit provides, and completely change the school culture so that all students understand that high school is a launchpad to their future and not a final destination,” said Shana Payne, Acting Executive Director for College Summit-National Capital Region. “In Maryland, DC and Virginia we see administrators, educators, and students tapping into their power to create a college-going culture. Over the last 10 years we have served over 15,000 students in the National Capital Region, helping them to enroll in college and to create a path to their full potential.”
Crossland has partnered with College Summit for six years and garnered much recognition, being named an International Baccalaureate World school in 2009 and presented with the 2010-2011 College-going Culture School of the Year award by College Summit-National Capital Region. Most recently, Crossland has been recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as a national model for best practices in preparing students for college as part of the Doing What Works initiative.
In 2010, 51 percent of Crossland’s College Summit seniors went on to enroll in college, 67 percent of which attended Maryland public institutions (2011 enrollment rates not released yet). All junior and senior students at Crossland are required to enroll in the College Summit course.
Lt. Governor Brown kicked off his Back-to-School tour on Monday, when he was joined by Interim State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bernard Sadusky and Prince George’s County Superintendent Dr. William Hite, Jr. for visits to James H. Harrison Elementary and Parkdale High School.
Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to increase higher education opportunities. The administration has taken steps to make higher education more accessible and affordable for all Marylanders, including making record investments in our community colleges and freezing tuition four years in a row at our four year public colleges and universities. Last year the Lt. Governor launched the Skills2Compete initiative, which promotes programs and activities that lead to increasing the skill level of Marylanders through the attainment of a post-secondary credential, apprenticeship program or degree.