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Career Pathways for All Students. PreK-14. Compiled by Sue Updegraff Keystone AEA. Information from Iowa Career Pathways Iowa School-to-Work Iowa Tech Prep Iowa Department of Education. Why Career Pathways?. Societal Demands Prepare all students for both further education and for work

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Compiled by sue updegraff keystone aea
Compiled by Sue UpdegraffKeystone AEA

Information from

  • Iowa Career Pathways

  • Iowa School-to-Work

  • Iowa Tech Prep

  • Iowa Department of Education


Why career pathways
Why Career Pathways?

  • Societal Demands

    • Prepare all students for both further education and for work

    • Prepare all students for life’s roles: citizen, worker, family member

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Organizer for Restructuring of Education

    • Academic standards

    • Employability standards

    • Technical standards



What is a career pathway
What is a Career Pathway? PreK-14 Career Pathways.

  • Concept originated with Iowa Tech Prep

  • April 1997 Definition

    Career pathways are clusters of specific occupations or careers grouped together because they share similar interests, strengths, and skills.

    Source: Career Pathways Resource Guide (Iowa Department of Education)

    April 1997


A new definition may 1999
A New Definition, May 1999 PreK-14 Career Pathways.

  • A Career Pathway is a PreK-12+ structure for organizing instructional content designed around broad career areas. Progression in a career pathway is both vertical and horizontal and provides the basis for lifelong learning. A Pathway prepares a student for further education and/or employment.


Components for career pathway framework
Components for PreK-14 Career Pathways.Career Pathway Framework

  • Integration of Career Education Standards and Benchmarks (Employability Standards and National Career Development Guidelines) into the PreK-12+ curriculum for all students.

  • Integration of academic and technical instruction and school-based and work-based experiences.


Components for career pathway framework1
Components for PreK-14 Career Pathways.Career Pathway Framework

  • Articulation among elementary, middle, secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions.

  • Preparation of the student for future employment in a broad occupational cluster and/or industry sector and/or continued education.


Components for career pathway framework2
Components for PreK-14 Career Pathways.Career Pathway Framework

  • Inclusion of career education opportunities for all students, in depth exploration of careers of interest to the student, and the understanding of the relevance of academic content in the workplace.

  • Inclusion of specific occupational preparation which may link two years of secondary education with a two year or four year educational institution or an apprenticeship program.


Six career pathways

Agriscience/Natural Resources PreK-14 Career Pathways.

Arts and Communications

Business/Information Management/Marketing

Engineering/Industrial/Technological Sciences

Family and Human Services

Health Services

Six Career Pathways

Endorsed in spring of 1996 by Iowa School-to-Work and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.


Broadening of career pathways to a system wide approach
Broadening of Career Pathways to a System-wide Approach PreK-14 Career Pathways.

  • From 2+2 to PreK-14+

  • Merged Area Systems View

    • Community Colleges

    • AEAs

    • Communities

    • Counties


Results of systems approach
Results of Systems-Approach PreK-14 Career Pathways.

  • Increased options for all students

  • Connected series of educational experiences leading to goals

  • Broad areas of study that are flexible, overlapping in nature, fluid

  • Mixture of academic, employability, career education, and technical education


How do Career Pathways fit into the Iowa Comprehensive School Improvement Plans developed by each district?


Csip components
CSIP Components School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

Community Involvement

Data Collection, Analysis, and Goal Setting

Standards and Benchmarks

Determination and Implementation of Actions to meet the Needs (Action Planning)

State Indicators

Assessment of Student Progress

Evaluation of CSIP

Annual Progress Report


Comprehensive school improvement plan
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

Purposes

  • To address all aspects of teaching and learning

  • To ensure a continuous improvement process

  • To create integrated organizations with shared visions and shared goals

  • To improve educational outcomes for all students


Comprehensive school improvement plan1
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

Purposes

  • To provide for local decision-making

  • To increase the learning, achievement, and performance of all students

  • To incorporate the consolidation of federal and state planning, goals setting, and reporting requirements.


Community involvement
Community Involvement School Improvement Plans developed by each district?


