Building Career Pathways that Lead to Career and College Readiness


Description-More than 50% of young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills and labor market credentials essential for success in today’s increasingly demanding economy. At the same time, public and private employers leave jobs unfilled for lack of suitable candidates. The goal of this session is to explore the Pathways to Prosperity approach, a joint project between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future, to help districts engage stakeholders to build a system of career pathways that enable all young people to successfully transition from high school to post-secondary and the workforce.

Session Purpose/Overview-To provide guidance for school districts in developing partnerships and advisory councils to engage business and industry in public education. An emphasis will be placed on 9- 14 education that creates additional pathways that combine rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip the majority of young people with the skills and credentials to succeed in our increasingly challenging labor market. The long range goal is to ensure that many more young people complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market, and get launched on a career while leaving open the prospect of further education.

Session Objectives:
1. Understand the components of the Pathways to Prosperity approach.
2. Understand how to implement the Pathways to Prosperity approach.
3. Understand how to engage stakeholders to create a Career Pathways Strategic Plan.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will recognize the components of the Pathways to Prosperity approach.
2. Participants will be able to implement the Pathways to Prosperity approach by engaging local and regional stakeholders.
3. Participants will be able to create a Career Pathways Strategic Plan that align with post-secondary and workforce needs.

Session Participant Pre-Work:
Participants should read the Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century report located at:
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf

Once familiar with the report, view the following Pathways to Prosperity newscast video (19:32) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyIVBsLNCK0. Bill Symonds, Pathways to Prosperity Project Director at Harvard Business School, discusses the mismatch of skills to job openings.

Team Members:
Marty Tobey (CTE)
Ann Callicutt (CTE)
Tamara Berman-Ishee (C&I Regional Lead)
Benita Tipton (C&I Science)
Cathy Mathews (DTL)

Summer Institute Dates and Location (session time 9:00-12:00):
East Deployment:
July 8-9 Region 2 Greenville Convention Center-Presenter-John Kirkman, Assist: Tamara Berman Ishee
July 10-11 Region 1 Greenville Convention Center-Presenter-Christy Harris, Assist: Tamara Berman Ishee
July 15-16 Region 4 Sheraton Imperial Convention Center Durham-(Session only presented once)-Presenter-Jo Anne Honeycutt, Assist: Tamara Berman Ishee
July 17-18 Region 3 Sheraton Imperial Convention Center Durham-Presenter-Carol Short, Assist: Tamara Berman Ishee
July 23-24 Region 4 Gray's Creek High School, Cumberland County-TBD

West Deployment:
July 8-9 Region 6 Hilton Charlotte University Hotel-Presenter-Ann Callicutt, Assist: Benita Tipton, Linda Brannan
July 10-11 Region 8 Hilton Charlotte University Hotel (Session only presented once)-Presenter-Wendy Edney, Assist: Benita Tipton, Linda Brannan
July 15-16 Region 5 Koury Convention Center Greensboro-Presenter-Ted Summey, Assist: Benita Tipton, Linda Brannan
July 17-18 Region 7 Koury Convention Center Greensboro-Presenter-Marty Tobey, Assist: Benita Tipton, Linda Brannan
July 23-24 Region 8 Henderson County-TBD

Supplies Needed:
Wireless internet access for participants
Digital projector for presenter
Post-it Posters w/ Markers
Post-it Pads
Orange Dots to place on posters
Speakers for video sound
Highlighters
Cardstock paper

Plan for Accomplishing the Work:
Each week, new information (see resources below) will be added to our planning Wiki to allow team members to review and become familiar with the foundational resources that will be used to develop our presentation. Your input is invaluable to the team and will be requested electronically (please see blue text) each week to be incorporated in the development of the presentation and delivery method. Please provide your input through the discussion post section of this Wiki or email your input directly to Marty Tobey (marty.tobey@dpi.nc.gov) and Ann Callicutt (ann.callicutt@dpi.nc.gov).

Resources:
April 5, 2013: Please review the DRAFT PowerPoint presentation for accuracy (please check links as well) and clarity. Potential activities have been embedded throughout the presentation to ensure participant engagement during the session. Does the sequence of slides, activities proposed, etc. appear to align with our session objectives and learning outcomes? Other suggestions? Activity ideas? Please provide your input and further explanation in the discussion post section of the Wiki or email Ann or me directly.

Building Career Pathways that Lead to College and Career Readiness DRAFT PowerPoint Presentation:


Facilitator's Guide:
During our collaboration with HGSE and JFF, a Facilitator’s Guide has been developed to outline the Pathways to Prosperity approach to provide LEAs and potential facilitator’s a step by step process to begin key stakeholder engagement, strategy development and implementation. Our Summer Institute session will provide participants an opportunity to learn this process and how it can be implemented at the local level.


March 25, 2013: Please review Part II: Strategic Planning of the Facilitator’s Guide. More specifically, focus on pages 12-21. This section of the Facilitator’s Guide provides LEAs a step-by-step guide to engage key stakeholders (over a series of meetings) to develop a career pathway strategic plan. The Pathways to Prosperity approach suggests that four specific areas (levers) are addressed during this process. The strategic planning template for each lever can be found on pages 17-21. As we consider our Summer Institute presentation to inform and engage participants on how to engage their stakeholders with the information found in the Facilitator’s Guide, think about the specific delivery of this information and provide input as to the type of engaging activities that will provide hands-on learning during our session. Please provide your input and further explanation in the discussion post section of the Wiki or email Ann or me directly.

March 25, 2013: The following Pathways to Prosperity newscast video (19:32): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyIVBsLNCK0 discusses the mismatch of skills to job openings with Bill Symonds, the Pathways to Prosperity Project Director at Harvard Business School.

March 18, 2013: Please review Part I: Asset Mapping (pgs. 2-8) of the Facilitator's Guide. As you review the information, think about the specific delivery of information to the participants at Summer Institute. What type of engaging activity will provide hands-on learning during the delivery of this information? Provide your input and further explanation in the discussion post section of this Wiki.

What does it means to be career and college ready?

http://www.careerreadynow.org/docs/CRPC_4pager.pdf

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans For the 21st Century Report

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf

The American Youth Policy Forum hosted a special event for the release of the Harvard Graduate School of Education report Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. The event featured an overview of the report, the reactions of a panel of education and business leaders, and special remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2011/02/pathways-to-prosperity-meeting-the-challenge-of-preparing-young-americans-for-the-21st-century/

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