Updates and Insights

By: Katrina James, Managing Director, Dallas County Promise   There are numerous challenges on the road to helping students enroll and persist in their postsecondary journeys.  Each year, many graduating high school students complete a substantial portion of the process required for enrollment in college yet fail to complete the final step, a phenomenon known…

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Leaders from three Texas school districts shared their insights on how they are using powerful technologies, tools, and processes to help more high school students get college and career ready.  The panel discussion took place at the Spring 2022 Lunch and Learn session at the Dallas College Garland Center on April 19, part of an…

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Six months following the launch of the Texoma Promise, a groundbreaking regional talent development program aimed at producing stronger and more equitable outcomes for rural Texas students, Texoma regional leaders sat down with EMS Executive Director Dr. Eric Ban to discuss the first year of the program and what it means for their community.   The…

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Making the college-going process a lot simpler by removing barriers to enrollment is the goal of a pilot program involving a coalition of Dallas-area school districts and universities that are empowering students with a digital “Fast Pass” approach to enrollment. The College Enrollment Fast Pass, built on Greenlight Credentials’ digital learner record technology, gives students…

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EMS Executive Director Dr. Eric Ban shares reflections on the launch of the Texas Talent Region model for Rural Texas. The Rural College Promise (part of the Texas Talent Regions) — an EMS supported regional talent development program in collaboration with the Rural Community College Alliance, three rural community colleges in North Texas and other…

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This past November, EMS hosted its second Lunch & Learn session where educators and community leaders from across north and east Texas convened to share their experiences using innovative, equity-building technologies to improve college and workforce outcomes. At the gathering, which was held on November 16, 2021 at the University of North Texas Dallas’s Student…

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Read the full article here at Getting Smart LEAP from the Era of Accountability to the Age of Personalization By: Dr. Chip Pettit and Dr. Eric J Ban In 2001, the passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act officially marked the beginning of the accountability era in American education. Among its other provisions,…

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Now more than ever, education leaders are seeking more holistic insights to support students on their college, career, and life journey. Technology vendors are responding to this need by showing up with promises of educational equity via new and exciting dashboards. DeSoto Independent School District (ISD) is developing new and exciting dashboards as the result of a plan to address educational equity through user-centered design, digital credentials, case management, and progress monitoring dashboards.

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DALLAS, Aug. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA), Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) and Economic Mobility Systems (EMS) at the Commit Partnership today announced the launch of a pioneering, collaborative program to produce stronger and more equitable college and workforce outcomes for rural Texas students. Funded by a three-year $3.1 million grant from Greater Texas Foundation, the Rural College Promise…

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