Data collection analysis and goal setting
Data Collection, Analysis and Goal Setting School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

  • Systems Approach

  • Why data is important • What data needs to be collected

  • How to use and analyze the data • How to communicate the data results

  • How to use the data to inform decisions


Categories for organization of the data collection process
Categories for organization of the data collection process School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

  • Demographics

  • Perceptions

  • Student Learning

  • School Processes/Programs


Student learning
Student Learning School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

  • Overall student achievement

  • Number of graduates with a career plan

  • Student application of academic content


Demographics
Demographics School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

  • Drop-out rate

  • Post-secondary education rate

  • Employment/earnings


Perceptions
Perceptions School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

  • Business/Industry satisfaction

  • Student satisfaction

  • Parent satisfaction


School processes
School Processes School Improvement Plans developed by each district?

  • Where are employability skills addressed in the curriculum?

  • Where is career development addressed in the curriculum?

  • Integrated curricula results


Standards benchmarks
Standards & Benchmarks School Improvement Plans developed by each district?


Framework of standards benchmarks
Framework of School Improvement Plans developed by each district?Standards & Benchmarks

Student Learning Goals

Standards

Benchmarks

Assessment

Delivery

Reporting


The career pathways framework breaks out the standards and benchmarks as follows
The Career Pathways Framework breaks out the standards and benchmarks as follows:

PreK-14 Iowa Career Pathways Framework

  • Academic Knowledge & Skills (K-14)

  • Employability Knowledge & Skills (K-14)

  • Career Area Knowledge and Skills (K-14)

  • Technical Cluster Knowledge & Skills (9-12)

  • Career & Technical Knowledge & Skills (11-14)



  • The Iowa Department of Education Technical Assistance manual (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

    • to address student needs

    • to improve educator’s skills, attitudes, understanding, and performances.

  • Implementation

    • Curriculum Restructuring

    • Professional Development

    • Learning Environment


Curriculum restructuring
Curriculum Restructuring (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

Student Learning Goals Standards Benchmarks Assessment

Integrated, Articulated Curricula


  • Integration Continuum (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

    • Restructured Curriculum

  • Career Pathway

  • Tech Prep Academy or School-within-a-School

  • Course Sequence Career Maps

  • Applied Academics Integration of Standards

  • Thematic Units

  • Incorporation Areas

  • Curriculum Integration Program Integration

  • Program and Curriculum Integration


    Professional development
    Professional Development (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

    To implement the curriculum restructuring, staff & community will need some learning opportunities:

    • Understanding the New Culture

    • Change Process

    • Collaboration

    • Partnership

    • Teacher Internships

    • Reaching ALL Students

    • Assessment

    • Alternative Scheduling


    Professional development1

    Applied Learning (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

    Contextual Learning

    Learning Styles

    Multiple Intelligences

    Work-based Learning

    Service Learning

    Team Teaching

    Career Development

    Individual Learning Plan

    Career Maps

    Advisor/Advisee Program

    Project-based Learning

    Professional Development

    Learning Environment and Delivery Methods


    Link to: (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations: Student Learning Goals

    Standards

    Benchmarks

    Assessment


    Career development

    A Goal for Most Iowa Districts (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

    Preparing our students for decision-making about their life goals

    Question: Is a Career Development, PreK-14+, system built into action planning? What could it look like?

    Career Development


    Prek 5 career awareness
    PreK-5: Career Awareness (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:


    Grades 6 8 career exploration
    Grades 6-8: Career Exploration (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:


    Grades 9 12 career preparation
    Grades 9-12: Career Preparation (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:


    Community college or four year institution
    Community College or (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:Four Year Institution


    State indicators
    State Indicators (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:


    Data collection assists with
    Data Collection Assists With... (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

    • Improvement of Instruction

    • Development of Curriculum

    • Evaluation of Programs

    • Student Feedback

    • Reaching All Students


    Assessment of student progress
    Assessment of Student Progress (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:


    Evaluation of csip
    Evaluation of CSIP (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:


    Annual progress report
    Annual Progress Report (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:


    Conclusion
    Conclusion (p. 43) states that the action planning phase: Identifies the most powerful innovations:

    • Career Pathways is a school improvement initiative

    • Career Pathways fits into the Iowa process for the comprehensive school improvement plan.

    • Career Pathways can help address the advancement of student learning.

    • Career Pathways can help address the major educational needs of a community and school district.


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